It was a beautiful sunny day, yet we chose to go inside:
We went to the SeaLife’s London Aquarium where Moshi Monsters were making an appearance. With two avid Moshi Monster fans- Angelina and Hugo- there was no way I could convince them to do anything else. (Besides, I love aquariums too. As a child one of my most favourite places was Manly Aquarium just across the Sydney Harbour.)
We had a fantastic morning!
At the entrance we were handed our little Moshi Monsters explorer booklets: we had to find the 6 new Moshlings- the “Salties” all part of the new Moshi Marine Force, who help Buster Bumblechops in conservation of endangered sea life.
The first encounter with fish is as you walk along a glass floor, through which you get a glimpse into the adventures that lie ahead: the sharks swimming in a tank right under your feet. Angelina and Hugo were too excited about the potential for finding Moshlings to take it in properly, but Max kept saying “WOW!”. It was ever so cute!
Two floors down our adventures (and some serious learning) began.
Sea Life, as most aquariums I’ve seen in recent years, puts a lot of emphasis on education, especially about conservation issues. This was evident from the well laid out information digital boards, knowledgeable staff and the messages incorporated in games and decoration all the way around.
Sarah Taylor, Head of Conservation at SEA LIFE, said about the activity; “We’re really excited about the creation of the Moshi Marine Force. It’s a great chance to get kids involved with all the fantastic conservation work we do and to reach out to them through the medium of Moshi Monsters.”
We spent nearly 3 hours going around the London Aquarium. (It is absolutely amazing to find such an elaborate attraction in the middle of a metropolitan like London!)
Staff along the way were great at engaging with the kids, having extreme patience for questions- relevant and non-relevant- and had lots of facts that really captured the children’s imagination.
Some facts we learnt about sharks
- Did you know that over 70 million sharks are being caught each year for their fins and then the rest of the mutilated shark is often thrown back into the ocean?
- These amazing creatures have been around for over 450 million years and now we are pushing them towards extinction in a short few decades.
What can you do?
- Don’t eat shark fin soup (shark fin actually doesn’t taste of much, chicken or pork are added to sharkfin soup to create the flavour)
- Avoid buying any products made from sharks.
Do you know how shark reproduce? Do they give birth? Have eggs?
The London Aquarium is really well laid out- the tank are different shapes and sizes, some even colour changing to increase interest. It is easy for even the smallest toddler to wander around. Max, at 21 months, could enjoy the experience as much as Angelina and Hugo without us having to constantly lift him. Even where the tanks were set higher, there was generally a ledge to stand him on.
There is a good balance of infographics, interactive toys along the route. The zones of different habitats are well-defined.
We seriously loved our day out (,the three hours went so fast) and we are grateful to have been among the first ones to have experienced the Moshling invasion in our capacity as Moshi Monsters Ambassadors.
Would you like to see the Moshi Monster invasion at SeaLife and meet the Salties?
Moshlings will be invading all UK SEA LIFE centres throughout the year starting at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Sunday 16th March and ending at the Brighton SEA LIFE Centre on Sunday 9th November. Participating kids can nose dive into the world of Moshi Monsters where they will be able to meet Buster, Poppet and Katsuma. (In the April issue of Moshi Monsters Magazine there will be a ‘Kids Go Free’ SEA LIFE promotion 😉 )
And don’t forget to bring in your Moshlings to swap with other collectors. We totally forgot. 🙁
The dates for the Moshi Marine force invasion are:
- London 16th March – 23rd March
- Great Yarmouth 29th March – 5th May
- Weymouth 29th March – 5th May
- Gweek 29th March – 5th May
- Bray 17th May – 8th June
- Scarborough 17th May – 8th June
- Oban 17th May – 8th June
- Loch Lomond 28th June – 17th August
- Birmingham 28th July – 31st August
- Manchester 19th July – 31st August
- Blackpool 27th September – 9th November
- Hunstanton 18th October – 9th November
- Brighton 11th October – 9th November
I love this video (and wish I could make such a good one of our own experience):
PS – I can’t comment on those lovely gift bags at the end of the video as we didn’t get one.