June 23, 2017

Behind-the-Scenes: Aquarium Video Shoot with Colleen Kelly

instaphotoI recently had the opportunity to be a part of a video shoot for Family Travel with Colleen Kelly in Baltimore at the National Aquarium. Colleen’s new PBS series kicks off in September so she was in town filming a whole bunch of segments for the episode on Baltimore.

I “met” Colleen over Twitter maybe a year ago, so I was really excited when she let me know she was going to be in town, kind of (I live around 70 minutes from Baltimore). I spoke with her on the phone a few months ago, too, and she really is fantastic, so I was excited to meet her in person!


The producer chatted with the girls before the shoot.

I brought my older girls, Clare (age 9) and Kate (age 8), who were more than happy to cut their school days short to drive up to Baltimore to experience a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the sharks exhibit. We started off the tour with our guide, Jordana, who told us all about sharks and pointed out the different sharks in the huge shark tank (I believe she said it held 175,000 gallons of water!).

Next, we made our way into the food prep area to learn what sharks eat, how they eat and how they are fed at the National Aquarium (very carefully, and with a long pole!). Interestingly, the staff will place a vitamin inside a raw fish before feeding it to a shark to ensure the sharks get the nutrients they need.

getting ready

The cameraman & the girls were ready for the catwalk over the sharks.

We then made our way across a tiny catwalk where sharks swam just a few feet below us. Yikes, they were so close, and I just prayed that catwalk would be able to hold all of us, including the camera and sound guys, as we learned more about sharks from Jordana.

The video shoot lasted a couple of hours and I think my girls had a lot of fun, even if they had to ask their questions several times so the camera could capture them from different angles. At the end of the tour, we all got special water bottles from the aquarium. These always seem to disappear from my house, so this was an added bonus for me.

If you make it to Baltimore, the National Aquarium is a must. General admission is $29.95 for adults and $20.95 for children (ages 3-11). The behind-the-scenes shark tour is extra and is priced at $44.95 per adult and $35.95 for children ages 8-11 for the 90-minute tour.


  1. I’m guessing the kids loved the aquarium stuff. You know I never great out of loving aquariums and I’m not ashamed of it haha. Must admit.. you say you walked over a catwalk where the sharks were just below the kids.. oh man! Sounds scary and something the kids are never going to forget I would imagine.

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