The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is one of the City’s top family attractions. Each Summer it has a special themed event to tie into school holiday time, with Moshi Monsters and Octonauts being featured in previous years. This year, children are offered the chance to be Deep Sea Explorers with Lego City, having a dive log book which they are able to stamp as they proceed around the centre finding Lego equipment and answering questions about the creatures of the Sea Life Centre. On Saturday, I took my family to the centre to attempt the challenge. We had great fun.
Any trip to the Birmingham Sea Life Centre starts with a visit to the penguins. These are definite favourites with the whole family, and I love the fact that you can find out a bit about each penguin by looking at the coloured tag on their wings. This is to help you identify the penguins, and from this you can find out their name, how old they are and a little bit about their personality. The penguins are frankly so cute, you could watch them all day and not be bored.
Once the penguins had been cooed over, it was time to start the challenge. The great thing about the Sea Life Centre is that it really is suitable for all ages. Joe is 6 and just loved the place, but we also had our two year old niece Renee with us and she was terribly excited too.
We followed the trail around – answering the questions from the Dive Log book and then using the stampers at various stations around the centre. Joe particularly loved handling the Starfish from the rock pool area (although he wasn’t convinced it was real!), while Renee thought she had spotted ‘Big Bad Barry’ from ‘Ben and Holly’ when she spotted a particularly big fish. The undersea tunnel is always a favourite, and both Joe and Renee insisted on putting their hands on the belly of a shark as it swam overhead.
The Lego Deep Sea Explorer theme definitely adds another layer of interest as you walk around the attraction – Joe loved spotting the Lego creatures and pieces of equipment in the tanks and pools. As you reach the end of the Sea Life Centre a special Lego station has been set up where children are encouraged to create their own deep sea creature which can then be placed on display.
We had a wonderful time at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre, a visit is always great fun and you definitely leave with a huge smile on your face. I would highly recommend a trip this Summer if you are looking for something to do, especially if it is a rainy day.
*We were given a family ticket in order to review our experiences at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre.