The twins turned sixteen last week. Where do the years go? Ever since the twins became teenagers they have wanted to celebrate their birthdays separately with their own group of friends. Funnily my twins are nothing alike, have absolutely nothing in common except of course their birthday and that they are twins. Anjali loves to read, sing, gardening, and just wants to hang out and have a good time with her friends. I think of Anjali as bohemian. Rani on the other hand loves to get dressed up – really dressed up, loves to design and sew her own clothes, and when she celebrates her birthday she wants it to be “fancy and elegant or unique and different.” I think of Rani as sophisticated. As you can see – they are nothing alike.
Anjali has been planning her sixteenth birthday from the moment she turned fifteen. For over a year now she has been reminding me that she wants to celebrate her 16th birthday with a day trip with her friends to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Of course I agreed. I’m always game for a birthday party that involves appreciating our natural environment, and our Monterey Bay Aquarium does an amazing job in showcasing that. Taking a bunch of kids to the aquarium to encourage conservation and environmental responsibility? What’s not to like with this birthday idea?
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission is wide-reaching that includes preserving California’s ocean health, sustaining a thriving ocean wildlife, promoting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, to inspire and inform government decision makers to take science-based action on behalf of ocean health and encouraging climate action for the ocean. One of their key programs is The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® which helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean now and for future generations. Among their many programs are scientific research to ensure safe collection and handling of animals and to provide clean, high-quality sea water for their exhibits.
Here are a few photos of our birthday girl’s 16th birthday celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.
Getting ready to hit the road.
On the road to Monterey via Santa Cruz. On Hwy 17 over the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Passing through farms and wild mustard flowers on Hwy 1.
Wild mustard flowers.
Almost in Monterey! Passing by sand dunes and the ocean.
In Monterey on Cannery Row.
Grabbing a bite before the aquarium.
Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Some photos of the fishes at the aquarium 🐠🐟🐡🐬
Open Sea Exhibit. Open Sea
The Kelp Forest. Ocean animals at the kelp forest exhibit
The boys were eager to see Dori and Nemo 😀😀. They must have asked me at least five times where Dori was 😀😀. We finally saw not just one clown fish but lots of them!
Stepped outside to see over 25 sea otters playing in the ocean.
The Grumpy Fish.
“Mom, come and see this fish that looks like he is grumpy.” said Rani as she pulled me towards a large fish tank. This fish looked hilarious with a scowl on his face 😄😠!! We couldn’t identify him initially so we called him The Grumpy Fish 🐡😠.
The fish is called a giant sea bass and he reminded Rani of both her grumpy grandpas 😕☹️😀.
Swimming with the sharks
Under the Wave
Ending the day with sundaes at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop 🍨🍨🍧 😋.
Perfect ending to a wonderful birthday celebration. Happy 16th Birthday Anjali 🎂❤️💕💞!
Caught a rainbow as we were leaving.
A special thanks to Anjali’s friends who joined her on this special sweet sixteen birthday celebration 🤗.
For more information on Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California check out this link Monterey Bay Aquarium.
“For over 30 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has worked to protect ocean life for future generations by inspiring young and old with the beauty and wonder of the ocean. We count on the generosity of people like you to support our urgent work.” Monterey Bay Aquarium