Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Day Out at the National Sea Life Centre

This week we visited The National Sea Life centre in Birmingham. Now you will notice that the vlog is quite short and sweet as we gasp, gulp, vom, went with four toddlers. Yes four! Me and my friend Sarah from the lovely Taming Twins took all our children to go and see the fishes. It soon became apparent that they were in charge, not us!

I've not visited The Sea Life Centre since last summer, as during the summer holidays teachers generally get a couple of free tickets which is fantastic. I used these tickets for me and my girl (under 3's are free) but if you book on-line you can save up to 40% and you can often get 241 deals in newspapers and on cereal boxes. The arrival of the penguins to the Centre has really made a big difference for me. I think this a spectacular attraction. The room they are kept in is like being in a little icy cave and watching them swim? Just utterly beautiful (OK, you got me this is my favourite animal and yes they do make me weep a little bit).



Walking round The Sea Life Centre there are lots of things to see and do - obviously there are a vast array of fish (nemo ones totally being my favourite), but there are also a lot of other sea creatures from star fish, to stingrays and of course at the end there is the wow factor moment when you walk through and get the chance to see sharks swimming above your head. There are lots of members of staff on hand to chat to you about the animals, or give the chance to touch a crab or discuss the penguins, which is really really helpful.

What I will say about The Sea Life Centre is that if you have tiny tots, and remember we had bloomin four with us, maybe school holidays are not the time to go. There is no buggy park so you have to push your them around and some of the areas are quite small - if at all possible I would leave them in the car and either carry your child or use a reign. At one point in the beautiful jelly fish area we had a panic when due to lots of other people and buggys and tiny children, ours just got mixed up with everyone else and we had a small fret (we found them! They aren't still there!).


There are lots of other things to keep the tiny ones interested including a 4D film with water and bubbles and at the end we met one of the Moshi Monster characters which was fun! There is some sort of Moshi swap you can do? But as ours are too young we didn't delve too deep into this. There is also a soft play area. Now this used to be attached to an eating area where you could have a picnic. But not any more. There is nowhere to sit and it is quite small. During term time I think this will be OK - but during the holiday? Quite busy.

The Centre itself is located in a really good and vibrant area of Birmingham. Whilst there isn't anywhere to eat inside, you can step out and buy food along the canal or in Brindley Place. There is also quite a few grassy areas dotted around to set up a picnic - which is what we did. You can get your hand stamped and go back in. It may be an idea to tie a visit here to a visit with The Library of Birmingham that is also excellent for little ones and quite nearby.


We had a great day out, it was very manic and one toddler may have thrown another toddlers brand new penguin toy in the waterfalls outside. I would recommend it if you have little ones, just don't take a buggy! For further information please visit The National Sealife Centre Birmingham.

   

28 comments:

  1. Term time isn't any quieter in our experience. When we went it was packed out with school/nursery trips so there still wasn't anywhere to sit, and getting to the toilet was a nightmare too. Such a shame there isn't a cafe anymore - I heard there used to be.

    Nice to know they've updated with penguins.

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    1. Yeah the cafe was really good you know. I am sad it went xxx

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  2. I love sea life centres and those penguins look awesome! x

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  3. Gotta love sea life, such a fab experience for the wee ones! We took our 5yo on her second birthday, then out for sushi afterwards..,fortunately she didn't connect the dots :-) xxx #magicmoments

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  4. Looks like you all had a brilliant time seeing all the different sea animals! Such a shame it was busy to a panicky stage though, still hope the little ones enjoyed themselves! Popping by from Magic Moments.

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  5. It looks like you all had a fantastic time! We haven't been to the Sea life center near us for years.....Might be time to pay it a visit x

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    1. Oh you should! It is really really good xxx

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  6. My five year old absolutely loves it there, especially the penguins.

    #MagicMoments

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  7. Oh wow that place looks fab-must stop by and visit it next time we are in Birmingham, be fab to see you too #whatsthestory

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    1. Oh my gosh you should SO come to Brum - but we would need some cocktails too! xxx

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  8. Aw she is sooo cute at the end of the vlog! Looks like a fab day, the aquarium we went to was a bit dodgy for buggies too x

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    1. She is such a little cutie - but also can be a crazy diva! xxx

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  9. My two would love the penguins (and so would I if I'm honest!) it's white expensive to get in without vouchers so we haven't visited for a while but I do like it there. Sounds like you had a good, if hectic, time :)

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    1. They are gorge! I think you can get 40% off if you book online? Oh it was manic! xxx

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  10. Looks so much fun . It reminds me of sea world lol

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  11. We went last Monday at 4pm and it was really quiet. I quite agree about the penguins.

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    1. Oh that would have been good. Post the nap time xxx

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  12. My lot would enjoy this for the penguins alone, they all have a fascination with them! #whatsthestory

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    1. I don't blame them I love penguins! I don't know why. So so beautiful xxx

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  13. Sounds like a really lovely, if slightly hectic day! I do love a sealife centre though have to admit we haven't braved one in the school holidays, I can imagine it was seriously busy! Thanks for linking with #letkidsbekids xx

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    1. Oh was busy! Especially with your bump bab. Would be horrid! xxx

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  14. awww so pleased you had a fab time .. i love that video :-)

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  15. Love the photos of you two in your glasses :-)
    Looks like a great day out
    #letkidsbekids

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