We were invited to S.E.A. Aquarium to check out their Christmas programme this year–my sis-in-law Jac is back from NZ with her three boys, and they tagged along with us since they haven’t been to the aquarium before. Layla and Z were glad for the extra company!
The decorations were up–corals make great Christmas trees.
One of the highlights of the Christmas celebration is the Merry Fishmas trail: Kids can pick up an activity card at the entrance. There are 12 questions and the answers are on Merry Fishmas panels scattered throughout the aquarium. I was afraid the panels would be hard to spot in the dark, but that wasn’t the case. In fact it was hard to miss them!
Besides underwater trees, we spotted underwater presents.
At the halfway mark, we stopped at the “sure-win” wheel-of-fortune station for each kid to take a spin. No big prizes here, just small items that the kids enjoyed, like caps and snacks.
Getting sidetracked by bubbler jellies and a giant spider crab.
Once you’ve located the final board and have all 12 answers, your next stop would be the gift redemption corner. I was happy to see that everyone with an activity card won a candy cane, and there was no checking of scores–the kids initially thought candy canes would only be given to perfect scorers!
In my opinion, the Merry Fishmas trail was very well planned. I liked that you could scratch the answer off on the activity card–it’s more fuss-free than a pen-pencil-clipboard set-up. The information panels were fun and easy to read, and the trivia memorable; they gave our party of kids (especially the two 9-year-olds, Layla and her cousin Manny) something to focus on during the visit. My older nephews (11 and 13) attempted the questions right at the beginning; their guesses were all correct but they still paused to read the panels.
I would love to see more kid trails set up in future, even during non-festive seasons, so kids can learn to slow down and get into the habit of reading information panels instead of zipping from one exhibit to another in a frenzy. There were some Christmas highlights that we missed, such as Santa and elf divers feeding the fish, and you can read full details here.