Today we took Bowie to Sea life Adventure.
I instantly regretted it the second we turned up and saw a queue out of the door just to get into the queue; a queue for the queue. If there is one thing in life I hate its 1000 prams, double prams, triple prams and loose children running riot in a small place.
Having booked our tickets already online in order to get that whooping 20% discount we had no choice but to stick it out and queue for that queue. Luckily it didn’t take long at all to get in and get our wristbands and in the time it took for me to flaff around outside saying ‘shall we’ 10000 times we could have probably got in and seen the whole thing.
A lot of parents had left their prams just chilling in the reception area which gave me major anxiety because all I could think of was someone running off with my beaut of a Silver Cross and matching nappy bag laughing all the way whilst I walked home carrying my big lump of a 10 month old. I decided that I wouldn’t be leaving my pram behind… for a full 2.5 minutes until I got past the entrance door, saw the masses of people, children, prams and wheelchairs and decided I’d rather buy another pram than try and push one through that. We quickly turned back and dumped the pram.
The first time we took Bowie to Sealife Adventure he was just three months old and didn’t have a clue what was going on but they had just got the Penguins in and Bowie had a Penguin suit, it was too cute not to.
Now he’s 10 months going on 10 years he was able to explore and have a good look around rather than just lay in a pram dressed as a Penguin.
He’s still probably wondering what the hell is going on but he was clearly enjoying seeing all the lights and fish and was occupied and entertained the entire time. I felt like moving in there because he was too busy mesmerised by Sharks and pretty lights to get bored.
Bowie was particularly intrigued by the Meerkats, or the Meerkat as only one was actually out and about (not convinced there are anymore, its all a lie!)
I just loved Bowies outfit today, he’s wearing a handmade Peter Rabbit romper with his initials on from Charlottes With Love.
I was hoping that he would like the Penguins the most but he literally couldn’t care less about them, not that I think he could see them properly as they’re miles away from the viewing window.
I think his favorite part was the Shark Tunnel which was unfortunate because we accidentally turned up in the middle of a Shark talk and got physically stuck. The tunnel is way too small for a talk, I don’t know what they’re thinking! I could hear someone in the distance talking into a microphone about shark skeletons but I couldn’t see him for masses of people infront, next to and behind me. We couldn’t move, we were actually sandwiched in, people behind started shouting for people to move and people in front started shouting that they wouldn’t because they were listening to a talk. This resulted in a huge queue of people just wanting to progress through the aquarium but not being able to get through.
Finally after what seemed like a lifetime and me getting used to the idea that this could be my life now and how I was going to make a shark Tunnel feel like home for the next 20 years the talk ended and people started shifting. I was so determined that Bowie was going to have some space and an opportunity to see the sharks and have some photos taken that we stuck it out even longer whilst the huge line slowly walked through and died down and finally I got my photos and Bowie got a walk around.
After circling the entire Aquarium and making it out alive after the brief inprisonment in the Shark tunnel we stupidly decided to have lunch there, I don’t know why because last time we did I ordered a Tuna Mayo without Butter and got a Buttery Tuna without Mayo and it was all a bit disappointing. I even distinctly remember saying at the time ‘lets not eat here next time’ so what do we do, eat there again. I have no one to blame but myself but I was at the point of starvation that I was eyeing up the live fish.
We ordered Coffee before we looked at the menu to order food, Coffee that unless we accidentally ordered the grand invisible Coffee by accident never showed up.
Over 10 minutes later we enquired about the missing Coffee, concerned about its whereabouts and were met with a member of staff who was randomly accusing us of not ever ordering or paying for said coffee and being after a freebie like a pair of tramps. So then we presented her with our receipt to prove that we had actually ordered the coffee and weren’t just weirdos although at that point I was internally accusing her of being the weirdo. We then still had to wait for this coffee, just a coffee, not a lattefrappacappawhippedicedmocahchino just a standard small coffee. When the Coffee finally did make its way to our table Aidan’s had half an empty salt sachet in the bottom of his which made my day! we didn’t complain about this because I just couldn’t be bothered.
We then ordered Sandwiches, don’t ask why. We ordered with a completely different member of staff this time wearing a Supervisors uniform as we thought we would be safe! I ordered a Tuna Sandwich, but did I get one? no, I got an Egg Mayo Sandwich. Apparently the supervisor pressed the wrong button by mistake. So I then had to wait for them to make me up a whole new Sandwich whilst Aidan and Bowie stuffed there faces!
After the whole lunch fiasco was finally over we took Bowie to the gift shop and settled on a cute baby blue plush fish £2.99 and a foil dolphin balloon £2 or £3 I believe (memory is terrible). Both were very cute and very good value for money!
Ater a brief photoshoot on the beach the rain began again! boo, so home we went!
Bowie’s entry to Sea life adventure was free of charge as he is under 90cm which is always a bonus! Aidan purchased a standard Adult ticket online for £10.36 (£12.95 if you buy at the door) and I got a Student ticket £8.16 (£10.20 on the door).
Sandwiches were around £4 each and Coffee was around £2 each.
In conclusion its a great place to take kids, especially when the weather isn’t great. Its pretty small, doesn’t take long to get around and you definitely wouldn’t make a day of it, maybe a morning or an afternoon. My top tips are to leave prams in reception, book online 24 hours or more before hand for a 20% discount and to get coffee somewhere else! I recommend Attic cafe just opposite who do brilliant coffee and food.