Until a few days ago, my children had never been to the Shedd Aquarium. But I decided the time was right. After all, they are *obsessed* with fish. They live for "Finding Nemo." In fact, one of their favorite games is what I quietly refer to as "The Nemo One-Man-Show Game."
It's sort of a reenactment of the entire movie. If you haven't seen the movie, I'm afraid this won't actually make a lot of sense. My apologies.
The girls start at one end of our nice long hallway, and run towards me while crying out, "I coming Nemo! I coming Nemo! I coming!" When they reach me, they fling themselves into my arms with cries of, "Daddy!"
|SI says, "It's a man hugging a fish!"|
"I don't know!" I reply, "Why don't you go find him?"
And then they run away again, calling out, "Nemo! Where are you?"
They have a toy fish that is intended to be laced up with a piece of cord. This fish is so important that my mother has had to make them a paper copy, so that they each have their own fish to play with. They make the fish swim around the house... under the dining room table, over the couch, into their chairs... into it's home, which is apparently under an end table in the living room. The fish also gives Mommy kisses, and occasionally attempts to eat Mommy.
The aquarium seemed like a great place to take a break from all of that.
Grandmommy and Poppa were in town, so one day Grandmommy and I decided to just pack up the girls and go.
We parked by Soldier Field, and ended up sneaking into the museum via the handicapped accessible entrance. My mom was having some trouble with her knee, and as I'm all pregnant and uncomfortable, the idea of *not* climbing up the steps to the main entrance appealed greatly to both of us. An extra bonus? The very odd sculpture that graces the courtyard in front of the accessible entrance.
|There are DUCKS in there!|
I cannot stress enough how much the girls adored the aquarium. From the moment we stepped inside, they were transported with delight.
The major highlights were a fish in the Caribbean Reef exhibit that DD decided was Dory, otters that actually POOPED in the WATER (oh, to be two again), and of course... the clown fish.
If those three creatures ranked a 10 on the excitement scale, everything in between came to about an eight.
And then there were the jellyfish.
|Upside down jellyfish|
|SI's favorite jellyfish|
|DD's favorite jellyfish|
The Shedd is currently showing a special exhibit on jellyfish. It's beautiful. The perfect place the sort of relax while at the same time letting your kids be totally insane with delight.
It was a blast.
|SI is utterly transfixed.|
The girls got popcorn for lunch, which thrilled them to no end. On the way out, we even got to see a scuba diver feeding the fish.
|This guy claimed his name was Marlin, too.|
And, of course, Grandmommy and I had to spoil them a little bit. They had been SO well behaved, and SO charming, and SO cooperative... between the two of us we got them snacks (which included the miracle of a veggie hot dog purchased at a street hot dog stand for me and Grandmommy), books, suitcases/backpacks, and a goofy photograph. To be fair, the suitcase/backpack things were something I was already planning on getting them... somewhere else. Somewhere cheaper. But still.
|With all their Aquarium swag|
On the way back to the car, we stopped to jump in some mud puddles and play in one of the sculptures in the Children's Garden on the museum campus.
And then... home. For a nap, and yet another viewing of "Finding Nemo."
|Grandmommy, SI, DD, and yours truly. Yes, DD and I are pretty much clones.|
All in all, an awesome day. :)