This week, we're giving you advance warning on some adorable creatures making their way to the Living Planet Aquarium. We also picked our favorite play to see with the family right now, The Game's Afootat Hale Centre Theatre, and tell how to combine an exhibit for the parents and adventure for the kids in one stop at Red Butte Garden this weekend.
Oh, and for you... check out Sam Weller's new store, Weller Book Works at Trolley Square. It's worth it.
Otters at The Living Planet Aquarium
This one's not until next Thursday, but since it's before the next kid-friendly post, we think you should pencil it in right now.
The river otters, native to Utah, are up to four feet in length and weighs about 30 pounds. They love eating fish, crayfish and frogs, and are one of the most vocal of Utah's creatures. So, say hi to the penguins, pet a sting ray and then meet the newest residents at the aquarium.
The exhibit opens Jan. 12, and aquarium members get an exclusive sneak peek one hour before the rest of the public at 9 a.m.
Adults $9; seniors, students and military $8; children (3 to 17) $7, ages two and under are free.
The Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy Click here for more info
Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot
Now that you took the kids to see Downey, Jr.'s new flick, bring them to Sherlock live and in person at the Hale Centre Theatre.
Holmes investigates his latest mystery in a country mansion on the Connecticut River in 1936. Is it the actor, the fiance, the sweet young thing, the aged mother or the inspector? Watch and find out.
The play started New Year's Eve and runs through Feb. 4. See it this weekend Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Adults $24 or $26, kids $15 or $16. No children under five permitted.
Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City Click here for tickets and more info
Nature of Sustainable Art and Children's Garden Adventure
Today, Red Butte Garden started the Nature of Sustainable Art exhibit, which will run through Feb. 28.
The exhibit highlights the beauty of nature with artwork made with sustainable and recycled materials. And if you go on Jan. 7, you can also take the kids on a Garden Adventure titled "Animal Snowshoes," where kids create their own cardboard snowshoes to make tracks like quails, bobcats and other animals.
Registration is required. Call 801-581-8454.
Sustainable art in the gallery will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, SLC Click here for more info