Exploring KC: SEALIFE Aquarium



We love to explore the Kansas City area.  Finding new experiences in my hometown area has become an adventure for my family.  Recently, we visited the SEALIFE Aquarium.  It was my niece’s 6th birthday and we wanted to make it special.  A trip to the aquarium was just what we needed.

The aquarium is conveniently located next to Legoland at Crown Center.  See my blog post HERE for that trip.



Did you know that SEALIFE has bread over 2,900 in the past year?  Or rescued over 240 turtles and seals in the past year?  Those were just two of the facts that surprised us at the beginning of our tour.

A log book of activities was provided to collect stamps and claim a small reward at the end of the trip.


We started off in the Freshwater exhibit learning about natural water in glaciers, lakes, rivers, and streams.




Next, was the Coastal Waters exhibit.  The kids favorite part was the interactive rockpool.  They were able to see and feel all different kinds of starfish.  What a great learning experience!




The large aquariums made it easy for us to see many species of fish, sharks, and other sea life.



The Coral Caves exhibit literally took the kids underwater with this peek hole in the middle of the aquarium.  That looks like one happy birthday girl!



The highlight of the trip was seeing this HUGE stingray in the tunnel that goes through the aquarium.  We were truly up close and personal.  What a sight!



The variety of fish species is amazing.  Each one is featured throughout the aquarium.  There is so much to learn.

We made it to the ray aquarium where you can view them from above.



After leaving the aquarium, you end up in the gift shop.  It is full of memorabilia and treasures to take home.



We loved SEALIFE!  I recommend that you take your time walking through and enjoy each exhibit.  We went a little too fast since my girls are a little older and walk faster.  It is basically a one-way trail through the aquarium.  So, relax, pace yourself, and enjoy the visit!

So, if you are looking for a fun family outing, and live in the KC area, head to SEALIFE.  It's a great outing for those rainy days or cold winters when you need an indoor acitivity!

To learn more about Legoland, 
or get your tickets, click HERE.   


**Special thanks to the SEALIFE for having my family and I as guests.
 All opinions are my own.   


    Thanks ~ Nichi

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Pumpkin Pie Krispie Treats for #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This year I have teamed up with 38 other bloggers to participate in #PumpkinWeek.  We are showcasing pumpkin recipes throughout the week and sponsored by 3 great companies (Dixie Crystals, Cabot Creamery Co-operative, and Egglands Best).


My next contribution to Pumpkin Week is this quick recipe for Pumpkin Pie Krispie Treats.  If you like rice krispie treats, you will love this version!!



PUMPKIN PIE KRISPIE TREATS

Treats:
3 Tbsp. butter
10 oz. package of mini marshmallows
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
6 c. rice krispie cereal

Topping:
1 c. vanilla chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 c. canned pumpkin 

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds.  
  2. Add marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice until smooth.
  4. Add rice krispie cereal and mix until combined.
  5. Using buttered spoon, press mixture into 13 x 9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. 
  6. In a separate bowl, melt chocolate or almond bark in microwave in increments of 30 seconds until completely melted.
  7. Add pumpkin pie spice and canned pumpkin.  Mix together.  Spread on top of treats and let cool completely.
  8. Cut into treats and serve.


Here are the rest of today's #PumpkinWeek recipes.  Go visit, pin, share, and enjoy!

Beverages:

Pumpkin Juice from House of Nash Eats
Pumpkin Old Fashioned from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake from The Beard and The Baker

Savory:

Black Futsu Pumpkin Pizza from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Bake from Hezzi-D's books and Cooks
Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Mincemeat Pumpkin Pie from 4 Sons 'R' Us
Pumpkin and Seafood Stew from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pumpkin Cheddar Ale Soup from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sticks from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Pumpkin Pepperjack Macaroni and Cheese from Cooking with Carlee
Pumpkin Ravioli (Tortelli di Zucca) from Caroline's Cooking
Pumpkin Sausage Penne from Jonesin' For Taste

