11-30 November 2014
Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
Cbeebies stars The Octonauts have made their way to SEA LIFE Manchester and my husband, 8 year old daughter and I were invited to go along to meet them.
My daughter Kate is a massive fan of SEA LIFE Manchester and The Octonauts especially Peso Penguin so was delighted when I told her where we were going and why.
We drive from our home in Eccles and found SEA LIFE with ease as it’s located in the very popular intu Trafford Centre. It is well signposted and the free car park is adequate in size for the venue.
The Octonauts are much loved television stars and as a result the centre was very busy with families when visiting today.
Upon arrival at SEA LIFE Manchester we booked in and were given a SEA LIFE brochure with map, a cute Octonauts hat for my daughter, a dive log book, an Octonauts scratch card and our tickets.
We then had a photo taken by a rather fun staff member and given a photo ID card (photos can be purchased from the gift shop on the way out).
Our next stop was Turtle Beach where we watched a short demonstration about baby turtles. The graphics are amazing and we all loved this part as the turtles really do come to life before your eyes.
We then made our way into the centre and enjoyed each section (The Schoal, Rocky Hideout, Jellyfish Seas, Shark Shipwreck, Coral Reef, Underwater Ocean Tunnel, Turtle World, Tropical Ocean, Sub Aqua Play, Seahorse Nursery, Stingray Bay, Rockpools and Conservation Cove)
Whilst in each section we made use of the Dive Log Book and stamped each page (once complete it is then handed in to the shop and you are given a keepsake).
We all enjoyed each section and took several photos of the tanks inhabitants and read the information about each area.
My daughter’s favourite part is Stingray Bay as she is a huge fan of the Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo and was excited to see ‘Mr Ray’!
The centre may be small but there is so much to see and do including badge making and colouring that it is certainly worth the entrance fee.
The tanks and displays are outstanding and all of the animals are well cared for and this really is clear to see as you gaze into their underwater homes.
The Octonauts appear at Stingray Bay every hour on the hour and pose for photos with their fans (young and old)!
My daughter couldn’t wait to meet Peso Penguin and Kwazii Kitten (2 of the more popular and well known members of the Octonauts.
As you can see she really enjoyed meeting them and even gave them a kiss!
Throughout the centre we noticed lots of activities, posters and facts about the Octonauts which fitted in extremely well as the Octonauts are after all a group of underwater animal rescuers!
SEA LIFE is an amazing place not just for children but for everyone! This is my 2nd visit and I loved it just as much as the 1st time I visited.
My advice is to get down to SEA LIFE Manchester before the Octonauts have to go back to the Octopod!
A fabulous day out
Tickets cost £16.95pp (save up to 45% by booking in advance online).
The Octonauts are at SEA LIFE Manchester from 11-30 November 2014. For more information or to book tickets visit www.visitSEA LIFE.com/manchester or call 0871 221 2483.
SEA LIFE Manchester, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS | 0871 221 2483