Winter fun aquarium style

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Sometimes it’s hard to find fun things to do in the winter, especially if you have kids.

There are only so many trips to the library they can take and only so many video games you can buy before you go broke.

Luckily, for those interested in taking a day trip either by car or on a ferry, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher has found a cure for the weekend “Mom, I’m bored!” blues.

The aquarium recently announced that visitors will be able to “combine a day at the aquarium with a viewing of one of four classic children’s films every Sunday in February.”

Screening will take place in the aquarium’s recently upgraded 165-seat auditorium, according to a news release. The auditorium boasts a 225-square-foot projection screen and full surround-sound capability.

Films will begin at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

And, according to the experts—my daughter and me—these are classics that no family should miss.

On Feb. 3, kids of all ages (even the young at heart) will enjoy “Finding Nemo,” one of our family’s personal favorites, about a clown fish father searching the ocean for his son and all the adventures that ensue.

Fans of penguin tales will want to take a peek at “Happy Feet” Feb. 10 if only to hear Robin Williams voicing two funny penguins.

On Feb. 17, get your big screen Disney fix with “The Little Mermaid,” probably one of the best movie musicals ever made, and on Feb. 24, watch Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and the gang liven up a classic pirate tale with “Muppet Treasure Island.”

Admission to the February Family Fun Film Festival is free with an aquarium ticket, and aquarium members receive free admission.

Before or after the films, visitors can spend the day enjoying the aquarium’s exhibits and educational activities, which include interactive dive presentations at 10:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 362 days each year. Normal admission charges are: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. The aquariums offer free admission for: age 5 and under; registered groups of N.C. school children; N.C. Aquarium Society members. All three facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is 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.