My sister had a few days off last week, so we took her along with us to the National Sea Life centre in Birmingham. We have visited a few times before but this summer to coincide with the release of the film of the year Finding Dory we were super excited.
We picked a rather rainy day meaning that it was incredibly busy so it made things a little harder to see, but you have to expect it in the school holidays. As you enter, you are given an activity pack which you have to follow and stamp along the way to get a prize at the end. It’s a great way to get kids reading and taking more in when they have to solve puzzles and answer questions. The girls were a little bit small to really understand but Charlie enjoyed it.
We caught the end of the talk about clownfish and were sad to hear that after the release of Finding Nemo that the clownfish population decreased massively as the demand for them went through the roof. There are lots of talks across the day including a penguin and one all about the amazing tank at the end. The times can be found on the leaflet you are given when you enter.
We stopped off in the activity area where the kids did some colouring and got to make their own badges, which they were very proud of. The lady was so lovely and friendly and it was nice to have a sit down away from the busy hub. It is their 20th year so the badges could be decorated to celebrate.
We enjoyed the 4D Octonauts and the girls really took it all in opposed to previous visits when they were a bit too small. Charlie jumped a lot much along with my sister which made me chuckle.
The Sea Life centre is always a good family day out with an educational hint. There are loads of brilliant offers on over the summer to get discounted tickets so it’s definitely worth having a look about. We were inspired after our day out that we went to the cinema to see Finding Dory the very next day and it was brilliant.
I also wanted to mention that after our visit, we stopped at the Slug and Lettuce which was just round the corner and the kids had a main meal, pudding and a drink and as we had visited the Sea Life Centre their meals were just £1 each! It was absolutely brilliant and a real help as the holidays can be very expensive. I do love a good bargain!
Disclosure – we were given complimentary entry to the Sealife Centre for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are my own