Meet the Sullivans: The California Academy of Sciences

September 18, 2012

The California Academy of Sciences

I am so late on posting about our little family day up in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences. 

We had such a great time and Owen just loved looking at all the fish, the alligator, the butterflies, etc. I can't decide whether the aquarium or the rainforest are my favorite exhibits. 

My little dude ready for his first museum / aquarium experience. 





The 4 story living rainforest is contained within a spectacular 90-foot diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world.





I was really worried Owen was going to catch one of the butterflies.


The dark rooms that house the aquariums were especially cool for Owen.

The fish are so colorful.

This guy gives me the creeps! The Swamp in the Steinhardt Aquarium contains Claude, an albino American alligator and several alligator snapping turtles. You can view the animals from the surface as well as from an underwater window. This photo was taken from the balcony above the Swamp. 


Another cool and scary exhibit is the Earthquake Exhibit: Life on a Dynamic Planet. See the yellow line labeled San Andreas Fault? Right underneath it is part of the Crystal Springs Reservoir, which is just a few minutes from our house. Yikes.


There was a neat little spot where people could write down their memories of earthquakes they've experience. I had O-man in the Bjorn, so I couldn't write, but if I did I would have shared my dad's story from the 1989 Loma Prieta  earthquake. He was just getting seated for the third game of the World Series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants (both Bay Area teams) at Candlestick Park. It was a 7.1 and all I remember is that it knocked a ton of crystal out of my mom's china cabinet, there was a huge mess and it took forever for my dad to get home from the game. Ah, memories.

They have a earthquake simulator where you can feel what the 1906 and 1989 (the largest quakes to hit the Bay) feel like. Children under a certain age are not allowed, and definitely not babies, so Keith went in while O and I looked around some more. Keith said it was very cool!

The outside of the simulator.

While O and I waited we checked out the cute baby ostriches outside. Owen would have loved to crawl around in there with them!

We had a great time and I can't wait to take Owen back there again someday soon!

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