Shark Pups & Grownups (Preschool Program)

Multiple Dates

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! 

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

Who: Preschool (2-5) aged kids and their favorite adult
When: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., select Saturdays
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.

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 
  • 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


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

Pre-registration is required.

Members $20.00
Non-Members $22.00

Upcoming Dates

  • June 25, 2022
  • July 23, 2022
  • July 30, 2022
  • August 6, 2022
  • August 20, 2022

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Shark Pups & Grownups (Preschool Program)


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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236