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Lake District visitor attraction Lakes Aquarium is gearing up to allow children and adults to get up close and personal with its incredible creatures through a half term ‘Close Encounters’ event running from February 13-19,.
The Lakeside-based attraction, near Newby Bridge on Windermere’s southern shore, is preparing to feed visitors lots of science facts, rather than science fiction, while enabling them to feel, observe and discover the range of wildlife under its roof in a variety of dynamic ways.
Every day, children will be able to handle snakes and a giant land snail, use magnifying glasses to observe rock pool creatures and their characteristics and dive into creative discovery bags located around the Aquarium. These will contain storybooks, puzzles, discovery challenges and other useful ways of finding out more about different wildlife. There will also be a craft table activity available each day.
The usual daily talks will be taking place, with the 10.30am and 3pm talks focusing on Lakes Aquarium’s very own UFOs – unforgettable, furry otters. At 11.30am and 1.45pm there are Morecambe Bay talks, followed by Rockpool Discovery talks at 11.45am and 2pm. A Lake Tunnel talk takes place at 11am and 4pm and a Rainforest talk, complete with additional creature handling opportunities, will be at 12.45pm.
Head to Lakes Aquarium for ‘Close Encounters’ and you can learn more about its stars. Opening time is 9am and closing time is 5pm during the half term break, with last admission an hour before.