With 1 in 58 children in Utah having Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s about time we discovered this tremendous website and smartphone app! It’s an online “find, rate and locate” resource, much like TripAdvisor or Yelp, that families can use to find autism-friendly businesses based on the reviews and ratings of other app users. SeaQuest is so very proud to be a autism-friendly business and be on the list at AutismVillage!
We recently had the pleasure of hosting a personalized tour of SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums for our new friends at The Real Housewives Of Riverton blog site. This was their first visit to SeaQuest and the votes are in … they loved it and we loved sharing it with them! Wanted to send out a special thank you to Jenn, Paula and the gang at Real Housewives Of Riverton for the wonderful review article and all the great photos they posted at their blog site. We hope to see you at SeaQuest again very soon!
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Utah
We had the pleasure of heading up to Layton, Utah to visit the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium. I really didn’t know what to expect, but knowing how much my kids love going to our local zoos and farms, I knew that getting to check out fun animals and sea life was going to be a blast for them!
SeaQuest is located in the Layton Hills Mall in Layton, Utah. The lobby area is set up with a gift shop and lots of fun things for kids to look at. But of course the first thing that caught my eye was…
That’s right mamas!! You can grab your favorite Fiiz drink on the way in! We’ve gotta keep ourselves hydrated and happy while having fun right?! Once you’ve got your favorite soda in hand, you head on inside for all the fun! The one thing you won’t see at SeaQuest are signs that say “Please don’t touch”. When they say interactive they mean it! If there is something that isn’t to be touched, they make the exhibits completely enclosed or tall enough that they can’t be reached inside. There are so many of the exhibits that are perfectly child friendly and they encourage a “two finger touch” rule. This makes it a perfect place for birthday parties…I already have requests from two of my kids to have their birthday there! Feeding the Stingrays was so cool! They are super cute and friendly! Not only can you feed them, but you can actually schedule a session to swim with them!
One of the first things that we did was the bird encounter. I took my 1.5 year old and my 3 year old into the small bird encounter…that may have been a mistake. The birds are SO cute, but there are A LOT of them! They land on your arms, shoulders, head, legs…pretty much everywhere! I loved it! My little ones not so much. I’m super excited to take my older ones because I think they won’t be as nervous around all the little birds. They also have a large bird encounter, there are fewer birds, so it’s not quite as overwhelming.
We also got to visit with and feed the iguanas. This was a little more my smaller children’s speed. The iguanas are pretty laid back and SUPER excited when you feed them. They have a large iguana named Chester, and a bunch of smaller ones running around. The kids had a blast peeking under the rock overhangs to find the smaller ones.
The tanks they have are so great. We loved looking at all the different type of fish and sea life. They have big viewing areas so that even smaller kids can see all the fun! We loved the Glow Fish! They were so bright, they looked like candy.
One of the kids’ favorite things was meeting a mermaid! They had the sweetest mermaid in the world, she talked with each of the kids and gave them each a wishing shell…you certainly can’t go wrong when you have a wishing shell from a mermaid! SJ was a little shy but he was still willing to sit by her for a picture.
While all of SeaQuest is very family friendly, there is one thing that is a little more for adults, and that’s the Fish Spa! I was a little hesitant to try it at first. What if it hurt? Do the fish bite? Well the answer is NO! It was so fun! It totally felt weird…think of a million tiny bubbles being shot up at your feet all at once, that’s kind of what it felt like. The fish actually don’t have teeth. They have a crazy intense suction and just LOVE your dead skin cells. Also the water cycles out every 8 minutes so you don’t have to worry about sharing water with the person before you! It was very relaxing, and definitely a cool experience!
There is so much more that I can’t wait to share with you all after we go back again. Trust me when I tell you that you won’t be disappointed. We are hoping to have some discounts and possibly a giveaway coming up for all of you, so be sure to keep your eyes open! Make sure you check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too! Also, if you aren’t local to Utah, they also have a location in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they are building one in Dallas, Texas too!
Did you know a trip to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium can be an excellent way to supplement your homeschool curriculum? We offer a wide range of real, tactile, interactive experiences, designed to stimulate the brain by engaging the senses in order to help your child better absorb the information being presented. There is an ocean of possibility, with math and science activities appropriate for every age and grade, from pre-k to high school.
Younger children will enjoy activities designed to educate while entertaining and inspiring. For instance, they can go back in time and take a walk with the dinosaurs, learning about their habitats. Or, they can become junior paleontologists and excavate dinosaur bones in our sand exploration area. They can find the future veterinarian in them with a visit to Dr. Sharky’s Vet Clinic, where they can assist in matching animal pictures to their skeletons in the x-ray laboratory.
Elementary and middle school visitors will enjoy hands on activities designed to test their observation and scientific reasoning skills. Classify animals based on their diet, skeletal structure, and habitat. Learn how omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores have adapted to their environment enabling them to find, hunt, and even eat and digest their food. Young explorers can also learn through hands-on exploration about vertebrates and invertebrates, and why their skeletal structure is important to their survival. Finally, with a visit to the Moon Jelly exhibit, students can discover the fascinating world of the jelly fish, how they move, hunt, and eat. Lori Binfield, educator at SeaQuest Las Vegas, talked to us about these educational tours, “As these young students learn more about the environments and food of these animals, they begin to ask questions about how they can further learn to protect animals and their habitats for years to come, it’s great to see them make the connections.” Binfield stresses that SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is more than a fun and educational trip for students to learn about aquatic and marine life, “We really try to stress conservation and teach concepts that will help students understand the human impact as well.”
