Ocean Dreams Christmas Edition brought festive joy to 15 families

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.

Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
Participants were warmly welcomed by Santa and his Elves, and also Fishmas Scrooge who was manning the Fishmas recycling workshop.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
Fishmas Scrooge wanted to make his own conservation themed Christmas cards because off-the-shelf versions were expensive and boring. To do that, he got the participants to help.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
Participants visited three recycling booths to seek out inspirations for their Christmas cards.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
They also got up-close with marine animals such as sea stars and sea cucumbers at the Discovery Touchpool.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
After learning about the 3Rs from our aquarium guides, participants returned to the Open Ocean Gallery and got down to making their Christmas cards.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
Santa Richard came by to say Hi and take photos with the participants.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
The ever friendly Billy the Elf even rolled up his sleeves to help a young participant.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
One of the many creative and eco-friendly Christmas cards.
Ocean Dreams Christmas Editions 2017
After the recycling workshop, the lights were turned down and the participants were lulled to sleep by the amazing view of the Open Ocean Habitat.

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 contact us at 6577 7515 or email public.programmes@rwsentosa.com. Reservations must be confirmed two weeks prior to scheduled event.

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