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Sea Life Centre Birmingham Sea Stars

Today has been a fabulous day. We were lucky enough to be invited to see the new Sea Stars exhibit at the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham. 

We are regulars at the Sea Life Centre, it’s one of those things that is perfect for both girls at their current ages.

I remember Libby loving the Sea Life Centre at Lia’s age, seeing the exciting coloured fish, the movement, the huge turtle, the jellyfish, the sharks and the rays. And Lia is exactly the same. 


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And yet, as Libby has got older and we have continued to go regularly, there are different things to keep her entertained. 

The star fish have always been one of the most exciting things at the Sea Life Centre, because there is a little rock pool area where you can gently stroke one. 

Today, this was the lucky star fish. 

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Strangely, Libby completely lost her nerve today and didn’t want to touch it. Lia on the other hand was delighted with the whole situation.

She was happy to put her hand into the tank and was thrilled when she touched it. As for the new star fish exhibit, it was great.

There was loads of information about the creatures and the different species. Of course, it was loads of information that you don’t get chance to read when you’re there with small children. 

What do you think are my chances of making it there without them?

As you can see, despite us not managing to read much of the info, both girls were fascinated by the whole thing. 

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The slightly odd photos are from little glass bubbles that you can put your head through to see the star fish up nice and close. 

The other thing we always do at the Sea Life Centre is to pay a visit to the 4D Cinema.

Libby can’t see in 3D because of the problems she had with her eyes when she was younger. We have been told that she will never be able to do so. 

Today was the first time we’ve been when she has really managed to chat to me about wearing the 3D glasses with a good level of understanding. 

She took off her normal glasses to put the 3D ones on, but felt that the 3D glasses didn’t make things look different at all, so it does seem that her 3D vision is definitely lacking. They looked good though. 

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Lia couldn’t keep hers on her face but we all enjoyed the film. 

I took my usual plethora of terrible photographs of the Sea Life Centre. One day, I’m going to pay a photographer to come with us.

There are so many fabulous things to see and I am truly useless at capturing them on camera. This was my best attempt today I think. 

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As well as the new sea stars attraction, there is a Sponge Bob trail at the sea life centre at the moment. The children can also meet a giant turtle. 

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I also have to mention a couple of other activities that Libby loved. Firstly, she did some painting with sponge prints.

We were terrible parents though, and left the painting there. Hubby will be on the phone first thing in the  morning to try and retrieve it. Eek! 

I was really impressed with how much the guy in the painting room knew about the Sea Life Centre conservation projects and why they were so essential. 

Libby also adores the little soft play area at the centre. Even Lia got involved today, crawling at top speed to the ball pit as soon as I put her down. 

All in all, we had a fab day and would highly recommend it to anyone with or or without children. Preferably without, obviously.  



  1. Izzie Anderton
    March 29, 2015 / 11:17 am

    My daughters always enjoyed a day at the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham when they were little. I think their favourite exhibit was always the sea horses. Happy to hear you had a magical day with your daughters x

    • March 29, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you Izzie, it was fabulous 🙂

  2. March 29, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    I love a sea life centre, always such a great day out – looks like you had a really nice time x

    • March 29, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you Donna, you’re right they are always a good day out, I love the conservation work they do these days too.x

  3. March 29, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    What a lovely day out. I love the glass bubbles that you can put your head in to see the fish. Love your photos of the starfish and seahorse.

    • March 29, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you Louise, it was fabulous. We are always delighted to pay a visit to the Sea Life Centre 🙂

  4. HonestMum
    March 29, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    This place looks magical, fab photos x

  5. March 30, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    This looks like a fantastic day out for all. Might need to do that soon with the boys

    • March 30, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you Martyn, we have been regulars there since Libby was three months old and I worked in Birmingham. We would highly recommend it!

  6. April 9, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Love the seahorse 🙂

    I wish I lived nearer, I’d happily wander around in there taking photos! X

    • April 9, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I wish you lived nearer too, we’d love to see your photos!x

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