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! 

Spring & Summer Sessions - 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 (Ocean Moves with Mote), science tool exploration, role play/games, and immersive water time (dip netting in the bay).

Who: Preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult
When: 9:30 to 11:00 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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Seasons of the Sea: Have you ever wondered if ocean animals go on vacation? They do!  Join us this month to learn how, why, and when sharks and marine mammals travel around our oceans, as well as how some animals like corals change their behavior during different parts of the year.

  • April 9 - Circling Sharks
  • April 13 - Migrating Mammals
  • April 23 - Coral’s Summer Spectacle

We Are Family: Just as we have families up here on land, ocean animals also have relatives that share common characteristics with them.  Come discover the connection between manatees and elephants, octopuses and oysters, or to celebrate our own Mote family member - founder Dr. Eugenie Clark (“The Shark Lady”) - on what would have been her 100th birthday!

  • May 4 - The Shark Lady
  • May 11 - Close Cousins (manatees/elephants)
  • May 21 - Uncle Octopus/Aunt Oyster

Ocean Motion: Whether microscopic or as big as a whale, most ocean animals must move around as they search for food, a home, or friends!  Move along with us as we learn about the bird-like gliding swim of stingrays and the unpredictable movement of jellies and plankton.

  • June 11 - Cool Cruisers
  • June 25 - Drifting and Darting

Sharkapalooza: Summertime is FIN-tastic, and what better way to celebrate this season than by highlighting Mote’s JAW-some mascot - the shark!  We’ll feature sharks from all around the world and discover the amazing senses that help them navigate their environment.

  • July 23 - Sense-ational Sharks
  • July 30 - Wide World of Sharks

Dinosaurs of the Deep: Did you know that many of today’s ocean animals share characteristics with their prehistoric ancestors?  Or that sea turtles once had shells with holes in them?!  Travel back in time with us as we study the adaptations that allowed these animals to thrive in oceans of the past.

  • August 6 - Turtles through Time
  • August 20 - Living Fossils

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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, through 5/31/2022
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 this summer with your 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.