Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Octonauts at Sea Life Manchester this Half Term


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

It's half term! It was such a relief as I literally felt like I was falling apart (from tiredness)! I've been adding an additional hour to my sleep (on top of the hour gained from the time change) these few days, while trying to have fun with the family as well.

Last Sunday we popped into one of the latest Sea Life centre at Manchester Trafford Centre as The Octonauts are visiting during the half term holiday. They are still Clay's favourite characters, and because we didn't reveal what we were doing that day until we reached the door, he was really excited and kept saying "Octonauts! Octonauts!!" Abby claimed that she's too old for the event, but she really enjoyed doing the Octonauts and Sea Life activities, and she knows her sea life pretty well (she learned a lot from watching The Octonauts on TV of course!).


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Apart from meeting and greeting Peso and Kwazii every hour, there is The Octonauts sign boards at each area, a colouring and badge making stall, as well as a play corner near the Green Sea Turtle area (which is one of the Sea life Manchester's main attraction), and a good selection of The Octonauts toys are also available at the gift shop. Clay was giving us silly grins when he saw all the Octonauts toys, hinting that he wanted to add more to his already big collection!


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

They was also another 2 activities for the children to complete - find the questions at each section and get the correct answer on the sheet they were given, and press stamp the booklets they were also given for prizes. The kids absolutely loved going around collecting answers (Abby) and stamps (Clay), and they were both given 2 The Octonauts stickers, The Octonauts magazine and a Sea life badge at the end of the tour. But these are just additional fun to the fairly well designed Sea Life centre.


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

As mentioned above, the star sea creature of Sea Life Manchester is the Green Sea Turtle, which has been featured at least a couple of times in The Octonauts show as well (Tweak's best friend Sandy I think?). The Sea Life centre tour (it's more or less a one way system) started with the Turtle Beach, which projects a fairly realistic show on the "stage". I was most impressed with this part of the tour!

We then encountered Ernie, the rescued green sea turtle later on. He's really big but he's actually still very young because they can live for over hundreds of years.


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

So glad to have the ISO function on my camera!


I like how fun this Sea Life centre is. Not only is there an indoor play area inside the centre (with slighly uncomfortable benches so that parents won't linger long perhaps? Haha), and a motion sensor game towards the end of the tour as well as in the gift shop, they also made it possible for visitors to change the light of the Jelly Fish tank, and people can book for a sea bed walk too! Even the diver was funny who swam by just to clean the plaque and wave at us.

We also love the giant orb shaped fish tanks, which look really impressive, even though they do make the fish inside appear much bigger (and i thought I have met the biggest puffer fish ever!). The children had lots of The Octonauts fun, and I think that, even without The Octonauts, they would have still enjoyed Sea Life Manchester.

We enjoy most of our Sea Life centre visits, and really like it that each of them are designed differently, with the new Manchester one using different displays and technology to make it more fun and interactive for the kids. If you have an Octonauts fan, you must bring them to the Manchester branch this half term, before they set off to somewhere else!