Kids across Denver now have even more reason to get excited for summer. SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, a 20,000 square-foot interactive facility of globally-themed sea life, birds, otters, and tortoises, is slated to open at Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton just as the school year ends.
Inside the aquarium, themed exhibits take kids on a hands-on journey around the planet, encountering 1,200 animals in 300 species. The exhibits include sea life in the South Pacific, tropical birds in the Amazon Rainforest, reptiles in the Egyptian Desert, a hand-feeding encounter with otters, sharks, and eels along the Great Wall of China, and several others, each geared to represent native wildlife. Guests can feed stingray and encounter capybara (the world’s largest rodent), Asian small-clawed otters, and giant Sulcata tortoises.
Kids (and their adults) also have an opportunity to swim with sea creatures in the 45,000-gallon aquarium or take part in a behind-the-scenes tour (see Insider Secret below). Interactive activities are designed for a range of comfort levels, with viewing and feeding opportunities, an aviary tour, and even a chance to snorkel with stingrays, sharks, and other tropical fish. Birthday parties, private events, and STEM-themed field trips will also be offered.
The aquarium bills its offerings as “edutainment,” providing visitors realistic backdrops and up-close animal encounters to foster an understanding of conservation issues and appreciation for the environment.
“There is no substitute as effective as connecting personally with animals to teach the importance and urgency of conservation,” says Elsa Macdonald, SeaQuest national marketing director.
In addition, the company’s SeaQuest Cares initiative gives back to the community by supporting animal rescue and adoption programs, at-risk child-focused programs, food and blood drives, and conservation efforts. The facility gives free admission passes to local nonprofits, and foster children and certified teachers receive free admission for life. They also subsidize Title I school field trips, and work with local charities to provide school supplies, and support veterans.
With educational opportunities, animal interactions, conservation activities, and plenty of fun, SeaQuest promises to be a popular outing.
- Check it Out:
- Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
- Need to Know:
- SeaQuest is open to members starting May 26 and open to the general public starting June 2. For their grand opening, guests can enjoy entertainers, face painters, and other activities, in addition to the exhibits.
- Annual passports start at $59.95; day passes start at $8.95.
- Insider Secret:
- It’s generally best to arrive early in the morning or late in the evening for the most animal activity, during feeding time. For a more in-depth look at the animals, check out The Animal Whisperer tour. It offers a peek behind the scenes of the aquarium, where you can learn about the animals’ medical care, food preparation, and more.