The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is a wonderful place to visit with children. There is so much to see and do and a lot of thought has gone into to the layout of the different attractions and keeping the children entertained along the way with interactive displays, creature talks, a soft play area and a 4D cinema featuring short exciting Happy Feet films.
New to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham this week is the exciting Sea Stars exhibition which gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a range of starfish of different sizes and colours.
It is a really amazing display and thanks to the pop up bubbles and peek a boo holes, you really can get so close you can almost touch these amazing creatures.
There are fun things to see and do around the tanks with interactive displays that allow you to see how starfish walk (did you know that some of them have over 1000 legs?) and showing colourful and easy to read information about these fascinating creatures.
My son was in awe of the star fish and couldn’t believe how big some of the starfish were.
After we had finished seeing stars, there was lots more to explore. One highlight was the Penguin Ice Adventure which is a brilliant place to see Gentoo penguins in action. Set in an Arctic landscape with a large tank for them to swim you can watch the penguins racing through the water or taking a stroll along the ice.
One thing that I love about the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, is that many of the areas are light and airy with lots of space to move around the different areas.
L loved the rays, he was amazed how close we could get to them and their ‘funny faces’ when we looked at them in their tank.
I loved the jelly fish. There is something quite spectacular about them and I could watch them for hours.
Apart from the many and varied breeds of fish, there are turtles, frogs and even otters which were playing in their sleeping area and were so cute.
The sea horses provide another area which we both enjoyed and it is lovely to read how the Sea Life Centres have worked on a breeding program to help prevent sea horses from extinction and this is one of many conservation projects that they are involved in.
Of course, no visit to a Sea Life Centre would be complete without a walk though the 360 degree ocean tunnel which is breathtaking as you literally walk amongst the sharks and fish and you get the best viewing platform of all.
We spent an amazing morning at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and it is a really family friendly experience. You can find out more and book tickets here.
We were invited to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to see the new Sea Stars exhibition. All images and opinions are my own.