World Oceans Day Family Festival

June 3, 2017

A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on Saturday, June 3 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to theme this year's World Oceans Day celebration 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, piggybacking off of Asolo Repertory Theatre's family-friendly summer production. The play, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, plunges you into the pages of Jules Verne's classic science fiction story. Brought to life through a mix of unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive technology, this time-honored tale explores our place in time and space, and illuminates the mysteries of the deep blue sea. The show will run from June 7 through July 1 at Asolo Repertory Theatre (5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). To purchase tickets, visit or call (941) 351-8000.

What will be at the event?

  • Enjoy entertinment from Jambo's Journey. Showtimes are 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Plunge into the Performing arts with Jambo Live. Join Jenni Kopelman, author of Jambo’s Journey and dance your way around the globe. Jambo Live is a family friendly, interactive show that celebrates conservation and encourages children to be good stewards of the deep and protect the precious marine life that live in our oceans.
  • From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy the sounds of The Garbage Men, who teach sustainability through recycled musical instruments.
  • Akiko the face painter will be back to paint sea creatures on your faces.
  • Kona Ice will be serving up their signature flavored shaved ice in the courtyard.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Kate Knepper at or 941-388-4441 ext 393 for more information. View our sponsorship package here.

Are you a nonprofit interested in exhibiting? Contact Samantha Byrd at 941-388-4441 ext 426 for more information.

World Oceans Day Family Festival


Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236