Sea Pals allow children to create a virtual aquarium

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Kids ran through Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach trying to get a fish or a lobster or even a shark. But these sea creatures weren’t real—they were plush. They were being raffled off every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the national launch of Sea Pals, a new product by Applause from Russ.

More than 1,000 children and their parents participated in the launch Sea Pals are sea-themed finger puppets that have an online code that allows the consumer to access a Web site and create a virtual aquarium for their sea creature.

Last Wednesday’s launch at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach was the national launch for the product. The Ripley’s Aquariums in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and in Gatlinburg, Tenn., each hosted “Sea Pals Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To make the event a fun, learning experience, each child was given a “passport.” On the passport were the animals featured in the Sea Pals line. The children then had to visit each of the 10 stations (as there are 10 Sea Pals characters) where they learned some fun facts about each Sea Pal.

After visiting a station children received stamps (or stickers) on their passport. Once they had visited each station, they turned in their passport to enter a drawing to win a free Sea Pal and a Sea Pals T-shirt. Items were raffled every 15 minutes, so they were plenty of opportunities to win prizes.

Sea Pals are now available for sale at several retail locations including Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. For more information please visit www.seapalsworld.com. For more information about Ripley’s Aquarium and it’s upcoming events please check the Arts and Entertainment calendar in the Beacon’s Tidelines section and visit the Ripley’s Web site at www.ripleysaquariums.com.