If you follow me on Instagram then you know that my family took an amazing trip to California last week. We spent time with my sister and her little family, and we hit Legoland, Disneyland, and Sea World. It was dreamy but exhausting to do all of that with a 5 year old and a 2 year old. I say mostly dreamy. My husband says mostly exhausting. 😉
While we were there I was blessed to receive press passes for our family to attend Sea World SanDiego. At first my son was pouting his teeny little rear end off about not riding rides all day . . . until his attitude magically transformed when he got to touch a dolphin. That’s right — A DOLPHIN! This is not a normal occurrence, but he got lucky! I had stepped away to go on the Manta Ray roller coaster with my sister (seriously fun!), and we had ditched my husband with all of the whiny kids. Well, a kind dolphin trainer who was in the water took pity on my husband and had the dolphin swim to the side so the kids could touch him. The kids were ecstatic. I, on the other hand, was just devastated because I missed that photo op. Luckily, we did get to touch a whole slew of other animals in the Explorer’s Reef area at the front of the park, including Bat Rays, Horseshoe Crabs, Lemon Sharks (?), and little cleaner fish. Those were my son’s favorite. He calls them “Kisser Fish” because it felt like they were giving him little kisses all over his hand. He makes me smile.
Of course, one of our favorite things about Sea World was the shows. They laughed at the sea lions and the river otter, were wowed by the dolphins and acrobats working together, and were in awe of the majestic orcas. We hit the jackpot after the show when the kids got an up close and personal view of the orcas.
Pretty awesome, huh? My son and my husband also rode the simulator ride that you can go on when you enter the arctic area of the park, and my son GENUINELY thinks that he went on a plane trip to the arctic. I just love little kids. They are the best. 🙂
During the trip my son started talking about all of the different projects that we were going to do when we got home so that we could remember our trip. We decided on jello treats full of “swimming” fish to represent Sea World. Here is how this crazy-simple project/treat went down.
For this fun treat you will need blue Jell-O, candy fish, and clear plastic cups. (This Jell-O only made FOUR little cups. Lame. Next time I will be using several boxes! Be forewarned.)
We used the “speed set” method on the box to make the Jell-O, and then I poured it into cups.
Next the kids shoved a ton of candy fish into the cups. More than I would want to eat in Jell-O, but, hey, they were excited!
Allow the Jell-O to set and top with a bit of “sea foam.” (Whipped cream, obviously.) Enjoy!
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