Baked Goods & Desserts:

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pumpkin Cake from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Truffles from The Chef Next Door
Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Pound Cake from Family Around the Table
No Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie from Eat Move Make
Pumpkin Bacon Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup from For the Love of Food
Pumpkin Caramel Scones from Cookaholic Wife
Pumpkin Chia Pudding from April Golightly
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Who Needs A Cape?
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from The Crumby Kitchen
Pumpkin Chocolate Donuts from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting from Daily Dish Recipes
Pumpkin French Toast Loaf from Seduction In The Kitchen
Pumpkin Fudge from Sweet Beginnings
Pumpkin Lava Cakes from The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Muffins from Everyday Eileen
Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Syrup from The Chef Next Door
Pumpkin Pecan Pie Layer Cake from Love and Confections
Pumpkin Pie Dessert Dip from Hardly A Goddess
Pumpkin Pie Krispie Treats from The Mandatory Mooch
Pumpkin Pop Tarts from Platter Talk



Disclaimer: Thank you PumpkinWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, and Eggland’s Best for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The PumpkinWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Three (3) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The PumpkinWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the PumpkinWeek posts or entry. 

Thanks ~ Nichi


 I like linking my posts to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles for #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This year I have teamed up with 38 other bloggers to participate in #PumpkinWeek.  We are showcasing pumpkin recipes throughout the week and sponsored by 3 great companies (Dixie Crystals, Cabot Creamery Co-operative, and Egglands Best).



Today kicks off the first day of #PumpkinWeek.  My contribution is this wonderful recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.  They are easy to make and will get you ready for fall.  Enjoy!



PUMPKIN SNICKERDOODLES

Cookie dough:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
1 egg (I used Eggland's Best)
1 c. canned pumpkin
3 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt

Sugar topping:
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg, and pumpkin.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Chill dough for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. In a small bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  7. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in sugar mixture.
  8. Place onto baking pan, press down to 1/2 inch thickness.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Here are the rest of today's #PumpkinWeek recipes.  Go visit, pin, share, and enjoy!

Beverages:

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Cold Brew Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Nifty Foodie
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Cider from The Crumby Kitchen
The Great Pumpkin Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Savory:

Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce from House of Nash Eats
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Everyday Eileen
Pumpkin & Sausage Pizza from Hardly A Goddess
Pumpkin Carbonara with Fried Sage from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Chili from The Chef Next Door
Pumpkin Gnocchi from Platter Talk
Pumpkin Quiche from Jonesin' For Taste
Stuffed Pumpkin from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Taiwanese Pumpkin Rice Noodles from Caroline's Cooking

Baked Goods & Desserts:

Chai Frosted Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Who Needs A Cape?
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Skillet Cookie from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Chocolate Pumpkin Dump Cake from For the Love of Food
Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Classic Pumpkin Roll from Cookaholic Wife
Glazed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones from Family Around the Table
Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes from Tip Garden
Make-Ahead Pumpkin-Chai Egg Bites from Wholistic Woman
No Bake Pumpkin Cookies from Seduction In The Kitchen
Pumpkin Cake Pops from The Beard and The Baker
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ebelskiver from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Pumpkin Cookie Bars from Eat Move Make
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from 4 Sons 'R' Us
Pumpkin Noodle Kugel from The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sweet Beginnings
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups from It Bakes Me Happy
Pumpkin Pecan Pie Layer Cake from Love and Confections
Pumpkin Pie Pull Apart Muffins from Daily Dish Recipes
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from The Mandatory Mooch
Pumpkin Spice Latte Whoopie Pies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from April Golightly
Pumpkin Spice Popovers from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Simple Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes from Cooking with Carlee

Disclaimer: Thank you PumpkinWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, and Eggland’s Best for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The PumpkinWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Three (3) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The PumpkinWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the PumpkinWeek posts or entry. 

Thanks ~ Nichi


 I like linking my posts to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!