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Isn't this jelly fish amazing?

We are in the seriously-too-hot-to-live phase of Texas weather, and constantly trying to find ways to keep cool and entertain our family without spending too much or staying glued to the TV.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that recently we visited the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas and had an absolute blast. We received free passes in exchange for this review, but all opinions are strictly my own. We love exploring the city we call home and enriching the lives of our wee ones on the way. The Aquarium has been around for a long time, but was recently completely redesigned as a Children's Aquarium. EVERYTHING is on a child's level, completely accessible, and perfectly placed to grab their attention. Bear was enthralled. He has been talking about the alligator we saw for over a week now.

There are two sides to the main aquarium, salt water and fresh, as well as a touch pool, shark tank, and stingray touch pool. Everything is included in the admission price except for stingray food (if you want to feed them) for and extra $2. Bear was a little intimidated by the stingrays, so we didn't try feeding them.

In my opinion, the best thing about the Children's Aquarium is the price. Admission is only $8 for adults, and $6 for kids 3-11 and seniors. If you have a membership to the Dallas Zoo you get $2 off admission. An even better deal is the annual membership. For $20 ($15 for zoo members) you can buy an annual membership and visit any time. If you've checked out the prices on any of the other aquariums in town you know that price is unbeatable.

**Holiday Gift Idea** A season pass would make a perfect gift for the fish loving child in your life. People (children included) remember experiences far more than material things. Do you remember what toy you got for Christmas at age 6? Probably not. But I bet you remember a favorite visit to the zoo, aquarium, or special museum.

I would highly recommend the Children's Aquarium for families with kids 1 and up. A visit takes 1-2 hours, depending on your child's attention span. The Children's Aquarium also hosts groups, birthday parties, overnight guests, and summer camps for kids from pre-k through 5th grade.  

Visit the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park any day of the week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Click here to visit the Children's Aquarium website for more information. For more information about the Dallas Zoo visit their website here. You can also follow the Zoo and Aquarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What is your favorite species to see at the aquarium?
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