Addison and the Aquarium

Today I got the chance to give my birthday gift to my cousin, Addison, which was taking her to the Aquarium. We originally had planned the zoo but the rain showers today had us change our mind. She turned 5 in March and I thought it would be fun to go do something together, rather than get her a toy or something I could't really watch her enjoy.

At the Aquarium, we saw tons of tropical fish, reminding me of snorkeling and swimming with various fish while in Belize, which is a great memory. Addison decided she wanted to feed the sting rays and sharks so I got her some bait to do so. She ended up LOVING the sting rays. Of the 2 hours we spent there, easily 30-45 min was her petting the sting rays. I was amazed at how brave she was.

We also got to pet a lizard; she even got to feed it snails! Then we got to feed the birds as well. She loved watching the birds but when they landed on her the claws (talons?)  It freaked her out a little bit. She was a trooper though; I just took the food instead so she could watch the birds fly.

It was fun to watch her explore and ask questions. It reminded her of going to the beach with her family, which I could tell made her happy. I am glad I got to spend time with her one on one and do something we both could enjoy :)


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