Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Adventure Review!

My 5 year old has Autism. He is the loveliest, happiest little guy – and he lights up our lives. He teaches us so much every day about how to enjoy life – and he brings out the best in his big sister!

Autism Ontario puts together some wonderful programs for families to attend. It is so nice to go to an event knowing the staff are expecting kids who don’t necessarily behave or react the same as ‘neurotypicals’. 🙂  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada partnered with Autism Ontario for their first “Sensory Friendly” evening on Sunday, April 19th.  We registered and received a 4pm-5pm entry time.

We arrived right around 4pm – just as the Blue Jay’s game was letting out.  Ripley’s Aquarium is right under the CN Tower and right next to Rogers Centre.

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This meant there was a LOT of parking suddenly becoming available.  We parked at a lot just off of Bremner Boulevard – the rate was about $24 for the ‘day’. We could have saved by parking elsewhere, one resource I looked at before heading out was this: http://toronto.bestparking.com/destinations/cn-tower-parking/   But in the end, I just wanted to be close by and we didn’t have to pay for our Ripley’s Admission so it seemed ‘worth it’.

After checking in, we visited the washrooms. My son is on a potty training routine and the toilets at Ripley’s were ‘auto flush’ which scared him – so no successes while we were there. Both kids loved the initial fish tanks that were around to explore.  My son tried to count the fish in one tank (over 1,000 – not sure he can count quite that high yet, so we moved on).

Counting Fish!

So much for the kids to see and do!

One of the first really cool things we saw – reminded us we were at a RIPLEY’s – inventor of the “Believe it or Not” series – check out this YouTube video I found!  Fleshy Sea Pens!

There’s lots to see and explore! Eventually you get to the amazing shark tanks! A conveyor belt keeps the crowd flowing, but gives lots of time to see everything! You are fully immersed in the aquarium – it was really cool! Currently, Ripley’s is running a #SharkSelfie contest until June 26, 2015 – so we were certain to take lots of selfies for our weekly entry! 🙂

Jennpup #SharkSelfie

After the Shark tank, there was so much for the kids to do and explore!  There were snack bars, slides, horseshoe crabs to touch and sharks to pet. My favourite area was “Planet Jellies” – truly an out of this world experience!

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The kids had a blast and it wouldn’t be complete without an “Exit Thru the GiftShop” – my 11 year old picked a stuffy Jellyfish to hang from her ceiling. It will definitely remind us of a great day!

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I hope you get the chance to check it out soon! 🙂

Love,

Jennpup

P.S. Want to try to win tickets?
This contest from DurhamRegion.com ends May 3rd, 2015 – enter here.
ParentSource.ca has a contest to win Ripley’s Passes and another for a CN Tower experience ending April 30th, 2015 – check out their current contests here!  Good luck!

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Pay it Forward – Adventures With Jennpup – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Ticket Giveaway

I’m gearing up for Spring! Time for some new adventures. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto is hosting an Autism Friendly event on the evening of Sunday, April 19th via Autism Ontario. Our entire family is able to attend Ripley’s Aquarium for free (free tickets sold out very quickly).

“Autism Ontario invites children with autism and their families to enjoy a sensory friendly evening at Ripley’s Aquarium! Sound will be lowered, lights will be raised, and a quiet room will be available for individuals who need a break from the excitement.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

I am happy to share that Ripley’s Aquarium proudly accepts the Easter Seals Access 2 Entertainment card so children and adults with disabilities can use this card to bring a support worker for free with their paid admission. Information on this program can be found here: http://easterseals.ca/english/access-2-entertainment-card

We’ve never been to Ripley’s Aquarium and we are really looking forward to it!  I’ll be sure and add pics and a review to the blog.
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This kindness means I have two tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium to give away! This is a “Pay it Forward” contest. If you win, please pass on a kindness of your choosing to someone else. I love entering contests and am really happy to have the chance to host one for a change!

One winner will be selected and must reply within 48 hours. Contest closes April 25, 2015. The winner will receive 2 tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto which expire May 30, 2015, transportation and expenses not included, just two tickets! This contest is open to Ontario, but best suited to someone in the GTA, who is able to use them prior to the expiry date. Please check Ripley’s calendar when planning your visit for their hours and any early special event closures.

Enter by clicking on the “Entry-Form” link below and following the steps – Good Luck!  You can enter every day by tweeting via the entry form:

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Be sure and click on the words Entry-Form above or here! 🙂

Thank you!

Love,  Jennpup

PS – Here’s another contest from Metroland Durham Region giving away 4 tickets to Ripley’s, Enter Here!