Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and yesterday I treated myself to a new iPad Air whilst at the Trafford Centre, so figured I have no excuse anymore not to get on with it….. so here goes….
The SeaLife Centre
I was rocking the Bugaboo Donkey so my first concern was will I be able to get around with the double buggy? The whole place was wheelchair accessible so aside from meeting another pram user in the tunnel (which just required some minor navigation) we had no problems at all.
It was fantastic, so much better than I could’ve hoped. I wasn’t sure if Judah would be at the right age, but he was, it was perfect. Judah is now 20 months old which means he received free entry (up until age 3) and was the perfect age to fully enjoy everything.
We listened to the lady tell us about Turtle Beach and he was mesmerised, taking it all in. Anxious at first (clinging on to my sister for dear life) when we took him near to the first aquarium window, but soon eased into it and was running around exclaiming ‘wow!’ and then saying ‘bye bye fishies’ as he waved and blew kisses each time we moved onto the next part.
We have recently suffered a bereavement in my husband’s family (his cousin) and it was very unexpected. We spent last weekend down on the South Coast (a 5 hour drive in theory, took us more like 9 with the babies and roads being blocked due to flooding and the SatNav not having this knowledge) clearing out his apartment and cooking for the family whilst they grieved and made arrangements for the funeral, dealt with the authorities etc. it was an emotionally draining weekend and I had decided I just wanted a lovely day with my babies, so off to the SeaLife Centre we went with my sister (Judah’s hero). It was a brilliant call, the joy he had running round that place would’ve been worth so much more than the amount we paid.
Eden also really enjoyed it, it was a fancy sensory experience for her. I would go as far to say, so long as she wasn’t sleeping it would be something worth doing with a 3 month old if you don’t mind paying for it. She was just taking in all the sounds, lights, colours, and movement of the fish around her.
If you book online the day before it is £5 cheaper per adult, obviously we had just gone off the cuff but it was worth every penny. Judah chose a turtle teddy at the gift shop and we purchased an under the sea photo of us too…. sucker tourists I know…. but, as a memory for the first time we took Judah I was happy to pay.
Soft Play with Auntie Lauren
Before you get to the end there was a soft play area and some toilets with baby changing facilities. He was already in his element so was unafraid of the huge heights and just went for it. He climbed to the top following his Auntie and even went down the slide. This hasn’t happened at a soft play centre yet so I was very impressed.
As Judah was in the SoftPlay area Eden started to cry (she was hungry), a member of staff told me that I could go and breast feed in the ‘School Room’ which wasn’t being used that day. Very helpful, so off I trotted.
Huge enjoyment for all the family, I think my sister and I had just as much fun as Judah watching his delighted face. I would highly recommend it as a day out for toddlers. He also stroked the crabs in the Rock Pool, I was impressed. My hardcore little boy. (Proud Mummy moment)
Hope you enjoyed this post, I’m looking forward to getting back into it.