World Oceans Day Family Fest Returns to Mote Aquarium June 8
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June 8th of each year is recognized by the United Nations as World Oceans Day
“Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call.” – Jimmy Buffett
Take part in a joyful, global celebration of the oceans. Since 2008, June 8th of each year is recognized by the United Nations as World Oceans Day. Sarasota’s Mote Marine Aquarium once again invites local residents, area visitors, and kids of all ages to celebrate and learn more about our oceans at Mote’s annual World Oceans Day Family Festival. This year, the Festival is adopting the art and prose of Dr. Seuss to highlight the ocean’s meaning for inspiration, creativity, and the human spirit. The 2013 Festival will also feature ocean-themed games, crafts, and educational displays sponsored by Mote Aquarium and other local organizations. In 2010, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented Mote Aquarium with their 2010 Big Fish Award for best World Oceans Day Aquarium Event. Mote Aquarium will be competing for that prize again this year, so the Festival is a guaranteed splendid time for all.
World Oceans Day is promoted internationally by The Ocean Project, a global network of 1,700 zoos, aquariums, museums, nature preserves, and other conservation organizations. Mote Aquarium’s World Oceans Day Family Festival is one of about 600 official Oceans Day events that will take place across the United States. World Oceans Day promotes 4 specific goals: 1) education regarding the oceans, 2) celebration of our oceans, 3) changed perspectives or ways of thinking about our oceans, and 4) changed practices regarding how we interact with the oceans.
The World Oceans Day Family Festival is Saturday, June 8th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Entry to the Festival is free with admission to Mote Aquarium. General admission is $19 for adults, $18 for seniors over 65, and $14 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under get in free. Annual memberships to Mote Aquarium are always available, and admission is always free to members. Bring the entire family, but please, no pets except for companion guide animals. Mote Aquarium is entirely handicapped-accessible; parking is always plentiful and free. Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on the north end of Lido Key near St. Armand’s Circle, just west of Sarasota.