Earlier this week, the boys and I headed to Sea Life Birmingham to check out their Shark Mission event in partnership with the Octonauts which is on until 2nd September 2018. Olly loves the Octonauts so he was excited to see what was on at the Sea Life centre and couldn’t wait to meet one of the Octonauts too!
Shark Mission is a fantastic way for little ones to learn more about and see their favourite sea life creatures whilst they hunt for clues in the tanks. Children (and adults) are invited to solve the mind-bending puzzles of the mystery trail and find all the Octonauts letters hiding in the tanks. But where are they? There’s also the chance to visit Professor Inkling’s colour lab, take a special dive of discovery with Dashi and follow instructions from Captain Barnacles to make a shark puppet. So much fun to be had!
Olly was really looking forward to looking in the tanks to find the clues on the trail. I think it’s a great way for children to get more interested with the sea creatures as you never know which tank the clues are going to be in.
Around the trail, we watched in awe of the Gentoo penguins who were hopping in and out of their pool. There was a very cute little fella showing off his skills right by the window and he was loving the attention from all the visitors.
Olly got hands on at the Interactive Rockpool. I love how he’s so keen to touch the starfish and find out how they feel. He wasn’t so keen to touch a crab though!
The Octonauts penguin, Peso was on hand to meet and greet the visitors to the Sea Life during our visit, Olly managed to get a big hug and a high five which made his day!
Since our last visit the Sea Life centre has had a bit of a change around and we loved to see the jellyfish in their new homes. They’re fascinating creatures of the sea. Olly also got chance to walk through the piranhas tunnels which he was very brave in doing. I can’t believe how big their teeth are!
We didn’t get chance to watch Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles 4D undersea adventure as we had Freddie in the pushchair with us but we always love watching a film at the cinema and getting immersed into the action wearing the glasses.
We had a fantastic morning at Sea Life which we finished off with a trip through the UK’s 360° Ocean Tunnel which is home to sharks, rays and the giant green sea turtle, Mo. There’s also a special guest visiting from Sea Life Brighton! Freddie was in awe of the colours through the turtle. I’d love to know what he’s thinking as it must be quite strange to be pushed through the tunnel in your pushchair and see all the fish and sea life swimming over and around you but you’re not getting wet.
Octonauts: Shark Mission is included in the National Sea Life Centre’s usual admission price, with tickets starting from £13.00 per person. Best ticket prices can be found online at: www.sealife.co.uk/birmingham.
Disclosure: We are Sea Life Birmingham Ambassadors.