Sea Life London have just unveiled a brand new bugtastic experience that we know you’re going to love! It’s an immersive rainforest adventure, that promises to entertain, excite and ignite a passion for all creatures weird and wonderful. A perfect treat for your little (and big!) explorers. Here’s what we got up to on our visit.
We were very (VERY) lucky to have been invited along to take a preview peek at the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London, literally just a few of hours before it opened to the public on Saturday 24th March. #VeryExciting. I’ll admit that I did have my reservations. As someone who jumps out of their skin at the sight of a house spider scuttling along the hallway floor, getting up close to some of the world’s creepiest critters isn’t something that’s been high up on my bucket list. But, with my mini explorer absolutely thrilled to bits at the prospect of coming face-to-face with the world’s heaviest spider… gulp, we set off ready and determined to #BraveTheBugs.
We love visiting Sea Life London, which just happens to be located in prime position along one of our other favourite places to visit – London South Bank. It’s a hop, skip and a bus ride away from us, so we really got to enjoy the build up before heading in.
A spot of breakfast was put on for all the explorers by the huge shark tank within Sea Life London, and once fuelled, everyone was fired up and ready to set off on the jungle expedition!
The Rainforest Adventure is a permanent new feature to Sea Life London. It’s clear that no expensive has been spared to recreate that magical feel of a rainforest habitat for the species housed here. It’s pretty convincing stuff and quite like stepping into another world.
By the Rangers Hut at the beginning, virtual rainforest ranger, Andy Torbet, introduces the adventure and really sets the scene for what’s to come.
Top tip: As tempting as it is to race ahead, it’s the patient explorer that will be rewarded, as empty looking tanks spring to life with curious creatures.
Right from the word go, we were completely wowed by the jungle critters and their curious nature. Teeny tiny vivid blue frogs, which hardly seemed real, sprang out of nowhere. Giving us a glimpse into their world.
A gentle green python and a heaving tank full of scorpions (ermmm… lovely) set the pace for what we knew was going to be an awe-inspiring expedition.
As we headed further in, there was a real sense of journeying deeper into the jungle. The sound effects and lighting were unmissable! And just around the corner lurked the gruesomest bugs of them all! Hissing cockroaches, leaf cutter ants, community spiders and the world’s heaviest spider: The Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula. Naturally, this was my little explorers highlight, and my worst nightmare.
Sea Life London have cleverly made these critters tanks interactive so that you can actually get in there with them! *Whilst of course being kept safe behind glass.
Now, as I said before I have a leg trembling fear of spiders. Even the little ones. It’s not uncommon for our neighbours to hear me shrieking at the top of my voice if one happens to leg it across our stairs. So, there was no way I was getting in with them, right?
But I did.
And I still can’t quite believe that I did it, and all with a bit of help from Sea Life London’s experts. You see, the people who work behind the scenes are so passionate about their rainforest creatures. They know their stories, where they came from and are so proud to share that with visitors. That massive tarantula is actually only a baby, though give her a few months and she will be the size of a dinner plate. If she mistakenly did bite you in the wild, it would just be a bee sting. She wouldn’t be out to get you! The more I learnt about our Millicent here, the more I could see just how incredible she really is. And not quite the monster that I had conjured up in my own mind.
Now, the jungle critters did somewhat steal the show, however, it was the stunning ‘Bowser’ the Snapping Turtle that completely stole our hearts. This is probably where we spent most of our time in the Rainforest Adventure, happily gazing back at the inquisitive Bowser, and finding out how he was rescued and adopted by Sea Life London, after being found in Richmond Park in West London abandoned and scared. You wouldn’t know it, as he bobbed along, content and curiously watching my little explorer back.
Can you #bravethebugs at the @sea_life_london aquarium? We just have! We had a bugtastic time exploring SeaLife London’s brand new immersive Rainforest adventure this morning. We jumped, ooohhhed and arhhhed at the amazing jungle critters on show. It was absolutely fascinating and we can’t recommend a visit enough. This is the super gorgeous Bowser the snapping turtle 🐢 who completely stole our hearts 💕 . . Thank you for having us! . #happylittlebuttons #myfamilyadventures #letthembelittle #curiouslittleexplorers #rememberingthesedays #myhappycapture #littlefierceones #Ukparentbloggers #visitlondon #london #southbanklondon #sealife
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Bowser was joined by a whole host of exciting water creatures (homed in different habitats) including the UK’s largest population of Red-Bellied Piranhas and 3 West African dwarf crocodiles. Exciting stuff!
So, we tiptoed into the rainforest and were swallowed up by the tropics. We met some pretty weird and wacky creatures. Came face-to-face with jungle critters, but despite having the heebie jeebies, learnt that actually these are some pretty stunning and awe-inspiring characters. And after falling in love with a water predator, we have come to the end of our journey. Now feeling extremely honoured to have been invited into their habitat! Thank you Sea Life London!
*Bug lollies – a parting gift!
The new Rainforest Advenutre is incredible! It captured our hearts and imaginations, in ways that we hadn’t expected. I’m not joking when I say that the first words out of my little explorer when we left were “I loved it” which were quickly followed by “when are we coming back… tomorrow?”
Without a doubt we would recommend a visit to Sea Life London. Enjoy the expedition, and who knows, we might even see you there!
*Want to know more about Sea Life London? Check out our Ocean Invaders at Sea Life London post.
Disclosure: We were invited to an exclusive preview of the new Rainforest Adventure at SEALIFE London Aquarium. All views are my own and I can definitely say that we all LOVED IT!