There is a lot to be said about being a 2014 Seaworld San Antonio Wildside Blogger again this year. It means that the family gets another annual pass to explore our favorite Texas family and amusement park. The cherry on top of the cake is that I also signed an agreement with Toyota allowing me the privilege to drive a 2014 Toyota Sienna for a few months. This weekend was not just a blast but also very exhausting as most family roadtrips are. As a single parent, it is hard to not just balance work schedules and kid schedules but also trying to find out where that level of exhaustion begins. In the past I would have done that drive right after work but this time I waited till early the next morning and I’m glad I did.
With just Baby B this time (as brother and sister are spending time with their dads), I’ve enjoyed trying out the camera rental service called Lumoid. I rented their weekender bundle kit which included a Canon EOS Rebel SL1, a battery, charger, an SD card, a Tokina lens, a Lens hood, and a standard Canon EF 40 mm lens.
For a beginner as myself it was still a little overwhelming to use but I think I did a pretty good job. I will be using some of the photos to create a gallery on my wall. I used it to take some amazing nature photos over at the Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center’s Arboretum. The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum is one of many new features at the center, along with the Luci and Ian Family Garden. Being so new, there is still a lot left to be done with this section and I love learning about oak trees here. A distinct portion of the arboretum is the wooden swings that hang from the Oak Trees. This is where I took many photos of my daughter and I’m sharing a few here:
The next stop was to Just for Kids’ concert series with Kidz Bop and to experience Aquatica. Seaworld San Antonio and Aquatica As a 2014 Seaworld San Antonio wildside ambassador I help to offer up all the new things going on at Seaworld San Antonio. I believe that Seaworld constantly evolves and having had the opportunity to witness their conservation efforts these many years there is little doubt in my mind at how much I enjoy not just the park itself but what they give back to the community – both the animal and human community. For a recap of what I enjoyed about Seaworld, please review last year’s post about single parent traveling at one of the top destinations according to many travel magazines including Family Fun’s Top Twelve Travel Awards.on Brodie Lane and Slaughter Road. Keep heading south on Slaughter Road from the center and you will hit I-35 to San Antonio. During the drive in the Toyota Sienna we must have watched Disney’s Frozen about 5 times the entire trip along with The Little Mermaid and the Littlest Pet Shop. What I adored about the DVD system in the Sienna was that it was a widescreen in the back with a 2.0 sound quality. The sound was great and Baby B was just mesmerized the whole way. No glitches here at all with the system. The DVD is controlled in a deck up front below the navigation screen. We made our way to Seaworld San Antonio for the
For this summer we are going to be spending more time at Aquatica and being able to play in Walkabout Waters which looks like a giant interactive fun house of water. I love this for your older toddlers as the water stays at about 9 inches and when accompanied by an adult is a great way for kids to get in on the fun without being trampled.
Baby B really enjoyed this attraction as well as just playing in the sand when I got to lay out by Big Surf Shores. Big Surf Shores seems to be popular with everyone as that is one crowded beach. Every 4 to 6 minutes or so there is a 5 foot wave that comes rolling in and it’s amazing to hear everyone get so excited that they start cheering when the countdown goes down to zero.
There are many water slides for the bigger kids as well as new attraction coming called Roa’s Aviary. Coming in May, if you make your way to Loggerhead Beach you can float under the birds, walk through or wade near a waterfall in the aviary. It should be a wonderful attraction to the many things they have to offer at Aquatica. Learn more about Aquatica and all of the other attractions at Roa’s Aviary on Aquatica San Antonio. Back in December I got a chance to visit with the caretakers who take care of the many birds and species to be included in the aviary. With species such as kookaburras and many other colorful creatures there will be lots of species to learn about.
I’m honored to be a SeaWorld San Antonio Wildside Ambassador again this year for 2014 and I love sharing my family’s experiences with you. I receive complimentary passes to the park so that I can share my experiences with you and all my opinions are 100% my own. I’m also a blogger for the Toyota Sienna Diaries program and I receive a vehicle for a limited time along with a stipend for my adventures. I am not receiving complimentary product from Lumoid. All photographs are mine and subject to copyright. Disclaimer: Promotional consideration was given in order to provide a product/travel review. All opinions presented are 100% my own and in accordance with FTC guidelines. For more information, please read mypage.