On the Christmas weekend of 23 – 24 December 2017, 15 families of four went on an Ocean Dreams sleepover at S.E.A. Aquarium – their prize for winning a contest organised by the Straits Times. It was no ordinary Ocean Dreams programme but a Christmas edition where special activities and character appearances were planned for the participants.
The next morning, participants woke up to a surprise appearance by Diver Elves in the Open Ocean Habitat. After a quick wash up, they headed to the Bay Restaurant for breakfast, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium, including the chance to observe the Manta Ray feeding session.
One of the participants was Mr Lai Sze Hai, 41, who subscribes to the Straits Times and uses a highlighter to highlight key news for his daughters’ daily reading. He attended the sleepover with his two daughters and elderly mother. His younger daughter Dion, 11, wants to be a marine biologist and this programme has allowed her to learn more about her ambition.
Winning this contest is probably our best Christmas gift. I always believe that the best present is being present. By bonding as a family in a place where my daughter’s ambition is, is priceless.
Mr Lai is also grateful to SEA Captain Jeslyn whom went the extra mile by offering his elderly mother her air mattress so that she could enjoy a more comfortable sleep.
Join us for Ocean Dreams: Chinese New Year Edition (23 – 24 Feb)
Celebrate Chinese New Year with a sleepover at the S.E.A. Aquarium – with a festive twist. If you wish to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be confirmed two weeks prior to scheduled event.