For Thanksgiving this year we took a family trip out to Sea World. It was our first time going - and the kids were super excited! It was all decorated for Christmas and all of the shows were Christmas themed... such fun! The weather was perfect too! What a great time. My kids are such animal lovers that this really was a great trip for them. We also invited Jeff's parents to join us... the kids got to enjoy a trip and Grandparents for Thanksgiving!!
Here we are in the main entrance Thanksgiving day. We are excited to get going on all the attractions!
Right outside the entrance there is this display area for their summer water park area. They had baby Manta reys for the kids to "pet". They were soft, or slimy, depending on who was describing them :)
Then we came to this water splash down ride. The kids wanted to watch it. I thought they might enjoy getting a little wet... so they went and stood in the splash zone.
See how wet the cement is! Oh, here comes the boat!
Mid splash picture! - notice how most of the kids are running away.
Let's just say that the HUGE splash scared baby and soaked him pretty good and Grant didn't dry out til that night. That night the boys did go on the ride with Jeff and his dad... and they got wet, but not as wet as this. They really liked it - and went again :)
The kids found some cute ducks and flamingos. They fed them too :)
Jeff helping Clark feed the ducks. He was so cute ;).
While waiting for the Sesame Street show to start the people behind us had some popcorn and a 2 year old son. They offered to share with Clark. Let's just say Clark really liked it... and wouldn't stop "sharing". Grandpa went and bought a couple of bags to share and Clark was very happy! He got to sit with Grandma and Grandpa and bond over food.
We went and found the dolphins and showed up right at feeding time! The kids had fun getting so close to the dolphins :).
Grant giving it a fish.
Jeff with Mhari.
Talmage and Clark
We visited the aquarium area also right at feeding time...
See the guy inside the tank! It was cool to see him pet the sting rays and feed all the fishies!
Then we found the sharks!
Oh, and let's not forget Santa Shamu :)
While waiting for the kids to ride some rides Clark shared his popcorn with Grandma :)
The little roller coaster the kids went on.
And the carousel...
I stood and helped Clark ride his horsey. So cute :)
Then there was the dolphin show. It was pretty cool. We saw Beluga whales, synchronized swimmers, lots of cool dives and jumps, etc.
Oh, and let's not forget the penguins. Sandra found the little animal she wanted as a souvenir. The next day we came back and all the kids got to pick an animal for their Christmas present from Grandparents. Sandra got the penguin, Talmage got a beluga, Grant picked a shark, Mhari got a dolphin... and Jeff got a huge Shamu :). He's still a kid at heart ;)
Clark looking at the penguin exhibit.
Oh, and let's not forget the carnival games.
I wanted Jeff to do the test your strength game - where you hit the hammer on the target and try to ring the bell. He did really well... 92 out of 100. The guy running it has only seen 1 person win it and otherwise has only seen a 91... so Jeff's pretty awesome, but I already knew that ;). He made the 300 lb body builder who went before him look pretty bad - obviously he didn't know how to swing a sledge hammer!
Jeff with his prize - little penguin.
The Shamu show! There were 3 of the orcas. It was a fun show to watch!
Too bad we didn't get wet while sitting in the "splash zone" :(.
Day 2 - Daddy and Clark
Looking at the sea lions
Cute sea otter!
Swimming sea lions
Mhari wanted her picture taken... so she posed like this for me :).
Clark posing too.
This is in the animal sanctuary... and the older kids were holding a huge snake... which I wasn't allowed to take pictures of :(.
We had a fabulous time and the kids really loved all of the rides, food, and animals... Yay for Sea World!!