Confession: I never went to preschool. I’m pretty sure I escaped unscathed from that little situation, since there were a TON of kids my age in my neighborhood growing up and therefore I was never without playmates my own age. Besides — instead of naptime and fingerpaints, my mom took me to the zoo, and the aquarium and the movies (and I may of occasionally taken a nap too, though I was apparently VERY anti-nap as a child.)
And I’m pretty sure that (and driving around wild African animals for 7 months…) made me a little bit in love with zoos and aquariums. So I was definitely excited that aside from some shopping/eating/wandering around Carmel, the other main thing we did up north was go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
On the way to the aquarium (it was about a mile walk from our hotel) we saw a preview of local marine life:
Their large outer-ocean exhibit was being refurbished, but we got there just in time for a Kelp Forest feeding session:
And there were LOTS of jellyfish:
And they had special exhibits on various seahorses, flamingoes and penguins.
There was also a lot of information about the California coastline — including safe fishing practices and endangered habitats. It was somewhat smaller than I originally thought it would be, but it meant it was easy to get up close and personal with some of the marine life:
Overall, if you’re in the Carmel/Monterey Bay area, I definitely recommend going by if you have the time.
Next up: My Newsies/Citizen Kane obsession come to life!