Teenage explorers are often difficult to impress, however, SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium accepts that challenge. Teens will be mesmerized by a live bird demonstration, as the trainers work with the many species of parrots who call the aquarium home. Teens will enjoy learning about animal psychology, and how positive reinforcement is often used to train the birds; don’t be surprised, however, if they try to use the same techniques to extend a curfew. Teens will be equally impressed with the symbiotic relationships demonstrated at the aquarium. They can observe remoras living with sharks or clown fish living with anemones. Maybe they won’t mind sharing a room with their younger sibling, or maybe not once they learn about the invasive species which are taking over certain habitats in the wild, like Lionfish, Black Pacu, and the Burmese Python.
We all know that educational trips to the aquarium can be more fun when experienced with a group of friends, so at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, there are special field trip opportunities as well. For your group of 10 or more, schedule a 60 to 90-minute guided educational tour where you can interact with, touch, and even feed the marine animals, birds, and even some of the reptiles! Take time to explore the aquarium on your own after the tour, enjoy the exhibits and play areas, or enjoy your own private reserved lunch area for a quiet break before returning to the main aquarium. Additionally, each child will receive a free souvenir and a free “Admit One” pass for each child to use on a future visit to the aquarium. If your group is studying something specific, we are happy to customize your tour to fit within your specific subject matter, you just need to let us know in advance of your visit.
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium also offers a wide variety of other group activities, special events, and enhanced interactive experiences for students and families. Spend the night at a special, “Sleep with the sharks” event, or suit up for an afternoon of snorkeling with the stingrays. Summer camp has never been cooler, or more exciting, than spending three days working with Aquarium experts while they feed, clean, and learn first-hand about stingrays, sharks, seahorses, reptiles, birds, and even the giant pacific octopus! Special events are always happening at the aquarium during school breaks and holidays, and all throughout the year.
Rain or shine, SeaQuest Aquarium is an ideal place to come all year long to enjoy learning, playing, spending time with family, and participating in exciting, hands-on, multi-sensory experiences for students of all ages. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up at our website to get email updates. Don’t miss out on fun and learning at this unique facility. You need to “SEA to believe”!
Did you know that a visit to SeaQuest Aquarium can actually be good for your health? Did you know that observing fish can lower your blood pressure and calm you down, whether you’re very young or a bit more mature, and regardless of your health? That’s not just a claim—research supports it.
Since the 1980s, studies have produced evidence for a phenomenon that can be called “the aquarium effect”: the calming effect of viewing fish in aquarium tanks, reducing feelings of stress, anger, and fear . Something about watching fish go about their routine is so soothing, it actually reduces blood pressure and even stimulates the body to produce endorphins—the body’s “happy hormones.”
The specific benefits vary for different groups of people. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the “aquarium effect” includes reduced aggression and increased food intake. In dental patients, it includes decreased need for pain medication. And in children with ADHD, the benefits include increased ability to focus due to new found relaxation and calmness.
Despite the apparent benefits of the aquarium effect, not all types of health care facilities have increased their use of aquariums to promote relaxation and peacefulness. However, visitors to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium can easily and affordably reap the benefits of watching the numerous types of fish inhabiting the aquarium’s illuminated tanks.
Our new video takes you on an exciting tour of our SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Layton, Utah! It’s an amazing room by room journey featuring exotic birds, desert reptiles and tropical aquatic life from all over the world and the many different “hands on” interactive encounters guests will experience throughout their visit to SeaQuest!
The red tegu is one of the largest of the Tegu species with females reaching lengths of 3 feet. Males are much larger and can grow up to 4.5 feet. As the name suggests, they are native to Western Argentina as well as Paraguay and Bolivia. What kind of food do you think Pandora eats? She’s an omnivore. That means she eats all kind of veggies, fruits, AND meats. Red tegus do not gain their red color until they reach maturity at 2 to 3 years. Hatchlings are actually brownish green and have white stripes down their back. Tegus are incredibly intelligent animals and quite popular as pets. They have been known to problem solve as well as recognize and bond with their owners.
Mr. Einstein is from one of the third largest tortoise species in the world, also known as the African Spurred tortoise. These giant tortoises are native to the southern border of the Sahara desert in Africa and can live up to 150 years. Thanks to the large pointed scales on his forelimbs, Mr. Einstein is an excellent burrower and would spend much of his time in the cool underground in the wild. Unlike turtles, the sulcata tortoise is an herbivore feeding primarily on grasses and succulent plants. They are also land animals and do not have flippers or webbed feet like turtles. You can meet a real sulcate tortoise in person at all of our SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium locations. You’ll find them wandering freely amazing guests wherever they goes!
The Pterois, commonly known as the Lionfish is a meat eating, venomous marine species that is native to the Indo-Pacific region. It’s popularity stems from it;s beautiful colors and and unique fin shape. But don’t be fooled by it’s beauty! In defense against predators, the Lionfish uses it’s dorsal (back) spines to inject a neurotoxic venom causing intense pain and keeping enemies at bay! Visit SeaQuest to meet one of our Lionfish in person and learn more about them!