Sea World + Shark Week

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A few weeks ago the boys and I took a last minute before school vacation to California. We made Sea World one of our stops! We hadn’t been since they were toddlers so they were SO excited. We love sea life (well, any animals really). The boys spent the few days before we got there devouring their website. Do your kids do that? Research where they are going until it drives you crazy? lol!

They loved the Shamu cam and were dying to go on the new roller coaster Manta. We got there and went on Manta first thing – it didn’t disappoint! We all loved it! Then we looked at the schedule and decided which shows were important for them to see. 

My 8 year old LOVED Pets Rule. Loved it. We stayed after to pet some of the animals too. My 9 year old loved Sea Lions LIVE (I thought he would it was my favorite as a kid but sadly no more walrus in the show). I remember going to Sea World and dreaming of the day I could become a dolphin trainer. I think they were doing the same 😉

Some other favorites were the Beluga whales, the penguins, the brand new Turtle Reef and of course – the Shark Encounter!

We saved Shamu for last with the Shamu Rocks (a Shamu show set to music that my boys loved) and I’m so glad we did. We had perfect seats for the end of the night fireworks right after!

I was freezing because I lost my sweater somewhere along the way but Sea World found it and mailed it to me for free that night! (I stopped by lost and found and they had me fill out a little form) I thought that was pretty cool. Usually when I lose things I consider them gone but that was a great experience. 

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Sea World lately – do it! So much education and experience for the kids. Their new shows and exhibits are so cool and I’m so glad we went!

(For full disclosure we were given media passes to Sea World but did not have to write a review – we liked it so much we wanted to 🙂

Speaking of sharks – who is excited it’s Shark Week on the Discovery channel? I thought I’d do a little round up of shark crafts for your shark loving kids.

A paper plate shark from Almost Unschoolers

Love this clothespin shark from Estefi Machado 

Paper Plate Shark Jaws from Dollar Store Crafts (I shared this before but had to include it!)

If you weren’t around last year around Halloween here was my son’s constume that got a lot of laughs around the neighborhood.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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  1. Oh my, you got some great photos especially those night time shots! I love that your 8 year old son also loved the Pets Rule show, my 8 year old son also thought it was hilarious. Looks like you guys had a great time! It also looks like we may have went around the same time too!

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