So we took Austin to the aquarium, and I'd have to say the visit was a success! #winning! I think we are getting better, smarter, wiser (whatever you want to call it) at this baby thing. And no, this winning streak had nothing to do with what we learnt from our first attempt at visiting (where we were far from #winning).
I wouldn't say Austin LOVED the fish but he did enjoy seeing them, most of all the penguins and turtles (i think because they have faces he found them more interesting) and as always one of the things he liked most was.... looking at the other kids. Haha.
Anyway if you're planning on taking bubs to the aquarium take advantage of our rookie mistakes (yes, before we were the better, smarter, wiser parents) and see my tips below:
- Get there early, real early
- Pre-purchase and print out tickets. Then you can do a smug by-pass of the ticket line full of screaming kids
- If bubs is small enough, use a baby carrier. Bubs can go mano-a-mano with the fishies, and you can breeze past the brigade of prams
- There's no 'parent room' facilities at the aquarium so be prepared! They do have one lonely change table but if you have a poo-plosion or a boob-obsessed monster that require A1 baby facilities a small hike is required. Nearby parent rooms are located at The Emporium (level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street) or The Southgate Centre (midlevel, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank). Unfortunately, there are also GREAT shops at both of these locations, so you may just need to have a quick squiz while there!
- Your ticket can be used all throughout the day, so if sleepy time comes a calling (not for you, for bubs!) don't stress, let the little one sleep then pop back when rejuvenated and ready