January 8, 2015

Win Free Tickets to Sea Life Michigan

Today I was invited to preview the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. at the Great Lakes Crossing mall. It was a big day too as it was the  arrival of several of the aquarium's sharks.

The event was a quiet one for local press, a few of my fellow bloggers, Sea Life's kid reporter and several of the Sea Life's young environmentalists. We did not get to visit the entire aquarium this wee, however my kids were thrilled to be able to attend, since they had an unexpected snow day!

The stingrays were quite happy to say "hello" at Sea Life Michigan!
I've been invited back for the media/blogger preview on January 22, so I'll have my full review at that time. However I wanted to take a moment to share some photos of today and give one lucky family a chance to win (4) free passes to Sea Life Michigan!

My kids loved seeing the many species of fish, the loved the blue tangs, the eel and the many sting rays swimming around. The sting rays even seemed happy to see us, as they swam to the edge of the aquarium waving! My daughter was especially impressed to see the puffer fish gliding past.

There were so many types of fish. We can't wait to walk through the tunnel below to see their world from another view! It was certainly beautiful, my iPhone just did not due their beauty justice!

Of course the main event of the day was the release of the sharks, specifically two varieties of sharks called a Bonnethead Shark and Blacknose Shark A third variety of shark, a Nurse Shark, was released into another enclosure elsewhere in the aquarium however we did not see that release. To see an exclusive sneak peek of the release of one of the Bonnet-head Sharks, be sure to visit the Ann Arbor Mom Facebook page.

It was a nice way to spend an unexpected day off school, that's for sure!

Now, I would like to know, what are you most looking forward to seeing when you visit Sea Life Michigan? Comment below before midnight on January 15 for a chance to win. One lucky winner, drawn at random, will win tickets to Sea Life Aquarium after they open January 29.

The family 4-pack includes: 4 tickets (for one visit), 4 behind the scenes tour tickets, 1 souvenir guidebook and 2 gifts from the retail store.

I'd also like to point out that tickets right now are discounted. The pre-opening price saves up to 25%! Tickets are just $17.50 with free entry for children under age 3. There are also options for a year long annual pass for individuals and families. Field trip and group pricing is also available. To buy tickets or to learn more about Sea Life Michigan be sure to visit their website. The grand opening is set for January 29!

Setting the fish free into the aquarium at Sea Life Michigan.
We are looking forward to exploring more of the aquarium and sharing the experience with another Ann Arbor Family, so be sure to enter soon. Good luck, I know you and your family will enjoy the experience! Don't forget, be sure I can reach you if you win so please provide your name in the comments.

The kids thought it was cool to be interviewed by
several television reporters - I think my daughter has
a new passion too. She now wants to add TV personality
to her list of future jobs. She looks a natural holding the mic.




62 comments:

  1. We would love to visit this aquarium!

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  2. We are most looking forward to the touch tank experience. This would be a wonderful prize pack for our family of 4, or to any family that wins!

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    1. Awesome. My kids are looking forward to the touch tank too!

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    2. Before my daughter was born, I lived in Oregon. I went to the tide pools on the coast. It was probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. When the tide rolled out you could walk around and see all the starfish and sea anemones. Super colorful and awesome.

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  3. We would absolutely love to check this out!

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    1. I think my daughter would be most excited by the touch tanks as she is infatuated with all sorts of sea creatures. Our family favorite is sea turtles though so if there are sea turtles I think that would be what we'd all be most excited for!

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  4. My kids would love to see the aquarium!

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  5. We have been looking forward to this opening! My kids are excited to see the fish and the sharks :)

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  6. My family are looking forward to this event because we love all kinds of sea life. We are also excited about the touch tank experience.
    Tara Fairchild

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  7. It will be great to visit this aquarium !

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  8. Be sure to say exactly WHAT you are looking forward to seeing - A specific fish, the sharks, the Tough a Tank experience, whatever...

