Mall of America's Sea Life — Worth the Cost on Homeschool Days



We finally got a chance to check out Sea Life at the Mall of America (formerly known as Underwater World).





They host Homeschool Days once or twice a year, generally in the fall and spring.  If you visit during those days (generally a week long), the price is drastically reduced.  When we visited, it was $5 a person instead of $17 or $23 each!


The kids really enjoyed it, and they learned quite a lot.  We made the three hour drive up there mostly for this event, and it was well worth it.




That said, I would not recommend it at full price, especially for large families or those with limited funds.  While it was a fun visit, it would have cost well over $100 for our family and we were ready to leave in under two hours.

For the price we paid ($30 for all seven of us, since three year-old Fiona was free, I believe), it was a fantastic field trip!






We made sure to make some stops at places like the LEGO store while we were at the mall, too, of course!




A Little Fiona Update


Six things you can tell from this photo:

  1. Fiona is now a preschooler — three years old!
  2. Fiona likes to wear my glasses and steal my iPod.
  3. Daryl is extremely tolerant.
  4. Fiona picks out her own outfits.
  5. I have not become any less messy with five kids.
  6. Fiona rules the roost.

In other Fiona news…..  She can read and write a few words like MOM, counts pretty high and loves to do art.  Her big brothers and sisters all pretty much dote on her, and she is not shy about bossing them around!  She also adores them.  She is a Ham with a capital H.  She’s silly and loves to laugh.  She’s a mama’s girl who always wants to be with me.  She loves books, nature and chocolate.  She also loves to sing and write her own songs, which kind of never end.  😉

Favorite foods (besides chocolate):  Organic tortilla chips with hummus or salsa, apples with peanut butter, burrito bowls, guacamole and rice.

Favorite shows: My Little Pony, Frozen, “Monkey George” (Curious George) and Barbie’s Life in the Dreamhouse.  That last one is thanks to a very sweet dad at a house we visited who put it on for her on their TV last year, thinking that it was a good show for little girls.  Now our whole family is cursed to forever watch Barbie and Ken’s highjinx.  It’s actually surprisingly mesmerizing in a really horrifying way.  😉

She’s exhausting, delightful and nearly perfect in our not-in-the-least-bit-impartial opinions!