Forget the 4th of July or even the summer solstice. The main attraction during the summer season is Shark Week. And this year, the Discovery Channel is upping the ante by offering with even more intense shows and over 20 unstoppable hours of sharktastic programming.
In my house, Shark Week is almost like a religious experience. Almost all of my cooking shows (sorry, Pioneer Woman) are deleted on the DVR to make room for shows like “Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum.” But it’s not so much about the carnage, chaos and rows and rows of teeth that is Shark Week, but the bonding experience that ensues between my husband and older son. They’ll love spending time together watching shows like “Expedition Unknown: Megalodon”, for example. The good news is that you don’t have to celebrate Shark Week by being glued to your TV. There are other ferociously fun ways to partake in Shark Week, and they’re appropriate for fishies of all ages.
Inspired by the movie that started it all, the JAWS Game from Ravensburger will bring out your family’s competitive edge—and survival skills. JAWS features a double-sided game board played in two acts that pits Chief Brody, Quint, and Hopper against the Great White. ($30, target.com)
Build-A-Bear Shark Week
If you thought that Build-A-Bear only offers teddies and tutus, think again. During Shark Week, your kiddo can create a super cute Tiger Shark or Whale Shark that is sure to be a fave companion come cuddle time. You can even dress up your fish with a 2-piece swim set, or if he’s super cool, a Hawaiian shirt. ($30, buildabear.com)
Kellogg’s Baby Shark Cereal
Serve up some smiles when you give your favorite fish this Baby Shark cereal from Kellogg’s. A mix between Lucky Charms and Froot Loops, the cereal has berry-flavored loops and shark-shaped marshmallows, Business Insider reported. It’s great as a breakfast cereal or an on-the-go snack. (retailers nationwide)
Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Baby Shark Coloring Set
You won’t have to worry that your toothy toddler is going to draw all over the walls. The Color Wonder set from Crayola contains 18 Baby Shark coloring pages and 5 Color Wonder Markers. The ink is specially designed to appear on the paper—and nowhere else. ($8, crayola.com).
Red Lobster’s Ultimate Feast
Go beyond boring fish sticks and give your shark something to really sink his teeth into for dinner. Red Lobster is celebrating Shark Week as well, and on Friday, August 2nd, patrons can take a bite out of tender Maine lobster tail, wild-caught North American snow crab legs, hand-crafted garlic shrimp scampi. Yum.
Baby Shark Live! Tour
Whether you love or loathe the song, Baby Shark is here to stay. So why not make the most of it and take your child to Baby Shark Live! when it plays its first-ever North American tour starting in October. Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo. (ticketmaster.com)
NextWave Jumbo Beach Basket
Beachgoers won’t mind spying sharks on the sand when it’s your child playing with this adorable shark-inspired bucket and shovel set. ($15, samsclub.com)
Shark Zone Straws
Kids will have a fintastic time slurping through these shark-themed straws. They’re perfect for viewing parties of the latest episode of Legend of Deep Blue. ($13, walmart.com)
Animal Planet Extreme Shark Adventure Playset
Now your child can take a bite out of bath time with this realistic-looking Extreme Shark Adventure playset from Animal Planet. ($22, walmart.com)
From Daddy Shark, Mommy Shark, Grandma, Grandpa, to naturally Baby Shark, your child can make the entire squishy shark family out of Play-Doh. ($15, target.com)
Shark Attack Mask
Give your swimmer these shark-inspired goggles that’ll get everyone else out of the water—fast. ($23, rocketsofawesome.com)
Shark Attack Hard Candy Necklaces
For a sweet treat that your kids will love chomping on, nothing beats these pretty shark tooth candy necklaces. ($9, orientaltrading.com)