Early Childhood

Toddler Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday morning 10:00 a.m. – Noon, beginning November 4, 2014.

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 4, 2014 – March 31, 2015.

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 – February will feature come of our cold blooded favorites, reptiles! Each week learn about snakes, turtles, and characteristics of reptiles.
March: Amphibians/Signs of Spring: – Winter is coming to an end. This month explore amazing amphibians and 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



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.

Spring 2015 Whirligigs

Download the Spring 2015 Whirligigs Flyer here.

Winter Whirligigs will run six weeks March 16/17  through April 21/22.

Registration will open February 26.

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 for Kindergarten Graduates challenges young naturalists to take a closer look at the world around them.

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