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  9. We look forward to seeing all of the sea life but really looking forward to the Sharks and Sting Rays!!! Great fun! Melissa Bak

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  10. We would love to visit! Sharks, sharks and more sharks!

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    1. After my kids made some comment about the sharks eating the fish I couldn't help but think of this Finding Nemo quote, "Fish are not food!"

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  11. Thanks for letting us know about this. I would be most interested in seeing the seahorses. -Brian Blasko

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    1. We didn't get to see them yet but can't wait.

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  12. My boys would love to see the sharks! We were just up there last month and they kept asking if they could go inside :) - Lauren Stacey

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  13. Oh Maxim loves sharks and my daughter loves sting rays.

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  14. I can sit and watch aquariums for hours! Must have been all that time I spent at the beach as a kid.

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  15. We would love to see the Sharks and sting rays with our girls 8, 6, and 3!

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    1. It's pretty cool. Can't wait to walk through the tunnel below.

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  16. My family is most excited to see the sharks!

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  17. We are most excited about sharks and all the interesting sea creatures. I love watching fish and am looking forward to the whole "experience"

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  18. The touch tank! Can't wait to experience all the fun!
    emilymhagerman@Gmail.com

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  19. I think my kids would love th whole thing..especially being close to the fish and being able to touch them in the touch tank.

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  20. My boys want to check out the jellyfish!

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  21. i am looking forward to seeing the jellies!!

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  22. My children (as well as myself) are looking forward to the touch tank and everything else the aquarium has to offer!

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  23. Our kids LOVE sea creatures (all animals actually, land and water!). We just moved from CT, where we often visit the Maritime aquarium with the touch tanks, stingrays,fish,seals, etc. Just moved to Ann Arbor and been to the Chicago Shedd this past spring and spent the whole day there. Love to see this new local attraction and looking forward to the sharks and interactive touch tank!

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  24. We are looking forward to seeing the sting rays!

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  25. Can't wait to take my kids to check this out. It looks like it is going to be a great family day.
    Laurie - engleharts@yahoo.com

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  26. What a awesome place. Cant wait to see it.

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  27. As huge fans of Tanked on Animal Planet, we look forward to seeing the designs of the tanks themselves in addition to the wide variety of fish and sea life.

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  28. My "big kid" and I are most excited to experience the interactive Touchpool Experience. I just love aquariums, they are so peaceful and relaxing.

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  29. We are looking forward to seeing the sharks and the touch tank! Michele Buchanan mmbsunshine@comcast.net

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  30. I would love to take my 3 year old and his two cousins to see the different shark species.

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  31. My 3.5 and 1 year old would love the touch tank and would really get into the sharks, among others. We try to visit aquariums on all of our trips!! Love the water and sea life!

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  32. Can't Wait to see the jellyfish!
    Lesley Hundley

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  33. This would be such a great family trip, thanks for the opportunity! Susan

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  34. This place looks amazing. So great to have something like this in Michigan! JaVon Jason

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  35. My four year old would be fascinated with the touch tank and hammer sharks. This would be a great experience and closer then Chicago.

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  36. My kids love aquariums, especially touch tanks. We're looking forward to visiting.

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  37. We would like to see the touch tanks and sharks. Thanks! zebedest@yahoo.com (Sarah)

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  38. My son would love to see the stingrays as well as the jellyfish(if any). He has always been fascinated by them. I would like to see how they were able to build this inside a "Mall".

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  39. My daughter wants to be a marine biologist, so this would be amazing for her!!

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  40. My daughter loves everything about sharks. She has books, shark teeth and loves to watch documentaries about sharks. Her little brother will just be happy to do anything his sister is doing. he adores her

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  41. My daughter loves everything about sharks. She has books, shark teeth and loves to watch documentaries about sharks. Her little brother will just be happy to do anything his sister is doing. he adores her

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  42. I think the tunnel looks especially unique and fun to walk through.

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  43. We have been waiting for the aquarium to open...So exciting! We would love to see it <3

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  44. I have four kids who would love to see the animals especially the sharks. This would be an amazing experience.

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