Monday, December 13, 2010

California Academy of Sciences

Enjoying the Steinhart Aquarium

Last week we wanted to make a trip to one of our favorite spots - the Monterrey Bay Aquarium - but with Nieve working through (another) cold we decided on the shorter drive to San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences.

Nieve was under the weather but managed to be amazed by the fish swimming around her

Ronan's silouhette in front of the Northern California Coast exhibit

The renovated institution is housed in an impressive 'green' building with an open layout, featuring some innovative new exhibits. The Stienhart Aquarium was by far the most engaging exhibit for Ronan and Nieve, which explains why we spent the large majority of our time there.

A view from the acrylic tunnel running underneath the Flooded Amazon Floor exhibit

Ronan gazing up at the fish swimming overhead

Ronan delighted in finding 'Dory' and 'Nemo', two fish (a blue tang and a clown fish) starring in Pixar's Finding Nemo movie. He also enjoyed watching the sharks and various rays swim in the shallow pool. Nieve was enchanted by the large acrylic tunnel that lets you view the marine life from underneath.

A relaxed Ronan keeping an eye on Dory and Nemo in the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

We were impressed with the size, variety, number, and thoughtful layout of tanks in the aquarium. In addition to the aquarium the rain forest exhibit impressed with interesting frogs, snakes, chameleons, and butterflies accessible to the visitor.

Mom and Nieve making their way up through the rain forest enclosure

Getting to know some of the local frogs

It was a great way to spend a few hours with the kids - we look forward to doing it again in 2011.


Todd said...

Sweet, looks like a good time! When are we going to slap some scuba gear on Ronan and take him diving:-)

Erik said...

Funny that you mention SCUBA... my next post is on exactly that! Will try to get it up in the next couple of days.

Holly Teetzel said...

Todd - see the next post. Ronan's ready to dive (clearance granted for bathtub diving already!) Wow, the Steinhart Aquarium is amazing. You're so lucky to have it nearby.