Review: Ancient Oceans at Sea Life Centre Birmingham

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.

Gentoo Penguin

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.

Sea Life Centre Birmingham

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.

Older than T-Rex

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.

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Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 17/02/2016 / 9:01 am

    Great photos – it’s amazing how different Sealife is in different places. I’m incredibly jealous of your penguins and jellyfish! :)

  2. 17/02/2016 / 12:01 pm

    I love the pictures! Touch pools are brilliant ideas, sounds like a great place to go with the little one. x

  3. 18/02/2016 / 8:12 am

    This looks amazing and what s lovely way to spend his birthday! Ancient Oceans sounds fab too.

  4. 18/02/2016 / 10:31 am

    The colour of the jellyfish is incredible! What a lovely day out especially with Olly’s birthday x

  5. 18/02/2016 / 10:51 am

    Flipping love Penguins! (pun not intended). I don’t think we have them in our local Sea Life. Glad Olly had a brilliant birthday x

  6. 18/02/2016 / 12:08 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day out. We havnt taken Rosalie to a sea life centre yet but I think she’d love it xx

  7. 18/02/2016 / 3:05 pm

    We keep meaning to take the boys here!!! It’s only down the road from us and everyone who’s been says how amazing it is!! The boys will be three in just a few weeks time — maybe we’ll take inspiration from you and take them for their birthday?! :)

  8. stephanie
    19/02/2016 / 2:19 am

    Great pictures, I absolutely love the sea life centre, we are taking Emily at the end of the month! Can’t wait to see her little face.

  9. 19/02/2016 / 10:06 am

    Aw, happy birthday treat little man!! I’m glad he had a lovely time! And so brave to touch the star fish…… Go Olly! Your jellyfish photos are amazing….. Sounds like a brilliant place for the little ones.

  10. 19/02/2016 / 10:42 am

    What a lovely day out! I love the touch pools, I think it so nice for them to be up close and learn through experience too! Hope he had a lovely birthday! x

  11. 20/02/2016 / 9:48 pm

    Looks amazing, the one we have is much smaller than this! It’s amazing all the knowledge avaliable to us even as adults to learn about something new! Amelia loves the sea life animals so much, can’t wait to go back again! Lovely photos and glad you had a fab day x

  12. 21/02/2016 / 4:45 pm

    Lamb loves aquariums at the moment. He visited the Sea Life centre in Southend with his grandparents this weekend and had a great time. He’s come home with a new shark toy! x

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