For Parents and Children

Children’s Discovery Time

Creatures come alive in this story telling and critter-creating program. Special craft is included with each program. Some programs include live animals. Topics include: Spiny-skinned animals, Animals with Tentacles, Whales and Dolphins, Crabs and other Crustaceans, Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, Sharks, Skates and Rays, or Shell Makers.

Age: 2-6 years old, must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $5.00 per child (does not include general admission fees)
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $4.50 per child
Program Length: 1 hour

Daddy and Me/Mommy and Me

Moms/Dads and their children interact and learn together about aquarium animals. Afterwards, you can enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room, which will be reserved just for program participants. Different topics will be offered each program.

Dates/Time: Saturday, May 7 and 28 at 9:00 AM
Age: 1-3 years old with accompanying adult
Fee: $13.00 per parent/child pair, $1.00 per additional child (includes general admission fees)
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $4.50 per parent/child pair
Program Length: 1 hour

Breakfast with the Fishes

Get a sneak peek of the Aquarium before it opens for the day. Coffee, juice, and pastries are provided. After breakfast, participants are invited to feed the animals in the Touch Tank exhibit.

Ages: all ages
Fee: $15.00 per person ages 5 and up, ages 2-5 are $5.00 each (includes general admission fees)
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $13.50 per person ages 5 and up, ages 2-5 are $5.00 each
Program Length: 1 hour + tour

Dinner with the Fishes

Bring your group to enjoy a pizza dinner among the exhibits at the aquarium. Your group will also enjoy an after-hours guided tour of our exhibits and learn all about our animals.

Ages: all ages
Fee: $15.00 per person ages 5 and up, ages 2-5 are $5.00 each (includes general admission fees)
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $13.50 per person ages 5 and up, ages 2-5 are $5.00 each
Program Length: 1 ½ hours

Find out more about Craft Programs for all ages here.

Visit our interactive calendar to find specific dates and times that special activities are offered for your family.

Advance Registration and Fees

Pre-registration is required with a credit card number by calling 910-458-7468 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Programs require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Please be on time for reserved programs, cancellation is required 24 hours before the program. Participants are charged full program fees, regardless of attendance, if they do not call and cancel 24 hours in advance. For more information, please call the aquarium during office hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

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