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Spring Break Fun at the Tennessee Aquarium - Keeper Kids

3/1/2012 3:20:47 PM

Tennessee Aquarium Keeper Kids activities will be offered March 10th through April 8th 2012. Spring break turns into a wild adventure at the Tennessee Aquarium when kids get a chance to get closer to some of the Aquarium’s most amazing animals and discover what it’s like to care for them. Explore behind the scenes, meet penguin experts, feed feisty otters, make enrichment toys for playful parrots or learn what it takes to properly wrangle reptiles. Kids may choose two of the 19 different activities offered throughout the day. Each program lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Keeper Kids activities are free with Aquarium admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Butterfly releases are just part of the daily spring break fun at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Keeper Kids go behind the scenes to learn about caring for cool creatures like sea turtles during spring break at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Above images: Butterfly releases and a sea turtle adventure are two of the Keeper Kids Spring Break activities offered FREE with Tennessee Aquarium admission March 10 through April 8, 2012.




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Spring Break Keeper Kids Activities at the Tennessee Aquarium March 10th – April 8th
Connecting with Nature Has Many Benefits for Children


Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 1, 2012) – “I have the coolest job in the world,” senior aviculturist Amy Graves announces before a free-flight bird program begins at the Tennessee Aquarium. “That’s because I get to care for all kinds of amazing animals like Daisy, our trumpeter hornbill.” Daisy thrills visitors by flying to three different perches located in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. Faces light up when Daisy, or other birds, soar overhead. “It sparks a child’s imagination and curiosity,” said Graves. “And when that happens, they soak up the animal facts and habitat information we provide. It’s a lot of fun to see kids getting excited about the natural world.”

While bird shows and animal encounters are offered every day in the Ranger Rick gallery, youngsters will have even more to explore as Keeper Kids during spring break from March 10th through April 8th. Children, ages six and up, may choose two of the 19 different daily activities being offered FREE with Aquarium admission. They explore “Keepers Only” areas to meet penguin experts, feed feisty otters, make toys for playful parrots or discover what it’s like to care for sharks, sea turtles or reptiles. Each program lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. “They get to discover more about our animals and what it takes to care for them,” said Graves. “A few leave wanting to work for the Aquarium as biologists, but many more head out excited to explore nature with eyes wide open.”
See the complete list of Keeper Kids activities.  

Families may choose to explore nature aboard the River Gorge Explorer. The Williams Island Family Adventure Cruises give everyone a chance to view a heron rookery and osprey nest during a special 90-minute excursion for kids. Naturalists lead an on-board scavenger hunt in addition to their duties pointing out wildlife and historic points of interest. “A pair of bald eagles is frequently seen near Williams Island,” said Aquarium naturalist John Dever. “Our younger passengers always have fun identifying and calling out great blue herons and kingfishers. It’s fun to see them getting excited about wildlife.” The Williams Island Family Adventure cruises depart from the Chattanooga Pier daily at 12:30 pm from March 10th through April 8th. Special Spring Break pricing will be offered for these cruises: $20 / per person (age 3 and up), $18 / per person under age 3. Make a reservation online. 

According to the National Wildlife Federation, fueling a passion for nature has many benefits for children. The organization cites research showing that environment-based education boosts critical thinking and raises test scores. And, children that spend time outdoors are more likely to; maintain healthy weight, have reduced stress levels and develop teamwork and problem solving skills more quickly than children who have less exposure to nature.

Spring Break fun continues at the IMAX 3D Theater. Guests have three giant screen adventures to enjoy. The Last Reef 3D uses new underwater 3D technology to lead audiences on a journey through brightly-colored coral reefs. These “Cities Beneath the Sea” are bustling with amazing creatures from sharks to jellyfish. Born to be Wild 3D is a heart-warming story of two women who have dedicated their lives to saving baby animals. One helps raise baby orangutans in the jungles of Borneo while the other saves baby elephants living in the rugged savannah in Kenya. Tornado Alley 3D places viewers in the Tornado Intercept Vehicle with storm chaser Sean Casey.  The filmmaker races across the Great Plains to document how researchers study severe weather at point blank range to better understand tornado formation. View showtimes or purchase tickets online. 

Learn about additional Chattanooga Spring Break Safari adventures.


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