Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham on Olly’s third birthday. We had been invited to visit the Sea Life Centre to check out the new Ancient Oceans event which is on this half term week until Sunday 21st February 2016. Olly is a huge dinosaurs fan so I knew he would love exploring the Sea Life Centre and finding out more about the time when these prehistoric creatures roamed our lands and oceans.
The Ancient Oceans event is perfect for budding dinosaur detectives as there’s lot of challenges and activities for little ones to learn all about how sharks and turtles, to name just a few familiar creatures of today, are distant relatives of dinosaurs. As well as bright and colourful displays throughout the centre, all explorers can complete a challenge sheet and hunt for dinosaur fossils to receive a dinosaur detective certificate and a shiny medal to take home.
As soon as we got to the Sea Life Centre, Olly was excited. He couldn’t wait to see the fishes, the Green Turtles, the Starfish and the Penguins. Oh he was so excited to see the Gentoo Penguins, as was I to be honest! The Penguin Ice Adventure is a glimpse into their lives and it was fantastic to see them swimming around and jumping in and out of the water. Olly was fascinated by them.
As we made our way around the Sea Life Centre, what struck me is how much there is to take in There’s so much information about the sea creatures and how their lives have been shaped over millions of years. It really is very fascinating and blows my mind to think about how we have all evolved.
Within the Sea Life Centre there’s also the chance to get hands on and touch a crab or a starfish at the touchpool. I didn’t think Olly would brave putting his hand in the water but he surprised me and waited his turn and gently stroked a starfish. He said it felt all prickly but he loved touching it and was really pleased with himself.
Our favourite exhibits around the Sea Life Centre were the Shark Lagoon and Bay of Rays and I think we spent most of our time here watching the sharks and rays swimming past us over and over. Another area of interest for us was the 360° ocean tunnel where we watched in awe as the turtle swam over us and the sharks swam past us so gracefully.
The jellyfish really intrigued Olly. He couldn’t understand why they kept changing colour and was mesmerised by them.
We had a wonderful time and Olly couldn’t have wished for a better birthday morning watching some of his favourite sea creatures. He even managed to secure himself a medal to take home to show his Daddy which he was really proud of.
If you fancy exploring the Ancient Oceans, the exhibit is on at the Sea Life Centre Birmingham all week until Sunday 21st February 2016.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Sea Life Centre Birmingham for inviting us. We were gifted entry for the purpose of this review and all words and images are my own.