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by Jun 7, 2024Online Exclusives, South Brunswick, Upcoming

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s summer Family Programs inspire curiosity about the coastal environment.

Kick off the summer season, enjoy fun family time and make memories while learning about coastal North Carolina’s unique environment, wildlife and history at the Museum of Coastal Carolina summer Family Programs.

Here is what you can expect this summer:

Mondays, Wednesdays and 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.

Mondays and Fridays at 1 pm – Science in 3D – Mars: Take advantage of the museum’s virtual reality mobile classroom, strap on a virtual reality headset and explore Mars in 3D! Visit areas that inspire curiosity including icy polar regions and the Mariner Valley, a vast canyon system that runs along the Martian equator. Interested in learning more about Mars? Check out the Mars: The Ultimate Journey dome theater show Mondays through Saturdays at 12 noon at the Ingram Planetarium, the museum’s sister facility in Sunset Beach.

Tuesdays 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:
May 28 – Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLouise
June 4 – Pout Pout Fish Cleans up the Ocean by Deborah Diesen
June 11 – All the Water in the World by Katherine Tillotson and George Ella Lyon – June 18 – If My Family Lived in the Ocean by Devyn G. Goddard
June 25 – Tagalong Turtle by Donna Ferguson

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm – Science in 3D – Sea Turtle Quest: Closely study sea turtles in 3D! Using the museum’s virtual reality headsets, visitors become coastal scientists as they identify sea turtle tracks, analyze eggshells, and observe sea turtle hatchlings.

Science in 3D Sea Turtle Quest

Tuesdays at 3 pm – The Sea Turtle Game of Life: Female sea turtles regularly come ashore on Ocean Isle Beach’s strand and other North Carolina (NC) beaches, dig nests, lay eggs, camouflage their nests with sand, and return to the ocean. Learn about sea turtle species that visit coastal NC and discover what everyone can do to protect these endangered sea creatures. Experience the ups and downs in the life of a sea turtle through an interactive activity – the Sea Turtle Game of Life – and see if your turtle can survive until the end!

Sea Turtle Game of Life

Wednesdays at 1 pm – Science in 3D – Hurricane Maria: Fly through the eye of Hurricane Maria through the lens of a virtual reality headset, track windspeed and rainfall, and learn about hurricane preparedness through fun supplementary activities.

Wednesdays at 3 pm – All Hands on Deck! – Beach and Ocean Safety: Safety programs can be fun! Test your ocean IQ, learn about area sea creatures, and explore how to keep wildlife and humans safe while having fun in the sun. Visitors will learn beach and ocean safety tips, including what to do when swimming alone and how to help someone in the water through interactive discussion. Attendees will also make a fun sea bottle craft to take home.

Thursdays at 11 am – Shark Smarts: Do you know how many sharks live off the coast of North Carolina? Do sharks really eat people? Learn these fun facts and more in this fun, interactive program! Explore the amazing world of sharks and what makes them unique. Learn about shark anatomy, diets, predators, myths, and misconceptions about sharks. Visitors will also discuss “shark smarts” that will keep everyone safe while enjoying fun in the sun. Toward the end of the program, attendees will make a fun shark jaw craft.

Shark Smarts flyer

Thursdays at 3 pm – Swamp Sleuths: This museum visitor’s favorite crime scene investigation (CSI) is back with a new mystery! Learn about the diversity of life in the Green Swamp through this CSI program that’s fun for all ages. Someone has broken into Cassie the Beaver’s dam, and the Museum needs your help to find out whodunnit. Can you help Cassie and solve the mystery? Become a wildlife detective by identifying animal tracks and analyzing trail camera images. Compile the evidence, narrow down your suspects, and put your swamp sleuthing skills to the test!

Thursdays at 6 pm – Snakes Alive!: Can you tell a venomous from a non-venomous snake? Local snake expert Matthew Bookout can help with that! Visitors will learn about local exotic snake species, their diets, and how to identify snakes. Several live snakes will accompany Bookout each week, so visitors can examine them in person.

Snakes Alive

Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium Director of Programs and Exhibits 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 2nd Street SW, Ocean Isle Beach
(910) 579-1016