The best thing about having children is that you get to enjoy being a child again with them. From adventures, to days out and family time, those little happy faces when we embark on another family adventure, the not knowing what to expect, the travel, the magic and the whole experience is something I want my children to remember from their childhood. One day, I hope they pass on to their little ones.
Last weekend, Sea Life kindly invited us to London to explore the magical world of sea creatures at Sea Life London Aquarium. I’ve always made sure my children are aware of their world and what lies outside their little bubble such as animals, foreign lands, our eco-systems and recently trying to live more sustainable to help our oceans. So when we got the invite to explore the underwater kingdom of our world, it was the perfect trip to take during our school summer holidays.
We live just outside London, 40 minute train ride or drive. If you know London it is pretty easy to get around on buses and tubes but on this occasion we decided to drive and found an affordable and convenient carpark a few minutes away from our destination.
So last Saturday, as the sun was shining and the car was packed with snacks and raincoats (because this is the UK, and it can rain at anytime!) We got to our destination in good time and took a little walk along the river past the London Eye and showed the kids the views of Parliament and Big Ben. When we arrived at Sea Life, there was no queues, within minutes we picked up our tickets and was heading in to start our Sea Life adventure. Walking in over a glass footway, the Sharks swimming below, my son’s mind was blown and the poor thing stood there not sure what to make of what he was seeing. It didn’t take long for both children became mesmerised by what they could see. From, tropical fish, sharks and stingrays to snakes, crocodiles and penguins we comfortably strolled round reading the information about different species of our sea world and even my husband and I learnt a lot about some of the sea creatures we had never heard of before. We even got to interact and stroke a star fish which the kids loved as well as being transfixed on watching the magnificent sharks swimming in their enclosures.
I took so many photos and videos of my children enjoying their Sea Life adventure but we also got a lovely family photo which was so nice as usually I am the one taking them and not in the photos. We got a lovely book which included our photo 3 times with different backgrounds as well as an informative details of Sea Life for £20, which is a great keep sake for my kids to have after a great day at Sea Life London.
On our way to see the penguins we each took it in turn to take our selfie with the Fin-tastic Friends “selfie wall” The four creatures included Boris the Sea Turtle, Belle the Shark, Juno the Penguin and Archie the Dwarf Croc. Between the 29th July and 31st August 2019 if you share your selfie with your Fin-tatsic friend you can be in with a chance to win a VIP experience which includes feeding the creatures, snorkelling with the sharks and a behind the scenes tour of Sea Life. All you have to do is make sure you upload your selfie to social media, and tag Sea Life on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #SeaLifeLondonBestie for your chance to win.
Sea Life London was such a great family day out, it was great to do something different and the children had such a great time learning about the sea creatures of our world. I’ve been a few times before but this was our first visit as a family of four and I would definitely recommend it to young families as a fun and educational day out with the kids. Sea Life is open 7 days a week and if you book in advance the rates are cheaper, you can check here for more details.
Have you been to a Sea Life near you before?
*this was a press invite but all opinion and photos are my own