Responding to a question about what she could possibly do for fun on the cheap with her attention-span-deficient preschooler, a friend didn't hesitate: Uwajimaya .

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Best Cheap Visit to the "Aquarium"

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Responding to a question about what she could possibly do for fun on the cheap with her attention-span-deficient preschooler, a friend didn't hesitate: Uwajimaya. She expanded: "He loves looking at the fish." Wait...what? Apparently four-year-olds don't much care how rare or common an orange tilapia is, they just like watching it swim around in a tank. So why pay the entry price for the Aquarium—which at $15 for adults ($10 for kids) will make you feel the need to spend the whole day there—when your little darling can admire dancing crabs, timid conches, and lounging geoducks at this massive international market? Uwajimaya has the added advantage of carrying every food item you could possibly need, from Vermont curry to Oscar Mayer bologna to bizarre-looking desserts featuring cartoon characters and ingredient lists in Japanese. It's a rare thing to be able to simultaneously get something practical done and entertain your young ones. Who wants to learn the scientific names of octopi when you can have almost as much fun for free at a grocery store and pick up mango mochi for later?—Laura Onstot

 
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