During half term we were on a mini break in Dorset and top of our list of places to visit was the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth with our Merlin Annual Passes. We haven’t before and we couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer.
The girls were each given a Dive log book and they to collect 12 stamps at each of the dive stations around the park. We had to return to the shop desk to claim our prize at the end. The girls were really excited and couldn’t wait to get started. This is a great incentive to keep their interest as we made our way around.
We found Dory….and now Holly was on the hunt for Nemo!
They’ve got some great ways to make it fun to see the fish and this was a big hit. You crawl into the tunnel and just pop your head up.
As you leave each area you get a stamp at the dive station. The girls would be looking out for them, but needed help to get the stamp to leave an impression on the page.
Holly was just mesmerised by the fish and would stand for ages looking at them.
As we made our way around the park, we spotted the splash park which would be a lot of fun in the warmer weather. It’s nice to see there is other parts to the sea life park, I wasn’t expecting to see a splash area.
On some of the windows there were magnifying glass within it, meaning you could see really close up what was inside. This surprised Alice the first time she looked through it.
Holly found Nemo on the information screen which they had within each area to tell you more about what you were looking at.
I don’t think Holly could get over how many Nemo’s there were! She stood for ages, just saying ‘look at all the Nemo’s’. So cute!
Alice couldn’t wait to see how she measured up against the sea turtles.
Inside this tank was this bubble machine and there was a button which you could press to release the bubbles.
They have a rockpool where you will find starfish, crabs and sea urchins. You can make your way across the bridge and back. But you have to watch out for the tide to wash in, as you will get wet if your on the bridge at that time. This was a lot of fun to watch and walk across.
We loved this jellyfish tank which changed to lots of different colours.
The Otters were really cute and they are fast! You have to be quick to catch them on camera, but they just do a loop the whole time.
The girls were really excited to collect all 12 stamps in their dive logs.
It was then time to head to Caribbean Cove for the girls to have a play. It was hugh and plenty for the girls to do, we could easily have spent hours here if it was a warmer day.
We then headed to the cafe for a hot chocolate to warm up.
They also have talks and feeding times available for the otters, at the ocean tunnel and penguin beach. At the moment the penguin access is closed as a precautionary measure due to an outbreak of Avian Influenza. Check on their website for updates for this reopening. Don’t worry all the penguins are safe and well.
As we came to the end of our visit we headed to the shop and the girls excitedly handed over their dive logs. They both received a pop badge and they couldn’t have been happier.
We had a lovely afternoon and as we left Alice asked if we could come back in the summer to try out the splash park and to go back and say hello to the otters which she fell in love with. A sure sign they loved it, if they ask to go back.
Disclosure: We are working with Merlin Annual Pass this year as ambassadors. Thank you Merlin for providing us with a year of fun.