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Shark Walk at the London Aquarium

Shark Walk at the London Aquarium

Last weekend we had the pleasure to visit Sea Life London Aquarium for the very first time.

We have a fish tank at home, so little man is used to fish. He was looking forward to seeing the fish and sharks at the London Aquarium.

It is located on the popular South bank of the river Thames, within the historic County Hall building.

Shark at the London Aquarium

Shark at the London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the UK Sea Life attractions.

Sea Life London Aquarium is situated right next to the London Eye, just over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament.

Ray Lagoon at the London Aquarium

Ray Lagoon at the London Aquarium

Although it was snowing when we visited, we completely forgot about the cold weather while we were looking at gorgeous fish in 14 themed zones over 3 floors.

There are over 65 displays, filled with 30 species of plants and foliage.

There are lots of information about sea life including ecological facts and conservation stats.

There are thousands of sea creatures in over 2 million litres of water.

Our fun-filled visit to Sea Life London Aquarium started with a Shark Walk, which is a glass corridor over the shark tank. It was fun having sharks swimming just under our feet.

Tropical Fish at the London Aquarium

Tropical Fish at the London Aquarium

It was followed by Atlantic Depths and Tidal Reach.

The Ray Lagoon had rays and skates in an open top tank, it was lovely seeing them so close to us.

You can discover over 500 species from every part of the word, from little tropical fish to Antarctic penguins and big sharks.

There are more than 40 sharks from 12 different species.

Touching Starfish at London Aquarium

Touching Starfish at London Aquarium

There is a huge Shark tank with several different sharks which can be seen at numerous points throughout the visit, from the Shark Walk to the glass tunnel where sharks were swimming overhead.

The whole family enjoyed seeing the sharks and how quickly they glided through the water. I have never seen sharks so close up, so it was a nice experience.

Little man really enjoyed interacting with the animals at the interactive public feeding, diving displays and touch pools. He particularly enjoyed touching a starfish.

Penguins: Ice Adventure at London Aquarium

Penguins: Ice Adventure at London Aquarium

It was fun visiting Penguins: Ice Adventure featuring a family of Gentoo Penguins.

Visitors can journey through an icy landscape full of interactive features – from freezing touch pools to looking at the world through snow goggles.

In the penguin viewing ice cave visitors get a direct window into the habitat of the gentoo penguin as a select group of the magical creatures dive beneath the water and play in a carefully created icy home from home.

Turtles at the London Aquarium

Turtles at the London Aquarium

Shark Reef Encounteer was definitely the highlight of our visit to Sea Life London Aquarium.

The glass walkway literally allows us to walk above a stunning shoal of sixteen sharks. It includes two striking 2.8m brown sharks and a group of 10 sleek black tip reef sharks, as they swim inches beneath.

Seahorse at the London Aquarium

Seahorse at the London Aquarium

While we were there, we learnt that sharks are not as deadly as they are made out to be.

I was surprised to learn that you are more likely to win the lottery than to be killed by a shark!

We had a great time as a family, we all enjoyed it and little man loved the whole visit.

He had fun at Nemo’s Coral Caves and Seahorse Temple, looking at the jellyfish, piranhas, turtles and crocodile.

Shark at the London Aquarium

Shark at the London Aquarium

We spent a few hours at Sea Life London Aquarium, there is a large variety of sea life on display.

It was very interactive, young explorers are given a booklet to collect stamps at different locations during their visit.

At the end, they are given a medal once they have found all the different stamps.

Towards the end of our visit, little man got face-to-face with a shark and he was trilled!

Sea Life London Aquarium makes a perfect fun-filled family day out, definitely an attraction to be considered during the Easter holidays.

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Tickets were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

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Family Day Out: London Zoo

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London Zoo

London Zoo

We love Family Days out and last weekend we had the opportunity to go to London Zoo.

My little boy has been asking me to go for a long time, so I’m glad it finally worked out.

It was definitely worth the wait and we were not disappointed.

London Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), an international scientific, conservation and educational charity.

Into Africa

Into Africa

As a biologist, I appreciate the mission of ZSL which is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

There is a lot to see at London Zoo, certainly there will be something for each member of your family.

Once we arrived at London Zoo, we went “Into Africa” where we saw Africa’s most unusual animals such as hunting dogs, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and okapis.

Rainforest Life

Rainforest Life

We then moved to “Rainforest Life” which was had monkeys, tropical fish, sloth, armadillo and tamandua, and other rainforest species including cockroaches.

By the rainforest exhibit, there is a “Nightlife” section where you can see bats and other night animals. It offers an amazing noctural experience.

Penguin Beach

Penguin Beach

Little man really enjoyed the “Penguin Beach”, he’s never seen them before, so he was very excited to see them.

It’s a cold day, so they were all out of the water sunbathing and making the most of the sunshine.

The Penguin Beach is England’s biggest penguin pool. Before you visit, check out what time the penguin show will be so you can see their performance.

Butterfly Paradise

Butterfly Paradise

Our next stop was “Butterfly Paradise” has free flying butterflies and a selection of pupae.

It features species from several major regions including Africa, South-east Asia and Central and South America.

It was quite exciting having the butterflies flying over us.

There was even a couple of butterflies mating while we were there.

Bugs

Bugs

The “B.U.G.S” was full of little creatures.

B.U.G.S stands for Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival, and it is the zoo’s cutting edge biodiversity and Conservation exhibit.

