Shark Pups and Grownups

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one (ages 2-5)! Join us each week as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, songs, crafts and more. Each class will feature a new topic and include a guided exploration of Mote Aquarium or Goldstein Marine Mammal Center.

Ages: 2-5 with their favorite adults
Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays each week from fall to spring; see below for a complete listing of days and themes
Times: Water-based programs on Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. or Saturdays 1:30-2:30 p.m; Classroom-based programs on Thursdays or Saturdays 10-11 a.m. All classes meet at the Whale Fountain at the entrance to The Aquarium 10 minutes before classes begin—9:50 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

Cost and Registration:

  • One class: $16 for Mote members and $20 for non-members
  • Full Semester Option (17 classes, choose from Tuesday or Saturday classroom program): $217.60 for members and $272 for non members (that's 20% savings!)
  • Siblings receive a 10% discount on single class and semester options
  • Click on the box below to register for 2019 classes, including our semester option



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Download a PDF of this semester’s schedule here.


Exploring the Bay

Kids and adults explore coastal habitats of Sarasota Bay by wading in the water and collecting marine animals with dip nets. Tuesday classes depend on good weather. Participants must wear closed-toed, closed-heel water shoes. Activities in Tuesday classes repeat every week, but the animals we find will provide an element of surprise!

Questions about Shark Pups and Grownups at Mote? Contact Kiley Gray: 941.388.4441, ext. 515, or


Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program.