Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

International Sawfish Day

October 17

Join the Aquarium and other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the nation as we celebrate the mighty yet endangered sawfish! Learn about sawfish with activities and crafts. Children can learn different ways that they can help not only sawfish but other animals found in North Carolina and across the globe.
Activities and crafts are included with admission and Aquarium membership. 

A young girl with orange red hair sits at a desk covered with a red table cloth inside a classroom setting. On the table are baskets of markers. The young girl colors and picture of a sawfish with a marker.






Preschool Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 28 (9 a.m. - Noon)
Online Ticket Sales Start Oct. 3

$5 per person in addition to regular admission or membership

A large crowd of people, families with children, sit in front of a large aquarium habitat. Halloween lights in orange and pink line the area about the crowd on the left. An educator is dressed like a movie character and stand in front of the aquarium habitat on the right.
You and your little ones can scare up some Halloween fun at our Preschool Pumpkin Patch event! Dress up your young children and visit the aquarium in spooky style on October 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, for a ghoulishly good time. The event is $5 per person in addition to regular admission prices or membership. The event ticket includes all of the Preschool Pumpkin Patch activities, crafts, special treats, games, and photo opportunities. 

Included is a mini-pumpkin, stickers, sweet treats, crafts, a treasure from the sea, and participation in all the Halloween activities and photo opportunities.

Regular admission tickets are online reservations and spaces for Preschool Pumpkin Patch are limited, so register now. If you will be participating in Preschool Pumpkin Patch, be sure to select the $5 Event Fee in addition to your regular admission ticket or membership reservation at the link below.

Preschool Pumpkin Patch Event Link Will be here on Oct. 3

Spadefish ART Gallery

Small Sea Splendors: Colored Pencil Society of America

A colored pencil drawing of a deep sea creature with white flower-petal-like protrusions and a pink center. Drawing is on a black background.

Bright colors can be found in the most unexpected places, like a sea slug at the bottom of the ocean. A new art exhibit at N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features some of the ocean’s small yet colorful creatures illustrated by the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), District Chapter 114. Artist Page

The show is titled “Small Sea Splendors” and showcases colorful sea slugs, radiant nudibranchs, and multi-colored shrimp. The exhibit will be on display until the summer and is free with admission or membership.

Advisory Committee Meeting

Date to be Announced 

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Advisory Committee meets every three months. The next meeting will be announced at a later date.



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