We started the day with a visit to their IMAX theater. My children have never been to a movie theater, let alone an IMAX theater... (Actually, I just remembered that Captain saw a replay of Secret Garden when he was a toddler... 6 years ago!) So, for the children's first real theater experience, we decide to "take a 3D underwater adventure" and see Dolphins and Whales! The girls were a little freaked out by the 3D effects, and hubby was not too happy about the environmentalist agenda of the film, but the boys loved seeing all the dolphins and whales.
After the movie, we headed to our favorite spot from our last visit, the Lied Jungle. It is the largest indoor rain forest in the world measuring over 80 feet in height.
Here are a few photos taken in the jungle:
Our next stop was the Scott Aquarium.
One of the highlights of the aquarium is the underwater "Shark Tunnel." It is really neat. This tunnel allows one to experience being on the ocean floor with large sharks and rays swimming past you on both sides and overhead. We were very excited to find out that we had arrived just in time for the Shark feedings!
My hubby got a few graphic videos of the sharks eating... I just am not sure how to get the video off the camera and onto the computer. Oh well.
Can you see the teeth on that shark?!?
After checking out the Aquarium, we headed back towards the jungle for lunch at the Durham's Tree Tops Restaurant!
Any ideas on, where Rascal gets this from?
He really enjoyed that little disposable camera we gave him!
Our next stop was the Kingdoms of the Night. It wasn't quite as scary as I remember it being. During our last visit, Captain & I went through it alone, and I ended up picking up Captain and running through the exhibit towards the exit. I remembered it being a lot stinkier and spookier last time. But nevertheless, I still didn't want to linger too long in this exhibit. I did get a few pictures as I hurried through the exibit...
Our next stop was much nicer! The Brand New Butterfly and Insect Pavilion. Twinkle Toes was especially excited about this exhibit, since it hadn't been all that long since she studied Butterflies, and made her Butterfly Lap Book. It was so cool seeing all the butterflies flying around and landing on everyone!
Then it was on to see the lions and tigers and bears...
This particular lion, was not very happy... At first he was beating the door repeatedly with one paw, and then after a minute you would hear beating sounds coming from the other side... Finally he stood up on his hind legs and beat the door over and over with both paws as fast as he could. It was crazy. I went around to see what was on the other side of the door, and it was another lion. Those two were not getting along!
By the end of the day, someone was getting very tired of walking, and found a nice place to take a nap.
We didn't see near as much as we did during our last visit to the Omaha Zoo, two years ago, but we really enjoyed it just the same!
Before leaving though, we headed to the Carousel for a ride...
...then after a quick stop at the gift shop, we headed back to the hotel to meet up with my hubby's parents and brothers for dinner, since they had all just arrived into town.