Friday, April 11, 2008

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Our homeschool group raised money through various fundraisers to get a bus to take us to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Once there, each family could do their own thing according to their homeschooling goals and objectives. At the Inner Harbor you can find The National Aquarium in Baltimore, The Maryland Science Center, USS Constellation, USS Torsk (submarine) , Baltimore's World Trade Center.

What a day! Being a homeschool family, we are a little spoiled with when we have to get up in the morning. This morning, I had to get the kids up at 6:30 (about 2 - 3 hours earlier than usual). We met our homeschool group at 8am and we were off. It was a pleasant ride and it was very exciting when we got to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. It's been a couple of years since I have been to the aquarium and they had a whole new section that was built and had an Australian exhibit in it to include a habitat complete with flying foxes (giant bats). It was very cool.

All three of my kids were fascinated by the rays and the sharks. It was cool to be up close to the glass and have a shark swim by so we could get a good look at all those teeth.

We had a great time "Finding Nemo". We also spotted Dorey there.

The trip was well worth it. Although Baltimore is only about an hour and a half drive from where we live, getting the bus was worth it. I wasn't stressed when we got there because I didn't have to navigate city traffic or find a parking space AND I had a chance to talk to friends during the trip.

The giant Barnes & Noble bookstore right next to the aquarium was a huge temptation to me. It took all there was in me not to go there. My kids even commented that I should stop staring at the bookstore and get into the aquarium fast. Oh well, maybe next time.

Did I mention that our trip was on a bus with a bathroom? Once my little man learned this, he had to go to the bathroom an awful lot! The picture above is about his 5th trip to the bathroom in about 20 minutes.

1 comment:

MomToCherubs said...

Did you see the Dolphins on your visit ?? There is a baby dolphin, if you got to see him -- his name is Foster. Foster is his name because his Mom was a first time Mom (last August) and so he is being raised by 3 Moms (his real mom and 2 who are helping out and who apparently have the ability to nurse him despite not being "official" moms - this is a unique trait that dolphins have). We have a cousin who is a Marine Biologist at the Natl Aquarium who keeps us updates on Foster's life.

Lovely photos of your trip.