New temporary exhibit, Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! coming to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Guests will explore ocean habitats and fascinating creatures in this hands-on exhibit, opening Jan. 30 and running through June 6
Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! – an interactive exhibit based on the popular the top-rated PBS Kids TV series “Wild Kratts®” – is coming soon to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. The exhibit focuses on building STEM-based skills for children and families as they explore marine animal habitats and the creatures within them. The exhibit — created by Minnesota Children’s Museum in collaboration with the Kratt Brothers Company — will be at Mote Aquarium from Jan. 30 to June 6. This special exhibit is free for Mote Members and included in general admission, and will be located in Mote’s WAVE Center. Additional details are available at mote.org/wild. This exhibit is sponsored locally in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.
“We are so excited for visitors to Mote Aquarium to explore and interact with this exhibit during their visit, as we are always working to provide our guests new opportunities to learn about our oceans in a fun and entertaining way,” said Mote’s Associate Vice President for the Aquarium, Evan Barniskis. “We believe that children, and their parents, will really enjoy the immersive play that Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! offers, and like every exhibit at Mote, we hope they will leave with a greater understanding of the role they can play in protecting our ocean ecosystems.”
About the exhibit:
Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! transports visitors to the Wild Kratts world, immersing them in whole body explorations of ocean habitats. Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, children and their families will join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help marine animals, discover incredible creature powers, and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans.
“This exhibit will get kids moving and thinking while they explore ocean environments and important concepts in science and the natural world,” said Chris Kratt, executive producer of Wild Kratts and co-founder of Kratt Brothers Company.
Visitors will explore animal habitats, including:
Kids and families will get the chance to learn about and try out various Creature Powers® such as:
Crawl through an anemone and hunt for lunch like a lobster
Create your own dolphin name
Roll up your sleeves and get to work at a shark cleaning station
Hunt like a dragonfish in the dark depths of the sea
And much more!
Guests will also have a chance to see their creations come to life with a digital drawing interactive.
Experience this exciting, interactive exhibit again and again with a Mote membership! Visit mote.org/membership to get your membership, or purchase one as a gift, today!
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is committed to providing a safe environment to visitors, staff, and volunteers. We are working to protect public health against COVID-19 by drawing upon protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (DOH). Below are just a few of our new safety protocols. Visit mote.org/COVID19 for additional details.
CDC-recommended face coverings required for all staff and volunteers, and required for visitors over the age of 5.
Mote Aquarium is operating with controlled capacity and timed ticketing. Tickets must be reserved online in advance at mote.org/visit. Members should also reserve their arrival time online in advance.
Reminder signage about social distancing from those not in your party and washing hands frequently.
Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout Mote Aquarium.
Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! comes to Mote Aquarium Jan. 30 and will run through June 6. The exhibit is included with general Admission and free for Mote members.
About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, based in Sarasota, Florida, has conducted marine research since its founding as a small, one-room laboratory in 1955. Since then, Mote has grown to encompass more than 20 research and conservation programs that span the spectrum of marine science: sustainable aquaculture systems designed to alleviate growing pressures on wild fish populations; red tide research that works to inform the public and mitigate the adverse effects of red tide with innovative technologies; marine animal science, conservation and rehabilitation programs dedicated to the protection of animals such as sea turtles, manatees and dolphins; and much more. Mote Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is open 365 days per year. Learn more at mote.org or connect with @motemarinelab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Kratt Brothers Company
Wild Kratts joins several other wildly-popular children’s television shows created and produced by animal experts Chris and Martin Kratt. Zoologists by training, the Kratt Brothers have built a trusted entertainment brand based on their enthusiasm for animals. Since founding their production company, Kratt Brothers Company, in 1993, they have developed and executive produced more than 275 episodes of four successful television series: Kratts’ Creatures, Zoboomafoo with the Kratt Brothers and Kratt Bros. Be the Creature and Wild Kratts. In addition to playing themselves, Chris and Martin serve as directors, scriptwriters, authors and wildlife cinematographers in pursuit of more “creature adventures.” www.krattbrothers.com
About Minnesota Children’s Museum
Minnesota Children’s Museum sparks children’s learning through play. The museum, a nonprofit organization, serves more than 550,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul and Rochester. Through interactive exhibits and programs, the museum provides open-ended, self-directed experiences that cultivate critical thinking, creativity, confidence and other lifelong skills. The museum serves as a resource for parents to advance their children’s playful learning in the museum and beyond. Minnesota Children’s Museum is a leading producer of hands-on rental exhibits for children’s museums and discovery centers. Visit mcm.org for more information.
The museum is the leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits with more than 35 years of experience and the largest collection of rental exhibits on the road.