Behind the Picture: at the Aquarium Touch Tank
The story behind the picture: I’m a stay-at-home dad (me, Rob) so I get to do fun stuff with the boys every day. Chris works in Seattle five days a week, so most of his fun time is mainly on the weekends or when we’re traveling. One of our favorite things to do is to play tourist-at-home and explore the surrounding towns. Our closest place to visit is Poulsbo, WA. We’ve written about it before. It’s a picturesque little Scandinavian town on Liberty Bay, about an hour from Seattle. It’s a gem of a place with the best bakery ever, a waterfront park and an awesome aquarium touch tank.
Okay, you know how sometimes you walk into Starbucks and they say “Tall Nonfat No Whip Mocha today?” and you’re like “Sure, thanks for remembering.” Well, that’s us at the aquarium. We’re there that often. “Want to touch the sea anemones today?” “Sure, thanks for remembering”…because we are there at least once a week.
It’s rare that Papa gets to join us though, so this particular day was a special treat. We got to take him on our tour of Poulsbo that’s old hat to us. He had so much fun and got to experience the town with the greatest tour guide this world has ever seen. It’s tough that he doesn’t get to spend every day with the boys the way I do. I know he wishes he could stay home too, but it just didn’t work out that way. That’s why when we get to have adventures together, they’re more fun than you can imagine and we enjoy each other so much more.
Why people love this picture: seeing a child teach an adult something is actually a funny thing to watch. The adult pretends to now know or understand; the child delivers information that, to them, is mostly accurate. This picture captures Papa in the moment of confirming his understanding…because I’m sure he just got an earful of knowledge.
Fun fact: the Poulsbo Marine Science center is free to the public. It has its own parking and is in the perfect place for a quick or lengthy visit when you’re in Little Scandinavia. The aquarium has limited hours, so check before you go. Currently, it’s open
Thursday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Note: they do not always have an octopus to visit, as permits only allow one to be captive up to 6 months, and if it’s a female who’s showing signs that she’s ready to reproduce, she must be released as well.