Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WIN 6 Tickets: Photo Recap: Aquatic Experience Brings Fish And Gator Fun To Schaumburg Nov 6th-8th

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We're pleased to partner up with Aquatic Experience for the 3rd year now and offer 6 tickets to one of our lucky readers! This show is full of fishy fun for all ages and this year they're bringing LIVE gators! We have 3 fish tanks at home ourselves, so we dig this show! Come on out this Friday through Sunday and chiIL out with ChiIL Mama just north west of Chi, IL at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Check out our full photo recap of Aquatic Experience 2014 in the slide show here
We've also embedded more of our favorite shots 
at the bottom of this feature.

First responder to say "Me Please" in the comments below with an adult name for the box office and your choice of dates WINS Aquatic Experience single day tickets for 2 adults and 4 kids!! It's super simple!

World Pet Association’s third annual

November 6-8, 2015

at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

Everything aquatic under one roof:
Gator Encounters with touch tank
Live octopus and piranhas
Fish from Around the World display
Aquatic competitions and seminars
Kid's Aquarium Contest
…and more!

Sage won a giant blue ribbon last year for her Tetris Tetras Tank Design. She did the whole thing herself! She also won a Betta in the ball throwing contest on her first throw, for the 2nd year in a row. Then my Dad won a cool tank in a raffle. Win Win Win!!!

World’s only traveling gator experience 
comes to Chicago 

Must-sea family programming includes:
Gator Encounters with touch tank
Live octopus and piranhas
Fish from Around the World display
Kid's Aquarium Contest

…and more!

The world’s only traveling gator experience, Gator Encounters, is among the new exhibits at the World Pet Association’s third annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 6-8, 2015, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Show attendees will be able to interact with gators up close at a touch tank, as well as enjoying additional must-sea family programs including: new live octopus and piranha tanks, Fish from Around the World displays, a Kids Aquarium Contest and “everything aquatic under one roof”—from saltwater and freshwater fish to pond and aquatic plants. The thriving show floor of exhibitors showcases the latest in aquatic trends and products for advanced hobbyists and first-time aquarium keepers alike.

Tickets are now on sale for Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 6-8, 2015 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg, IL). Daily family passes are $25 and individual tickets start at just $10. Children ages 5 and under are free. 

Registration for the Kids Aquarium Contest for children ages 5-16 is now closed but keep it in mind for next year. It's just $5 and includes a 10-gallon aquarium kit plus a wristband for free admission to the show floor with a paying adult! It's great to see how creative the kids got with their tanks. All tank decorating and assembly had to be done by the kids without help. 

NEW for 2015: Gator Encounters!
Gator Encounters offers guests of all ages an up-close experience with an Alligator Touch Tank and display of adult alligators, as well as daily "Gator Talks” to teach guests about these amazing reptiles. 

Additional educational seminars at Aquatic Experience – Chicago on hobbyist and retail topics will feature Keynote Speaker Frank Reece of Blue Zoo, along with aquatic experts George Blasiola, Heiko Bleher, Charles Delbeek, Patrick Donston, Hans-Georg Evers, Sanjay Joshi, Oliver Knott, Paul Loiselle, Oliver Lucanus, Steve Lundblad, Joe Olenik, Julian Sprung, Tony Vargas and Greg Wittstock. Seminars range from intermediate-level information to advanced topics.

Media Partners for Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2015 include: BlueZoo TV, Pet Age, Pet Business, Pet Product News, Reef to Rainforest Media (Amazonas/Coral) and Tropical Fish Hobbyist.

The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars, and Atlanta Pet Fair, the Southeast’s largest competition and trade show for the professional pet stylist. For more information, please visit

Friday 11/6: 12-6pm
Saturday 11/7: 10am-9pm

Sunday 11/8 10am-3pm

More of ChiIL Mama's Photo Favs:

The shark tank and display were a huge hit the past two years.


We even got to have some multigenerational fun with my parents who were in from out of state!

The jellyfish are so hypnotic and gorgeous. Wish I had one of these on my desk, but I fear for their survival. We do fine with a Beta bowl and a community tank, but generally if it doesn't bark or squeak for food...

  You might catch celebs...

Or check out the cool room set ups featuring aquariums you can WIN.

One of our favorite features was the touching tide pool table!


  1. Me Please - Kristi Lundine - I'd love to go Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7th.

  2. WINNER ANNOUNCED: Congrats to Kristi Lundine, ChiIL Mama's winner of 2 adult/4 kids tickets to Aquatic Experience Chicago THIS Friday through Sunday. Enjoy! Tickets will be at the box office under your name.

  3. Thanks Bonnie! We can't wait to go. Your pictures made it look like a lot of fun for the family!