Monday, March 27, 2017

Shedd Aquarium With a Toddler

Our family Sunday Funday tradition continued with a day at Shedd Aquarium on Sunday. It was a wet and foggy day that called for yet another indoor activity, so we booked last-minute tickets to the Shedd for a lively day.

One of my goals as a parent is to teach Victoria to love and respect animals and nature, so while I have mixed feelings about aquatic shows, I wanted her to see the good being done by institutions such as the Shedd. Victoria was captivated by the fish, turtles, sharks and sting rays, which she recently become more interested in because of the movie "Moana." You can easily spend an entire day at the aquarium, especially if you get Total Experience or Shedd passes.

Tip: Do not book last minute like we did if you want the Total Experience or Shedd passes. You will be charged an extra $15 a person to skip the line and most of the shows will be sold out. Also, find parking at a lower cost on Spothero** vs. $19 to park in the Adler lot or similar prices at Soldier Field. (FYI: Kids 0-2 get in to the Shedd for free!)

Shedd suggests bringing an umbrella stroller, but I had no trouble in a regular jogging stroller. Of course, as with any popular attraction, you have to be patient with people who walk in front of you. It happens, and you'll probably do it, too.

Despite that ticket lesson learned, we had a successful family outing with no toddler (or adult) meltdowns.

How was your weekend? Have you been to the Shedd?

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Watch a video of our day!

** This post contains a referral link to Spothero. We each get $5 off if you book parking through my link.