Sebastian adores sea creatures and being Merlin Pass Holders we head down to our local SEA LIFE Centre in Weymouth at least once a month.
Between 14th May and 12th June SEA LIFE Centres all over the country are hosting Mister Maker Creature Makes where the kids can learn how to create their favourite sea creatures in the interactive craft zone, and on your journey through SEA LIFE, collect the materials you need to make their very own crab at home.
We had to book our session, which are themed based on children’s ages, where TV arts and crafts sensation Mister Maker will be on hand through fun videos, filmed exclusively for SEA LIFE, to guide you in making each creature.
We booked our session for midday so got to explore the SEA LIFE Centre first and found our first material to build our crab in the Harbourside exhibit.
Weymouth SEA LIFE has undergone lots of work in recent months, replacing the bridge and building a sensory garden that Sebastian enjoyed – especially the musical instruments.
We found some more of the materials we needed to make the crab as we continued on our journey, stopping to look at the various sea creatures as we went.
One of Sebastian’s favourite parts of the SEA LIFE Centre is the Ocean Tunnel where you can see Black Tipped Sharks, Green Sea Turtles a huge Nurse Shark as well as lots of smaller fish.
Next up were the Seals but as we walked to see them we saw something new – the New Ideas Zone. As we walked in we saw an impressive light sculpture made from seven hundred waste drinking bottles which draw attention to plastic pollution in the world’s rivers and oceans. Each bottle holds an environmental message from the schoolchildren, in an effort to inspire us all to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic items and to protect the world’s oceans for generations to come.
The New Ideas Zone’s three displays include:
A tidal 4D rockpool experience – built to resemble the Giant’s Causeway; with sensory features such wind, rain and tides, home to temperate creatures including starfish, crabs and sea urchins.
Electricity – a series of new 3D interactive features which displays the sparks and flicks of static electricity, given off by creatures such as electric eels.
Glow – a colourful exhibit which showcases homegrown luminescent corals, sea fans and anemones.
It really was a brilliant exhibit and each area was covered by a really knowledgable member of staff who were happy to answer questions and show Sebby the animals inside the rockpools. I do think that the Penguins at the end were his favourite though as when he put his hand on them they spoke to him.
We hurried around the seal enclosure, saw the crocodiles and otters before heading back to the Marquee to do our Mister Maker craft.
The craft was perfect for Sebby and he is a dab hand with a stick of glue, although I had to help him out with cutting the triangles to make the fins. As you can see he was very proud of his creation!
That was not the end of adventures though…………part two coming soon!