Unplanned exhibits – aquarium version

We recently spent a day at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. It’s an adventure we’ve experienced many times. Every visit is wonderful, but this visit there was one exhibit that captured the children’s attention. They stared at it intently while other Aquarium guests glanced and wandered elsewhere. Even after we dragged them away from the glass to see the other areas of the Aquarium, the children continued to talk about the exhibit that they found mesmerizing and perplexing.

"What has captured their attention?"

Normally, the adults stand behind children and watch exhibits while they also watch children. After an unreasonably long time staring at the children, staring at the exhibit, we squeezed toward the glass to better understand the attraction to this particular exhibit.

Look in the water.

The children’s eyes and minds were focused on the floor of the giant Aquarium.

"How will they get the phone out of the tank?"

“There’s a phone IN the fish tank.” The children came up with an endless array of scenarios that could have led to a phone’s demise in the fishy waters. They proposed phone recovery options that ranged from ridiculous to impossible. “But what if they trained the otters to fetch?” It’s been more than a week since our visit to the Aquarium and the children are STILL making up stories and asking questions about a cell phone that was dropped in the tank. If the phone wasn’t toxic to wildlife, I would suggest that the Aquarium’s version of “Where’s Waldo” be “Where’s the broken phone?” Just ask the otters move the phone to different exhibit windows every week. The children believe the otters will do it.

One thought on “Unplanned exhibits – aquarium version

  1. have you made that request for wheres waldo official? that would be a way to have people spend more time there.

    and you got me thinking about now…

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