Having grown up in Bournemouth, the oceanarium has become part of the scenery on Bournemouth sea front, Open 364 days a year (closing only for Christmas Day) it’s welcomed approximately 4 million visitors since opening!
So, we decided to take Jasmine, although she’s only 8 months we try to do lots of stimulating activities to help her development. I expected fish but there was so much more than that! A very family friendly venue, lots of baby care facilities, wheelchair access and kids meals available. Once we had put our buggy in the ‘buggy zone’ we were ready to explore!
Greeted by Ziggy the green iguana we already felt we were miles away from the cold, British seafront we just walked in from. Each section has been carefully crafted in-keeping with the natural habitat of the fish and animals, from the Amazon to the Great Barrier Reef, from Africa to Asia, some were in dark caves very dimly lit, some were in hot zones with bright lights and some made you feel You were on a Caribbean island.
In total there are 12 naturally themed zones from around the world. There’s plenty to see visually, Jasmine was fascinated by all the fish and especially loved the turtles and stingrays. There’s also lots of interactive quizzes and facts around for older children to enjoy!
My favourite part was the walk way under the sea where the sharks and turtles majestically glide over your head. Jasmine really loved the penguins and the otters – especially Stan (the male otter). There’s the ‘Offshore Cafe’ where you can sit and have a drink or something to eat – this looks on to the penguins so it’s lovely to feel you’re still enjoying the marine experience.
It really was a fantastic sensory experience for her and I’d urge anyone with babies to take them to the oceanarium, it really gives them lots of stimulation and visually engages them.
I’d also highly recommend it to anyone with children for a brilliant balance of fun and education, the attraction holds special ‘meet-the-creature’ sessions – so be sure not to miss them!
*Disclaimer – I was given entry to Bournemouth oceanarium in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.