The N. C. Maritime Museum at Southport

The week long 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC begins today. Visitors from all over NC as well as all over the nation have begun arriving looking forward to taking part in the multifarious events. Southport is a beautiful sleepy little southern town, but don’t let that fool you. There is much to see and do in the area year round. The Maritime Museum is one venue that is open all year. You can get some information about it at this site:

The museum holds a schedule of special events for children during the summer months as well. Preregistration is required (910-457-0003) Here is some information about their Children’s Summer Series: 

July 3 & July 16 – 11AM – Noon: Squishy Fishes

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Your kids will get messy and have fun learning about Gyotaku. They will create fish prints on textiles using flounder or sea stars.

July 8 & 22, August 5 – 8  AM – 10 AM: Kids on Deck! Aboard the Solomon T

Ages 8 to 12. Aboard a traditional NC wooden work boat and in the company of Captain Bert Felton, kids will bird watch off Battery Island, conduct scientific experiments and learn the history of the Cape Fear river.

July 9 & August 13 – 10 AM – Noon: Fish Prints

Ages 7 through 11. the kids will learn how to create fish prints using real and faux fish on paper and fabric. They will even decorate their own T-shirts.

July 10 & August 7 – 11 AM – Noon:  Little Explorers

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. You will take a walk along the Cape Fear River carrying your bucket for storing found treasures while learning about the history and natural environment of the region. There will be a story time after the walk and a time for identifying your treasures.

July 17 – 18 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Colonial Days

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will meet costumed Colonial characters of the Lower Cape Fear while candle dipping, creating flags and learning about every day activities of Colonial kids. 

July 23 – 11AM – Noon: Little Pirates

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Kids will hear a pirate’s tale, make a pirate flag and walk the plank!

July 24 – 10 AM – Noon: The Exciting Life of Sea Turtles

Ages 6 through 12. Guest instructor, Donna Micheaux, will talk about the life and life cycle of sea turtles and how you can help to protect the babies.

July 29 through August 1 – 10 AM – Noon: Pirate Boot Camp

Ages 6 through 10. find information here:

August 6 – 10 AM – Noon: Nautical Girls: Mermaids, Sirens & Other Ladies of the Seas

Ages 6 through 10. The kids will learn about royalty and villains of the sea in mythology and literature, then create their own story of a water sprite and make a tissue mosaic.

August 14 & 15 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Digging into History

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will dig for artifacts at a mock site and learn how archaeologists interpret history through found objects. They will meet real archaeologists and see artifacts from different historical time periods as well as learn subcategories of archeology.

If this information has excited a desire in you to volunteer at the museum, they will be happy hear from you. You can find some of their volunteer needs here: