By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:45

Kure Beach, N.C. — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is coloring outside prehistoric lines and giving one person a chance to put their twist on the toothy, “DINOSAURS!” exhibit returning to the Aquarium this spring. A fearsome, life-sized stegosaurus will flaunt one-of-a-kind markings created by the winner of an open art contest.
Grab your crayons, paint or other medium, download the Dinosaur_Coloring_Sheet from and submit your masterpiece by January 24, 2018. Aquarium staff will select the winning color scheme to be unveiled in March. The winner will also receive four (4) general admission tickets to the Aquarium.
“DINOSAURS!” features multiple species of animatronic dinosaurs roaring, spitting and wowing visitors in a natural garden setting. Guests may glimpse a ferocious T-rex family, a menacing Diabloceratops and of course, a colorful stegosaurus, among others. The exhibit will run through September 2018.
Completed coloring sheets may be submitted to the Aquarium by email with the subject line of “Coloring Contest” at mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view or by mail to N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. All entries must be received by January 24, 2018. See complete Coloring Contest Rules at
About the Aquarium
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA:
 About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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