Does anyone have any bright ideas about what I could get my DS1 for his sixth birthday. He is particularly interested in everything to do with the sea, sea creatures etc. An aquarium would be the obvious one, but we just don't have space for it at present (house upside down, major building works going on).
I know it's probably very far from you but 'The Deep' in Hull do amazing parties. The kids have picnic food at tea time a tour round the 'submarium' when it's closed and then they bed down for the night in the main hall with all the enormous fish tanks right next to them - sharks and all. Bit much for a six year old maybe but when he is older perhaps there is something similar in your area
Have you got the BBC/David Attenborough Blue Planet book/DVD? It is so brilliant ... although there is a section which Cannot Be Watched (or even Referred To) where a newborn whale is separated from its mother by orcas in order for it to be ... you get the picture.
Ds has adopted a pod of Hebridean whales as his this year's charity, and quite likes this in theory, but is a bit disappointed because dd's charity (RNLI Kids Bit) does regular mailouts of magazines which have puzzles in them. All he gets is pictures & info. He thinks this is not entirely right.
Voila (you did see that it's dolphins and not whales, though)? - scroll down to "Ileach"
Also through the Book People I got ds a set of 24 mini Usborne science books, one of which is about the sea and has wonderful website links, inc glorious one of a mother and young whale, think it really is a whale this time, in the Moray Firth competing to see who can jump higher and more joyfully. It is just gorgeous. Here's link to the Book People - they're under kids' reference - though poo looks like it's out of stock.
What about some sort of interactive something for PC. We got a freebie ages ago called 'the living oceans' and its very good. Dont know if they do a full version but Im sure there would be something simillar.