It’s Shark Week. The 25th anniversary of national craze has officially swept Baltimore, starting with the Aquarium. Their recent facebook post asking people to ‘like’ a toothy shark grin if you were excited about Shark Week got over 900 likes.

If your pint-sizer wants in on the shark action, here are some fun {less JAWS-intensive} ways to explore and celebrate:

Visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore
With this aquatic treasure right down town, it’s a ‘must visit’ for Shark Week aficionados. The National Aquarium has several different kinds of sharks on display, including Bonnethead Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Horn Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks and Zebra Sharks. Their Open Ocean Shark Walk exhibit is always a fav with our Bug. Sharks of varying sizes and species slowly encircle visitors inside this 225,000-gallon, ring-shaped exhibit.  Really want to get up close and personal? Book a behind-the-scenes shark tour!

Make Shark Bite Cupcakes
These are pretty darn adorable. And if fondant isn’t your thing, I guess you can always use something non-edible? See the tutorial over on Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Adopt a Great White Shark
The National Wildlife Federation makes it easy for you to learn about —  and help — a great white shark. For $20, you can adopt a shark. You’ll receive a certificate of adoption and a 11″ by 14″ poster. Click here to adopt.

Make a Shark
If you google “kids, shark, crafts” you’ll get LOTS of ideas. I’m particularly fond of this construction paper craft (mostly because I know I have all the supplies on hand!) from TippyToe Crafts blog.

Quiz Your Shark Knowledge
Head over to the Discovery Channel and take their Shark Quiz (probably best as a family activity). Hey — might be a reason to bring the smart phone to the dinner table tonight!

Sharky Pool Fun
Sure, the kids are going back to school in less than two weeks, but you still have LOTS of time for pool fun! Pick up this Melissa and Doug Shark Toss pool game from aMuse Toys.

Watch Finding Nemo
Had to add this one because it well, shows all sides of a shark. Especially when they are in intensive friends. Remember, “fish are friends. not food.” {And we’re a wee bit excited about the 3D version hitting theatres on September 14th!} You can check out Dory’s memory match game online now.


Image Credits: Shark image courtesy of The National Aquarium. Cupcake Image courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Shark craft image courtesy of Tippytoe Crafts. Shark Target Game image courtesy of aMuse Toys.