Spring Break Family Fun on the Crystal Coast

If you're a resident of the Crystal Coast, the kids are out of school this week for spring break. If you're vacationing on the Crystal Coast, you may have your kids with you during this week as well. Either way, there are some fun, educational and family-friendly events you may want to explore this week.

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Cape Lookout Conservation Camp
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a day camp this week with a unique opportunity to see and explore one of nature's beautiful barrier island environments. Campers have the chance to learn about wildlife, ecology, as well as conservation concerns and efforts.
Cape Lookout
The Cape Lookout Conservation Camp is designed for grades 2 through 7 and runs from 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Transportation to and from Cape Lookout from the NC Aquarium is included in the camp fee, which is $40 per camper and $36 for aquarium members. Space is limited and registration is required.

In preparation for the day, campers are asked to bring supplies for a day outdoors including water bottles, lunches, snacks, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. Please dress appropriately for the weather that day. The camp location may need to be modified if weather or water conditions are not suitable for travel to Cape Lookout.

Kayaking for Kids at the North Carolina Maritime Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum offers a chance to get out on the Crystal Coast waters for a kayak adventure with Kayaking for Kids on Friday, April 5 from 10a.m. to 1p.m. The program is designed for kids ages 12-18 with a focus on basic instruction and safety lessons, followed by a guided paddle trip through a salt marsh habitat. The kayak adventure is not a far distance making it suitable for all skill levels.

Reservations are recommended and the program fee is $45, which includes a kayak rental. If you bring your own kayak, the fee is only $25. Museum members are offered a 10% discount.

Star Party at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach
Enjoy a night under the stars! On Friday, April 5 Fort Macon is one of the locations hosting an astronomy event which begins at 7p.m. with a short presentation on astronomy basics followed by an outdoor observation under the night sky. Bring binoculars if you have them and a small folding chair for comfort.

It's a chance to be a part of North Carolina's first statewide star party, which is a signature event of the NC Science Festival. Don't miss out on this pioneer experience! Did we mention it's free? Just be aware that the program is weather dependent and may be cancelled due to heavy cloud cover or rain. Call Fort Macon at 252-726-3775 for further information and updates.

The Otter Birthday Bash at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you; happy birthday day dear otter, happy birthday to you! Grab Otter Birthday Bash at NC Aquariumyour party hats and bring your noisemakers in celebration of three of the NC Aquarium's favorite residents, the river otters. Neuse, Pungo and Eno invite you to partake in the merriment of this special, otter-oriented day which features crafts, activities, and otter-friendly gifts and cakes.

The Otter Birthday Party is an annual celebration that focuses on these lovable creatures and the conservation success stories of their species. Bring your camera and capture all of the special moments with these light-hearted and playful animals.

The birthday bash takes place on Saturday, April 6. The event is free with regular admission to the NC aquarium on that day.

Run Like a Kid 10K/5K Family Fun Run
Lace up your running shoes, stretch out those legs muscles, and get ready for some fabulous Crystal Coast views! For the athletically minded family that loves to exercise in support of a good cause, the Run Like a Kid 10K/5K Family Fun Run begins at 8a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Window Gang parking lot in Morehead City on 405 Arendell Street.

10K participants travel from the downtown area of Morehead City through the Promised Land, over the Atlantic Beach bridge, and return back to the starting point. 5K participants travel from downtown Morehead City through the Promised Land and back to the starting point. The one-mile Family Fun Run is an out and back course along the waterfront of Morehead City. All promise to provide spectacular water views.

The run benefits the Carteret County Partnership for Children. Interested participants can register and pay for the race here.

The Ultimate Family Fun Quest at the Crystal Coast Civic Center
On Saturday, April 6 the Crystal Coast Civic Center opens its doors from 10a.m. to 2p.m. for the Ultimate Family Fun Quest sponsored by the Carteret County Partnership for Children. The day is full of a variety of games, fun, inflatables and educational exhibits for all ages. Magicians, clowns, and Sparky the Fire Dog are all on-hand at this event. Educational topics are also part of the fun. Learn about recycling at Green Acres or learn more about your favorite animals at the Animal Junction.

The cost of admission is only one new children's book per family! What a deal and whatSpring Break on the Crystal Coast a chance to support the local community. We hope to see you there.

Whew, what a week! There's always so much for you and your family to see and do, whether you live here or vacation here. We look forward to seeing you out and about on the Crystal Coast during your spring break. If you can't make it this week, don't worry. There's plenty of time to make your Crystal Coast vacation plans.

Cheers to spring break, summer break, and any time you can get a beach break!

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