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Family Programs & Events
Public ProgrammingThere is something scheduled almost every day at the museum. There are trained docents in the Discovery Room at the touch tank, in the Skates and Rays exhibit, and in the Paleontology Prep Lab. The Drum Point Lighthouse is open, frequently with guided tours. You can also see the aquarists feeding the animals on the following schedule:
Monday at 10:15 a.m.: Skates and Rays Feeding
Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.: Aquarists Feed the Otter a Snack
Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.: Critter Feeding in the Discovery Room
Scheduled every fourth Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. we offer Toy Boat Building. See the calendar for details.
Monday, February 19: The Great Backyard Bird Count 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In just a few weeks, many birds will begin their preparations for springtime. Join us to count local birds along with the rest of the nation; results are reported to Cornell University. Check out a pair of binoculars from the Discovery Room to use in the Marsh Walk, where you may see the first signs of our feathered friends as they return to the Chesapeake. FREE with museum admission; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Museum Store to purchase your bird identification guide.
Spring Break Activities
Wednesday, March 28: Meet the Lighthouse Keepers 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Step back in time and meet Mr. and Mrs. Goeshy, the keepers of Drum Point Lighthouse from 1930-1931. Live character interactions with the Goeshy’s at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will highlight aspects of life at Drum Point Lighthouse, with a special focus on women lighthouse keepers in honor of Women’s History Month. FREE with admission.
Friday, March 30: Miocene Fossil Exploration 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Spend a day exploring the amazing fossils in our collection! Throughout the day, interpreter-guided activities in the Treasures from the Cliffs exhibit will allow you to touch Miocene Epoch fossils and practice preparing a fossil specimen. Make and take home your own fossil imprint in sessions at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. FREE with admission.
Saturday, March 31: Fossil Egg Hunt 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Back by popular demand! Look for eggs with real fossils inside, hidden throughout the museum. Participants will be given a container for egg collection; no baskets needed! Docents will identify fossil finds. Excavate fossils from matrix, using the tools of a paleontologist. For ages 3 – 10. FREE with admission.
Monday, April 2: Plants and Pollinators 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the native plants on the museum grounds, from the salt marsh to the Children’s Maritime Garden. After finishing a plant scavenger hunt, receive a packet of pollinator-friendly native seeds! Check the Admissions Desk for special tour times (weather permitting). For ages 4 and up. FREE with admission.