Autism Friendly Day programs and activities are free with Aquarium admission. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an educator assisting guests in finding animals in the Cape Fear Shoals, the 235,000 gallon exhibit featuring sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. A diver will briefly describe the found animals. Visitors also can collect seven Aquarium passport stamps to guide them through the Aquarium and help identify animal-touching opportunities. A calm-space to help provide comfort, relaxation or a break will be available to families and their children.
The aquarium presents Autism Friendly Day with the assistance of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the needs and interests of children and adults living with autism.
Scheduled Aquarium programs and activities on Feb. 16 include:
10:00 Film- “Unlovables’” featuring creepy and unusual Ocean animals
10:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
11:00 Feeding at the Buzzard’s Bay exhibit
11:30 All About Sharks
1:30 Live Animal Program Featuring Reptiles
2:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
3:00 Feeding at the Shadows on the Sand exhibit
3:30 Jellyfish Animal Encounter
4:00 Film- “Reef Magic,” featuring the Cat and the Hat
Additional activities include:
· A coastal waters touch tank
· A bamboo shark touch tank
· Adventure Reef outside playground