Explore some of the strange creatures that lived on Earth before the dinosaurs by experiencing the museum’s newest exhibit: Before the Dinosaurs: Coal Age monsters. Our new Science in 3D exhibit uses virtual reality to bring you this exciting experience. Strap on a virtual reality headset and become immersed in this unique environment.
If they’re not off fighting a fire, and if the weather cooperates, members of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire & Rescue will bring some of their expertise and lifesaving equipment to the museum’s parking lot. This is always a favorite with the kids, who get to climb on a real fire engine, ask questions, and engage in some fun interactive experiences.
This is a fun and educational program for all children. Kids can test their ocean IQ and learn about the marine animals that live in the ocean. Safety while at the beach or near or in the water will also be discussed — for example, the seven safety rules, such as what to do when swimming alone, how to help someone in the water, etc. Children will safely assist in teaching the program and will receive a sea bottle craft to take home.
Dinosaurs of Antarctica tells the story of a changing environment at the bottom of the world. In ancient times, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures roamed freely in a lush landscape. Over millions of years, geologic forces caused massive changes, completely altering the terrain. Today, the continent of Antarctica holds the evidence of that ancient world, frozen beneath its ice and snow. As the climate changes again, melting Antarctic ice is allowing scientists to discover the remains of the past—including the fossils of those distinctive dinosaurs like Cryolophosaurus and Glacialisaurus.
This program takes a look at the amazing world of sharks and what makes them unique to other fish. Ever wonder if sharks sleep? Are they really people eaters? How many teeth do they have? We’ll delve into these questions and more in this interactive program. Topics include local shark species, basic shark anatomy, and shark smarts. It will also include a shark identification activity and time to go exploring our very own fossil pit outside the museum.
Do you know how many species of venomous snakes call NC home? Can you tell the difference between a venomous snake and a harmless snake? Matthew Bookout can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about NC’s snakes and other reptiles. He will bring along some of his favorite live animals. His program is preceded by a live snake feeding.