KURE BEACH — The Aquarium at Fort Fisher is offering free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day; instead the aquarium will be accepting donations in the form of non-perishable food.
The holiday is just one of two days the aquarium is open to the public for free, the other being Veterans Day. While the aquarium will be accepting donations for the food bank, it is not required, Public Relations Coordinator, Robin Nalepa said.
This time of the year is generally one of the slower times for visitors to the aquarium, but historically the free event has brought thousands of visitors to all of the aquariums across the state. The event is statewide for all of the aquariums that are a part of the North Carolina Aquariums network, she said.
The donations of non-perishable food will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Appropriate items include: canned fruits, vegetables, meats, beans soups; canned pasta with meat, mac and cheese, granola bars, fruit cups, individual juice or milk boxes, individual sandwich crackers, mixed nut packets, peanut butter and infant formula. No glass, expired items or junk food will be accepted.
As most schools are closed on Monday, children ages 5-12 are invited to spend the day at AquaCamp, but space is limited and pre-registration is required, according to a press release.