My little boys are currently interested in all things aquatic. With the release of Finding Dory at cinemas this summer, they have obviously been caught up in the excitement of fish. My eldest son has always enjoyed Finding Nemo and the Octonauts and my youngest has now jumped on the bandwagon and thinks all things in water are either FISH or NEMO! So we thought it would be an ideal time to visit the Sea Life Centre at Birmingham.
The Sea Life Centre have a number of Finding Dory themed events and are showing Octonauts in the 4D cinema; when we told the boys they were already excited before we even arrived. When we got out the car our eldest did the 'I'm excited/need a wee' dance, luckily he was just excited.
From start to finish it was an exciting day for both boys and they did not stop running from one display to the next. In fact, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked because our little one was running off everywhere.
As you enter the centre the first display is the Gentoo Penguins who look like cheeky chappies and were enjoying their feeding time as we arrived.
At some of the areas around the centre there are advisors on hand giving creature talks about the fish. The advisor at the clown fish exhibit was giving lots of information and facts for the children and linking it to Finding Nemo.
There are lots of mini activities to keep your little ones busy on their journey around the centre; they can collect stamps from various stations at each of the exhibits or spot Hank from Finding Dory to collect letters to spell a word on the Finding Dory interactive trail.
Both boys loved running around looking at the fish and navigating some of the tunnels and viewing pods to get a closer look.
Our eldest son’s favourite part was watching the Octonauts adventure in the 4D Cinema. He said he enjoyed ‘getting wet’. The 4D cinema is showing Octonauts: Amazon Adventure which uses 3D glasses, vibrating chairs and splashes of water to immerse you in the action.
About half way around the Sea Life Centre there is an activity room which was providing badges and colouring for the children. Both boys enjoyed colouring in the Finding Dory pictures and our eldest had a go at the Finding Dory dot to dot sheets. The room allowed a little rest after spending a fair amount of time running after our little one.
Both boys loved watching the Sharks and Rays in the underwater tunnel. The turtles were also popular, although they were a little disappointed there were no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
At the end of our journey was a little soft play area which the boys loved climbing and exploring.
Finally, we entered the shop which had lots of aquatic themed toys, books and accessories. It was no surprise that both boys chose Finding Dory related items as their treat.
Some of the highlights of the day included:
After our visit there was an abundance of restaurants nearby for us to get some lunch.
Our boys loved their visit to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and with all the Finding Dory related events they were thoroughly engaged and entertained for the duration of the visit. Our boys are 1 ½ and 3, it was an ideal day for them and made them even more excited about all things fish.
Check out their website for more information and buy online tickets at up to 40% off at: https://www.visitsealife.com/birmingham/
We received free entry to the Sea Life Centre on the basis of providing an honest review.