Pine Knoll Shores Special Events


Homeschool Day

Wednesday Nov. 14


Homeschool families are invited to the eighth annual Homeschool Day November. 14. Crafts, activities and live animal programs relate to this year’s theme, "Coastal and Ocean Conservation."

Learn about Wonderful Water at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., participate in a scavenger hunt, and visit the classroom for take-home crafts. The National Weather Service will be in the Big Rock Theater at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Barrier Island exploration has been taken off the schedule because of the colder weather)

Behind-the-scenes tours will be held for homeschool families and registration is required the day of the event at the Aquarium (for ages 5 and up. $5 per person in the homeschool family). Barrier Island Exploration required registration the day of the event at the Aquarium, is free for homeschool families, with a 30-person limit.

Aquarium admission and other Homeschool Day activities are free for homeschool families. Please bring identification. The day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.


Santa by the Sea

Saturday Dec. 8 (10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)


Whispered wishes among the fishes bring holiday magic to the Aquarium’s Santa by the Sea on Dec. 8. Make holiday cards and an ornament, enjoy special treats and games at the Aquarium all decorated for the season.  Tickets include a take-home photo of each child 12 and under with Santa, plus crafts and other seasonal fun. Join Mrs. Claus for storytime through the day. Back again this year are magic shows held in the Big Rock Theater.

Event tickets are $9.95 per participant in addition to Aquarium admission fee or membership.  Event tickets will be sold from 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on the day of event, and on-site only. Tickets are required only for children participating in the event. Adults are not required to pay for an event ticket, regular admission or membership gives them entry to observe event activities.  If an adult would like to participate in the activities, an event ticket is required.  

Toddler Time

Wednesdays 9:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m.


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

Advisory Committee Meeting

nov 14

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Advisory Committee Meeting will be held May 9, 2018.
The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the conference room.

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