Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium isn't just the home of incredible sea animals, but party animals too! Have your next birthday party at Mote, and enjoy fun and educational ocean activities, games and crafts while spending the day with family and friends. Parties include two hours at our private, waterside Chickee Hut on Sarasota Bay and are led by Mote educators. Continue the celebration at your leisure as you visit The Aquarium.

All parties will include hands-on activities, games, and crafts to take home based on your theme selection, in addition to time for guests to enjoy food, cake, and presents if desired. Please note that our parties emphasize fun while practicing science and conservation. Trash and recycling available.

Party Themes

Snazzy Sharks 

Families will enjoy activities based on shark biology, conservation and research.

Saturdays or Sundays

  • Morning: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoons: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Marine Mammal Mania!

Families will enjoy activities based on dolphin and manatee biology, conservation and research.

Saturdays or Sundays

  • Mornings: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoons: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Totally Turtles

Families will enjoy activities based on sea turtle biology, conservation and research.

Saturdays or Sundays

  • Mornings: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoons: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Party Package Details

Pricing:

Number of Children Member Price Non-member Price
Min. 10-15 $240 $270
Max. 16-25 $350 $400

Birthday parties are recommended for children ages 4-13 years old. Price includes one adult free of charge for every child that registers. Our minimum participation is 10 children and five adults, and our maximum participation can not exceed 50 total children and adults (we encourage a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children). In the event that you do not have the same number of adults and children, you can add additional children or adults to reach the maximum size of your party (small or large).

The pricing for these adjustments are as follows: 

  • Additional children: Mote Members, $14; non-members $16
  • Additional adults: $17 per adult

Children attending without an adult must bring a Medical Treatment Authorization form.

Admission to The Aquarium and our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Center included in cost.

Please allow at least 6-8 weeks advance notice when requesting a birthday party at Mote. We have very limited availability during the summer months of June - August.

Register here

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation more than 24 hours before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future Mote program. If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.

Questions & Contact

(941) 388-4441, ext. 348 or email educate@mote.org.