If you are looking for something to do with your family this holiday season, what about a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium? I have a membership so that my family can go there any time. I especially love visiting this time of year thanks to the extra decorations around the aquarium. There is plenty to do while there, I mean as soon as you head in you can wander your way through an Arctic Maze before going through the main doors.
Some of the things you can look forward to seeing while there this holiday season are:
The Polar Express: A multi-sensory 4-D theatre experience
Travel on the Polar Express through mountains and hilltops to snow-covered plains, all while on the beloved holiday train to the North Pole. Prepare to be wowed as this favourite festive film engages your senses through scent, sight, sound and touch.
The Vancouver Aquarium has a unique holiday tree, its shimmering lights are sparked on by the resident electric eel. An iridescent lightshow awaits in the Pacific Canada gallery where a Jelly Swarm of LED-lit origami jellies float from above while their glowing projections dance all around you. Plus you can control which jellies light up.
Scuba Claus is Diving in Canada’s Arctic
As you wander through the festivities that have been inspired by the Arctic and North Pole, keep an eye out for one very special diver. You might recognize him he wears a red suit that is trimmed in white. Scuba Claus is a wonderful surprise, and a delight to visitors – naughty and nice –spreading holiday cheer throughout the galleries. Just keep a firm grip on any Christmas cookies you may bring into the viewing area or Scuba Claus may try to get a hold of one for himself.
Scuba Claus is diving daily until December 24, with all other holiday displays at the Vancouver Aquarium continuing until January 3, 2016. Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, including statutory holidays. For more information, and dive schedules, please visit vanaqua.org.
Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson returns to Vancouver Aquarium to build a holiday marine debris tree. The towering tree is an impressive example of how trash can become treasure. Clarkson collects each item from nearby shorelines to create his art, resulting in a beautiful display that also reminds us to help keep our shorelines free of litter, which continues to harm marine mammals and damage our ocean ecosystems.
You may also find some ice bergs located in the same area that make for a great photo opportunity with your kids.
The Vancouver Aquarium has some great stocking stuffer options, and also gift ideas. One that I highly recommend if you have anyone you know who is an animal lover are the Aquadopt Kits. My husband noticed them recently on one of our visits and we decided to let our oldest daughter pick one to bring home with her. She picked the harbour seal.
The shiny, bobbing heads of harbour seals are often seen in B.C. waters. While their population is now healthy, seals are prey for orcas and some shark species and they must be on the lookout for humans. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre helps to keep this population stable. Each year, more than 100 seal pups are rescued by and rehabilitated at the Rescue Centre, then released when they are healthy and strong.
An Aquadopt Kit is a unique gift that supports the care of the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium, as well as a wide array of conservation, research and education initiatives to conserve aquatic life.
Aquadopt Kits cost $55 (plus shipping) and include:
8” plush Harbour Seal
Certificate of Adoption
Harbour Seal Fact Booklet
Harbour Seal Collector Card
$40 Charitable Tax Receipt**
The Vancouver Aquarium has very kindly provided a harbour seal Aquadopt kit for one Canadian reader of Discovering Parenthood to win. **The Charitable Tax Receipt will not be included as this is a giveaway. However all Aquadopt Kits that are purchased do come with a $40 tax receipt. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below, good luck everyone!