Today we were so lucky to gain early access to the brand spanking new Sealife Centre Manchester! It’s located at Barton Square, near Lego land and it has been officially given the Ghostwritermummy thumbs up today! We were invited to attend before the centre opens to the public next week- quite an honour so huge thanks are due to Laura (Tired Mummy of Two) for being super organised and getting us all on the list!
This is what we thought:
We were shown around the centre in groups of 15 families, and taken straight into a wonderful talk about the centre’s giant turtle. This was awesome- our guide really knew her stuff and her talk was brought to life with a fantastic light show and 3D images that were projected both onto the floor and onto a large globe that was suspended from the ceiling. She engaged with the children really well and we learnt some cool facts about turtles that the children have just recalled for me:
- when turtles lay eggs, the temperature of them dictates the gender of the babies inside! Anything above a certain temperature (we forget the exact number, sorry!) gives you a girl, anything below gives you a boy!
- lots of turtles are at risk once they are born as the lights from cities built close to their nesting areas confuses them and often babies head towards towns rather than the water
We were then led around the Sealife centre to gaze in awe at the huge arrays of marine life. There were lots of interactive screen dotted around for the children to find out extra facts and it was clear to see that this is going to be a fantastic place for groups of school children to visit. The kids loved being able to get up close to the tanks and it was all very child friendly. So much so, that the baby just couldn’t bare to be in her pram and loved being able to toddle around the huge displays. Everything was so compact and on a much smaller scale that you would imagine, making it easy for me to keep an eye on her.
The under water tunnel was a huge hit as this was where we saw the rays and the sharks, and where the children were simply mesmerised by it all. The seahorses were a personal favourite of the preschooler and he has requested Eric Carle’s story book at bedtime tonight. All the children were very taken with the touch pools too, and we were lucky enough to be invited to touch the crabs if we wanted to. Of course, the kids weren’t keen but they loved watching them…. from a distance of course! Before you enter the touch pools, there is a soft play area where children can run around and burn off any excess energy. What a wonderful idea! My initial thought was that the area would be better at the end of the displays, but actually it makes a really nice break for kids and adults alike. A chance to recharge for a moment before returning to the marine life. It wasn’t open for us today but it still looked great!
All in all, we had a super day and will definitely return to have a look around at our leisure. It was a shame that we were moved along quite quickly today- the kids would have loved to have stayed and spent a little longer in each part of the centre. The Big One was also a little disappointed that the gift shop wasn’t open either, but my bank balance is a little relived at that!
I would like to say a bug thank big thank you to the staff at the Sealife Centre today. They were working so hard to get everything ready for the bug opening day and I really appreciated them being so patient with us all. We were given free entry into the Sealife Centre. All opinions are my own!