We spent the week in a caravan at Mablethorpe for half term last week. We’ve been quite a few times and usually, visit either the Seal Sanctuary or Hardy’s Animal Farm.
While Googling for prices to Hardy’s, I saw a link to the Skegness Aquarium. To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the animal farm. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really great family day out but I wasn’t in the mood for another farm visit.
I talked to Ant and we decided to give the aquarium a go seeing as we’d never been.
We were really very impressed with the whole experience. I booked a family ticket online for £27 which was for 2 adults and 2 children.
If you buy a family ticket, you can then get a pass which entitles you to visit again in the same week for only £2 per person, per visit.
We enjoyed it so much, we went back again for a second visit!
We found Nemo! Dory was spotted as well but I didn’t manage to get a photo!
I adore seahorses. I spent ages just watching them while the girls were in The Stockade
When Ella saw the diver with the sign below, she got very excited. She wanted to book a dive there and then. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit in with our budget so we couldn’t book it but she’s now determined to save her Christmas, birthday and any other money she gets so she can have a dive with Nudge, a shark who she now loves! I did try to get a photo of Nudge but he was too fast for me and they all ended up blurry!
Below is The Stockade. The lovely girls (sorry if any guys work in the stockade, we didn’t see any when we visited but some might work there in other days!) do face painting, arts and crafts and games with the children. All of it is included in the ticket price which I thought was absolutely brilliant. Most places like this charge for extras and the day ends up costing a fortune.
The girls got glitter tattoos when we went on Friday because they were doing a special Halloween weekend. Here’s Ella taking part in musical statues.
Below is Judith who we think is the absolute star of the aquarium. She does the talk when the divers are feeding the fish and she gets the children to ask the divers questions and writes them down for them to read. They then write back their answers and Judith reads them out.
Here she is doing her other job which is the Wet Labs Touch Pool Session. She spent around half an hour, at least, talking to Kaycee and Ella and answering their many, many questions! She was wonderful with them, so patient and knowledgeable. We really were very impressed with her.
I learnt something from her that I previously didn’t know. In the photo below you can see a mermaid’s purse. I’d never heard of these. She told us that a mermaid’s purse is the egg casing that surrounds the fertilised eggs of some sharks, skates and chimaeras.
You not only find fish here, they also have other things like scorpions, millipedes and spiders amongst others.
Solve a quiz, get some treasure
When you arrive, the kids are given a quiz to do on their way round the aquarium. You have to find the answers to the questions by reading the info boards.
At the end, they’ll get some treasure.
When we were ready for a coffee, we headed up to The Bistro. We were expecting to have to buy expensive cups of coffee but again we pleasantly surprised. The mugs of coffee were massive! Ant had an americano, I had a hot chocolate, also massive, and the girls had a slushy each. It came to about £8 which we thought was a great price. We’d already eaten but if we hadn’t, we’d have eaten there because the food prices were great as well.
While we relaxed with our coffee, the girls went in the soft play area, which again, was included in the ticket price.
In conclusion, we’ve never been as impressed with a family day out as we were with Skegness Aquarium. It was well worth the money, we spent around 3 hours there and could have stayed longer if it had stayed open later!
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I wasn’t asked to write this review. We had such a great time, we just wanted to share it with everyone 🙂