Last week I won two tickets to the After Hours evening at Vancouver Aquarium from Marc Smith at 30 Day Adventures. After Hours is just that, the Aquarium is open after it's normal hours and for the over 19 set only.
4 hours at the Aquarium with no school groups, day camps or other assorted rugrats. It was awesome. It was busy, the event sold out but it was not crowded and the only lineups were for the beer.
I forced Andrea into coming with me and we had a great time. Our first stop of the evening was at Penguin Point to visit the African Penguins.
I like penguins. I'm partial to Fairy Penguins, but I could have watched the African Penguins for quite some time. In fact I think I did. Andrea was very patient.
After saying goodnight to the penguins we made our way around the rest of the Aquarium. Some of the highlights were:
- Hanging out with the Belugas
- Saying hi to the Otters
- Sea Lions napping in the sun
- Welcoming Dory, Nemo and Marlin back from the EAC
- The touch tanks in the lab - sea cucumbers, urchins, anemone, crabs, jelly fish and sea stars
- Playing dress up in the kiddie area
But suprisingly my favourite thing of the evening was the tiny tiny sea gooseberries. These are video I took on my iPhone. Andrea and I spent quite a bit of time watching the colours light up.
The After Hours event was a great way to enjoy the Aquarium without kids running wild. I go again. Tickets are $21.95. Not bad for an evenings entertainment. Thanks to Roxanne from the Aquarium and Marc from 30 Day Adventures for the tickets that Andrea and I were lucky enough to have last night.