David Zuba, Publicist, 609-343-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org
FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS IN ATLANTIC CITY
DURING SPRING BREAK
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Friday, April 11, 2014) – Warmer temperatures and sunnier skies are providing a fitting segue into Spring Break as several Atlantic City attractions are offering children and their families an opportunity to make their time away from school eventful.
Children may engage in a bit of history and exercise during Spring Break at the Historic Absecon Lighthouse, which is now open daily from Thursday, April 10 through Monday, April 28 from 11 am to 4 pm with the final 228-step climb to the summit commencing at 3:30 pm. Admission to the lighthouse museum, grounds and parking are all free. First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse, located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, is the oldest man-made structure in Atlantic City, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.
The World Famous Steel Pier, located on the Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, will kick off its season on Saturday, April 12 at 12 pm and will host an Easter egg hunt for kids 10 and under at 1:30 pm. The Steel Pier and its exciting collection of 25 kiddy and extreme rides, games and eateries will be open every day for Spring Break from Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18, and on weekends until Monday, June 16 when it officially opens for the summer season. The Pier is also having a big opening special: Buy one get one free ticket sales through April 30. For more information, call toll free at 866-386-6659, locally at 609-345-4893 or visit www.steelpier.com.
The Atlantic City Aquarium, located in Historic Gardner’s Basin, has plenty of fun entertainment and education for the whole family during the weeks of Spring Break. The Aquarium will host daily dive and animal shows starting Saturday, April 12 and continuing through Sunday, April 27.
Each day, the fun starts with a Live Diver Feeding Show at 11 a.m. Visitors can watch and interact with the diver as he hand feeds the stingrays and other tank residents inside the 25,000 gallon tank. At 2 p.m., visitors can get close to the Aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the Exotic Animal Show. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet the Rose Hair Tarantula, a tarantula with pink hair; the Sulcata Tortoise, one of Africa’s largest tortoises; a boa constrictor that is as long as its handler; and the softest furred mammal in the world. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, natural defenses and predatory instincts other interesting facts.
The Aquarium is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 4-12. For more information, call 609-348-2880 or visit www.acaquarium.com
The Atlantic City Free Public Library, located at 1 North Tennessee Avenue, is celebrating National Library Week from Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19 with many family-friendly programs held each day. The Library will also be unveiling its new teen “Makerspace – Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” on Monday, April 14 at 2 pm inside the Teen Space. The “Makerspace” will provide Library teen cardholders with access to a variety of technology and tools, including a 3-D printer, digital audio recording, video and photography equipment, fiber arts, sewing machine, robotics and much more.
The Library’s “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian Exhibit continues its run at the Noyes Stockton College Arts Garage with “Pep Talks” on boxing (Thursday, April 17, 6-7:30 pm) and crew & swimming (Thursday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm). For more information on Library Week programming, call 609-345-2269 or visit www.acfpl.org.
Everyday is a kid’s day at Lucy the Elephant, which is open throughout the month of April Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, as well as weekends from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 609-823-6473 or visit www.lucytheelephant.org.
Glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at The Pier Shops at Caesars (www.opryglowgolf.com) is open Monday through Friday from 4-9 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 1-7 pm. Central Pier Arcade and Speedway (www.twitter.com/centralpier), located on the Boardwalk at Tennessee Avenue, is open year round Monday through Friday from 11 am to 12:30 am, Saturday 10 am to 2 am and Sunday 10 am to 1 am. For more information, call 609-345-5219. The IMAX Theatre at Tropicana is featuring “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in 3D” daily through the end of April and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 3D” through Thursday, April 17. Visit http://www.tropicana.net/entertainment/imax-theater for show times and prices.
And “Duality”, the nightly, free 3D Light and Sound show on the Boardwalk-facing facade of Historic Boardwalk Hall is a sight to behold when the sun goes down. Visit http://atlanticcitynj.com/events/details.aspx?id=3400 for show times.
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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, group and leisure tourism marketing, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic CityConvention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority division of CRDA is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.