This week we had the opportunity to go for a sneak preview of the new SEALIFE Manchester. It opens to the public on 6th June 2013 and is situated within Barton Square at the Trafford Centre, Manchester. Because of it’s location there is free parking on site and plenty of places to eat a short walk away in the Trafford Centre, which also means you have easy access to the shops before or after your visit meaning there is something for adults and children alike!
The children had fun running around Barton Square whilst we waited to enter.
As you enter SEALIFE Manchester the first thing you come top is Turtle beach which was really interesting and good fun. A host tells you about how turtles lay their eggs and using special lighting and visual effects you witness the eggs hatching and baby turtles being born. The children loved this, particularly C who said it was his favourite part of our visit.
Then onto the “Shoaling Room” which was very interesting, the fish literally swim round the room, they go really quickly and mostly all the same way, we spotted one little guy trying to swim against the flow but it didn’t last long before he turned the right way!
The children enjoyed looking at all the fish and marine life but their top thing to do was find Nemo. Well not only did they find one Nemo but they found him and all his friends with a load of Dory’s thrown in for good measure! The tank where Nemo and Co lives has a tunnel underneath it so little ones can get up close and personal with the gang!
There are plenty of opportunities to watch stingrays play, they loved racing around the tank and the children loved chasing them!
There is plenty to look at and lots of different fish, terrapins, turtles, sharks and others to watch. We enjoyed walking through the seatunnel, watching sharks swim over our heads!
Both children had the opportunity to touch a crab in the touch pools and these were very popular with all the children as they got hands on with a creature! The crabs and hermit crabs were safely handled by the SEALIFE staff and the children were welcomed to give them a quick stroke to see what they felt like!
There will also be a fun looking soft play area that the children were really disappointed wasn’t finished but definitely looked like they would have loved it!
Overall we thought you could easily lose a couple of hours at SEALIFE Manchester, perfect for little ones who love fishes!