Tuesday, July 24, 2012

All At Sea ...

It had been ages since we'd been to a theme park, so an invitation to stay and play at Sea World Resort and Water Park on the Gold Coast was met with great excitement! (And not just from the kids...)

Connected to Sea World via a monorail or a short stroll away, the resort is the perfect place to stay if you're visiting the resort, because you can come and go when you please.

It is perfect when little legs get tired, or the weather gets too hot - yes in Queensland, winter can be warm!

And we lucked into a few days of really gorgeous winter weather, where the sun shone, but it wasn't too hot to wander the park. Even better, it was still warm enough for the kids to swim at the resort water park, as well as the theme park. All without getting sunburnt!
You've got to love winter in Queensland! 

But first we checked out the room.

It was comfy, clean and spacious, and looked just like the photos in the brochure and online. The beds were comfortable, and we overlooked the pool and water park.
The air-conditioning worked, and despite our position, the rooms were relatively quiet.
They got the MIA tick of approval.

Then it was time for a late lunch. The kids shared a hot dog with chips, and the kind lady who took our order made sure there were enough chips on the plate for two hungry ankle-biters. 

The view from our room - watching the sun go down

Chase tucked into a chocolate dolphin!

On our first night at Sea World, we chose the buffet at the Shoreline Restaurant
The restaurant has a different theme each night. It's not the finest in dining experiences - there were plenty of families and tour groups, and noise and traffic levels were quite high. 
But there was plenty of everything and the kids got their moneys' worth. They particularly loved designing their own desserts.

Harmonie finished up with a hot chocolate

I was really proud when one of the waiters came up to me as we were leaving and complemented me on Chase and Harmonie's behaviour.

"We get a lot of kids here, but not many are as well-mannered as yours," he said. "You should be proud."

And I was. 

At Sea World itself, we spent hours enjoying the attractions. The animal exhibits in particular were wonderful, and we couldn't get enough of the sharks, stingrays, polar bears, and dolphins. 

I'd forgotten how much there was to do at Sea World, particularly for little people. (Okay, and big people who like animals too!)

Ice-cream break!

Back at the resort, the kids spent my loose change in the games room. Unfortunately many of the machines didn't work, and the concierge had to help out several times when toys got stuck. There were tears when Chase won a phone on this one, but the machine broke down just as it was about to deliver it to him. On that occasion, the concierge wasn't able to fix the problem to make the phone appear. Queue: More tears. Not a happy experience. 

But later, all was forgotten as we splashed out on teppanyaki at The Hatsuhana Restaurant
The kids' first teppanyaki experience was in Fiji, and although it was fun, I'd been dying to take them to an authentic teppanyaki restaurant... "where they throw food at you and stuff;" said Miss 9 helpfully.

H. tucks in.

Kiddie teriyaki chicken and veggies. I may have helped her eat her veggies ...

An adult serve (we got rice and miso soup as well...)

The chef at work ...

Dinner AND a show! Chase catches a prawn ...

Dessert. Unfortunately it contained kiwifruit, so my allergic partner couldn't eat it. Unfortunately. Damn. All the more for us ...

Forget Masterchef, Chase wants to be a teppanyaki chef! 

I love teppanyaki as a meal with kids, because it's so entertaining. The flames, the knife-work, the chopping and throwing of food, condiments and cutlery, makes it so entertaining.

Then there is the flavour content - so many yummy flavours, and bits and pieces of everything to enjoy - and the whole experience of dining with others. There's nothing like it to encourage them to eat every scrap without even noticing.

What's not to like? (Okay, maybe the cost. But Hatsuhana has regular specials that makes eating there affordable, even for families). 

Stay tuned for more tales of Sea World. 

Readers: Have you had a memorable holiday recently? And what kind of restaurants do your family enjoy? 


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

I loved our cruise we won in 2010 & that we took back in August 2011, nearly a year ago now.

Any time we go on a holiday even if it's just for a few days up at Toowoomba or Ipswich or else where is great.

We love any type of restaurant as long as it has food and is resonable in price which there is many if you know where to look.

Glad the kids & you had fun

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Wow Chase has really grown up in a short period! He looks so much older than he used to! :O

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

We stayed a sea world when we went with The Damn Emos...

In 1996!

But it was still awesome.

Looks like you guys had an awesome time, you jet setter!

bronnie said...

Thanks everyone. Yes, Chase is growing up fast Lorraine - he's actually taller than me now! And we thought Sea World was a fab spot for a few days ... and so close to home too.