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Sink your JAWS into Shark Week with the Kids!

I’m one of those people. One of the ones who loves Shark Week. It’s a fantastic week when I can tune the television to one single channel and just leave it there. All. Week. Long.

Shark Week can be a little bit scary but it can also be a super informative and provide a whole lot of entertainment and inspiration. Here’s some fun ways you can embrace Shark Week this summer!

Eat Sharks

Theme meals and snacks are always a fun way to celebrate any occasion. Eating up shark week is just as fun.

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For you crafty baking types, making a shark themed cupcake is a no-brainer this week. Search online and you’ll find dozens of shark themed cupcake ideas – but these shark fin cupcakes seem easiest. Just take a bite out of an Oreo cookie and add to the top of blue-iced cupcakes and you have these super easy – and very convincing – shark fin cupcakes.

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We found “Sea Life Pasta” at Cost Plus World Market. Not sure how to make a blue tomato sauce so I may just have to color the Parmesan blue, add some spinach and serve it up simple with olive oil.

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Check out Publix or Target for Shark Bites fruit snacks. Talk about easy faux-fruit snacking.

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And, of course, the most obvious snack for Shark Week are goldfish. They’re not quite sharks but they can get your little ones in the sea life spirit.

Play Sharks

What child hasn’t played “shark” in their backyard swimming pool?

Shark Week is a great week to embrace your child’s inner shark imagination!

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Shark diving toys are always fun. Turn the tables on the sharks and go chasing after them underwater this Shark Week.

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Got stuffed sharks? We bought this giant 40″ shark at Ikea a couple years ago and despite being a shark, he sure has been a great sleeping buddy for our son. Dig out your sharks, Nemos and any other aquatic friends for a Shark Week slumber party. Totally changes the meaning of “sleeping with the fishes,” doesn’t it?

Wear Sharks

Just like wearing your favorite team jersey when you visit that infamous sports venue, Shark Week gives you the chance to embrace your shark wardrobe.

SharkCostumeA couple of years ago, before our son could even watch Shark Week, he wanted to dress up as a shark for Halloween. We still have this costume and it still sort-of fits him… and it definitely fits his litter sister. This is when keeping old costumes around really pays off. How about a rousing game of hide-and-seek with the “seeker” dressed as shark?

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Dig through that pajama drawer and I’m sure somebody in the house has shark pajamas hiding somewhere. These classics came from the Disney Store and even though my son’s going into 2nd grade in the fall, he was still the first one to put on his shark jammies on Sunday night when Shark Week premiered.

 

Finally don’t forget about that shark-tooth necklace you bought at spring break oh-so-many years ago. I know we should have thrown it away but it just seemed wrong to toss it. This week is a great time to dig through your old jewelry box and wear your shark-tooth necklace.. for old time’s sake.

 

Read Sharks

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Finally all those years of Scholastic Book Fair purchases have paid off! We have our own private library of shark-themed books. This is the best week of summer to bust them out and re-read them.

Don’t have any on hand? Pop by your local library and you’re sure to find a few shark inspired stories to wet your fancy once the TV finally turns off.

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Have little ones who are too scared to embrace all the sharks? Have no fear! Just look for books about other smaller, less intimidating sea life. We have a handful of Octonauts titles to spark the imagination of our 3 year old daughter without any nightmare side-effects.

See Sharks

After watching sharks on TV, eating them in your food, playing them in the pool and wearing them at bedtime, now it’s time to get out there and actually see some sharks in real life! Fortunately for us Orlando Moms there’s a lot of options to make possible.

The big one is Shark-Con which is happening this weekend, July 9-10, 2016 at the Tampa County Fairground, brought to you by the Florida Aquarium. You can feed a shark, dig for sharks teeth and learn even more about all kinds of sharks. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $4.99 for kids for a one day pass.

Disney World invites you to see sharks at EPCOT at the The Seas with Nemo & Friends. You can also eat at the Coral Reef Restaurant where you’ll watch sharks swimming while you dine. If you want something more immersive, head over to the Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon where you can snorkel with all kind of sea life, including sharks. You can also book a shark dive at EPCOT’s DiveQuest if you really want to sink your teeth – and the rest of your body – in to the world of sharks.

SeaWorld is the other great place to see sharks in the Orlando area. You can dine with the sharks at Shark’s Underwater Grill. See lots of sharks at SeaWorld’s Shark Encounter, an underwater viewing tunnel. If you didn’t already have stuffed sharks, shark toys or shark clothes, their gift shops have you covered too. Finally don’t forget about Shark-Con where you can swim in their reef, with dolphins and so much more.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa also lets you jump in with Aquarium Shark Diving and the SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando has a slew of sharks on display, including Grey Reef Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks and Zebra Sharks. That’s enough sharks for the entire family!

 

I hope these playful ideas have inspired you to dive into Shark Week this year. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled. You never know where or when your next Shark Week inspiration might bite!


 

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