Who is a fan of Sea Life Centres? We have been to a few over the years but not to the one in Manchester until recently. If you have been following my social media accounts you may have noticed that we recently headed up to TraffordCity and intu Trafford Centre for a fun family day out.
We hit the slopes in Altitude at Chill Factore before dining at TGI Fridays before a leisurely trip around Sea Life Manchester to finish our day off. OK, we finished our day off with a little shopping and an amazing ice cream but we kept a few hours free to explore Sea Life and check out the new Giant Crab Lair.
As we entered Sea Life, we stopped to listen to a talk on sea turtles and watch the show. I didn’t expect to love it but it was definitely better than I thought it was going to be and all the kids watching joined in and were enthralled especially when we saw the baby turtles! Even the big kids I was with too.
One of the great things about Sea Life is how up close and personal you can get. You can watch from a distance or you can get close to the glass and check out every minute detail of the sea creatures swimming past. Our girls don’t like to feel left out so of course, this feature below had to be checked out!
Personally, I was captivated by the floating moon jellyfish. Their movements were so serene and beautiful I stood there for the longest time watching them.`
I was surprised at how much there was to see and the girls loved being able to wander around at their own pace and stop and look at what they wanted to.
Of course, we all loved seeing the ‘Nemo’ and ‘Dory’ fish.
As amazing as it is to get up close and personal with many creatures from under the sea, at Sea Life Manchester you get to learn more about all their conservation efforts and how our actions affect sea creatures all over the world. I loved this interactive turtle that told us about how rubbish and plastic in the water impact on their day to day life. Sea Life is committed to helping rescue sea turtles.
My sister absolutely loved it and I have to say, not only was I shocked but also impressed by her as she stroked some creatures in the tank on our way around Sea Life. My niece also joined her as they discovered more about some creatures that we don’t normally see. Usually, this is a bit hit and miss with kids but whilst we were there it seemed very popular. Obviously, I didn’t as I had to take the pictures!
One of the great things about visiting Sea Life Centres isn’t just being able to see creatures you may never otherwise come across in your life. But also that you can learn so much. From talks from the staff at different times of the day to the signs around the tanks and interactive units on your way around too. There is so much to learn it’s not hard to see why it is a popular place for school trips and I would imagine, homeschoolers too.
We absolutely loved our visit to Sea Life Manchester and even the girls, who at 12 and 13 are hard to please, really enjoyed it too.
*disclaimer: we were invited to TraffordCity and intu Trafford Centre for a family day out for purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*