Early Childhood


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.

Summer 2015 Whirligigs

New Summer 2015 – FIVE class times to choose from.

Due to high demand, we have added an additional morning class for this summers Whirligigs programming.

Choose one class day per week: Tuesday OR Wednesdays 10-11:30am OR 1-2:30pm OR Thursdays(morning class only) 10-11:30am.

Registration for summer classes will begin May 11. Session runs June 16/17/18 – August 4/5/6

Download the Whirligigs summer 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.

Summer 2015

Classes will meet Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00pm from June 18 – August 6.

Registration for summer classes will begin May 11.

Class flyer will be available mid- April.


Looking for school year fun at the Aquarium? Check out the Mudpuppies after-school program for school age children K-3rd grade.




Toddler Tuesday 

Toddler Tuesday is a program for young children (0-2 years old) and their family’s that runs from November through March.

Toddler Tuesday has wrapped up for the season and will begin again November 3, 2015.

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