Looking for fun things to do this Halloween? Why not make it an educational one too, by visiting Spooky Seas: Meet the Quirky, S.E.A. Aquarium’s annual Halloween event at Resorts World Sentosa. From now until 28 October, you can take the kids on an exciting underwater adventure where they can get up-close and learn about amazing sea creatures. Here’s our sneak preview.
The S.E.A. Aquarium is now home to five new and unique aquatic creatures that will share the limelight at Spooky Seas: Meet the Quirky this year:
#1 Known for its bulbous forehead, the bumphead parrotfish can grow up to 46 kilograms and has a powerful beak that it uses to crush corals and scrape rocks to hunt for algae – helping to maintain a healthy coral reef ecosystem in the process.
#2 Found in the shallow waters of Australia and New Zealand, the elephant fish gets its name from its trunk-like projection at the end of it snout. It uses its snout to probe the sea floor for shellfish, invertebrates and other small fish. Typical found in waters up to 2500 metres deep, the primitive fish is a distant cousin of sharks and rays.
#3 Another bizarre creature you’ll encounter is the vampire fish (or payara). This freshwater fish is found in the Amazon basin and has extremely sharp fangs that can grow up to two inches long!
#4 The paddlefish has a spatula-shaped projection on its head, making it sure to be a quirky favourite among visitors. Its rostrum is covered in electroreceptors to help it navigate and search for food.
#5 Finally, you’ll also get to meet the tasselled wobbegong, a carpet shark that lazes on the ocean floor. With skin covered in patterns (hence the name) to keep it camouflaged from prey, it uses its barbels to attract curious prey.
On the hunt
Little ones will have a blast racing through the aquarium to look for clues during the scavenger hunt. The activity will comprise five fun and educational stations with mix of videos and hands-on games and questions to keep the kids engaged and excited. Each station will relate to one of the five new sea creatures mentioned above, from the Wobbegong Patch where little ones will need to navigate pumpkin vines and wobbegong sharks to pick up clues, to the Elephant Fish Ghost station, where they’ll undertake a race against time to frantically dig for food for a hungry ghost.
Looking for more? Head to the Open Ocean Habitat for a free origami-making session (from 15 September). There’ll also be a craft station (additional charge) at the Ocean Dome.
Mascots and munchies
Don’t miss a photo op with the S.E.A. Aquarium mascots, Mai the Manta Ray and Sam the Hammerhead Shark, at the Open Ocean Habitat – the cute and bubbly characters will give the little ones plenty of laughs. There’ll also be fun Halloween-themed food (kid-friendly, of course), so get your tummies ready.
While you’re there, be sure to catch regular feeding sessions at exhibits such as Open Ocean Habitat and Shark Seas. Make sure you have your cameras ready as the sea creatures swarm to get their fill. For the older kids, there are also daily and weekly talks about animals, including dolphins and sharks, with Q&A sessions for answering all your burning questions.
An unparalleled sleepover experience
The aquarium’s sleepover programme, Ocean Dreams, recently underwent a revamp to feature a new selection of after-hour activities for kids (ages six and above) and their parents. New offerings include a guided tour and a behind-the-scenes look at the Open Ocean Habitat. During the tour, you will be able to witness first-hand the habits of the aquarium’s creatures once night falls. You’ll also observe the interesting nocturnal habits of the foxface rabbitfish, which changes its colour to avoid being detected by predators. Manta Moments, meanwhile, is an underwater presentation featuring rays being fed. Campers will get to stay in cosy tents for the night with a view of the stunning Open Ocean Habitat. The two-day-one-night programme costs $158 and $138 for adults and children/senior citizens respectively. Call 6577 7515 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Get your tickets now!
Until 31 October, local residents can enjoy discounts on Resorts World Sentosa ticket bundles when you buy your tickets online. You can get two adult one-day tickets to the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Maritime Experiential Museum for $60 (Usual price: $78).
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Resorts World Sentosa
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