We've been to Sealife several times as we've been Ambassadors for the last year and had an annual pass. It's always really handy to promise the young lads a trip to Sealife 'just after we've done this shopping...' Incentive always helps little legs from getting too tired. It's also calming after a visit to the more hectic LEGOLAND Discovery Centre next door.
Our favourite part of Sealife is the Ocean Tunnel. There is always plenty to watch, we usually see Ernie the Turtle, and we always spot the sharks...
As well as welcoming their new guests, Sealife are promoting their links to the Jurassic era, and Sealife Manchester have an area where children can dig into the sand and find fossils. We found a huge Ammonite, and we learnt that there are many sea creatures alive today who existed when dinosaurs walked the land, including Green Sea Turtles.
We were able to see another 'living fossil' in the Nautilus, around since at least the Paleozoic era some 500 million years ago. He really was happy to take the limelight and was amazing to watch.
The Octopus Hideout was obviously very busy, and the Octopi were not keen on showing off at all. Apparently they'd been posing for cameras all the previous afternoon, so next time we visit it's definitely going to be later in the day.
It was possible to see the largest Octopus, Hank the Giant Pacific Octopus, but he was only peeping at everyone. The others were nowhere in sight...
We may have only caught a sideways look at Hank, but we did get one clear photo of an octopus at least before we left...
We couldn't visit the Trafford Centre without going into the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre to race some cars....and for our youngest to get his first ever 'Ninja' level at Ninjago Training Camp!
Sealife Manchester is open every day except Christmas Day and entry is £16.95 on the door, or only £9.95 if you order online via the Sealife Manchester Website, where you can also find more information to plan your visit. A joint ticket with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre costs £20 per person (under 3's are free to both attractions, and adults must be accompanied by a child under 17 to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre).
Like Hank the Giant Pacific Octopus, and the other octopi at Sealife, Mancunians generally like to have a later start at weekends, so if you are visiting you will find your trip is generally quieter before noon.
We have free passes to Sealife and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre as part of our role as Ambassadors.