Saturday, 4 October 2014

SeaLife- A day out at the Sealife Centre Birmingham

When the Sea Life Centre opened in Birmingham, way back in 1996, we were some of the first visitors. I remember queueing with my eldest two, who were then aged seven and eight years, for over an hour just to get in.
Eldest Daughter has not been back for many years and fancied going this week, so we did, taking Star with us. 

I've visited the Sea Life Centre many times over the years. Last year we went to the one in Blackpool. A couple of years ago we went with friends to the Birmingham one. Although the set up has remained relatively the same, I do like the way they add new features and animals to keep it interesting and fresh. Mind you, with the ocean tunnel I would never get bored, I could spend all day in there watching the sea creatures swimming about. This year I fell in love with the giant green turtle.

This photo was taken with my phone near the glass, there is no enlarging of the photo or cropping, this is exactly how close he was. Not a perfect picture, but isn't he beautiful. His name is Molaki and he's 37 years old which is relatively young for a giant green turtle, he weighs over 20 stone!
 I also have a video which I will be uploading and sharing later.

When we entered the Sea Life Centre Star was given a little booklet. It showed us things to see and do and when completed there was a stamper available to stamp in the book. The first task was to stroke a crab or star fish. Star was straight in there, she's a real animal lover and isn't afraid to go up and get close.

A new feature at the Sealife Centre is the Underwater Ice Adventure and the adorable Gentoo Penguins. They arrived earlier this year, back in March and I can't believe I waited so long to see them.

When they arrived my local Cake Shop, Love Cake Supplies, made this gorgeous cake for them.
photo CC Birmingham Sea Life Centre and Love Cake Supllies

Seeing how much I love baking and cakes it would be a tough choice for me to choose which is better, real penguins or cake penguins. What do you think? Oh, and if you like baking and live in Birmingham do check out Love Cake Supplies

Here are some more lovely Gentoo Penguins. They really knew how to put on a show. I loved that you could see them both above and below water.

Then there were the jellyfish in their cylindrical tanks lit with changing colours. The entire room was absolutely mesmerising.

Of course, there are also the fish, lots of them.

And sharks, starfish, seahorses, rays and many many other creatures.

Star managed to complete all the stamps in her little book and received a medal at the end of our trip.
I do love the Sea Life Centre and I'm sure I'll be visiting again soon.

Linking up with Coombe Mill Country Kids.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

N.B We paid for entry ourselves, but we had deal from a car park ticket. You can also get tickets from using Tesco Boost rewards which is what I plan to do next visit. Love Cake Supplies have not asked me to mention them. I'm doing it because I love their shop and their work.


  1. I have a real phobia about fish, I don't know why ? But the penguins look so cute x

  2. I love aquariums, there is always something new to explore. #CountryKids

  3. Sealife centre is an amazing day out. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  4. This looks beautiful it's such a shame that we don't have a sealife centre close to us, it does look truly mesmerising! It's great that Star managed to complete all her little tasks, I'm sure she was super excited to get the medal. It's always great when kids are learning all about the animals whilst still having tonnes of fun! Thanks for liking up with me on Country Kids!

  5. Lovely photos - looks like a fun day out. I love the jellyfish photos. Have never been to Sealife Centre, will have to take the girls one day - they love seeing the fish at our local garden centre :-)

  6. That penguin cake looks awesome! You are lucky to have such an amazing cake shop near you. Sea life is great - We hadn't been for many years and then took D for his birthday when he was around 5 I reckon and then went to the Moshi event at sealife last year which was great too. I love how much focus they put on conservation and educating people about wildlife. x


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