Since my husband’s accident, the girls and I have just been getting by as best we could. There have been trips to the hospital every day and days out have been cancelled. So yesterday when I was given the opportunity to treat the girls to a day out at Sea Life Birmingham, I jumped at the chance and my friend was kind enough to join us to help with the girls.
When we arrived, Libby and Lia were given a mission card and some stickers each and asked to help with the Octonauts mission. They have recently started to watch the Octonauts on CBeebies, so Libby was beside herself with excitement.
The Octonauts will be at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham until the 7th November.
As we went round the attraction, there were six mission zones. For every mission they completed, they were allowed to stick a sticker onto the relevant part of their card. I love the fact that this is aimed at very young children because it really held Libby’s attention, looking for her next mission and sticking the sticker on.
One of the first missions was to touch a creature in the rock pool. Lia didn’t want to stick her hand in, so Libby touched the starfish twice so that they could both have their stickers. We then carried on around the attraction and even Lia got involved with choosing which colour sticker she wanted next.
We go really quite regularly to the National Sea Life Centre but every time, the girls notice and enjoy different things. This time they were both very taken with the 4D cinema and my friend and I were delighted to see that Molokai the green turtle was chilling out and having a cuddle with a shark rather than zooming around so we got to have a good look at him.
When we’d waved goodbye to Molokai, we headed for the soft play area. It’s just a small play zone but for little children like mine it’s brilliant. Lia spent 15 minutes giggling to herself in the ball pit while Libby ran, jumped and climbed on the other equipment.
But there were a couple more treats in store before we left too – Libby was lucky enough to meet not one but two of the Octonauts!
Lia wasn’t quite so trusting of these unusual cuddly creatures so she wasn’t willing to get involved in photo opportunities. On the way out, we headed to the gift shop to hand in their mission cards. They were lucky enough to receive a medal each for completing their mission which they were both delighted about.
We will undoubtedly be heading back to the Sea Life Centre again several times over the coming months but I’m particularly looking forward to taking them to meet Father Christmas, who is going to be in his grotto near to the penguins from the 12th to 23rd December.
We went to see him there last year and I can’t think of a better place to hang out with Santa.
After we’d finished our Octonauts mission, we headed for a well deserved lunch at Wagamamas. By the time we’d finished, my husband was finally allowed to come home from hospital so we went to collect him.
It’s been a long three weeks and we’re all incredibly grateful to have him home at last.