Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

SciRen Coast Networking Event

FEb. 7 (5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

For Researchers and Educators

Are you interested in speaking with local marine scientists about how to incorporate scientific research in the classroom? This year the Duke University Marine Lab, UNC Institute of Marine Science, East Carolina University, and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores are collaborating to present the 7th Annual SciREN Coast event. This event will bring K-12 STEM teachers and informal educators together with marine science researchers from various universities and institutions across eastern North Carolina. We have new researchers presenting this year, so if you have attended in the past there will be new lesson plans available.

The SciREN Coast networking event promises to be an evening of relaxed conversations between educators and researchers. It is a FREE event. At SciREN events, researchers provide educators with K-12 classroom ready lesson plans, which are based on their current work and adhere to state and national educational standards. The event will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Additionally, SciREN gives researchers and educators opportunities to arrange classroom visits and to collaborate on curriculum development.

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Autism Friendly Day

Feb. 10 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Join us for our second Autism Friendly Day! This will be a day of discovery designed for children and adults living with autism and their families. Explore the Aquarium using your senses. Activities will include nature walks (weather permitting), live animal programs, a sensory exploration room, "quiet" dive program, calm space for families, guest guide passports, and local autism support organizations. Space is limited for our nature walk and live animal programs. Families will be able to register for the nature walks and live animal programs on the day of this event. Free with Aquarium admission.  (Fun Fact: The 36-foot tall smoky mountain waterfall will be turned off during this special day!)









Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents

March 9

Put on some wings, a dash of glitter and let your imagination fly during the Aquarium’s annual Fairy Day. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for mermaid and fairy doors around the Aquarium and make your own magic wand. Add to the fun and come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea serpent or other mythical character. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free with admission or membership.








Toddler Time

Wednesdays 9:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m.
March 13 last Toddler Time of the season

Enjoy stories, crafts, songs, puppets and animal encounters with your young children during Toddler Time, most Wednesdays with two classes available at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please be advised that there is limited seating for each session (15 children per session) and the program is specifically designed for children 18 months to 3 years of age.     

Activities feature a different animal species each week. November’s celebrity creatures include box turtles, hermit crabs and seashells. Toddler Time is free with admission or membership, and registration is not required. The program runs every week through March. This program is very popular and fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive a few minutes before the start of the program.

The Aquarium’s indoor play area, “Little Minnows,” is also another great opportunity for little one to experience the Aquarium.  Located near the Aquarium gift shop, there’s seating for adults and plenty of fun for little ones. Preschoolers can dress-up, play games and enjoy a reading nook. Free with admission or membership.

There will be NO Toddler Time held on these dates: 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/26, 1/9, 3/20

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