RiverQuarium to offer special to churchgoers

ALBANY, Ga. -- Those looking for some entertainment after church services will be in luck this month.

Beginning this weekend and continuing through the remainder of the month, visitors can show a church bulletin at the Flint RiverQuarium and receive a free movie admission any Sunday with the purchase of a ticket to the facility.

The offer comes just as the RiverQuarium is opening its new film, "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure."

"The current film (is opening) Oct. 2, so this is a great opportunity to see the latest big-screen offering at the Imagination Theater," said RiverQuarium CEO Scott Loehr in a statement.

The film teaches about reptiles living beneath the water. Produced by National Geographic, the large-format movie takes viewers from fossil digs to larger-than-life versions of predatory chases in shallow seas while immersing the audience in a rarely explored environment during the dinosaur age.

"Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity to visit and learn about the RiverQuarium," said Vicki Churchman, member and volunteer services manager at the venue. "With us just opening the film, the free admission ties into the new movie. Hopefully (the October special) will get a good response."

In addition, church groups will receive a 10 percent discount on any "Sleep With the Fishes" overnight stay booked during the month of October and used by Dec. 31, 2011.

"Sleep With the Fishes" is a program that is favored among church and youth groups, Churchman said. Participants receive a guided tour, watch a movie and take part in planned activities with their own personal staff member before settling down for the night at the Blue Hole.

"It's a regular program we run," Churchman said. "It is popular in the spring."

The RiverQuarium is attempting to reach out to church groups within driving distance of the facility to inform them of this month's deal. The film itself will likely run for a few months, Churchman said.

The RiverQuarium, located on Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, features more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. Its regular operating hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.