B.U.G.S. is where invertebrates  are displayed, including insects, spiders, millipedes and other creepy crawlies.

I’m aware that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like insects and bugs in general.

Meet the Monkeys

Meet the Monkeys

In “Meet the Monkeys”, there was a breeding group of black-capped squirrel monkeys.

The little monkeys were jumping from tree to tree in a habitat designed to recreate the Bolivian rainforests.

Animal Adventure

Animal Adventure

Then we went to “Animal Adventure” where we found coatis, yellow mongooses, aardvarks, porcupines, meerkats, sheep, pigs, llamas and alpacas.

Animal Adventure is the new children’s zoo.

It gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the animal kingdom.

It was a nice feature to have a little farm so kids could touch the animals, little man enjoyed touching the sheep.

Big Cats

Big Cats

Our next stop was “Big Cats” with lions and tigers.

There is a family of Asian lions and pair of endangered Sumatran tigers.

Aquarium

Aquarium

It was followed by the “Aquarium” with a large selection of sea and river fish, coral reefs and Amazon fish.

There are several different types of fish, including exotic, beautiful and even weird fish.

Reptile House

Reptile House

The “Reptile House” has a collection of reptiles and amphibians.

It includes snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles.

It also has some of the biggest and most venemous snakes on earth.

We had a lovely day out as a family.

We are busy working during the week while little man is at nursery, so it was nice to have some quality time together while looking at animals and admiring their beauty.

I really like the fact that the animals were separated in different sections and there was an information sheet with details of each one of them. So you can check out where they are from and their eating habits.

There is a wide variety of animals at London Zoo, from little bugs to giant Galapagos tortoises.

We spent 3 hours at London Zoo, however we could have spent another hour there. I would recommend to allow 4 hours for your visit, so you can make the most of your day out.

Even though it was quite cold when we went, we had a lot of fun and little man’s dream of going there has finally come true.

A full price family ticket for the London Zoo is £72 in the peak season. I know family days out are not cheap, so Days Out Vouchers are a great help.

MoneySuppermarket has a range of discounts to make family days out more affordable.

We received a complimentary family ticket from Tots100 and MoneySupermarket vouchers site to help find Britain’s Best Days Out.

Get out of Your Hobbit Hole!

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Half term will be here soon so I thought I would share some ideas for family fun this Winter!

Hobbit No doubt you and your kids have already seen “The Hobbit.” This winter, use this film to inspire you to get out into the world and start exploring. While the winter cold can be a huge drag, you can still have lots of fun days out with the kids. Here are some excellent opportunities for family adventures.

Hobbit DoorVertical Chill Ice Wall, Covent Garden, London

Learn how to climb an ice wall on the facility’s 8m high wall with plenty of tracks for beginners as well as experienced climbers. The internal temperature is kept between –5 and –7 degrees C. This option might be a better bet for older children, as there is a lower age limit of 13. Nevertheless, pretend you’re scaling a mountain and get your altitude fix by trying this extreme winter sport.

Reigate Caves, Reigate, Surrey

Beneath Reigate Castle is Baron’s Cave, which dates back to medieval times. Nearby, you’ll also find the Tunnel Road Caves, which was used in World War I. Both caves are open and would make great places to explore.

Banham ZooBanham Zoo, Banham, Norfolk

Rated as one of the top three zoos in the UK by WHICH?, the Banham Zoo is a must-see. It has nearly 1000 animals in residence, as well as an exhibit dedicated to birds of prey and a free Safari roadtrain. You can also stop by the Tarzan Towers play area for a little playtime.

Christs College Ski Club, Guildford, Surrey

Spend the day here learning how to ski. You can sign up for lessons or ski on your own. It’s a great place to practice for if you ever want to take a family ski holiday to the Alps.

Make it happen

To ensure a successful day out, it will help if you remember the right gear. For starters, since it’s winter, you’ll want to dress appropriately and remind your kids to do the same, so that nobody ends up feeling cold. You’ll also want to allow for enough time for meals and even bring a few snacks for the trip so nobody is hungry.

It will also help if you have the right phone. If you are going somewhere you’ve never been before, a smartphone with the right apps which will give you local information, such as maps and recommendations on where to stay or stop and have a drink. However, you’ll want to make sure you have the right phone. For example, sell your Samsung galaxy s and upgrade to the sIII. Or, trade in your old Blackberry for an iPhone. Either way, you’ll want a good phone that will let you have all the information at your fingertips.

Either way, don’t let the winter weather keep you inside all day. Instead, get out there are start exploring.

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London Transport Museum

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On Friday, I went to London Transport Museum with little man and we had a great time!

Paulo’s nursery planned a day trip to the museum. We had lunch as soon as we got there and afterwards we wondered around the building: three floors with old buses and trains.

You can get in some of the buses and sit on the driver seat. It was really popular with little ones!

Children can let their imaginations run wild as they climb aboard fun versions of a bus, train, Tube and taxi. They can take the wheel, becoming a driver for the day, or bump around with the other passengers in the back.

They can also explore a miniature London, taking control of the transport system, moving buses and trains around London’s most famous landmarks.

I would definitely recommend London Transport Museum whether you are taking your little ones or going with friends.

It’s a great activity if you are stuck indoors in a rainy day. Jump on the train to Covent Garden and go to Please feel free to check out their website for further information and activities: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

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