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Sleeping with the fishes at Living Coasts in Torquay

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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A local aquarium is becoming a popular place for children to spend the night.

The educational sleepovers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, are all the rage with Cubs and Brownie groups. And the reason? Living Coasts Educator Mark Hancock:

“It is like having your very own personal zoo for the night! They get to see the place when there are no other visitors around – often the penguins are in the water more or out and about on the boardwalks. And the children get to bed down with the best view of the Bay.”

The Living Coasts sessions run from 5.00pm until 10.30 the next morning. The groups have an after-hours tour of the site followed by dinner, craft activities and games. Breakfast is at 8.00am, with another chance to tour the site before visitors arrive.

Mark: “The sleepovers are ideal for groups such as Brownies and Cubs. The Brownies do a Friend to Animals badge, which covers wildlife charities, endangered species, animal care and zoo conservation work.

“The Cubs have a Global Challenge badge, where they have to find out about recycling and saving energy, or investigate a global issue such as conservation. We can help them with all of these themes.

“They also get to sleep with a fab view - our function room has floor to ceiling windows looking out across the Bay - and have a great time seeing the site on two exclusive tours. We can do sleepovers with a minimum number of 15. It’s a great way to have fun and learn beyond the classroom.”

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