Museum Family Programs


September 4, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Open Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 10:00-4:00


11:00 — Environmental Educational Movie


10:30 — Story Time & Puppet Theater for Preschoolers
Therapy dogs from Canine Angels will join Story Time on Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov, 7, & Dec. 5.

11:00 — Touch Tank Feeding


Sept. 6 — Fire & Hammer Blacksmithing — 11:00-3:00 — Leo Macon demonstrates the art of fire and hammer blacksmithing. Mr. Macon first became interested in blacksmithing when he started doing Civil War re-enactments. He has been working his forge for about 5 years.

Sept. 13 — Green Swamp Preservation Walk – Meet at the Museum at 11:00 for a brief introduction by Mark Todd, then drive to the Green Swamp Preserve where Mr. Todd will identify indigenous carnivorous plants such as Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk in the Greenn Swamp; bring water and bug spray. Mr. Todd is the Conservation Director of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy.

Sept. 20 — Ocean Isle Beach Shore Walk – Meet at the Museum at 11:00 for a brief presentation by Sabrina Woofter about how the coast functions, then take a walk across the street to Ocean Isle Beach where Ms. Woofter will identify coastal critters, discuss important habitats, and investigate some secrets of the beach. Ms. Woofter is the NC Cooperative Extension Natural Resources and Environmental Education Agent for New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

Sept. 27 — Fin Fun with Dolphins (includes a craft for kids) — 11:00 — Join Museum Educator Maria Knapik as she discusses how scientists and researchers use unique fin markings to identify individual dolphins.

Oct. 4 — Sea Turtles & You — 11:00 — Jim & Deb Boyce, island coordinators for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. They’ll explain what you can do to help protect these endangered animals.

Oct. 11 — Gems & Gemology — 11:00 — Join Michael J. Abushakra for a history of gem treatments, gemology, and jewelry. He will discuss the current issues relating to treatments, remedies, and global pricing of gems. Mr. Abushakra earned a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist designation from the Gemological Institute of America. He has been designing and appraising jewelry for 13 years and is the owner of Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers in Ocean Isle Beach.

Oct. 18 & 19 — The museum will be open during Oyster Fest with Halloween decor and Snakes Alive! Admission: $6 per person, age 2 & under — free

Oct. 25 — OIB Ghosts: History of the Island  — 11:00 — Will Smith notes that Ocean Isle Beach has 500 years of recorded history, and with that history comes some great ghost stories. Be prepared to hear about apparitions and spooky local haunts. This is a family presentation. Mr. Smith is a retired USAF Lt. Col. and an adjunct professor at BCC. He and his wife, Allison, own and operate a seasonal ghost walk business in Ocean Isle Beach and recently published a book titled “The Dead Don’t Like to be Forgotten: Tales from the South Brunswick Islands.”

Nov. 1 — Where Have All the Bees Gone? — 11:00 — Listen to Barry E. Harris, Jr. as he talks about the importance of honey bees to food production and the economy, the reasons for the decline in the number of honey bees, hobby and commercial beekeeping, and practical things that you can do to help honey bees survive. Mr. Harris and his wife, Jill, make their living in the beekeeping industry. They are engaged in the sale of bees, beekeeping equipment and supplies, and operate a structural honey bee removal service.

Nov. 8 — Audubon: Discover the Wonder of Birds — 11:00 — How do birds fly? Why do birds migrate? Why do birds have feathers? Join members of the Cape Fear Audubon Society and learn the answers to these questions and more. There will be a variety of interactive learning centers and hands-on activities for bird lovers of all ages. Live birds from the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter will also be on hand.

Nov. 15 — The Culture of Death: Women and Mourning in the Lower Cape Fear — 11:00 — Join Lori Sanderlin for a “lively” discussion of mourning practices during the Civil War. Discover how these practices shaped a divided nation with special emphasis on women in the Lower Cape Fear. Learn how sexual roles and familial relationships affected mourning fashion and the rules of socialization in the Victorian Age. Ms. Sanderlin is the Curator of Education at the NC Maritime Museum in Southport.

Nov. 22 — Sea Creature Recycled Art Show (submit recycled art by Nov. 20) — 11:00 — Come see the inspired creations of students ages 5-18. Prize ribbons will be awarded at 10:00. The art will remain on display until noon on Nov. 29.

Nov. 29 — Super Saturday Crafts & Activities (includes a craft for kids) — 10:00-3:00

Dec. 6 — A Game of Chance: The Art of Blockade Running — 11:00 — Blockade running was extremely important to the Confederate cause during the Civil War. Join Civil War historian Grover Godwin as he explains why. He will also talk about the important role of coastal forts from Wilmington to Charleston, the role of the Union fleet, and the role of the men who served. Mr. Godwin has a B.S. in U.S. History and has made a lifelong study of the Civil War. He has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1982.

Dec. 13 — Scout Day (half-price admission for all scouts in uniform)

Dec. 27 — Monsters of the Deep blue Sea (includes a craft for kids) — 11:00 — For this family-friendly program, Museum Educator identifies a variety of marine life that can only be found deep in the oceans of the world. Pictures of rarely seen animals will amaze you!

Jan. 3 — Tracks in the Sand (includes a craft for kids) — 11:00 — Museum Educator Maria Knapik will help kids identify animals by learning about the distinctive features of the tracks they leave behind.


Sept. 4 – Coastal Gallery Grand Opening — The Way We Were — The oil paintings and prints of V. Ryan (Bunny) Lauzon — Meet the artist on Sept. 4 from noon until 1:00.

Oct. 30 — Spooky Night at the Museum — 5:30 to 7:30 — Featuring Balloon Man and Snakes Alive! — Kids & adults: Wear your favorite costumes, bring a trick or treat bag, and collect goodies provided by local businesses. Admission: $6 per person, age 2 & under — free

Nov. 28 — Beer and Brats Fundraiser — 5:00 to 8:00 — Due to popular demand, we are holding our second annual beer and brats fundraiser on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Socialize with friends and neighbors while supporting the museum and planetarium and enjoying great brats, beer or soda, and french fries. Listen to live entertainment by John Cubito of Chicky’s Boy. Admission: $25 adults, $15 children 12 & under

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