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Blue Reef Aquarium (England)
Member Name: enoodles
Blue Reef Aquarium (England)
Advantages: Easy parking and cafe on site
Disadvantages: Small and expensive
I recently took a group of 7 year old children to the blue reef aquarium in Bristol, it was a party booking and whilst expensive, in comparison to the cost it would have been to go as a family it was relatively affordable.
The staff at the aquarium were absolutely great and the girl who took us round was brilliant. Whilst other kids were racing around looking briefly in each tank before racing off to the next display our guide pointed out something interesting in each tank, asked the children questions and got them to look for particular items.
Without the guide Im afraid to say we would have not been able to keep the childrens attention and the visit to the aquarium, which is very small, would have been brief considering the rather expensive entry prices.
The food set up for the party was good - the party food is limited to pizza/nuggets/ fishfingers etc with fruit and a drink - and individual orders are taken on the day rather than pre-ordering weeks before. The kids loved the aquarium fish mascot who came to visit our table and it caused quite a stir around the eating area which made the party children feel special.
I had been carefully advised on a good party time in order to get round the aquarium and eat in time to watch the IMAX film and we were taken into reserved seating just as the film was about to start - very VIP. However whilst the kids loved the 3D glasses the novelty of the 3D film wore off quickly as they didnt find the film itself very engaging.
By coincidence I happened to meet a friend who was visiting the aquarium on the same day and and their experience was not as positive as ours. Whilst her children enjoyed looking in all the tanks they had very quickly got round the aquarium, they didnt enjoy the film and the parents who were trying to get what they felt would be their moneys worth out of the visit were tired of being asked if it was time to go to the aquarium shop yet.
Overall the party was expensive (there is a minimum number of children in a party) but it was an easy party to organise and our guide was the best that we could have asked for. Would I go again - probably not as it just isnt big enough for the entry prices that they are asking.
Summary: Worth while if you want a hassle free party
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