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Cape Fear Museum May; June 2012 Programs

Learning Center
In the Learning Center on Saturdays, the whole family can conduct experiments, explore artifacts, play fun games, and create exciting tools and toys to take home. Parental participation is required.
• May—Pirate Invasion - Dates: Saturday, May 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1-4 PM for All Ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Discover the world of pirates as you make and hoist your own Jolly Roger, get a pirate tattoo, and make a Lego pirate ship. Dress up like a privateer and learn how to tie knots aboard a ship. Play pirate games and go on an exciting treasure hunt.
• June - Creative Chemistry - Dates: Saturday, June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 1-4 PM, for All Ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Is Oobleck a liquid or a solid?  What does an atom look like?  Find out as you investigate matter.  Explore solids, liquids, and gases and experiment with mixtures!  Unravel a colorful mystery and experiment with acids and bases.       
Cape Fear Skies
3-2-1-Blast off! Cape Fear Skies offers your family a realistic planetarium experience the third Sunday of each month. Venture into outer space as you hear mythical tales and explore stars, planets, and more.  Parental participation is required.
• Civil War Skies
Date: Sunday, May 20
Times:  1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM
Ages: All
Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission
Discover the night sky of the 1860s and the astronomical events that took place.

Greek Myths & Legends
Date: Sunday, June 17
Times:  1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM
Ages: All
Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission
Explore the night sky while listening to Greek star-inspired stories.

Museum Carts

Explore artifacts, conduct experiments, and play fun games at facilitated carts stationed throughout the Museum. Activities and locations vary – What exciting cart will you encounter on your visit?

Date: Sunday, May 6 and Sunday, June 3
Time: 1-3 PM
Ages: All
Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission

Historic Collaborative Series

Join historic organizations in the downtown area to learn about regional history. Explore the beginnings of European and African settlement in the Lower Cape Fear—from Charlestowne in the 1660s to Brunswick and Wilmington in the 1720s and 1730s—with Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., associate professor in the Department of History at UNC Wilmington.

Historic Collaborative Lecture: “Beginnings”
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1 at 7 PM
Location: Cape Fear Museum
European exploration of the Lower Cape Fear began in the 1660s. Find out about the failed early settlement of Charlestowne and the Barbadian experiment.

Historic Water Tour
Date/Time: Friday, May 4; River tour: boarding at 9:30 AM, boat leaves promptly at 10:01 AM
**Meet at the Wilmington Water Tours Dock**Space is limited**
On this 2-hour tour, Captain Springer and Dr. Fonvielle will regale you with stories of the ecology and settlement along the river.

Historic Collaborative Lecture: “Settlements”
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8 at 7 PM
Location: Cape Fear Museum
Brunswick Town vs. Wilmington—find out why one town succeeded and the other declined, as we journey towards Revolution.

Fee: $10 per lecture, $30 for boat excursion; all three events for $45
Tickets are available through the Historic Wilmington Foundation 910-762-2511

Lecture series sponsored by Bellamy Mansion Museum, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, and Historic Wilmington Foundation.

Special Events

Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 10 AM-4 PM
Fee: Free and open to the public
Meet meteorologists from area news stations; learn about weather phenomena, how to predict it, and what it’s like to be on TV! Find out how to prepare for dangerous weather, and discover the resources local governments offer to help with storm response and recovery. Organized by the National Weather Service.

Grown-up Game Night
Date: June 15  
Time: 7-10 PM
Fee: $5 for members; $7 for non-members; Memberships available on game night.
Bring some friends, grab some appetizers and a seat, and get your game on!  Try your hand at new and old favorites—from Battleship to Spades to brand new games. Admission includes access to great games (instructions if needed!), snacks and drinks, and a visit to the Museum’s Toys and Games exhibit.

Games provided by Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Board Games, Cape Fear Games, and Learning Express.