updated 07/27/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/27/2012 AT 2:30 PM ET
It definitely makes her happy.
Sheryl Crow enjoyed a visit to SeaWorld San Diego on Thursday, bringing along sons Wyatt, 4, and Levi, 2, for an aquatic afternoon in Southern California .
The 50-year-old singer and her family got to know a 22-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Steime, shaking hands and fins with the female dolphin and petting her gently as she came in and out of the water.
“They had a marvelous time,” SeaWorld spokesperson David Koontz tells PEOPLE. “They were really excited to not only meet but learn about our animals during their visit. Levi especially was just enamored with meeting Steime.”
Both Wyatt and Levi were struck silly by Steime’s ability to “make a raspberry sound,” which they got her to do by putting their fingers in front of her blowhole. Says Koontz, “Lots of laughter on that one.”
During the three-hour visit, the Crow family also saw a presentation with killer whales and interacted with bat rays and sharks, which were of particular interest to Wyatt. Levi also got his face painted: “He left as a little tiger and he was roaring,” Koontz says.
Crow was in San Diego as part of her concert tour, “100 Miles from Memphis.” She told Parade magazine last year that she loves being on tour with her sons. “They are the people I love most and they’re teaching me every day what life really is all about.”
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