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., go outside for Barrier Island Exploration at 11 a.m. (for ages 8 and up; water shoes required), 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 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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.
28th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop Weekend
Registration ends Oct. 10 (event set for Oct. 12-14)
This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it's a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. $150 for non-members and $135 for members. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund.
Trick-or-treat under the Sea
Monday Oct. 29 and Tuesday Oct. 30
The annual Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea event brings a splash of Halloween fun to the Aquarium. Trick-or-treat at booths provided by local businesses and organizations, while checking out specially decorated exhibits. Look for great photo opportunities and a chance to show off costumes. Underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns and other Halloween hi-jinks promise amusement for all. Explore the Haunted Marsh Walk if you dare! Tickets are sold at the door the night of each event for that event. No online tickets sold. Tickets are sold from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 (plus tax) per person. NC Aquarium members receive a 10 percent discount. Ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge.
Preschool Pumpkin Patch
Wednesday Oct. 31 (9 a.m.-noon)
Join us for a Halloween event specially made for youngsters. Enjoy games, stories, crafts, costumed characters, and photo ops. Tickets are $4 per person in addition to daily admission or NC Aquarium membership. No advance tickets. Event is geared toward ages 5 and under. Costumes encouraged!