Cape Fear Museum offers family-friendly program during holiday week is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Cape Fear Museum on Market Street. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.
Cape Fear Museum on Market Street. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.

Need ways to keep the kids entertained during their break from school? The Cape Fear Museum is offering daily programs during the week between the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The science programs help young learners become “ologists” in different topics ranging from astronomy to dinosaurs using activities and experiments.

On Sunday, explore the nighttime arctic sky and learn about the Aurora borealis during “Star-ology.” Dinosaurs are the topic of the day Monday during “Dino-ology.” Tuesday is not for the faint of heart, as participants will learn about the smelly, sticky and icky parts of the world in “Gross-ology.” On Wednesday, it’s all about electricity during “Volt-ology,” and winter will be examined with Thursday’s “Frozen-ology” program.

Experiments and activities for the various topics will occur between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day except for Sunday, when the program times are 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. The planetarium, which has limited space, will be used that day to learn about the stars. Parental participation is required for all activities.

The programs are free with museum membership or admission fee. General admission for non-members is $5 for children ages 6 to 17, $7 for seniors, students and military members with valid ID and $8 for adults. Children age 5 and under are free. The museum is open on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.