In many ways, the Earth’s oceans are our final frontier. We know more about space than we do about the tens of thousands of species that live in what is 99 percent of the Earth’s living space.
Exploratoin Place’s exhibit, Creatures of the Abyss, let’s you become a deep sea explorer, discovering the incredible and strange creatures far below the water’s surface. Here, you’ll encounter the deep, dark ocean and even experience the cold temperatures at the deepest depths lit by bioluminescent creatures.
Along your journey, you’ll hitch a ride on Alvin, the world’s first submersible deep sea sub, and join scientists as they discover new creatures. Get entangled in the tentacles of a Colossal squid, examine tube worms, vent crabs and other unusual creatures that inhabit the ocean’s deepest trenches.
Your exploration will take you around the globe to learn about the issues that challenge our oceans today from acidification to deep sea mining and trawling. But you’ll have to hurry. Jan. 2 is the last day for Creatures of the Abyss before it swims on. Exploration Place will be open Monday.
While you’re there, if you haven’t been in since the castle Where Kids Rule and Kansas in Miniature have been renovated, be sure to stop in and see these recently remodeled exhibits.
Admission to the exhibits is $9.50 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children and children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased to include the Dome theatre, where “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” a National Geographic film, is also coming to an end this weekend. this weekend’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.