Exterior of Shedd above.
I wish Singapore can have something like that, or like Field. Just like the Esplanade, at one time, we thought, the concert-going population is too small to support something like that. But it materialised. Hmmm, last I heard, it was still in the red, but at least, we went out and built that. We should have more world-class museums too. I'd buy membership and go all the time. I promise. When I go back to Spore, I am going to buy the zoo and Science center membership and go as often as possible.
The Raffles Biodiversity Museum (called sth like that?) was the closest I saw in Spore that is like Field. Sigh. One day, perhaps.
The Underwater World in Sentosa. That needs renovation. I've been there so many times. Everytime there was a such a crowd. Not spacious enough and always squeezy. Not handicap-friendly too. I remember carrying my stroller up and down countless flights of stairs. And it was a nightmare for my stroller in there. Even lost the kids' water bottle inside, still recall vividly, cos the crowd was pushing so much.
Not at Shedd. There was also a huge crowd cos of the free admission that day. There were so many tourists too, but I had enough space for stroller and all, plus at least a meter radius of comfort zone. Elevators to move to different levels, and no stairs to negotiate at all. Huge cafeteria to rest and snack with a super view of Lake Michigan through the all-glass windows.I can go on... the exhibits are organised by habitat, oceans, seas, Amazon, freshwater lakes, tidepools etc. Very comprehensive. Didn't take many pics, cos there were signs saying we should not disturb the animals with flash. With or without flash, the glass and the dark interior made it difficult for good pics anyway.
After that, there was a huge coral reef, and scattered in between the coral reef were coarse colored grains. Kids had to try and pick up the grains as food. Which worked best? The pincers. What kind of animal then? Something like the butterfly fish. The ladle can't even fit in between the coral to get at the grains!
My poor memory cannot recall the other habitats! I think there was one other or 2 more? Anyway ds1 had so much fun scooping and pinching with the other kids. The classes keep running, so any kid would have the chance to try.
Took a pic of this, just a little nostalgic. A level Bio students will know the African lakes pretty well, esp the Lake Tanganyika (2nd largest lake in the world), Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria. This appeared in one of the past exam Qs. haha, every year I discuss that TYS Q with students, class after class, until I can recite answers from memory. Surprisingly, just a year on no pay leave has erased that! I used to be able to recall the Q just like that, now I can't remember what the Q is about, only know it refers to the lakes and the cichlids' speciation. haha. I think my brain is filled with parenting stuff now. I hope, at least, that it is not a void instead.
This section of the aquarium focused on those lakes, the species in them, esp the diverse species of cichlids (250 spp just in Tanganyika?). Many endemic species too, not found anywhere else in the world.
Wish when we discuss textbook examples, we can have the live specimens to look at. The students would be able to relate so much better and understand the Q, the answers... the concept.
The Amazon Rising section was very interesting too. It was full of weird and fascinating creatures. Saw lots of piranha, a large anaconda, mangrove trees...
Also saw the Beluga whales, and caught a dolphin show.
It was getting really late though, so we left reluctantly. We rushed over to the Adler Planetarium and caught the last 15min of its exhibits before it closed.
Our recent stay at Park City over Xmas also saw so many beautiful houses, all decked out in lights, inflatable snowmen, Santa, reindeer and all.
Stayed very late at Kamal's then happily went back to motel. Wondered how the kids can take it, so many late nights and touring. Remember hoping they won't fall sick till at least when we reach home.
Next morning, we flew home. No delays this time. :-)