We went to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific one afternoon last week because they had a special and teachers got in free so I only had to pay for parking and to get Sammy in (the others are still free). I went with my mom (teacher - free!) and Cathy and Danny (free, free!) and their kids (not free!) and we had a blast! I wish that Thad would have been able to go to but it was kind of at the last minute and he had to work.
The highlights: They had a really neat lorikeet exhibit (even though they would dive bomb us from time to time) and the kids really liked being up close with the birds and feeding them nectar that we had purchased.
They also had a place where you could touch sea anemones, sea stars, sea slugs and other little creatures, and another place where you could touch little tiger sharks, fish and sting rays. The big kids loved it! Nathan was very worried and kept trying to pull all of us back telling us, "don't touch it!"
I also loved the jellyfish (although I didn't get many pictures inside--it was too dark!) It was a fun afternoon and the boys really loved it! We'll have to go back again another day! Enjoy the pictures!