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You make sure your preschooler is learning, exploring and questioning everyday. Continue her journey of discovery at SeaWorld San Diego where interactive, hands-on play rules. Read on for seven reasons why SeaWorld is a great destination for preschool aged kids.

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1. Touch and Explore
At SeaWorld your kids are encouraged to touch, explore and be curious. Head to Explorer’s Reef™, which offers up-close interactions with shark pups, rays, horseshoe crabs and cleaner fish in the theme park’s state-of-the-art freshwater and saltwater touch pools. Each pool is low to the ground making it easily accessible to the pint-size set. Or, visit Manta® where your kids can feel the velvety skin of a Bat Ray as they swim by, and marvel as they feed the Bat Rays pieces of fish.

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2. Sesame Street Bay of Play
The best of Sesame Street comes alive in this whimsical play area that features three family-friendly rides: Elmo’s Flying Fish, Oscar’s Rocking Eel and Abby’s Sea Star Spin. Cap off your time and remember your experience in this enchanting area with photo-opps with Elmo, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and other favorite characters.

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3. Water Play
San Diego’s temperate climate translates to bucket loads of fun at SeaWorld’s splash pads and rides. Visit Shipwreck Rapids or get wet at Sesame Street® Bay of Play®’s water fun areas. Both feature freshwater and are ideal for a warm afternoon. Just don’t forget to bring along a towel, plastic bag for your wet clothes and a change of warm clothes!

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4. Ask, Question, Learn!
Throughout the park you’ll encounter many educators and staff. Encourage your preschooler to ask them questions about the park and animals. No question is too small or insignificant to answer!

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5. Up Close Animal Encounters
Experience sea life like never before at Animal Connections at Seaport Marketplace, which is home to many of the theme park’s animal ambassadors. The area includes a main building where you can walk through and meet animal ambassadors like the African crested porcupines, an Asian water monitor, a two-toed sloth and a six-banded armadillo. Trainers are present and will lead your kiddos on a tour through the area.

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6. Connect with Dolphins
Your preschooler will love the opportunity to learn more about these majestic creatures. At Dolphin Point enjoy trainer-led interactions where you can touch, feed and perhaps, even give the dolphins training signals.

7. Take the Learning Online
If your preschooler is inspired by his visit to SeaWorld continue the learning by exploring SeaWorld.org. The website is a great resource and one of the largest animal information websites in the world designed especially for students, parents and teachers.

Online: SeaWorldparks.com

What is your preschooler’s favorite part of SeaWorld? Leave a comment below!