This summer, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are holding a Disney•PIXAR Finding Dory event. Until 11th September, visitors can follow a trail around the sea life centre that is based on the famous movie. Different characters have clues for you in the tanks, and you jot down the letters they are holding into a book that is given to you on arrival.
We headed to the National Sea Life Centre yesterday to check out the Finding Dory event. On arrival, we were given the book to note down the letters, plus our deep sea dive log-book for stamping on the way around. We were also given a pencil each to allow us to make a note of the letters we were looking for.
On entering the National Sea Life Centre, you go straight into the penguin area, where some people were feeding the penguins. They were also blowing bubbles for them, which the penguins seemed to be fascinated by. To find out a bit more about the penguins and all the other creatures, it is possible to book a behind the scenes tour with an expert for just £3.50 which seems like a really good deal. Another attraction that really made me laugh on this visit was the little tunnel behind the pool right towards the start of the tour. I’m not sure if this is a new addition but we’d never noticed it before, and my husband saw it first and thought a child had got into the pool. It turns out it was just an optical illusion and they were behind the pool, looking through a glass screen. I’m always fascinated by how bright some of the fish are, and when both girls were babies this was what they enjoyed the most about visiting. Today though, it was all about finding Dory. As well as following the trail throughout the attraction, children could have Dory themed photographs, do drawing, colouring and activities involving Dory and even win a badge at the end once they’d completed the trail.
The girls always love the film in the 4D cinema, and at the moment the film is the Octonauts. They also love to see the bigger fish like the sharks swimming around in their tanks, and Libby’s particular favourite part is touching a star fish or sea anemone in the rock pool. Please note, we are ambassadors for the National Sea Life Centre but all views, opinions, images and sea-creature loving children are my own.