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! 

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Shark Pups & Grownups Onsite Classes

Each class includes: movement (Ocean Moves with Mote), science tool exploration, role play/games, and immersive water time (dipnetting in the bay). 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.

We have 4 different monthly themes from September to December to engage your Shark Pup!

A-B-Seas, 1-2-3s: L, M, N, O...Let’s go!  Explore the ocean alphabet as we “school” together to learn about the ‘roar’some Lionfish, mysterious Moon Jelly, bottom-dwelling Nurse Shark, and clever Octopus!
Seas of Costumes: People aren’t the only ones who like to dress up - ocean animals wear costumes too!  Take a peek into the colorful world of marine camouflage as we discover fish that change color as they grow up, deep sea creatures that make their own light, and dolphins and sharks that use only two colors to hide from predators.  We’ll even learn how tropical ocean animals ‘trick’ or ‘treat’ on a coral reef!
Senses of the Sea: Have you ever heard of a singing fish or fingers on a manatee’s face?!  We’ll help you to make sense of underwater toadfish chit chat, the wonderful whiskers of manatees, horseshoe crabs’ unique sense of sight, and sharks’ impressive sense of smell!  
Blast from the Past: Celebrate the season with some of our favorite past activities like caroling to “Jingle Shells” and learning what treats ocean animals like best as we wish you Best Fishes and Happy Holidays!  

Who: Preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult
When: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., select Saturdays
Fee: $18 for members, $20.00 for non-members per child (and one parent/guardian)

These classes take place in our outdoor classroom space and include water play in the bay (weather permitting). 

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

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Shark Pups & Grownups At Home

Who: Preschool to Kindergarten aged kids and their favorite adult
When: Available anytime, through 12/31/2021
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.