In Search of Seahorses?

Well, search no further!  Siam Ocean World at Siam Paragon has a new seahorse exhibit on display that is super cool and worthwhile to visit.  As you may have read on Toddle Joy’s FB page, we just renewed our yearly passes to Ocean World – and after a visit with Logan yesterday, I am so glad that we did!  In addition to being a very awesome aquarium, Ocean World is always changing its exhibits, keeping things fresh and fun.  If you are a regular to Ocean World, you will have noticed that the play area mid way through the aquarium was torn down and replaced by a photo shop.  At first this seemed unfortunate, but it has been replaced by a much better play area that your little ones can now enjoy after their visit.  Goodbye to the caged-in area with foam slides and a gazillion balls (that place never seemed squeaky clean to me anyway); hello to a nicely-padded area with a jungle gym, plastic slides, and ride-on sea animals . . . so much better!  It makes so much more sense to have it as the last stop so that toddlers don’t get distracted from their undersea adventure prematurely.  Finally, they have a treasure area where kids can rummage through a faux treasure chest and play pirate . . . fun!  So, if you haven’t been to Ocean World recently (or if you haven’t been at all), now is a good time to go!  Enjoy!

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Found: True Toddler Joys in Bangkok

Time and time again, the following activities prove to be a true joy for our little one in Bangkok.  You must give them a try!

1. Siam Ocean World – At first glance, the place is pricey.  After all, it is just an aquarium in the basement of a mall . . . or is it?  If you’re a Thai resident, make sure to bring proof of residency and ask for the resident rate.  If you and your family enjoy it, splurge and become a “Siam Ocean World Member” for 1,500 baht/person/year (young children are free) and visit as many times as you like.  We’ve found the yearly membership to be especially helpful when our little guy is:  a) just up for a quick visit; b) gets cranky mid-way through and we have to bail early; and/or c) is only interested in racing to the end of the aquarium in order to drive the fish tuk-tuk.  Yes, folks, there are penguins, sharks, and stingrays, but you’ll soon see that most toddlers prefer the fish tuk-tuk to anything else.  C’est la vie.

Logan driving the toddler-captivating fish tuk-tuk

2. Sukothai Chocolate Buffet – Okay, so you can probably only indulge in something this rich once a year, but let me tell you, it is definitely worth it!  From the sushi spread on the savory side to the delectable concoctions of everything chocolate on the sweet side, there is something for everyone, trust me.

Yum! Destroying Christmas cupcakes at the chocolate buffet!

3. Concerts in the Park – From mid-December through mid-February each year, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra holds outdoor concerts in Lumpini Park for free on Sunday evenings beginning at 5:30pm.  Bring snacks, libations, bikes, scooters, and trikes and meet up with your friends to enjoy live music from Phantom of the Opera, Indiana Jones, Chicago, the Sound of Music, and other well-known classics.  The cool weather and open space make it an ideal location for toddlers to run free, make new friends, grab snacks from nearby neighbors, and test out other childrens’ ride-on toys!