We decided to do something we had never tried in our over seventy episodes of GG Sprinkles—we decided to take an episode out of our family room and into the world of sea life at the St. Louis Aquarium. We haven’t gone out much since the pandemic more or less imprisoned many of us in our homes, but we knew restrictions were in place and we felt safe as soon as we arrived. I had made a mask suitable for a visit to the aquarium, and we were ready to spend some quality time with sea life.
We shot bits of video all over the aquarium and communed with river otters and sharks. It was fun to be able to see all of it for ourselves and to figure out what would entertain little ones. I put my hand in the tank of doctor fish and let them swarm my hand and nibble my fingers. That entertained me, so I figured the kids would like it. Petting the stingrays was something I had resisted in previous trips to the aquarium, but I decided to be brave and give it a try. A tad slimy, but a very interesting experience. I knew the sharks would likely be a favorite, so we got some video in front of the tank as well as looking overhead where they swim above aquarium visitors. I’ve been to the aquariums in Monterey, California, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, both bigger than the new one we have here, and the tunnels where the sharks are above you are the best. I’m glad our local aquarium decided to create that same experience.
Once home we had to choose what snippets would be best for the complete video, which was different from our usual one-take episodes. We filmed the last few minutes back at home so that I could read a poem about our aquarium visit and say goodbye. We had fun with this one, but I honestly think that one of the best things about it is how normal it all felt, being out and doing something fun. I was hoping that it would have the same effect on the kids watching. We all need a touch of normalcy in our current situation, especially the children. And they deserve it.