Calendar of Events
Click on the links below to find out more about these events or to register, where required. See the Programs and Activities page for more on programs offered daily, free with admission or membership, and tours and adventures available for additional fees.
April 1 – Camp Registration
Registration opens at 6 a.m. for summer day camps. This year brings one session of a new camp for the small fry entering grades K-1. Choose from three sessions each for older kids entering grades 2-8. Reservations are accepted online only.
April 5 – Otter Birthday Bash
Put on your party hats for the annual Otter Birthday Bash. The merriment centers around three of the Aquarium’s favorite residents – river otters Neuse, Pungo and Eno. Participate in fun otter-oriented crafts and activities, and also watch as the furry trio enjoy gifts and cakes only otters could love. The annual celebration spotlights the fun-loving creatures and also the conservation success stories of their species. Activites 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., free with admission or membership.
April 19 – Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival
The Aquarium takes its traveling touch tanks and joins with other conservation-minded organizations for a day of family fun at Fort Macon State Park. Enjoy live music and hands-on activities; no admission charge.
April 22 – Earth Day Cakes for Conservation
Express your conservation philosophy in frosting and compete for cash in the annual Cakes for Conservation contest. This year’s theme is Backyard Buddies – snakes, turtles, birds, plants, insects and amphibians. Cakes are judged on how well they express their messages, plus taste, creativity and use of sustainable, local or organic ingredients. There is no entry fee. Prizes awarded in three categories – professional, amateur and junior amateur for ages 5-17. All visitors are invited to partake of cake tasting after the 3:30pm awards ceremony.
April 20-26 – Earth Day Party for the Planet
The annual week-long Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, shows how to make your environment one of green places and green spaces with easy-to-take actions. Activities are free with admission or membership
Holiday and special hours
The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including all holidays except closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, and early closings two days in late October and one in mid-December for evening holiday events.