Stingrays swimming around the 35,000-square-foot SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auburn Hills, MI #SEALIFEMI

Let me tell you about the time I went to the SEA LIFE aquarium 36 weeks pregnant…

True story. Do you know what Braxton Hicks contractions feel like? Huh? Do ya? Oh goodness is the big day closing in! (For myself and the aquarium!) I slay myself.

Okay, so yesterday morning I strapped myself into one stylish belly brace, donned whatever winter garb I thought might protect me from the -9 degree weather, dropped the ornery cat off at the vet, took Michael to school, and trekked down to my new favorite indoor experience.

I know, I know, I’m such a meanie face. Who makes their toddler go to school when work consists of sharks, stingrays, and fish?

It wasn’t my idea. You guys know I’m the cool parent, right? Right? That I am not the reason Michael went to school that day? I sure hope so!

In case you don’t remember, I’m an ambassador for SEA LIFE Michigan. All of the images and opinions are my own.

Adding fish to the 7th SEA LIFE Aquarium in the United States #SEALIFEMI

Michael would have LOVED welcoming the Nurse shark, three Blacknose sharks, and two Bonnethead sharks to their new home. In fact, we sat together at my computer and went through the pictures I took during the event… three times. We even looked at them again before bed. Then we watched the footage from WXYZ Detroit. And then from WILX. I can’t make this stuff up, guys. His three year old self is so in love and he doesn’t even remember how much fun he had during the groundbreaking event.

He was all, “WHOA! Look at the BIG shark!”

I loved every repetitive moment of it.

Releasing sharks in the SEA LIFE Aquarium location inside Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Michigan #SEALIFEMI

But he wasn’t the only tiny human excited for the grand opening of SEA LIFE Michigan. The winners of the Young Environmentalist contest were able to join us for starfish cookies and juice boxes.


I think baby Schuplin was more excited for the cookies than they were because… sharks. Real life sharks trump cookies and juice boxes every single time.

I won’t even lie and say I wasn’t totally jealous that the Young Environmentalists were front and center as the sharks were rushed inside via stretchers before swimming off into the main ocean tank. Oh, to be young again!

Shark adapting to its new home at the SEA LIFE aquarium in Auburn Hills

Opening day is getting close, guys!

Many of the other creatures, including Moray eels, seahorses, and stingrays, have already been delivered to the aquarium, with the remaining inhabitants arriving within the next week. The aquarium opens to the public at noon on January 29th, and tickets (at special pre-opening rates) are now available online.

Don’t worry, though. I will report back to you guys with a sneak peek of all the good stuff after the media preview event on the 22nd. Well. As long as I don’t go into labor early.

I had a good talk with him/her about staying put until after the 24th so we should be good. Famous last words?

AND! And. And. And! Michael is absolutely playing hooky from school that day. It’s an educational field trip, no?

The new SEA LIFE aquarium locations provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life #SEALIFEMI

But wait, that’s not all!

I’m giving away a family 4-pack which includes: 4 tickets (for one visit), 4 behind the scenes tour tickets, 1 souvenir guidebook and 2 gifts from the retail store. (Note: The winner will receive his/her package after grand opening.)

How cool is that?

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