Museum Programs & Events



January 9 – May 16, 2015
Open Friday & Saturday from 10:00-3:00


10:30 – Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers
Therapy dogs from Canine Angels will join Story Time on Jan. 9 & 23, Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20, Apr. 3 & 17, May 1 & 15.

11:00 – Touch Tank Feeding

1:00 — Afternoon program on Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, & May 15 with Dr. Richard Hilderman on the following topics:

Jan. 16 — Environmental Success Story

Feb. 13 — Is It Hotter Out There?

Mar. 13 — Our #1 Food Source: Wetlands in Our Backyard

Apr. 17 — The Balancing Act of Our Ecosystems

May 15 — Lionfish and Other Invasive Species


Jan. 9 — 10:00-3:00 — Grand Opening of New Ocean Isle Ferry Exhibit

Jan. 10 — 11:00 — The Ocean Isle Beach Ferry – Gerald Strickland, who built our working model of the Ocean Isle Ferry, will be on hand by the new exhibit to discuss the ferry, its design, and its ultimate demise.

Jan. 13 — 6 PM — Discover Your Family History: Getting Started in Genealogy with Kyle Hughes — Beginners welcome! Mr. Hughes will explore the basics of getting started in Genealogical research. Learn how to start building your own family tree! Mr. Hughes is a public school music teacher and a native of Brunswick County.

Jan. 16 — 1 PM — Environmental Success Story with Dr. Richard Hilderman — Learn how the world community has come together to solve an environmental crisis: the atmospheric ozone hole.

Jan. 17 — 11:00 — Discover the Story of Our Red, White & Blue — Museum educator Maria Knapik tells children about the colorful history of the American flag.

Jan. 24 — 11:00 — Hands-On Fun with Model Trains — Monte Heppe and other members of the Intracoastal Model Railroaders Club demonstrate an interactive model railroad and answer your questions about model railroading.

Jan. 31 — 11:00 — Discovery After Dark — Learn about the mysterious world of nocturnal animals with museum educator Maria Knapik. Dissect a sterilized owl pellet and learn what owls eat at night.

Feb. 7 — 11:00 — The Great Backyard Bird Count — Learn how much fun it is to participate in this annual event. It’s easy! Museum volunteer and bird expert Kurt Huglemeyer will identify what birds you are most likely to see in this area and show you how to recognize them.

Feb. 10 — 6 PM — Air Force One with Howie Franklin —  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Air Force One! Mr. Franklin, Flight Steward on Air Force One for 18 years, worked for five U.S. Presidents. He has hundreds of stories!

Feb. 13 — 1 PM — Is It Hotter Out There? — Dr. Richard Hilderman discusses climate change and its evil twin, the acidification of the world’s oceans.

Feb. 14 — 11:00 — Establishing a Bird-Friendly Habitat — Charley Winterbauer of the Cape Fear Audubon Society says that our migratory birds are declining at an average rate of 1% per year due to habitat loss. Find out how to help reverse this trend by establishing a bird-friendly habitat in your own backyard.

Feb. 21 — 11:00 — Core Sounders Movie — This film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Neal Hutcheson documents the endangered culture and heritage of the Core Sound communities.

Feb. 28 — 11:00 — Quilting’s Colorful Past — Join Derrillyn Harbeston as she discusses the history of quilts in America. This program includes a hands-on craft for kids where they can put together their own quilt squares to take home.

Mar. 7 — 11:00 — Fin Fun — Can you tell the difference between a shark fin and a dolphin fin? Museum educator Maria Knapik will tell you how. She’ll also explain how researchers use distinct fin markings to identify individual marine animals.

Mar. 10 — 6 PM — Birds of Southeastern NC — Located along the Atlantic Flyway, our area is a haven for many different bird species. Jill Peleuses, an avid birder and owner of Wild Bird & Garden in Wilmington, will help you learn to identify the birds in our region.

Mar. 13 — 1 PM — Our #1 Food Source: Wetlands in Our Backyard — Dr. Richard Hilderman discusses the importance of wetlands as a primary source of seafood and protection against coastal flooding.

Mar. 14 — 11:00 — Pisanki Egg Decorating – Learn how to make beautiful dyed and decorated eggs. Maria Knapik will not only show you how, but she will also give you the tools to continue your creations at home. This workshop is limited to 12 people who must pre-register. There is a $15 workshop fee. All materials and museum admission are included. Children under must have adult supervision.

Mar. 21 — 11:00 — Free Teachers’ Day — Free museum admission for teachers with valid IDs.

Mar. 28 — 11:00 — Go Fly a Kite! — Museum docent Bruce Stedman will lead you through the perfect fun project: making a kite! Mr. Stedman will start with a brief history of kite making, then show you how to construct a sled kite that he guarantees will fly! After the program, walk one block to the ocean with your new kite and watch it soar! All materials are provided.

Apr. 4 — 10:00-2:00 — Family Day – Free admission for Brunswick County residents with valid IDs. Non-resident admission: $2

Apr. 11 — 9 am – noon — Experiencing Bird Island & the Kindred Spirit Mailbox – Meet at the museum at 9 AM for a brief overview and history of Bird Island presented by Jim and Linda Barber. Then follow the Barber’s over to Sunset Beach where they will take you on a guided tour of Bird Island. The walk is approximately 2 hours and will end at the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

Apr. 14 — 6 PM — The Fort Fisher Hermit Story with Scott Davis Live! — Scott Davis has been involved in story telling for most of his life — in the theater, in films, in photography, and as a producer of documentaries. Come learn about the Fort Fisher Hermit from a man who not only knows his story, but knows how to tell it compellingly.

Apr. 17 — 1 PM — The Balancing Act of Our Ecosystems — Dr. Richard Hilderman discusses the current critical loss of biodiversity that is challenging us today.

Apr. 18 — 9:30-11:30 AM — Carolina Shore Tour — Join Sabrina Woofter at the museum at 9:30 AM for a brief discussion and overview. Then walk one block to Ocean Isle Beach where Ms. Woofter will take you on a guided tour, highlighting beach critters, important habitats, and disclosing beach secrets.

Apr. 25 — Museum is closed during the day. Doors open at 6 PM for Wine Fest.

May 2 — 11:00 — Become A Carnivorous Plant Junior Conservationist — Carnivorous plant expert Mark Todd will give kids a short presentation about carnivorous plants, then show them how to plant and care for Venus flytraps. Each child will be able to take home a plant.

May 9 — 11:00 — Mother’s Day Pearl Necklace Activity — Kids: Make a necklace and card for Mom for Mother’s Day!

May 12 — 6 PM — What Kind of Fish is That, Mister? — How did the museum end up in Ocean Isle Beach? Museum docent Judy Sobota discusses the museum’s history and how one little boy’s question prompted founder Stuart Ingram to create a coastal museum.

May 15 — 1 PM — Lionfish and Other Invasive Species — Learn what happens to the ecological balance when a species that flourishes in one place is introduced to a new place.

May 16 — 11:00 — Sea Turtles & You — Time for loggerhead sea turtles to start nesting on Ocean Isle Beach! Learn more about these magnificent sea turtles from Jim Boyce, the Island Coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization.


Admission is free for Museum and Dual Museum/Planetarium members.
Admission is half-price for members of The Children’s Museum of Wilmington (must show membership card).
Non-member all-day admission (includes NC sales tax): $9 adults (13-61), $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.


Call the museum at 910-579-1016 during normal business hours.