Ancient Oceans at National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Yesterday, we were invited along to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to have a look at the Ancient Oceans event which is currently running, it's on until 21st February. We always enjoy the visits in which we make to the Sea Life Centre there is always something different to see. This time was no different and was really fun for Jack as he loves dinosaurs so the event seemed perfect. 

The Ancient Oceans event allows children and adults to become 'Dinosaur Detectives' finding the bones as you walk around. At the entrance you are given a pack complete with stickers, pretend paper magnifying glass and an activity booklet which has many activities in. As you walk around the attraction there are many bones to spot, when you find one you stick the corresponding bone sticker in the correct place on your sheet to complete the skeleton of an animal. 

There is also a 'Dig Station' within the event room, by the otters which Jack loved! There are small sand pits with hidden fossils which you need to find. The areas are great fun and Jack really enjoyed hunting out the fossils. Jack was given a real sharks tooth to bring home which he found exciting and hasn't stopped telling people about since. 

Of course, there isn't just the event in which is there, but the whole centre too. Since our last visit there is a lot more to see and our last visit was only the later part of last year. There is a newly revamped Clown fish area which includes the Octopus tank. The Octopus is one creature we have never seen on all our many visits to the Sea Life so it was nice to be able to this time. 
At the beginning there is of course the beautiful Penguins, they are my favourite and I could spend hours watching them. 

I love that each visit to the Sea Life brings something new, a new baby or even new creatures all together. During this visit there was a shark within the 'Shark Maternity Ward' as well as some other pregnant creatures, so it will be exciting to go back and visit the babies. 

Then at the end, there is of course the big tunnel which we always enjoy seeing all the larger creatures, looking around at them. Isla seemed to be fascinated in here watching all the fish go past. After this you get a final look at the penguins and Jack always finishes with some time in the soft play to burn any extra energy. 

This year is very special for the centre as it celebrates it's 20th anniversary, so 2016 is set to be a fantastic year.
There are lots of exciting events coming up with Penguin Week, Mister Maker, Turtle Fest, Spooky Seas, Shark Fest and Merry Fishmas. I'm sure there will be lots of other exciting things in between too. 

Please Note: We were given complimentary admission in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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