SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular kicks off this weekend, offering fun for kids with trick-or-treating, costumed characters, special entertainments, and even activities like making your own candy apple or piece of sand art (the latter two activities have a nominal extra cost, but most of the fun is included with your admission ticket). The Halloween festivities kick off at noon on the designated days, but you should try to arrive at the park at opening time. Sure, the big highlight is the holiday activities, but there’s plenty more for kids to do:
-Shamu’s Happy Harbor: This kiddie area has rides to delight the little ones, from a sea-themed carousel to the kid-friendly Shamu roller coaster. Parents appreciate it, too, because it’s a spot where kids can run, climb, and burn off some energy.
-Animal shows: One Ocean, the new orca show, is a huge highlight of any trip to SeaWorld. Kids are always fascinated by the antics of the huge black-and-white performers. But don’t miss the Clyde and Seamore sea lion show, with corny humor that’s just right for youngsters. Get there early to catch the mime’s pre-show. Blue Horizons, which features dolphins, birds, and a false killer whale, and Pets Ahoy, with domestic critters, are also kid-pleasers.
-Pick a Pearl: Kids love to pick one of the oysters brought up by divers in a tank on the waterfront. Each oyster contains at least one pearl; lucky youngsters might get twins, or even a colored pearl. This is an extra-cost activity.
-Feed the animals: SeaWorld offers various extra-cost opportunities to feed the animals. What child wouldn’t be delighted to feed fish to a dolphin or feel a gliding stingray take food right out of their fingers? You can also feed the sharks and sealions, but watch out for dive-bombing birds who try to steal the goodies.
Click here for photos and a video of Happy Harbor. If you decide to make a day of it at SeaWorld, the Terrance Garden Buffet is a great family-friendly spot for lunch or dinner. Click here to read more about it. Click here to read about a couple of other extra-cost rides your child might like. Click here to read more of my articles, and click here to follow me on Twitter. Click here to sign up for my pets newsletter if you love animals, and click here for my Pet Supplies & Product Reviews site on About.com. I’ve taken over 80 Disney cruises and can book yours and give you a special stateroom credit. Visit www.dclexpert.com.