Sunday, October 23, 2016


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NEW For 2016, 
One-of-a-kind sea lion experience 
comes to Chicago for World Pet Association’s Aquatic Experience – Chicago

Photo credit: Aquatic Experience

November 4-6, 2016

Must-sea family programming includes:
Sea Lion Splash live show and exhibit
Fish from Around the World display
Kid's Aquarium Contest
Touch tank…and more!

Disclosure: Thanks to Aquatic Experience for providing press tickets for my family and tickets for our giveaway. I have not been compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions, photos (unless noted), and experiences are my own.

Friday 11/4: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday 11/5: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11/6: 10 am – 3 pm

Check out our full photo recap of Aquatic Experience 2015 in the slide show here
We've also embedded more of our favorite shots 
at the bottom of this feature.

for your chance to win a family pass, good for 2 adults & 
up to 4 kids! Children 5 and under are FREE.

World Pet Association’s Forth Annual

Aquatic Experience - Chicago

Sea Lion Splash *NEW* for 2016

Photo credit: Aquatic Experience

Photo credit: Aquatic Experience

Sponsored by Aqueon / Coralife / Kent, Sea Lion Splash offers guests of all ages an up-close experience with sea lions, as well as the opportunity to learn about these amazing mammals through a thirty-minute spell binding show hosted by trainer Surfer Joe. Additional educational seminars at Aquatic Experience – Chicago on hobbyist and retail topics will feature George Blasiola, Chris Buerner, Sanjay Joshi, Oliver Knott, Chris Lukhaup, Richard Ross and Julian Sprung.

The only traveling sea lion experience in the United States, Sea Lion Splash, is among the unique exhibits at the World Pet Association’s fourth annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 4 - 6, 2016, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Show attendees will be able to interact with sea lions up close, as well as enjoying additional must-sea programs including: a touch tank with small sharks and starfish, Fish from Around the World displays, a Kids Aquarium Contest and “everything aquatic under one roof”—from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals.  

Tickets for Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg, IL) can be purchased in advance or at the door. Daily family passes are $25 and individual tickets start at just $10. Children ages five and under are free. 

Registration for the Kids Aquarium Contest for children ages 5-16 is $5 and includes a 10-gallon aquarium kit plus a wristband for free admission to the show floor with a paying adult. Supplies are limited and go fast! For more information, please visit


There are loads of free raffles all day every day, and larger paid raffles at the end of each day and at the end of the expo. Adults and kids alike have a great chance of going home with a new tank or accessories!

More of ChiIL Mama's Photo Favs:

The Kids Tank Contest is a highlight every year. The kids have to create the design and assemble the tanks without adult help. 

My 12 year old daughter won a blue ribbon for her Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Sharks hockey themed tank! Kids have to bring the fish, plants and themed decor but get to keep the whole tank set up which is provided. It's a great deal and a fun competition every year.

Sage also won a Betta again this year, by throwing a ping pong ball.

Gators replaced the sharks for 2015, and were a fun and popular addition to the expo. Kids even got to hold some of the baby ones! This year it'll be Sea Lions!!

More Favorites:

We dug the creative guys who are refurbishing colorful old iMacs into aquariums!

We also loved these blown glass globes that look like they're melting, paired with driftwood. Striking and creative!

The color changing jellyfish aquariums are favorites of ours too, as are the macabre tanks full of schools of piranhas.

Whether you're an avid fish collector, a novice, or just find browsing and checking out aquatic life fascinating, there's plenty to catch the eye at Aquatic Experience Chicago. Recommended! 

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

More of ChiIL Mama's Photo Favs:

 Disclosure: Once again, thanks to Aquatic Experience for providing press tickets for my family and tickets for our giveaway. I have not been compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions, photos (unless noted), and experiences are my own.

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