Enjoy winter indoor fun and education with Museum of Coastal Carolina’s February Family Programs.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s February Family Program schedule provides fun and educational content that inspires curiosity for visitors of all ages.

Thursdays at 11 am – Sea Tales: Listen to stories starring animals or exhibits displayed at the Museum and complete interactive crafts or science activities based on each story.

February 1 – Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet – Kermit is a stingy and grouchy hermit crab who collects and hoards junk. But his life suddenly changes when a young boy saves him from being buried by a dog. Find out how Kermit plans to repay the boy, which may involve pirate treasure. Visitors will also learn about hermit crabs and complete a fun crab craft.

Hermit Crabs

February 8 – Henry the Impatient Heron by Donna Love – Henry the Heron can’t stand still, always moving and driving everyone crazy. But herons must stand still to catch their food. How will Henry ever feed himself? Join Henry as he learns a valuable lesson from the King of Camouflage and make binoculars to search for birds just like Henry.

February 15 – Pout-Pout Fish Special Valentine by Deborah Diesen – Pout-Pout Fish has sparkles, blooms, and sweets to make special valentines for his friends, but he’s worried there aren’t enough for everyone. Visitors will learn how Mr. Fish resolves his dilemma and make special valentines for the VIPs in their lives.

February 22 – Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway – Smiley Shark loves to smile, but everyone is afraid of his big, sharp teeth. Catfish, Starfish and Octopus swim away from Smiley Shark as fast as they can. But when the fish are caught in a net, Smiley Shark’s big smile saves the day! Following the story, visitors will make a Smiley Shark craft and take home a real shark tooth.

Smiling Shark MCC

February 29 – Leap’s Day by Stephanie Bee Simmons – Join Leap as he works to find a special day to celebrate each of his friends, only to realize he must first create a calendar. As Leap unravels the mystery of years, months and days, he struggles with a pesky day that comes along once every four years. Leap into Leap Day 2024 by listening to Leap’s story and making a leaping frog craft.

• Fridays at 11 am – Touch Tank Feeding: With staff and trained volunteer assistance, gently touch sea stars, urchins, anemones, conchs, horseshoe crabs and hermit crabs; watch trained volunteers feed the animals; and learn more about the sea creatures that call the museum home.

• Saturdays at 11 am – Bewildering Biofacts: Some may find the word “biofact” bewildering, but the Museum promises clarity, enlightenment and fun that will inspire curiosity each week. Visitors will explore biological artifacts such as bones, fur, eggs and shells, learn what they reveal about area wildlife, and create biofact replicas to take home.

February 3 – Crab Shells – Did you know that crabs molt just like snakes do? Dive into local crab species, learn how crabs shed their shells and closely examine some crab shells you may find on the beach.

February 10 – Shark Teeth – Sharks constantly lose their teeth and hunting for shark teeth is a pastime many beach visitors enjoy. Museum visitors will see shark teeth commonly found on local beaches, discover why sharks lose their teeth and learn tips for finding shark teeth.

February 17 – Bird Eggs – Bird eggs come in all shapes and colors for all different reasons. Learn about local birds’ nesting habits and reasons for the vast variety of unique eggs. Visitors will also be encouraged to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, which comprises four February days when people all over the world are asked to watch, count and report as many birds as they can find so scientists can better understand global bird populations.

Coastal Bird Nest Eggs

February 24 – Animal Furs – Animal fur has been used by humans for warmth, fashion, home décor and other purposes for generations. Learn about the demand for and uses of fur from animals that live in coastal North Carolina.

Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium Education Manager Jamie Justice schedules and facilitates all Family Programs. Justice received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Science in Environmental Science with concentrations in Marine and Coastal Education and Coastal Management from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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Museum of Coastal Carolina
21 E. Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach
(910) 579-1016
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