Children's fun abounds at museum, planetarium

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

While students are out of school on spring break, don’t forget to appreciate local activities such as the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Described as a natural history site, the museum offers educational programs for school groups, a monthly lecture series and field trips on the island in the spring, summer and fall.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, it’s preschoolers’ morning out. Children are invited to bring their favorite adults for crafts and a guided “I Spy” in the museum’s first two galleries. Youngsters and adults then continue through other galleries to find answers on their own. Completed sheets reap a small prize at the visitor services desk.

Touch-tank feeding is conducted at noon Saturday. Children and adults can help the museum’s docents and staff feed live sea stars, hermit crabs, fish, anemones and urchins in the touch tank.

Self-guided activities are offered Fridays and Saturdays, including scavenger hunts and crafts about animals. Children ages 3-10 can make a sea star, alligator and loggerhead sea turtle puppet.

Spring hours at the museum, 21 E. Second St., are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 579-1016.

The planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, opens at 12:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with the first hourly show starting at 1 p.m. Call 575-0033.

Astronomy and science programs unfold in the 85-seat Sky Theater, which simulates a perfectly dark, starry night. The Paul Dennis Science Hall exhibits and displays feature math and science activities to engage children and adults. Exhibits include challenging activities beyond the planetarium dome.

Admission to the museum or planetarium is $8 adults; $6 seniors (60 and older), students K-12 and college; $4 ages 3-5. Combination passes for both are $15 adults and $11 seniors and students. Visit the Web sites www.museumofcc.org and www.ingramplanetarium.org.

Admission to the planetarium’s science hall and planetarium exhibits is free.