An outdoor exhibition that encourages imaginative play in a creative environment
In Creature Cavern, little ones can get up close with chipmunks, snakes, skinks, a skunk, an opossum, an owl and more.
From amphibians to mammals, kids can learn about animals that they may even spot in their own backyard including black rat snakes, Cope’s gray tree frogs, anoles, flying squirrels, chipmunks.
There’s even a copperhead snake on exhibition which is the only venomous snake commonly found in Mecklenburg County. Make sure to take time to compare all the snakes and think about how they look different to each other. For example copperheads have triangular heads, cat-like shaped eyes, and an hourglass pattern on their bodies.
Heads up not to miss the Southern flying squirrels which are nocturnal, so they may be sleeping during your visit. Sometimes if you enter Creature Cavern right when the Museum opens you can catch them awake to eat breakfast.
Stop by to say hello to Queen Charlotte, the city's official groundhog. Will she be getting ready to make her weather proclamation?
There’s no question our screech owl will be watching you while you’re exploring Creature Cavern. Did you know screech owls are raptors, which means they are carnivorous, have strong feet with sharp talons, a hooked beak and very good eyesight? The screech owl on exhibition was rehabilitated after a wing injury but is unable to fly or survive in the wild. We are happy she is home with us.
|10:00 a.m.||Larry Cat in Space||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Puppet Show: Growing Up Wild||Dragonfly Theatre|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Alligator Feeding||Great Hall|
|3:30 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|5:30 p.m.||Live Animal Encounter||N/A|
|6:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|6:30 p.m.||Special Planetarium Show||Planetarium|
|Jun 19||Foraging in the Forest|
|Jun 26||Entwined in Vines|
|Jun 29||Seek Shelter|
|Jul 03||Strenuous Space Suits|
|Jul 06||Monthly Bird Walk|
|Jul 10||Robotic Arm Challenge|
|Jul 13||The Buzz About Bees|
|Jul 16||Blast Off!|
|Jul 17||Asteroid Toss|
|Jul 20||Man on the Moon Anniversary|
|Jul 24||Tremendous Telescopes|
|Jul 27||Moon Rocks|
|Jul 27||Guided Nature Walk|
|Sep 14||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Nov 09||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|