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July 15, 2013

Stay dry in the Aquarium this winter – or dive right in!

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I love winter. I love the feeling of wet grass under my feet, the sound of rain on the roof and the cosiness that winter seems to bring. That said, I must confess that somewhere along the line I usually come down with a severe case of cabin fever. You know the feeling… One morning you wake up and the first thought that pops into your head is: If I don’t get out of this house today, I am going to go round the bend!

It is when this fever strikes me that I am reminded of all my friends with little ones. If I can last only a week or two before the fever strikes, what about the children? How do they feel after the second day of being confined indoors? And poor parents! I am sure that once the fridge door is full of finger paintings and macaroni art, they start asking the big question: “What next?”

That is why one of my favourite gifts for friends who are parents is a Two Oceans Aquarium membership. It really is great. Your membership is valid for a year and you can “visit the fish as often as you wish”.

So, when the Cape Town winter rains fall continuously, you can visit the Aquarium every day. The kids can do arts and crafts at the Afrisam Children’s Play Centre or watch a puppet show. Every visit brings a new discovery. Meet penguins, sharks, giant spider crabs and silvery fish. Or follow the seahorses on their slow journey and find the soles that play hide-and-seek under the sand. But whatever you do, have fun!

Winter, the Green Season, the Wet Season, the Other Season – call it what you like, it doesn’t have to put a damper on festivities. The Aquarium has come up with a brilliant idea: hosting children’s birthday parties. How about a Little Mermaid theme party? Or Pirates for your Little Prince, or what about a Hippity-Hoppety Frog party? Various special packages include entrance into the Aquarium, party invitations, meals for the kids and much, much more. Give Anne-Marié a call on 021 418 3823 or email party@aquarium.co.za and she will gladly send you all the information.

No need for the kids to have all the fun. Qualified adults can dive in the I&J Predator Exhibit with ragged-tooth sharks, a turtle named Joshi and shoals of other predatory fish. If you have an advanced qualification, diving in the Kelp Forest is an unmissable experience. Booking is essential and can be done by emailing bookings@aquarium.co.za or giving them a call on 021 418 3823.

The Aquarium is open every day, 365 days of the year, from 09h30 to 18h00. There are different feeding times for the penguins, the fish in the Kelp Forest and those in the I&J Predator Exhibit. For more information visit the website at www.aquarium.co.za or phone +27 21 418 3823.

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