Early Childhood


Toddler Tuesday 

Join us each Tuesday morning 10:00 a.m. – Noon, beginning November 3, 2015.

Toddler Tuesday programs run seasonally November -March and is designed for young children and their families. This self guided experience encourages families with young children to explore, play and learn together. Toddler Tuesday applies only to families with children ages 0-2 present. (Families with children ages 3-5 are eligible for the Whirligigs Preschool drop-off  class).

This season of Toddler Tuesday will run from November 3, 2015 – March 29, 2016.

Each week Aquarium educators create a new activity station to match the monthly theme. Toddler Tuesday is self-guided, there is no class to attend. Families are welcome to take their own pace as they explore the Aquarium, stop by the activity station, and join us at 11:00 a.m. to see our daily Great Fish, Great Lakes program (often with SCUBA divers hand feeding the fish).

November: Birds – Each week in November learn more about feathers, flight and beak.
December: Fish- Great Lakes Aquarium is home to fish from all over the Great Lakes and the world, every week in December is a chance to dive in deeper to learn about life under water.
January: Mammals – From warm fur to hibernation, this month experience a different part of mammal life each week.
February: Reptiles/Amphibians – February will feature some of our cold blooded favorites, reptiles and amphibians!
March: Signs of Spring: – Winter is coming to an end. This month explore what signs of spring are ahead.

Toddler Tuesday Rates:

Toddlers age 0-2 – Always FREE

Adults (w/toddlers ages 0-2) – $6

Children/siblings (w/toddlers) – $4

Members are always FREE


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Whirligigs Preschool Program

This program runs four sessions throughout the year. Whirligigs meet weekly for a 1.5 hour class. Our experienced educators provide a safe and inviting space to explore the natural world.  Activities are age appropriate and engaging.  The Whirligigs program is a drop off program open to potty trained children ages 3 –5.  Pre-registration is required.  Sign your child up for a few classes or for the whole season.

FALL 2015 Whirligigs Classes

Fall classes are just around the corner! Registration is open now.

Tuesday classes AM am PM are FULL. Wednesday AM classes are FULL.

Openings are available for the Wednesday afternoon class from 1-2:30 p.m.

Download the Whirligigs fall class flyer here.

Contact and Registration for Whirligigs

Please contact Alexis Berke for more information about the program and registration at 218-740-2013 or aberke@glaquarium.org.




Polliwogs Kindergarten Program

This, once a week, summer program challenges young naturalists to take a closer look at the world around them. Polliwogs is open to 5 & 6 year old participants, preferably Kindergarten Graduates. The classes focus on early reading and writing skills, by exploring the world through nature journals.

Check back in May of 2016 for Summer Class information.