Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Family Paint Night

Feb. 25, March 25, April 8 (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) Ages 6 and up

Splash into an underwater world of art during Family Pain Night Under the Sea at N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy while you make fin-tastic memories with your family during this relaxing night of creating artwork. Instructors from Wine and Design on Wheels from Morehead City will provide all painting supplies and guide you every step of the way! We’ll also provide aprons so only your canvas will be getting painted. There are a limited number of seats, so reserve your seat under the sea and leave with your own unique treasure.

$45 per painter. For ages Six and up. Time: 6:30-8:30, please arrive 15 minutes early for checking in and seating. Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required inside the aquarium for ages 5 and up.

There are a limited number of seats available for this event. Purchase tickets only online before the event. No ticket sales at the door.

Aprons will be supplied; however, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting messy. 

Feb 25: Sea Turtle Dude
March 25: Sea and Stars
April 8: Three Blue Fish

Register Here


Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents

March 5

Put on some wings, a dash of glitter, and let your imagination fly during the Aquarium’s annual Fairy Day. Fairy Day is full of fun and learning, where imagination and education come together. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for fairy and mermaid doors around the Aquarium. Add to the fun and come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea serpent, or other mythical characters. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free with admission or membership. Advanced admission tickets are required. Stay tuned for more information! 









Seaside Sensory Fun DAY

An Inclusion Event April. 10 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Join us for our third Seaside Sensory Fun Day! This will be a day of discovery designed for children and adults living with sensory needs and their families. This day is all about exploring the Aquarium using your senses. Activities to be determined, so stay tuned for more information! The event is FREE with admission but families and individuals must purchase advance tickets online for the day. (Fun Fact: The 36-foot tall smoky mountain waterfall will be turned off during this special day!)









Party For the Planet

April 22-29

Join the Party for the Planet April 22-29 at the Aquarium and online. 

We'll be posting a video series this week with crafts, demonstrations, and information featuring many different ways to help the planet! 

On-site, we'll have scavenger hunts and other activities for you to enjoy during your visit. Stay tuned for more information! 

Toddler Time

Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. 
One Session Per Week, Max 15 children per session

Stories, crafts, songs, puppets, and animal encounters, oh, my! Enjoy a special morning with your young children during Toddler Time, most Wednesdays. We'll be holding only one session each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. There is limited seating for each session (15 children per session) and the program is specially designed for children 18 months to 3 years of age. Toddler Time is super popular and fills quickly, so be sure to get here early!    

Our activities feature a different animal each week! Learn about otters one week and amphibians the next. Some of the celebrity creatures include box turtles, hermit crabs, otters, sea turtles, lobsters, sea stars, and seashells. Toddler Time is free with admission or membership, registration is required. The program runs every week until March. This program is very popular and fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive a few minutes before the start of the program.

The Aquarium’s indoor play area, “Imagination Bay,” is another fun space for active little ones to experience the Aquarium.  Located near the Aquarium gift shop, there’s seating for adults and plenty of fun for little ones. Free with admission or membership. And, don't forget to let loose outside at the Tree-mendous Playground.

Toddler Time and Themes will be held on these dates

Jan 12 Lionfish 
Jan 19 – Mermaids
Jan 26 - Nurse shark 
Feb 2 - Otter 
Feb 9 - Pine snake 
Feb 16 – Stingrays 
Feb 23 - Vulture 
March 2 - Whelk 

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