Last week I and the family went to visit the sea life centre in Birmingham. If you haven’t ever been to the sea life centre they showcase a variety of different sea life creatures for you to go and see them in their natural habitat.
The types of sea life available to look at.
At the start of the centre you could see the penguins playing, squabbling, and swimming that type of thing.
There is a section for octopus and you can see the way they transform into the spaces and sometimes got to see their long tentacles.
There is also seahorses which are really elegant and very beautiful to watch.
The centre have the option for children to touch a star fish. This is a great experience for children to interact with fish. A child can feel what a fish feels like and work out the different textures on their fingers.
There is a massive fish display at the beginning like an upward tank that hols different fish swimming around.
There are rays in a big area further along that swim a big area and the glass is clear so you can watch them swim about.
We really enjoyed seeing the different types of jelly fish and you even got to change get to change the lighting in the tank by a touch screen which I thought was rather cool.
One of the big features is the 360c transparent tunnel where you can walk under the fish and see them go around you. You can walk on the glass floor while the big sea turtle and sharks swim by, totally blow your mind.
Obviously, there are many more fish but I am just giving you a general feel of some the types of fish you can visit.
Extra fun parts for children.
At the end of the exploring all there is to see at the sea life centre there is soft play which is free. It is small but wonderful for kids who love to have a free play and to run around and get in the ball pit. There are two tiers so you can climb as well.
At the reception desk where you pay for tickets or enter the centre you can get a stamp sheet where you go and collect six stamps around the location. During the Halloween period as well there is a list where you write all the Halloween items you have spotted that are hidden in various location. At the end you can collect a medal and a cup as a price, no charge occurred, which I thought was really good as one it is Merlin and we know they don’t do cheap normally and secondly most places that similar activities normally just give you a sticker.
With the witch though lucky that the camera were broken so could use your own camera and was free saving made of £10-£15. However before in the middle section there is a green screen where you could sit in a boat and present your being attacked by a shark. We did actually buy them pictures for £15 which I think is a lot but my hubby is a sucker for things like that,lol.
4d cinema experience.
4d cinema experience (free and part of the price ticket) is great fun for kids and adults too. We saw a show though I have been before and it is different so they do change the films. Not only do you get to experience a short film based around a fish but also there is plenty balls, the chairs vibration you get randomly squirt water unexpected making it more fun. Plus with the 3d glasses you feel the fish are coming out of the screen.
Location of Birmingham sea life centre.
The location of the sea life centre is fairly easy to get to as is in the city centre and not far from Lego Land adventure world and the arena and ICC.
Cost of tickets.
How much does a ticket cost, well as national sea life centre is part of the Merlin attractions you can get combined ticket that includes another attraction such as Warwick Castle or Lego Land discovery centre they start from £23 24 hours in advance online. For just your basic sea life centre is from £13 through if your carer and have a letter to confirm you can go free. You do also have to book 24 hours advange on the website.
With regard to parking there is a car park very close by and in walking distance however due to location costs a lot more. We go to paradise parking car park which is a lot cheaper but five minute but very easy to get to. So always best to check before going where the parking is and the pricing.
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