Calendar of Events

See What’s New for more on these events. Also see daily programs free with admission, and tours and adventures available for additional fees.

Santa by the Sea

Friday, Dec. 11
Santa by the Sea is a magic, memorable holiday evening for children. The highlight is personal time with Santa. Each child ages 12 and under receives a professional FotoFX photo of the encounter. Make crafts, see a magic show, and get in the holiday spirit. Tickets sold 5:30-8:30 p.m., $15 per person plus tax. See the website for more information or to buy advance tickets. Details, 252-247-4003 or


Holiday Camps

Dec. 28-30
If you have a youngster out of school on winter break, the Aquarium’s holiday camps keep kids active and learning with outdoor activities, animal encounters, discovery labs and behind-the-scenes action. Dec. 28 is for kids in first and second grades; Dec. 29 for third and fourth grades and Dec. 30 for fifth and sixth grades. Camps run 8:30am-2:30pm. Space is limited and advance registration is required; $45 per camper per day.

Details, 252-247-4003 or


Free Admission – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mon., Jan. 18
Free admission for all, sponsored by Transportation Impact. Details, 252-247-4003 or