Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Party For the Planet

April 19-21

Join the Party for the Planet April 19-21 at the Aquarium. This year the theme is Spring Into Action! Enjoy displays and activities all about our connection to the natural world and learn about some of the conservation success stories and conservation projects happening right here at the Aquarium. Learn how you can make an impact for good to help environments and animals around us. Learn how to have your own sustainable party and take a walk around the Aquarium to visit "conservation stations." Enjoy these special crafts and activities throughout the weekend. Party for the Planet activities are free with admission or Aquarium membership.

Our Party for the Planet events will include a Dune Grass Planting April 22, a Beach Clean-Up May 28, and another Dune Grass Planting June 8. Registration is required for these special events.  

More Info and Registration


Migratory Bird Day

May 11

Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area and learn about the different migratory birds found within the old growth maritime forest, May 11. You'll then kayak along the shoreline of Bogue Sound to view natures aeronautical beauties. Participants will also have a chance to get up close and personal with the avian animal ambassadors that call the aquarium home during a special behind-the-scenes tour.  The day begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30, with a catered lunch included; the cost is $60 per participant and $54 for members. Space is limited. Book your ticket today.

Register Here


Sea Stars and Stripes

May 26, 4-8 p.m.

On Memorial Day, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event, held 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, is specifically designed for currently serving military who have young children. Join us for an evening after hours for dinner, live animal presentations, and take-home crafts that children of all ages can enjoy.

The event will offer an intimate experience of the Aquarium. Participants will get a personal tour of the habitats with staff available to answer questions about the animals, habitats, and ongoing Aquarium conservation projects. There will be a reptile presentation featuring turtles and snakes, and an encounter with several of our avian ambassadors such as pelicans and owls. After dinner, catereted by Village Market in Emerald Isle, the night will end with a craft that will engage younger family members. 

Tickets are $35 per individual and $31.50 for Aquarium members. 

Register Here

Bird's-Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Program

May 25 at 11 a.m.

Flock to the Big Rock Theater to get a close look at some impressive birds. The show highlights the unique features of owls, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. Event is free with admission or membership. Events will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Summer Camp Registration

Registration Starts April 1 at 6 a.m.

REgistraiton is Online Only

Sign up the kids for summer camp fun. Camp registration begins April 1 at 6 a.m. Camps are popular so set your alarm. Registration is available online only, so be sure to bookmark our website! Summer camps are offered by age group for kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade throughout the summer. Kids enjoy behind-the-scenes action and plenty of outdoor and hands-on adventure.


Registration Begins April 1


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