It was brilliant to find out that Blogs Up North had managed to secure a visit BEFORE it even opened to the general public, and during half term week too!
|Six Children And Me - On Our Way|
|The impressive full wall of artwork that greets you in the Barton Square Car Park|
We were even joined by Alex Winters, the CBeebies presenter and his family, and if you ever get the chance to meet him then please do because he is an incredibly patient and lovely man, and he told me off for suggesting that boy no.3's curls need cutting!
In the foyer, where you may have to wait for entry, are a map and a big tank to whet your appetite...
|A really impressive tank, and this is only the foyer!|
After entering you immediately go through to a long room where a really accessible and fun talk is given about Turtles, their eggs and hatchlings. It's all done with fantastic lighting effects and was very impressive. The children are encouraged to join in and, when we asked him to tell Daddy about it tonight, even my 3 year old could explain how the city lights make the baby turtles go the wrong way looking for the sea!
After the show you enter an amazing round room with a tank running all the way around it. There is a huge shoal of fish which constantly swim through the water. It was stunning.
|There are an array of different tanks, windows and tunnels|
|And even a talking turtle who will answer your questions|
Unfortunately the soft play area wasn't quite ready for us but, if the Legoland Discovery Centre next door is anything to go by, it's certain to be a hit!
|The walls are full of information and great artwork|
|There is a huge square tank full of Rays....|
|And a fabulous Touch Pool where we looked at Hermit Crabs and Shore Crabs|
|Something to excite my youngest...|
The SEA LIFE Centre in Manchester have a special focus on rescued turtles and they have a collaboration with the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (Archelon)
The SEA LIFE Centre was still in the final stages of preparation when we visited, but one of our children spotted something very exciting....
|A Green Screen for special effects filming|
Manchester SEA LIFE Centre will also be the first SEA LIFE Centre in Europe where you can experience SEATREK - with the use of a special dive suit with a waterproof helmet actually getting into the tank with all of the sea life!
"The SEA TREK experience will cost £60 per person (including admission to the attraction) and is available
to guests aged 8 and over. The experience will last for approximately one hour with 10 minutes under the
water. A maximum of five people can be in the tank at one time and they will be accompanied by support divers at all times.
All wet suit equipment is provided, guests just need their own swimming costume and towel.
I'm not certain it's for me, but I know a few people who'd jump at the chance - how about you?
Before we went back to the van we had to return to Cadwalladers 3 doors away for another ice cream. Today they were selling a child's cone in any flavour for only 50p! You can't ask for more really. The perfect end to a perfect afternoon.