Shark Pups and Grownups Classes

MEGA-lodon sized fun for you and your little one! Join us as we explore the marine environment through imaginative play, STEM activities, songs, and more. We offer onsite and at home options for Shark Pups near, far, and everywhere! 

Outdoor Classes at Mote

Shark Pups & Grownups is an early childhood STEM program for kids ages 2 through 5 and their favorite adult. Each class includes: movement, science tool exploration, role play and games, plus immersive water time in the bay. 

Who: Preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult
When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., select days
Fee: $20 for members, $22 for non-members per child (and one parent/guardian)

Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit for information and to reserve tickets.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. All classes meet at the Whale Fountain at the entrance to The Aquarium. Be sure to read your confirmation email to know what to bring and wear to class. Please review our cancellation, weather, and health policies here before registering.

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Marine Explorers: Put on your captain’s hat and sail into a new season as we learn what it takes for scientists to study the ocean - floating at the surface on a boat, hovering underwater in SCUBA gear, or diving down deep in a yellow submarine! 

  • September 10 - Anchors Away
  • September 24 - Dive into Mote

Invert Invasion: No bones about it - these are some of the coolest creepy crawlies in the sea!  Join us this month to learn how adaptations like regrowing body parts and exoskeletons help these spineless ocean creatures to survive.

  • October 1 - Stars of the Sea
  • October 22 - Lurking Lobsters

So Happy Together: Under the sea, there are some pretty interesting strategies that animals use to find a feast, and for these dynamic duos, teamwork is the key to a full belly.  Gather with us and other curious families to better understand these fascinating symbiotic relationships.

  • November 5 - Dentists of the Deep
  • November 12 - Crumb Catchers

Trees to Seas: From coast to coast, Florida’s connection between land and water is undeniable!  Help us to solve some mangrove mysteries and find out why the bird is the word in this unique coastal habitat.

  • December 3 - Mucking Around in the Mangroves
  • December 17 - Water Wings

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Shark Pups & Grownups At Home (Online Activities Collection)

Who: Preschool to Kindergarten aged kids and their favorite adult
When: Available anytime (acces to program for 6 months from date of purchase)
Fee: $15 per theme collection

Each home program includes: a Weekly Guide and Viewing Schedule to prepare and plan your week of STEM activities and a week of Activity Sheets, Experiment and Craft Guides, Game Printables (like scavenger hunts, memory, etc.) and private links to exclusive videos with our early childhood educators. You'll have a blast with our digital STEMventure collection, full of fun experiments and engaging activities designed by our early childhood educators! 

Hide & SEAk: Ready or not, here we come: to learn all about how animals hide from predators and "SEAk" out their prey!  We'll investigate the adaptations ocean animals have like patterns, textures, and more!
Sea Shapes & Sizes: From the smallest plankton to the biggest blue whale, the round pufferfish to the arrow shaped barracuda, the ocean is filled with all shapes and sizes! Join us to explore our diverse ocean!
The Coast Counts: Join us to learn how humans and animals alike count on our coasts! Roleplay as a Mote scientist while learning how to monitor the health of Florida’s coastal habitats and the inhabitants found there.

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Questions about Shark Pups and Grownups at Mote? Contact Alison Goldy at

Please review our updated Program Policies, including cancellation and refund information.