When it comes to aquariums, we are rather lucky living here in Singapore where we have S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. The kids have been to S.E.A. Aquarium many times, and they have always enjoyed the seasonal activities organised by RWS which spiced up our visits each time we were there.
Read More: Our visits to S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore
When we were planning our trip to Bangkok, I was initially a bit undecided whether to spend the time and money to visit Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. After all, we were in Bangkok! With the few hours, we could have bought a lot more cheap clothes, or ate a lot more authentic Thai food. But I reckoned we couldn’t possibly go shopping and eating all day with the two boys without them crying of boredom.
So I figured Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World would make a great kids-friendly pit stop. Since it was right smack in town. Yup, that’s right. An aquarium right smack in central Bangkok. Inside a HUGE luxury shopping mall called Siam Paragon. Who would have thought!
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World may not be as big as S.E.A. Aquarium. Their biggest tank wasn’t really big, if you compared it to our ‘Open Ocean‘.
Their underwater tunnel may not have as many sharks as ours.
But they were SUPER kids-friendly! Like SUPER. The boys were running around having so much fun, as if the aquarium was built just for them. And in a way, I did have a feeling like Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World was totally built for kids.
In this post, we have picked out 10 reasons kids would love Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. (Or you could say it was 10 reasons why OUR kids loved Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.) And that’s on top of all the usual sharks, penguins, sea horses, sting rays, jelly fishes etc. that kids could get up close and personal with.
#1 Free ‘snorkeling masks’ for kids
The moment we entered the aquarium, the kids were given ‘snorkeling masks’ which they happily put on. MF loved his so much that he didn’t take his off for the whole visit!
#2 Dive Log Book
As we wandered around the aquarium, we came across these machines that were used to emboss stamps on something called a ‘Dive Log Book’. I went to ask the staff where to get the Dive Log Book, and was told that they were out of log books when we were there! (Got so suay or not???)
At the end of the aquarium, we even saw this sign that said that we could have gotten a reward from the souvenir shop if we had completed the dive log book. Awww…
#3 Interactive displays
As we walked along the ‘shark walk’, where sharks were swimming under our feet (I leave that to your imagination), there were these giant interactive screens next to us. The touch-screen savvy kids couldn’t resist fiddling around with them and they learned lots of fun facts about sharks from it!
#4 Activity boards
Throughout the aquarium, we found these activity boards for kids to play little games where they could learn some fun facts about sea creatures and different habitats.
#5 Touch Pool
A touch pool is a must-have at all aquariums imo! Other than the usual sea stars, the kids also got to touch sea slugs here!
#6 Pop your head into the tank
I thought it was hilarious when I saw MF’s head popping out INSIDE the tank of fishes – complete with the snorkeling mask. Made me wish I was a kid again.
#7 Tunnels for kids
What did I say about the aquarium being built for kids. I’m quite sure some of the tunnels we found around the aquarium weren’t meant for adults.
The kids were more than happy to crawl through these kids-friendly tunnels to check out the little fishes while I was quite happy to just wait outside. (Though technically there was nothing to stop adults from crawling in, but no thanks.)
#8 Play Area
Okay, I was totally NOT expecting a mini playground inside the aquarium. But it was there.
The kids were happy to take a break from checking out fishes to spend some time on the turtle and whale spring riders.
They also found a little sand pit where they could do a bit of excavation work.
#9 Colouring Sheets
And when they finally got tired of moving around, they could sit down and complete some colouring sheets.
#10 Video Screening
Or sit back, relax and watch some videos. Chill.
Information on Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World:
Address: Siam Paragon Shopping Centre, 991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Map: Click here for Google Map location
Getting There: Siam Station (BTS)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm daily (Last entry 8pm)
Read more reviews: TripAdvisor