Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Encounter with the Beluga at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Last Saturday morning, my son and I had an amazing experience: we donned waders and stepped behind-the-scenes and into the chilly waters of the  Shedd Aquarium's beluga habitat, where we got up close and personal with the beluga whales. We got so up close and personal that Daniel even *kissed* a beluga. Smooch! How many people can say that they have kissed a Beluga Whale!?

Daniel kisses his beluga pal

We learned so much about belugas, as a Shedd trainer showed us how these amazing creatures are cared for on a daily basis.  

I can't even describe how odd it felt to be standing in the same swimming pool as the belugas, to touch their "melons" and to see them swimming so playfully about!

Daniel and I laughed so much together and it really turned out to be an unforgettable Mommy/Son moment, moments I value as my son is about to enter his teen years (!!!).
Daniel and I in the beluga habitat

We won this experience by participating in the Chicago Park District's Park Points Program. Are you familiar with it?

Park Points™ is your opportunity to be rewarded for your loyalty to the Chicago Park District.  Engage with us, and our partners, to gain access to amazing experiences.whether it's checking-in at some of the most popular locations, “liking” one of our new programs on Facebook, tweeting about your favorite Park activity, or sharing a photo from one of our partners, you have a chance to earn and accumulate Park Points™.  
But even if you don't participate in Park Points, you can still arrange a Beluga Encounter at the Shedd on your own. This is a wonderful experience for the tween or tween in your life, and would make a great Christmas present!
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