Yippeee, it’s Friday, everybody, and time to celebrate a bunch of fun stuff going on in the Anchorage area this weekend. We have polar bears celebrating birthdays and ice skating on tap for your enjoyment.
The biggie is, of course, the annual birthday party for the Alaska Zoo delightful polar-duo, Louie and Ahpuhn, two of the stars at the facility off of O’Malley Road. Tomorrow (that’s Saturday) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the public can join in on their chilly birthday reception with some behind-the-scenes perspectives, bear items for sale, s’mores and cake, a petting zoo, and, ta-da, a HUGE frozen cake for the birthday pair. Kids and parents will be able to learn more about these enormous creatures whose species has been in the news an awful lot lately, as keepers will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Regular admission fees apply (pass holders, this is a great opportunity!) but the party is FREE.
If you think you’ll need some activity to work off the cake and marshmallows, head down to Westchester Lagoon for a Family Skate at 15th and U (down in the hole off Minnesota). The Muni Parks and Rec folks put these events on every year, and they are a delightful way to celebrate winter, with warming barrels, cocoa, music, and nice ice. Bring the warm clothes, though, as we still seem to get chilled out there on the lagoon with a wind that sometimes crops up from the Inlet.
Enjoy yourselves, and don’t forget to find us on Facebook for continued updates on family fun in the 49th state.