Aquarium Hosts Autism Friendly Day

By / Local Events / Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:00

KURE BEACH – The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will offer programs tailored especially for individuals who live with autism spectrum disorder on Sunday, February 8. Autism Friendly Day programs and activities are free with Aquarium admission.
The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an educator assisting guests in finding animals in the Cape Fear Shoals, the 235,000 gallon exhibit featuring sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. A diver will briefly describe the found animals. Visitors also can collect seven Aquarium passport stamps to guide them through the Aquarium and help identify animal-touching opportunities. A calm-space to help provide comfort, relaxation or a break will be available to families and their children.
The Aquarium hosts Autism Friendly Day with the assistance of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the needs and interests of children and adults living with autism.
Scheduled Aquarium programs and activities on Feb. 16 include:
10:00 Film- “Reef Magic,” featuring the Cat and the Hat
10:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
11:00 Feeding at the Buzzard’s Bay exhibit
11:30 What We Love Most About the Coast
1:30 Ocean Odyssey-Reptiles
2:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
3:00 Feeding at the Shadows on the Sand exhibit
3:30 Jellyfish Animal Encounters
4:00 Film- “Eyewitness Sharks”
Additional activities include: A coastal waters touch tank, A bamboo shark touch tank, Adventure Reef outside playground and Ry-Con Service Dogs.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, 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 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). Admission: $10.95 Ages 13-61, $9.95 Ages 62+ and military, $8.95 Ages 3-12. Taxes not included.
Free for children 2 and younger, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information:



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