Aquarium to hold sleepovers for children

Some of the clown fish at Blue Reef Aquarium which will be among the attractions during the 'sleep overs'.
Some of the clown fish at Blue Reef Aquarium which will be among the attractions during the 'sleep overs'.

Youngsters are being offered the chance to sleep with the fishes.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium if offering groups of youngsters the chance to enjoy a deep sleep by spending the night surrounded by rays and tropical fish in their underwater tunnel.

Although it’s called a ‘sleepover’, I’m not sure how much rest any of those taking part are actually going to get

Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin

The attraction is offering groups of 15 people or more the unique opportunity of experiencing their very own ‘deep sleep-over’.

The sleepovers will include a tour of the aquarium, taking part in a rockpool encounter, a monkey talk and meeting an exotic reptile.

Youngsters will also be able to listen to some spooky ghost stories before settling down for the night either in the aquarium’s underwater tunnel, surrounded by schools of tropical fish, or in the Amazing Amazon section which is home to a colony of miniature monkeys.

Following their night on the ’seabed’ the youngsters will be able to enjoy morning refreshments in the aquarium’s Sea View Café before visiting Seal Cove for a close encounter with Blue Reefs resident seals and sealions.

Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin said: “Everyone is very excited about the prospect of offering younger visitors the chance of sleeping in the tunnel overnight.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the children and will also allow them to see how all of the creatures’ behaviour changes from day to night.

“For many of the creatures in the display night-time is when they are at their most active and they’ll need to keep an eye out for all the lobsters and other crustaceans that come out to hunt when it gets dark.

“Although it’s called a ‘sleepover’, I’m not sure how much rest any of those taking part are actually going to get.”

For more information on the ‘Deep Sleep-overs’ call (0191) 258 1031 or visit www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/tynemouth