Calendar of Events
Activities at the Aquarium change with the season. The list below highlights special observations and events. Check Programs and Activities or Reservations for trips, tours and other adventures available every week.
Dec. 13 – Santa by the Sea
Children confide their wishes among the fishes as St. Nick listens attentively, and FotoFX snaps a keepsake image of the encounter. A free photo is included for each child 12 and under. In addition to meeting Santa Claus, crafts, favorite stories and magic shows highlight this holiday event for children and families. Tickets 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., $9 per person. Advance tickets available online.
Dec. 28 – Scrap Exchange Art Project
Give 2013 a great send-off with a fun family activity that blends creativity and environmental awareness into art. The Aquarium hosts the Scrap Exchange from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the Crystal Coast Countdown New Year’s celebration. The non-profit Scrap Exchange, based in Durham, is a “creative –re-use” center promoting creativity, environmental awareness and community. The Scrap Exchange provides everything needed to make a masterpiece session – colorful materials, staff guidance and scissors, tape and other tools. It all happens in Soundside Hall, near the Aquarium entrance, and admission to participate is free. Regular admission fees apply for visiting the rest of the Aquarium.
Jan. 1, 2014 – New Year’s Day
Happy New Year! Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day, 2014.
Holiday and special hours
The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except closed on Christmas Day, and closing at 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013, to prepare for Santa by the Sea.
The Aquarium IS open on New Year’s Day, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.