Unplug with the family at the aquarium's nature play area

NEWS NOW: Unplug with the family at the aquarium's Nature Play Area

FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher celebrated the opening of a new nature play area on Wednesday morning with a kid-friendly drum circle and bubble fun.

The new play area encourages children and families to unplug and spend time together swinging, swaying, building and using their imaginations under the branches of a majestic live oak tree, surrounded by the maritime forest.

"The big live Oak Tree is really the star of the show here. We don't have to go out and pay hundreds of dollars on playground equipment when it's naturally here," Casey Radley explained. "Kids are going to be learning how to play naturally."

The play area is along the bike path, behind the parking lot so you don't need to go through the aquarium to access it. It's available to the public during normal aquarium hours.

During Wednesday's celebration, kids could march to the beat of their own drum and make their own bubbles. The aquarium also had a special craft planned using parts of nature.

The aquarium will have a family nature club and scheduled events starting in the fall.

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