North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences always offers free admission, but you might not be aware of the free and inexpensive events, beyond the exhibits, that it offers. You can view all their events here. Some are free and some have fees associated with them. Here are a few upcoming free and cheap events.
Make sure to check the location.
- Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh
- Downtown Raleigh, 11 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
- Nature Research Center, 121 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
Also, click on the links for more details, including age ranges and registration information.
Free and cheap events at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Sensory-Friendly Morning in the Naturalist Center
1st and 3rd Monday of the month
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free, but you need to sign up
Nature Research Center
The Museum schedules Sensory-Friendly Morning in the Naturalist Circle twice a month. It takes place on the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (subject to change) at the Naturalist Center at Nature Research Center. It’s free to attend, but registration is required. This program is for children age 8 or older, and their adult chaperone.
Sensory-Friendly Morning in the Naturalist Center is a chance to gain hands-on access to specimens that are typically behind glass or in collection cabinets.
There will be:
- Fewer guests
- Light and sound reduction
- Sensory-friendly fidget items and noise-canceling headphones
- Topic specialists available for preferred level of interaction
Kids 18 and under are invited to create their best and most realistic version of a viper (venomous snake) in its natural habitat for a chance to win a prize and have their drawing displayed in the Museum Store window.
Entries must be submitted by March 7, 2020.
Tuesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Come out and play! The Nature PlaySpace will be stocked with extra special materials and supplies and a Museum play facilitator will be present to help you play your way. Supplies may vary from week to week, but include fun things like puppets and costumes, musical instruments, bubbles, paint, giant blocks, and more.
This is an informal, drop-in event. Staff and supplies will be available during that time. Come dressed for the weather and ready to get messy! Everyone is welcome at the Nature PlaySpace, but it has been designed especially for kids 7 and younger.
In case of inclement weather, call the Prairie Ridge weather line at 919.707.8888, option 5, for information about possible cancellations.
Reptile and Amphibian Day 2020
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come to the Museum on 3/14 to celebrate the 25th annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, the nation’s largest and most popular free event dedicated to hopping, slithering, crawling critters
Can’t make it in person? This will also be live-streamed as it happens: https://livestream.com/naturalsciences/Cafe
Thursday, March 19th, 2020
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FreeCome explore the brain/behavior connection at a special Science Café on March 19. Meet local neuroscientists and interact with hands-on brains- and behavior-themed exhibits suitable for all ages.
Free, short, and accessible talks by neuroscientists in the SECU Daily Planet Theater will celebrate national Brain Awareness Week and tell you what local neuroscientists are discovering.
At 7 p.m., our special guest, prominent neuroscientist Dr. Colin Saldanha from American University in Washington DC will lead a Science Café. Afterward, the exhibits will re-open for one final celebration of brains and behavior.
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