Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That’s why I’ve partnered with Apparoo – the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I’ll be sharing the ‘Apparoo App of the Week‘ with you. Very often they’ve negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free. I’m very excited about this and welcome your feedback on the apps you decide to install.
From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours… unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good time is guaranteed for all! Tic Toc Time is normally $3.99, but right now you can purchase it for just $0.99!
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post.
Spring is technically here, but between chilly temperatures and rainy weather there are a lot of days when we’re still cooped up in the house. But if you live in New Jersey, Philadelphia, or within two hours of Philadelphia, you should check out the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey! Located just across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and next to the Delaware River, the Adventure Aquarium has lots to offer, including:
- freshwater & saltwater fish
- stingrays and sharks
- stingrays, sharks, starfish, and crustaceans that you can pet!
- special exhibits, including the current Frogs: Nature’s Messengers exhibit
Cost-wise, the Adventure Aquarium will definitely fit into your budget: tickets for adults are $25.95, children (ages 2-12) are $18.95, and children under the age of 2 are free. But annual passes for families are no more than $235, so if you plan on coming more than once, consider getting a pass and enjoying a whole year’s worth of visits! Parking is just $10.00 for non-pass-holders. You can choose to eat at the Adventure Aquarium cafe, or pack your own lunch to enjoy outside at one of the many tables or benches alongside the Delaware River.
We’re a family of four, but we have an autistic child, and my husband requires the use of a wheelchair for long outings – so for us, a little extra planning for trips is often a necessity. Fortunately the Adventure Aquarium offers handicapped parking, a facility that is completely accessible for wheelchairs (as well as strollers), and easy-to-follow maps and signs. Staff members are plentiful and easy to identify by their shirts and badges, so if you become separated from your child, you’ll be able to quickly get help and track them down.
We live a little over an hour away from southwest Philadelphia, so the drive to the Adventure Aquarium took us less than two hours – and that’s with hitting typical morning congestion along 76 into Philadelphia. The parking lot was easy to navigate, and there were plenty of handicapped parking spots available. It didn’t take us long to get our tickets (you can purchase tickets at the aquarium, but I recommend avoiding the line by purchasing them ahead of time and picking them up on your way in) and start exploring.
The Adventure Aquarium is broken up into four adventure zones:
- Adventure Zone A: eels, barracudas, seahorses, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks & hammerheads, touch areas for sharks and stingrays
- Adventure Zone B: penguins, stingrays, 4D Movie Experience
- Adventure Zone C: Aqua Pals (play area for younger children), hands-on stuff, frogs & turtles
- Adventure Zone D: hippos, porcupines, cichlids, jellyfish, sea nettles, octopus, sharks
Of the four zones, we probably spent the most time in Adventure Zone C, where Alyssa and Ryan enjoyed playing with the interactive exhibits, as well as checking out many of the fish from underneath & in (via really neat inverted “domes”). In this zone we also had the opportunity to touch starfish, a sea cucumber, and even starfish and lobsters.
Adventure Zones A and B were awesome because of all of the fish, the adorable sea turtles (especially Bob, a female loggerheaded sea turtle who loves to check out the people who are checking her out!), and the penguins. But Adventure Zone D was amazing for two reasons: the amazing jellyfish and sea nettles, and the awe-inspiring sharks. In addition to multiple viewing levels/angles of the sharks, the Adventure Aquarium also offers a Shark Tunnel, through which you can walk and get a beautiful 360° view of sharks as they swim around you – and eye you up as they’re doing so.
It took us about three hours to fully explore the Adventure Aquarium, though there were two areas we skipped: the 4D Theater, because we wanted to explore rather than view; and the West African River Experience, but only because it was closed for renovations (we were really disappointed to not have been able to see the hippos!). During that time we found it easy to navigate the aquarium thanks to the way one area generally leads into another – this eased Ryan’s anxieties, as he often worries about missing something, or getting separated from us. There were several restrooms and water fountains, as well as strategically-placed hand sanitizer stations, so staying clean, comfortable, and hydrated wasn’t a problem. And while we did not eat in the Feeding Frenzy Cafe, everything smelled great and looked reasonably priced, so I’d recommend it for convenience.
Our experience at the Adventure Aquarium was a great one, and we have great pictures and anecdotes from our visit, as well as a few souvenirs. You should definitely check out the aquarium – and if you go before the end of the month, you’ll get to see the special Frogs: Nature’s Messenger Exhibit! Before your visit, make sure to check out the Special Offers, as there are several opportunities to save on food and other venues.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest opinion.