Exploration Center & Aquarium - Save The Bay

“Crazy Cool Fish” is this month’s theme at Save The Bay’s Exploration  Center and Aquarium, where guests can learn about some of the more unique inhabitants of Narragansett Bay.

An interactive story hour featuring “Flossie Flounder: A Tale of a Flat Fish” teaches visitors of all ages about different fish types. A “Can You Make a Fish?” scavenger hunt sends guests on a hunt around the Exploration Center for pieces of fish that will create one large fish once the hunt is complete. And this month’s craft invites kids to make their own crazy cool fish out of a paper plate. Posters around the aquarium will highlight such crazy-looking fish as the red hake, oyster toadfish, big eye, and flounder, and compare fish with bones against fish with cartilage. The Exploration Center is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“These critters have such unique features that it’s absolutely worth drawing our guests’ attention to them.  For example, the oyster toadfish has a vestibular, or balance, system very similar to humans. So, in 1998, NASA sent an oyster toadfish to space with John Glenn so it could study the possible effects of microgravity on the human balance system,” said Celina Segala, Save The Bay’s aquarium outreach coordinator.

Also in January, Feeding Frenzy will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5 – 6 p.m., when visitors can help aquarium staff use test strips for fish tank to measure the levels, as well as feed the fish, turtles, sharks and more. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, R.I. General admission is $8; $7 for military and senior citizens. Save The Bay Family Members enjoy FREE admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children thanks to Corvias, Save The Bay’s Family Days sponsor. Get more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium online or at 401-324-6020

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.