Over the half term holiday we were invited to attend a party with the Octonauts at Sea-Life Centre Manchester. We love the Sea-Life Centre having been before and we were really looking forward to the event. The kids love the Octonauts and we were especially chuffed that this event involved teaching the children about conservation and cleaning up our canals and green spaces.
Unfortunately, I was working so I sent my children and blogging correspondent representative (AKA Warren, the husband.) So what follows is a description of the day as well as photos taken by Warren himself. He reckons that this blogging lark is easy. (Note that I am the one who is typing this and not him - #fail.)
First of all they went to the Octonaut's party. The children were given paper hats and magazines and were given a short talk on the importance of keeping our environment safe and healthy for animals. The children were given examples of how pollution can damage wildlife such as plastic can rings getting stuck on turtle's bodies and plastic bags being harmful to other animals.
Next they explored the Sea Life Centre itself. My kids love the Sea Life centre. Emily's favourite is looking at the sharks swimming in the tank. Rosie and Alice love Ernie the turtle and they also like trying to "Find Nemo." We have visited before but the girls had a lovely time. I think it is important that they get to experience wildlife and learn about the environment at the same time.
Next was the Canal Clean-Up with Peso from the Octonauts. The children were given high-vis jackets, gloves, bin liners and litter pickers and were put to work picking up litter from the side of the canal. Now I know this doesn't sound very exciting, but my kids loved it. It is something different for them and I think that they learned a lot - I know that Rosie is young, but we always tell her to put her rubbish in the bin and although the entire message may have been lost on her - the main sentiment of not dropping rubbish was there. Some lovely photos were taken of our girls as they walked the canal.
When they got home the kids were shattered. They had such a good day and it had really took it out of them. They told me all about their day with the Octonauts in high pitched voices and Warren showed me all of the pictures he had taken. I think he did a good job!
Disclosure: We were invited to the event free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.