2) Learn about under the sea
Visiting an aquarium should be at the very top of your list for summer fun. Watching colourful creatures swim gently past is an amazing sensory experience
for a tot, and even young babies will be mesmerized by the movement. It’s great for cognitive development
From age six months
, a baby will be able to recognise an object by its colour and shape, so try pointing to a species as it passes you by, and say its name. An aquarium is a great place to work on a toddler’s vocabulary skills
too, particularly colours and counting. Take a book, such as Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale
, and see how many species you can spot.
Best aquariums for tots
With lots of low-level tanks for tiny people to peer into, this gets the M&B vote for the best aquarium for toddlers and babies in Britain.
Walk through the UK’s longest underwater tunnel and look out for Stella the stingray.
This interactive aquarium has multi-level displays, so even the smallest family member gets a good view.