Got kids keen to know about the biggest, tallest, and fastest? Take your kids on a fact-finding hunt at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, which is all about the fun superlatives of the sea
Little adventurers have always loved S.E.A. Aquarium because it’s home to more than 100,000 marine animals from over 1,000 species — everything from majestic manta rays to a myriad of sea jellies. Get your kids excited about sea life with our talking points below – the perfect starting point for a fact-finding hunt. Like, did you know which species of shark is the only shark known to come to the surface for air? No? The sand tiger sharks – S.E.A Aquarium’s newest residents! Also known as gray nurse sharks, they store air in their stomachs, which allows them to float motionless in the water, seeking prey.
There are a lot of fun facts that curious little minds can absorb at National Geographic’s first ever Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, on from now until 20 May 2018. We’ve made your job easy, mamas and dads, by putting together some fun questions to get your kids thinking – a fun, fact-finding hunt!
S.E.A. Aquarium Talking Points For Sassy Parents
Psst! Give your kids a chance to find the facts themselves; it is a fact-finding hunt after all! Kids can visit the Ocean Record Breakers exhibit right before the Shipwreck Tunnel and also try their hand at interactive quizzes.
- What’s the fastest shark in the world and how fast can it go?
The Shortfin Mako – it can swim up to 50km an hour!
- What’s the largest fish in the ocean?
The Whale Shark – it can reach up to 20 metres! Wowza!
- This fish can swim as fast as a car (up to 97km/hr) what is it?
The Blue Marlin – and it can reach up to 4.3 metres in length!
- What’s the heaviest bony fish in the sea?
The Mola Mola – aka Ocean Sunfish weighing in at 2300kg!
- A blue whale can be as heavy as how many elephants – 10, 20 or 40 elephants?
40 elephants – that’s around 180,000kg!
- Which animal has the largest eyes in the animal kingdom?
The Giant Squid – their eyes are 25cm in diameter– if you’re a kid, that’s nearly as big as your head!
- Which is the largest predatory fish and has 300 teeth at any one time?
The Great White Shark.
Kid Friendly Features
– Weekend (and public holiday) kids’ activity stations. These educational activity stations manned by staff at S.E.A Aquarium teach kids about marine life and conservation in a fun interactive way. There’s one station that teaches kids about the threats to the endangered poison arrow frog via a fun flip card game, another station gets kids to label a seahorse’s anatomy and another teaches kids about shark buoyancy using different liquids in bottles – how cool is that?
– Fish feeding daily at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm.
– Interactive Educational Kids Workshop
Families with kids (ideal for kids aged 7 – 12) can participate in the first-ever National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop. This full-day programme is the only maritime and marine conservation children’s workshop in Singapore and gives kids the opportunity to understand the most important global factors for ocean conservation. The workshop encompasses guided tours, exclusive documentary screenings and interactive activities about ocean exploration and marine conservation priorities.
- Experience activities at the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum and S.E.A. Aquarium.
- Learn about the fascinating lives of real explorers like Admiral Zheng He through the exclusive screening of Maritime Silk Road Reborn and New Wave Warriors.
- Challenge your resourcefulness: overcome resources limitations like real maritime explorers to build a ship!
- Workshop dates: 30 and 31 March. 7, 14, 21, 28 April. 1, 5, 12, 19, 26, 27 May. 2 and 3 June
To sign up, call +65 6577 7515 or email [email protected]
Marine Photography Adventure
Part of National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders at S.E.A. Aquarium includes a photography competition. Look out for the numbered photo trail, with pro-tips on how to capture stunning images of the marine life – even without an underwater camera. All you need to do is get snap happy (from poison arrow frogs, to glow in the dark sea jellies, graceful sea dragons and scary looking sharks) then upload photos to Instagram and stand a chance of winning attractive prizes.