The last time we visited Mote Aquarium was in June for the World Ocean’s Day Family Festival. Ryleigh had an absolute blast checking out all of the sea life and we learned of different ways we can help to keep our oceans healthy & thriving.
We were excited to learn about some more events at mote this past month for Shark Days. Shark Days at Mote ran from August 14 – August 20th. Some of the events during the week were CycleBar Sarasota’s ride for Mote, a film screening of Jaws, Sharks & Crafts for the kids, Sharks, Tales & Ales Science Cafe, and the Fins & Fun Family Festival. We attended the Family festival on Saturday Aug 20th.
We arrived at Mote around 11am and checked out the fish tanks located right after the entrance. Ryleigh loved pointing out the fish as she watched them swim about. We then decided to take a look at the Sharks – I mean we were there for Shark Days!
In the shark tank they had photographers taking pictures of the guests from inside the tank – a shark’s eye view. I thought this was a really fun idea! There was also a shark mascot roaming about, but we didn’t get a picture because Ryleigh was scared.
In the courtyard there was live music being performed by the Gummy Sharks and tables set up with different activities at each. There were coloring and craft stations, face painting, information about the Gills Club, education about how garbage gets into the oceans, and a really cool shark tracker. The shark tracker was able to show us the path that one shark had been swimming all over the ocean!!
There was also an area for kids to play corn hole and I loved that they had boards with varying levels of difficulty so that kids of all ages were able to join in. Raleigh was so excited to play that we wound up hanging out here for a while.
We headed back inside to cool off and stumbled upon a Mommy & Me class. The Mote staff was reading a book about a smiling shark and did an amazing job keeping the kids entertained. They then showed the kids some shark teeth and allowed them to touch it so they could see what it felt like. There were more activities after, but Ryleigh was getting a bit sleepy so we headed out, but stopped at the gift store first to get Ryleigh a book about creatures of the ocean.
We had an awesome time at the festival and can’t wait to plan our next visit to Mote!! We might just have to take a trip back on a Saturday during September! Every Saturday in September, Florida residents of all ages receive admission for $6! What a deal!!
What’s your favorite sea creature?
*Thanks to my relationship with Mote I was given two tickets to the aquarium in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.