Review: LEGO Ocean Explorers at SEA LIFE Brighton

A child looking at a LEGO model in an aquarium tank at the LEGO Ocean Explorers feature at SEA LIFE Brighton.

How do you make a visit to SEA LIFE even more entertaining? Well, I’ll tell you. Add some LEGO to proceedings. That’s how!

We’ve been to SEA LIFE Brighton a number of times. I think this tells its own story. We love visiting all the different species in the world’s oldest operating aquarium.

Not to mention wandering around the original Victorian architecture, which really adds to the atmosphere.

It’s already a great day out, but the LEGO Ocean Explorers feature running this summer has definitely added to the interactivity. Large LEGO models of diving equipment have been hidden throughout the centre.

The LEGO Ocean Explorers activity sheet and minifigure.

Kids simply need to make a note of them and, once they’ve found all five, claim a LEGO minifigure. What I particularly like about this is the fact that it slows kids down by engaging them more.

All too often, my three get excited and rush ahead, missing things in the process. But, as they were on the lookout for hidden items, it meant they saw a lot more of the fish.

We spent plenty of time studying all of the tanks and their inhabitants while keeping an eye out for diving apparatus.

As a result, we found all five models and enjoyed getting face to face with some of the sea’s most mysterious creatures.

A LEGO diver's oxygen tank in an aquarium with a fish swimming in front of it.

There were other LEGO elements too. These included a brilliant mural made entirely of the iconic bricks as well as an area where children could make LEGO sea creatures. Either by following step-by-step guides or, of course, creating their own.

What’s more, there’s a LEGO Ocean Explorers competition running. Each week, one visitor will win a National SEA LIFE Annual Pass.

Plus, there’s a grand prize up for grabs. All entrants will be in with a chance of winning a family trip to Florida with entrance and a stay at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

A LEGO mural at SEA LIFE Brighton.

We had a great time and the kids were very pleased to become certified SEA LIFE Junior Divers. They were chuffed with their LEGO minifigures too! I think this feature is a great idea and it complements a brilliant family attraction perfectly.

We visited SEA LIFE Brighton, but LEGO Ocean Explorers is also running at a number of other locations across the UK throughout the summer. It’s well worth a visit.

Tickets start at £10.50 per person when booked online.

Disclosure: we received entry to SEA LIFE Brighton for the purposes of this review. 

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