Today’s excursion took us to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront.
It wasn’t my first time there; in fact I once had an annual ticket and we even celebrated my son’s birthday at the Aquarium some years ago.
This time it was just my daughter and me. I decided to spoil her on this cold, rainy Friday morning with indoor adventure. She was very excited and couldn’t wait to get there. On arrival, I only had to pay for myself as Kids under 4 years are free of charge. Which was a really nice Surprise!
Adult cost around ZAR 190 at the door and if you buy online you save some bucks.
The Aquarium is home to more than 7500 creatures and +/- 290 species. It officially opened in November 1995 and comprises +-seven holds a number of exhibitions areas with large viewing windows like the Atlantic Ocean Gallery, Predator Exhibit, the Kelp Forest Exhibit, etc.. There are so many ways for children and adults to interact with the different exhibitions, it really makes the experience one of a kind. From the opportunity to crawl under, into the exhibit or feel and touch real underwater creatures such as sea stars, Kelp and other little things living in our oceans. Without knowing you become part of the exhibition.
One of the highlights was the I&J Children’s Play Center with sand pit, Puppet Show and creative art stations. It took me a while to convince my daughter (who was having a blast) to leave the Play center, so we could keep exploring the Aquarium.
The Two ocean Aquarium is not only a place to learn about sea life, it’s also a place for one to be introduce to many different displays about our ecosystem and the kids have the chance to come face-to-face with parts of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. These two Oceans surrounding our beautiful City, more or less.
It’s well run with many different show elements such as Penguin or Shark feeding.
Well displayed and organised, varied and interesting but not overwhelming.
We spent 2 ½ hours at the Aquarium and I guess this is the average time you need to completely enjoy the experience. I can recommend to all parents to not only let your children interact but let yourselves interact as well with animals around. You might be surprised how much fun it can be to crawl into the Nemo tank for a picture. No one will judge you 😉
Its defiantly worth a visit and the tickets are valid for the entire day. You can go in and out with an invisible stamp you get when you enter the first time.
LITTLE EXTRA TIP:
Go behind the Aquarium, down to the nearby quay and you’ll find the seals there – my daughter loved that too!