Sea World and a Special Encounter with a Dolphin

And so another school holiday break is over. The kids have had two weeks off for Easter and its back to school on Monday. We didn’t actually go away anywhere for a proper holiday, but that doesn’t mean Elizabeth hasn’t had lots of fun.

Here are just a few of the things she has done during the break, just to give you an idea of some of the activities we have available to us here. It’s not that I think you’re really keen to know exactly what Elizabeth has been up to, but it’s probably nice to know the kind of things that we do here in Australia for entertainment along with a rough idea of what they cost.

So, here’s what has she been up to…

  • A day at Wet ‘n’ Wild theme park, didn’t have to pay any entrance fee on the day, both Elizabeth and Mrs Bobinoz had purchased 13 month passes for this theme park and also including two other parks for just $69.
  • Redcliffe for the Festival of Sails, that was free.
  • An egg hunt on the Easter Monday, that was free.
  • Spent the day round one of her friends houses, with her mum as well, swimming in the pool; free, of course.
  • She went to one of those places where you can build a bear, that one cost $25-$35, depending on which bear you built, but you could also spend more if you bought accessories. Which of course bears do need, we’ve all heard the song, “Those bear accessories, the simple bear accessories…

Sorry. I’ll carry on…

  • A day in the city, including South Bank Parklands, the State Library of Queensland and the newly opened and refurbished Brisbane Town Hall where they could walk to the very top of the tower. All free.
  • A day at Movie World theme park, again included with that 13 month pass mentioned above.
  • You know about the horse riding on Monday, that was $100.

As you can see, you don’t need to be loaded to have fun.

Today though, she went to Sea World. Again, no fee to pay on the day, included in that $69 pass.

So that would have been the end of today’s post if something rather special hadn’t happened. At this point, I had intended to go straight to today’s YouTube video, but instead, before I do that, I just have to tell you about something rather exciting that happened today.

The Dolphin Show

Sea World put on two Dolphin shows a day, Elizabeth and her friends (along with their mums) went to one of them. During the show, they asked for two volunteers, and first they selected a little boy. Then they needed a girl.

Elizabeth and her chums, along with every other little girl in the audience, and there were quite a few, were all jumping up and down waving their hands in the air.

Elizabeth was to the far left of the crowd, but the trainer picking out the volunteer glanced over in her direction and said “Hmm, yes, the girl in the pink top and the green shorts.”

Elizabeth looked at the clothes she was wearing, looked back at the trainer who was still staring Elizabeth, and with that she ran down to the front.

Next thing you know, Elizabeth was speaking into the microphone, she had told everyone her name and where she was from and then she was in the water with a dolphin! The Dolphin’s name was ‘Mono” and she fed him fish and squid, stroked him and patted him on the back.

Just by wiggling her finger at Mono, he sang her song and when Elizabeth waved goodbye, Mono waved back.

Meanwhile, mummy was frantically taking photographs with her iPhone. Elizabeth is, as you already know, the one in the pink top and the green shorts…

selected

Elizabeth gets into the water with a dolphin…

In water

She feeds him, strokes him and pats him…

touching the dolphin (1)

touching the dolphin (2)

touching the dolphin (3)Elizabeth then poses for the official photograph…

pose

And Mrs Bobinoz decided to brave it and walk down to the front to get a close-up…

close upSea World framed that official photograph and we were invited to buy it for $40. Well, it would have been rude not to…

Elizabeth and the dolphinAt Sea World, it is possible to swim the Dolphins, snorkel with the sharks and play with some seals. At $599, it’s not cheap, but that is for a family of up to 6 members. What’s it like?

Here’s today’s video…

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