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SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

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Mister is doing the Apologia Swimming Creatures course this year, through our homeschool co-op.  He is really enjoying learning about sea life, so when the opportunity presented to take the family to SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, of course I was excited.  We have family in the Kansas City area, so it was only natural to combine our family time with our SEA LIFE time and the whole gang go to enjoy the day together.  Here’s our family with my husband’s parents and sister. Our Family at SeaLife Aquarium

We were visiting on a Saturday, and arrived shortly before the doors opened at 10 a.m. While we were waiting in line, I heard someone over the loud speaker say something about squid dissection.  I thought I had misheard, but Mister immediately became excited and said, “You mean I can dissect a real squid?”  Yup, I heard them correctly. I wasn’t sure whether Mister would actually want to do the dissection later in the day, or if he’d even remember, so I didn’t purchase the Squid Anatomy Class admission when it was our turn to go through admissions.

Anyway, through the line we went, and soon we were beyond amazed as we journeyed through exhibits that are home to more than 5,000 Sea Creatures!  From clownfish to sea turtles, to the common octopus to the cownose stingray.  My kids loved them ALL. Sister was particularly smitten with this stingray, whom she was convinced was trying to blow her kisses…perhaps he was.

Up Close with a StingRay

Mister loved the fin facts that were on the wall throughout the aquarium. He made sure to look at each one, and everyone joined him in finding answers.

SeaLife Fin Facts

By far, one of the most popular spots was the touch pool, though Sister was hesitant to do any touching at first.  I actually had to do a hand over hand approach, to get her to touch a sea star.  Once she did, though, she was quite thrilled with her bravery, and proceeded to touch many of the creatures in the touch pool.

SeaLife Touch Pool

As we winded our way through the aquarium, Mister asked what time it was.  I told him, and he said, “Mom, we have to hurry, we don’t want to miss the Squid Anatomy Class.”  I guess he remembered.  LOL.  So, I had to wind my way back through the aquarium to the admissions desk to purchase tickets.  The class is only $5 per student, and I just had to go in, too.  It’s been years since I last dissected anything, and I was excited.  Not nearly as excited as he, though.  Here he is waiting for his very own squid.

Waiting for Squid

And now, to study the model, read our vocabulary, and dissect.

Squid Dissection at SeaLife

He was able to use the squid ink to sign his name on the back of the vocabulary card.  When we went back to co-op, he proudly showed it to his Swimming Creatures teacher.  He later declared that the squid dissection was his favorite part of the day.  It was my favorite part, too, which made that $10 well spent.

Admission to SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium range from $15-$20, depending on age and day of the week.  You can save up to $5 per ticket by booking online in advance.  We will definitely be visiting SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium again! I can’t wait until Sister is old enough to dissect things!

***Disclosure- we received complimentary admission for four to SEA LIFE for our family.  My in-laws purchased their own tickets, and we purchased admission to the Squid Anatomy Class ourselves.***

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Wow, what an awesome aquarium!! My boys LOVE it there! And that Squid Anatomy Class sounds awesome.

  2. Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place that actually lets you dissect something! Gross..but cool. 🙂

  3. We have family and friends (and a church) in the Kansas City area, and I’ve been there to visit many times. I never knew there was a Sea Life Aquarium there! We’ll be there this June for a wedding, I may have to go check this out!! SO awesome that they let you guys to a squid dissection!

    • Alesha you should check it out in June. They have a new “Claws” exhibit opening next week that includes a 14-foot Japanese Spider Crab, Coconut Crabs, Fiddler Crabs, and many more crustaceans. I hope to check it out this summer, too!

  4. SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium looks like a fun, educational trip. My kids would love to dissect a squid, and its a great price too.

  5. You look like you had a great time! We love aquariums so I definitely want to visit here.

  6. It looks like you had a great day at the aquarium! I love visiting the aquarium just as much as the kids, I love sea life!

  7. I love aquariums and this one looks fantastic! So interactive. I bet your son loved the squid class!

  8. That’s funny that he remembered the squid anatomy course. 🙂 I think this looks like a great day for the little ones, and big ones too!

  9. Ohh, fun fun!! I love to visit aquariums but I’m not much on the whole disection thing. In middle school, we disected cow eyes {gaggggg}. I don’t see how I ever made it through that.

  10. We have a Sea Life aquarium here in Phoenix and it is so much fun every time we go! That squid dissection looks awesome!

  11. What a fun place to visit! I love watching sea life – amazing creatures!

  12. That aquarium looks so fun! My family would love to visit…although I would NOT be sticking around for a dissection. I’m glad your son had fun though!

  13. It seems as if your group had a great time at the aquarium. I have been to the aquarium in Baltimore and it was a wonderful experience.

  14. What a cool place! I’ve never heard of a place where they do actual dissections.
    My daughter would love it there!

  15. This place looks so cool! If we’re ever in that part of the country, we’ll have to check it out. My boys would love it.

  16. rays are my favorite at aquariums. they are so friendly and cute and seem to have so much personality.

  17. Good for him!! Wow what an educational experience. YOu all look like you’re having an enjoyable day. We need one of those where we live.

  18. I want to take my kids to an aquarium. I think it’s the one thing they all would love so much. I want to see a shark, because my five year old’s bedtime story has been all about sharks as of late. He’s so interested in learning about sea life.

  19. That ray is so cool!! I snorkled with rays once off the California coast.

  20. I *love* aquariums! I work at a shell museum so we have a live tank, but it’s nothing like this!

  21. I’m s jealous. I’ve never been to an aquarium and this looks like so much fun.

  22. That aquarium is awesome. I love all the things that they have to do.