May I introduce you to Sea Life based at the Intu Trafford Centre. It’s easily accessible via the M60 which provides a circular route around Manchester. It’s also in the Barton Square area of the Trafford Centre which often has fairground rides and, very excitingly for my two girls, a large ornate fountain for them to throw coins in, make wishes and get me told off when I’ve suddenley realised they’ve taken their shoes and socks off, rolled up their pants and launched themselves in.
Sea Life itself isn’t cheap. For a family of four you’re looking at £14.95 per person, although under 3s go free.
But there is a lot to see and do inside. There are 5000+ creatures, including sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, octopus and rays. The absolute favourite sight for my 4 year old and 2 year old is the underwater tunnel, where sharks and stingrays fly overhead, prompting a genius moment from my 2 year old where she called the shark an Aeroplane Fish.
Upon entering Sea Life, you’re taken on an interactive journey through ‘Turtle Bay’. This is a brilliant fusion of laser and 3d technology, bringing the turtles and their story to life.
Then follows lots of colourfully lit tanks, with hidey holes for the children and some interactive games along the way. The children get the chance to handle some creatures, too, such as starfish and crabs.
In the middle of the tour there’s a soft play area to break it up a bit and let the children blow of some steam as it is educational, too, with a lot to take in.
What I like about Sea Life is it teaches the children (and us grown ups!) about the environment and our responsibility in maintaining that environment for the creatures that live in it. There’s a section on litter and its effect on our beaches – my two love this (although I do wonder if this is because they get to play with rhe sand).
If you’re at a loose end this week I’d advise checking out their website (www.visitsealife.com) and consider a visit.
Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for Sea Life Manchester and was invited to attend free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.