A Day at the New England Aquarium

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield.  All thoughts are my own.

What does a penguin, a polar bear, and a kitten have in common?

They are all creatures from the Octonauts that got my kids hooked on anything to do with the sea!

If you are a parent to a young kid, you probably guessed the answer to the question.  The Octonauts is a cartoon that’s all about the things you find in the ocean.  The characters, while animals themselves, are always on missions to save sea creatures in harm.

My kids fell in love with that show when they were quite young. I brushed it off as a typical cartoon until the kids started telling me facts about different types of fish that I had never heard of. Not only were they learning facts about the sea, they were also learning about conservation and endangered species.

And from there, the love of all things in the ocean blossomed.

I mean, how could it not?  The ocean has so many cool things in it.

Over the weekend, we went down to Boston for the day and made a stop at the New England Aquarium.  It’s always a favorite place to visit if you live nearby or are visiting Boston.

The giant ocean tank is by far the coolest thing (at least to me). My kids love to yell out the names of the creatures as they swim past the window.  There was so many cool puffer fish, sharks, eels, barracuda and of course, Myrtle the Turtle and friend that we could have stood at any window of the 4 story tank for hours. Myrtle has lived at the aquarium since 1970 and is approximately 80 years old.

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With a shark and ray touch tank, we got our hands wet.  I was kind of shocked how rubbery the rays felt.

Other favorite exhibits are the anaconda (not for me!), the jellyfish, sea lions, lobsters, harbor seals and just so many cool fish and creatures to see.

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Of course, the adorable penguins are always fun to watch.

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The NEAQ houses the African Penguins, the distinctive Rockhopper Penguin, and the Little Blue Penguins, the smallest penguin species in the world.

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My kids think it’s hilarious that the Rockhopper Penguins like to take showers.

You guys know I love Stonyfield yogurt. Btw, did you know Stonyfield reduced the sugar in most of it’s yogurts?

Of course their yogurt tastes amazing but I also love that they are a company that cares.They are committed to conservation of animals and the well being of the planet.

Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program; together on a mission to help save endangered species. As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening.

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Did you know April 25 is World Penguin Day? To commemorate World Penguin Day, Stonyfield and AZA are hosting a Facebook Live for kids and their parents to get a firsthand look at these majestic seabirds, as well as the conservation work being done to save them. Tune in to this Facebook Live broadcast direct from Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT.

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During the broadcast a penguin trainer will provide insight into the care, behavior and conservation of African penguins, and viewers will also have the opportunity to see real African penguins firsthand as well as ask the trainer questions in real time.

Tune into the @Stonyfield Facebook page at 12:00 PM today to catch the broadcast.

Stonyfield YoKids is also featuring an on-pack offer to get families out to visit any of the 131 participating AZA accredited member zoos and aquariums in their own communities (click here for a list). Now through the end of September families who buy two specially-marked YoKids yogurt multipacks will receive a FREE kid’s admission to their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium when they also buy an adult ticket.

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To draw further attention to the endangered species Stonyfield has also created a series of videos that ask kids and their parents, “Can a cow save a penguin or a sea turtle or a cheetah?” I asked my kids that question. The first response out of my son’s mouth was “With poop”. I stopped filming after that. Ah, life with kids.

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Have you ever been to the New England Aquarium?

What’s your favorite sea creature? 

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3 comments on “A Day at the New England Aquarium

  1. My girls never got into the Octonauts… I kind of wish they would have! I really admire the way Stonyfield actively engages in sustainability projects like this one. They really walk the walk.

  2. OK first can I just say how stinking cute your kids are?? They’ve gotten so big! My kids loved the Octonauts too and I was so surprised how much they learned about sea creatures from the show! I love that Stonyfield is bringing attention to and supporting sustainability and conservation efforts.

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