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!
Too often we throw catchphrases around without a thought for their literal meaning.
Food for thought.
Something to think about.
I’ve got some food for thought. As a parent, you do your best to take care of your children, starting with their basic needs and leading on to the things they want, the things they’d like and the things that just make them smile. We like to make them smile. Presents, treats, days out to the zoo… how lovely to be able to do those things.
Don’t stop doing those things- collectively, they make a childhood and we should never be ashamed of being able to make that childhood happy.
But think also, of the other children. Other children who go to bed hungry each night. Other children for whom a basic meal is a luxury. Other children who don’t know what it feels like to fall asleep with a tummy that is full of happiness, treats, laughter and good times. Other children who will wake hungry and who will never quite manage to let go of that constant, nagging, griping emptiness.
Food for thought? My eldest is eight years old. Kasturi is also eight years old. My eldest’s teacher tells me that she is thriving at school right now; her learning is coming on in leaps and bounds and her thirst for knoweldge surprises us both at times. Kasturi’s teacher says that her learning is seriously hampered by lack of food. She says that “her learning’s very slow and there’s been no major improvement… a lack of proper food usually hampers children’s ability to grasp things and slows down the pace of learning. There are lots of children like Kasturi.”
A child dies every 15 seconds because there is not enough food.
Food for thought?
My youngest has just stopped breastfeeding at 15 months old. She eats three good meals a day and lots of snacks in between. She gets cross if she is hungry, and often wakes early with a little rumble in her tummy.
Katsuri’s mother breastfed all of her children, but often her milk was not enough for them because she was not eating enough food herself.
Food for thought?
I’m about to go on a fitness and health kick, eager to lose a few pounds and shape up a sagging body.
There is currently a huger crisis in our world which means that 200 children are dying each hour.
Food for thought?
Today’s post has been inspired by the Save The Children report issued today, part of the IF campaign where over 170 charities have joined together to call for the G8 to take action on World Hunger – the campaign’s main call is around the fact that the world already produces enough food for everyone, so it makes no sense for not everyone to have enough food.
Between 1pm and 2pm today, Brit Mums are holding a live Twitter chat with the hashtag #Foodforthought and we would love YOU to join in. We want to raise awareness of a global issue. It may not be your child with a rumbling tummy, but it is your issue. It is your child’s future.
Food for thought.