We finally got out on the field trip today – we went with grandparents to Brooklyn Aquarium. The trip brought back memories of my first few years in America, when I lived in Brooklyn. We went by car, and crossed three famous bridges – George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn, and then we took Verrazano Bridge as an alternative route home. Anna was highly entertained by the ride – she has never seen such big buildings before, and it’s been a while since we took her to our own famous bridge – Golden Gate.
Aquarium (Anna keeps calling it canarium) itself was very fascinating… for adults. Anna liked it OK, but not as much as I thought she would. She is not a big fan of dark places, and the best part of aquarium were the underground passages where one can observe sea creatures in their natural habitat. I had to carry her a lot before she felt somewhat more confident. Big animals (walruses, sea lions, sharks) really freaked her out, but she enjoyed seeing seahorses, jellyfish and coral reef fish. She kept asking if there is a play area for kids here. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any, and generally this aquarium didn’t have a lot of “see and touch” exhibits – mostly “see and read” stuff. But knowing my daughter, I am confident that she would like a repeat visit a lot more, since she always needs time to digest an entirely new experience and will know what to expect next time. Obviously, we will not go again here, but I will still lobby papa for a drive to our own famous Monterey Aquarium some time soon.