Educational day out: National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Taking the kids for a day out which is fun and educational at the same time needn't be fishy business if you head to the National Marine Aquarium!
The National Marine Aquarium is based in Plymouth and is actually the largest aquarium in the UK. Not only that, but it was also the first aquarium in the country to be established solely for education, conservation and research. In fact, the National Marine Aquarium's mission is to "inspire everyone to take action towards sustainability and conservation of the marine environment".
There are around 50 live exhibits to see, including Britain's deepest tank which holds an impressive 2.5million litres of water. In total, more than 4000 animals from 400 species are on display in an array of realistic habitats. The National Marine Aquarium is split into various zones, including "shallow water", "ocean drifters" and "weird creatures". From local shorelines to coral reefs, it's all there to examine and enjoy.
There's also a "Screen on the Sea" which is a state of the art 4D theatre showing a series of films all with a suitably aquatic theme. Visitors also have the opportunity to find out more about marine science and conservation including finding out how they can get involved in protecting the oceans.
There are also occasional events and special exhibitions - do check on the website for more information at www.national-aquarium.co.uk.