Vancouver Aquarium

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Ask any Vancouver kid about the best thing to do in Vancouver, and they’ll send you to the Vancouver Aquarium. Parents love it too for its high quality educational experiences and its late-night adult only events.

Home to 50,000 aquatic critters including joyful dolphins, snow white belugas, oft-misunderstood sharks, playful otters and adorable African penguins, you can easily spend an entire day exploring the galleries and attending the educational activities. Check the daily schedule, and take your pick. You can meet the penguins, watching a scuba diver feed sharks, see joyful dolphins leap and splash, attend a sing-a-long or even dip your hands into a touch pool and feel marine life for yourself.

The Aquarium’s mission – conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action – is obvious in their programming. Even the shows where dolphins appear to perform is based on behaviour the animals display in their natural environment. Although young kids will be mesmerized in pretty much any part of the aquarium, Clownfish Cove is  an area specifically for under eights where they learn by play to wonder at and care for our oceans.

Take your time here because you paid dearly for it. It’s $29 per adult. But on the plus side, kids 3 and under are free.

845 Avison Way, Vanaqua.org

Read the full Small Folk Travel Vancouver Guide.

Image: Vancouver Aquarium

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Small Folk Travel

Small Folk Travel is a family travel site by mama and travel writer Taraneh Jerven. The Jerven family (two toddlers, one bun in the oven) travels incessantly. When researching our trips, we couldn't find the family travel coverage we were looking for. We did our own research. We wrote the family travel guides ourselves. Taraneh Jerven writes for international travel publishers including RoughGuides.com and DK Eyewitness Travel. We cover good stuff for discerning parents and their little ones. Often these overlap. If they don't, we take turns.

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