We thought it would be really fun to take the boys to Sea Life aquariam at Mall of America! This seemed to be everyone else's idea too.
We got the boys up and out the door and made it there by 9:50...(doors opened at 10)
It should be said too that our van needed new break pads so we were able to get all three car seats In the back of the Nissan Sentra as well as get our choo choo wagon in the trunk (props to daddy for his packing skills)
Anyway, because we bought our tickets online we got to pick them up and not wait in line to buy tickets... Then they showed us the elevator since we had the wagon..... We got to by pass almost everyone.... Pretty cool.
The first exhibit was to pet the sting rays.... They boys are still a little young for this so we by passed all those people..... We then were at the front with no people before us and no line behind us yet... Place to ourselves for the most part!
We walked through the jellyfish room.... Pretty cool, the boys were a little overwhelmed at the dark and light up tanks...but still were in awe.
Next were the tunnels of aquariums.... Tons of sharks, fish, turtles, OH MY!
The boys loved looking all around. Lots to see....
We kept a good pace but slowing down some to take it all in not anticipating the possible length of this tour. We then walked through the rain forest and saw crocodiles, piranhas, and frogs. Little tough for the boys to see but they loved the atmosphere.
Before we new it we turned a corner and it was over.... Bam we were in the gift shop.... We were a little shocked how fast we must have gone through it.... So we got stamped so we could re enter... But on our way out we noticed the crazy long line so we decided maybe we would come back later.
We headed toward Nickelodeon universe and took in all the sights... We debated getting tickets to go on a ride but decided against it due to lines and potential terror.... And they seemed to be happy as clams to just watch it all too.
We wanted to be able to take them to a place to get out and run around but there is no spot for that.... We did some Lego playing at Lego land, but it was short lived.
We headed back to Sea Life in hopes lines would have died down... But no.... They were longer then ever..... So we decided to take the boys to Southdale play place in Edina.
We were not there long before we had a couple mini melt downs so we thought maybe lunch at BWW could be fun....
Once we loaded them in the car we thought going to BWW closer to home would be better.....
As we were driving we changed our minds again and ended up getting the boys a happy meal in the car so they could eat sooner rather than later. I ran into the near by subway to get OUR lunch while Dave fed the boys.
We got home and let the boys burn off some final energy before naps.
We were exhausted at this point.... But we forgot we decided to host a couple friends and their kiddos for dinner.
Within a few hours from getting home, our friends Carley and J came over with their new baby girl Elise! We finally got to meet her and get some baby snuggles in before the boys woke up.
Our other friends, the Edlunds (with the triplet girls) came over too.
We just ordered some pizza for dinner and watched the kids play.
The sun came out for a little while so we ended the evening playing outside (the boys favorite)
All in all it was busy but successful day! I am grateful for these memories as a family, along with great times spent with dear friends!