Our playdate at SEA LIFE Manchester.
Today we had the pleasure of a play date with our friends at SEA LIFE Manchester and what a great time we had.
When we arrived I was toying with taking the pram as the boys are only two and I didn’t want them to get too tired as I knew I would then have to carry them, but I took the plunge and we walked with no pram, the boys loved the freedom and it was really safe and super child friendly for them. (Very accessible should you choose to take a pram though).
When you arrive the staff are really friendly and we were issued with our tickets really quickly and directed were to go. When you first go through you have your picture taken and it’s like the movies a green background and you dont know what the setting is till you get to the end of your visit.
All around SEA LIFE Manchester there are information points telling you what is in each tank with information about what they eat, how old they are, there origin lots of information which if I was with my older children would have been really informative but as it was only me and the boys it was more about the bright coloured fish and the wow factor for them which from this picture you can see they were impressed.
When you first go into the SEA LIFE Manchester you are given a turtle presentation that uses projectors on the ground and it is really good the boys loved it. The presentation is only a few minutes long and the boys stood really nicely throughout watching the different turtles in the floor appear. We think this is a great start to your experience.
Once you make your way through you then are free to take as long as you wish winding through the various tanks looking at all the different species of fish. There are lots of tunnels for the children to walk under before getting to the main tunnel were you can see sharks swimming over your head. The boys preferred the little tunnels because they could see better and be independent.
One we had made our way through the tanks we came to the turtles the boys were amazed and sat watching for a while before spotting the colouring table and crayons.
We had a go at colouring a turtle before heading into the soft play area. The soft play areas small and compact but a great place to take a break and grab a coffee or drink from the machines while the kids play and burn off some more energy.
After having some soft play fun we continued round and came to the Octupus hide out I loved how they just wiggled around the boys were a little unsure what to think and didn’t really like it but they are only 2 so prefer the bright coloured fish.
After here we went through to and interactive section were you can actually touch a star fish, I thought the boys might scream and meltdown at the thought of this but I was actually really surprised they loved it and we’re trying to grab the star fish out of the tank the little monkeys. Not to worry about germs they have a sink with soap and paper towels for once you have finished.
Overall we had a great time and it’s certainly somewhere I will visit again during school time with the boys it’s was just the perfect little outing for us.
You can buy tickets online in advance and they also do a season pass which is great value for money which I think I will be looking into for me and the boys.
Visit the SEA LIFE Manchester website for more information on what’s going on and to purchase your tickets.
Come take a look at our review of LEGOLAND which is right next door and a great place to visit at the same time.