SciQuarium a great quick getaway for families

Commentary by Jessica Page
Times-News correspondent 

Penguins entertain visitors during the opening of the Greensboro Science Center's SciQuarium on June 29. / Robin Page, Special to the Times-News

GREENSBORO — Lines of children, adults and seniors were all abuzz with excitement on June 29, opening day for the Greensboro Science Center’s SciQuarium.
Once the doors were open, everyone was eager to catch a glimpse of the much-anticipated exhibit. Balloons shaped as fish decorated the entrance and friendly staffers informed visitors about the new addition to the museum.
One of the most interesting aspects of the SciQuarium was a “fishing cat,” which looked like an ocelot, but had a flat tail like a beaver. Visitors looked on with interest as a staff member told us all about it.
The otters and African penguins were incredible additions, as well. The otters leapt in and out of the water and played with each other as everyone gathered around. The penguins seemed to perform and dance, shaking their tail feathers as we admired them.
Pictures were being snapped left and right as we turned to the touch tank where the sting rays were swimming about. Little kids were having the time of their lives learning and touching the rays as they swam by.
Another tank took up the entire wall all the way up to the ceiling full of tropical fish and sharks. There were three kinds of fish and three kinds of sharks, but it was indicated that more would be added soon.
SciQuarium is wonderful exhibit and would be an excellent quick getaway for families that have younger children. This is a place that really brings you closer to the fish and animals of the world. You do not want to miss this enriching experience.

 Jessica Page is a freshman at Rockingham Community College and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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