The Living Planet Aquarium celebrates its 8th birthday this weekend. Like most 8th-birthday parties, it involves cake, activities for kids and the possibility of getting wet.
Though only celebrating six years at the current Sandy location, The Living Planet opened in 2004 in a special preview attraction at the Gateway. The birthday festivities scheduled for Saturday, June 2 include 98-cent hot dogs served all day and free birthday cake at 2 p.m. (while supplies last). Aquarium staff will provide an aquarium treasure hunt and "enhanced" animal-encounter opportunities for kids at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also enter into a drawing to win a free birthday party at the Aquarium.
If you haven't visited recently, it's a good excuse to see the new North American river otter exhibit. Aquarium hours Saturday are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-17.