Add some science fun to the season with family friendly Holiday Happenings at Mote Aquarium. Head to the open-air courtyard and get slimy at the squid dissection station, investigate coral health at the ocean chemistry station and make an eco-friendly craft at our creativity station. For children ages 2–5, we will also have Shark Pups and Grown Ups* activities where little ones and their grown up can explore science tools and do ocean-themed yoga. 

These stations will be open for fun from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

Add a Holiday Happenings pass to your Aquarium admission for just $7 ($6 for Mote Members). PLEASE NOTE: Only guests who have valid Aquarium admission may add a Holiday Happenings pass. Holiday Happenings pass is only valid on specific dates and ticket and/or member admission must be on the same date. One pass per participating child must be purchased.

Advanced purchase is highly recommended as a limited number of passes will be sold per hour. Wristbands will be issued at the ticket counter on the day of your visit.

Purchase your Aquarium Ticket AND Holiday Happenings Pass  

(General Aquarium visitor information:

*For Shark Pup activities: These programs will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guests will meet in front of the main Aquarium building 10 minutes before the program begins.


Safety Information:

  • Event will be held in an open-air courtyard.
  • Face masks are required.
  • All activities will be appropriately distanced and monitored.
  • Guests will sanitize before and after activities.
  • All tools/supplies will be sanitized between groups.

Please contact with any questions.