Preschool & Kindergarten

Great Lakes Aquarium hosts a variety of developmentally appropriate drop-off programs for preschool and kindergarten-aged children that encourage young children to explore and learn.

Whirligigs Preschool Program

This program runs over 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.  Children must turn 3 before their first registered class. Pre-registration is required.  Sign your child up for a few classes or for the whole season.

View the Whirligigs Fall 2018 Flyer and Calendar for session information and rates.

Classes begin the second week in October (9th or 10th). Choose from weekly sessions Tuesday or Wednesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost

     Single Class $10 for Aquarium members | $12 non-members

     8-Class Package $70 for Aquarium members | $84 non-members

Contact and Registration

Public registration will open September 11th. Please contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information and to register for the program at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org. Scholarships are available.

NEW: Whirligigs Dig In!

This Thursday morning Whirligigs extension class is designed to be taken in addition to a Tuesday or Wednesday class and provides an opportunity for children to explore each week’s theme more deeply with new stations and more time to learn. Pre-registration is required.

View the Whirligigs Fall 2018 Flyer and Calendar for session information and rates.

Class begins October 11th with weekly sessions each Thursday from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Cost

     Single Class $10 for Aquarium members | $12 non-members

     8-Class Package $70 for Aquarium members | $84 non-members

Contact and Registration

Public registration will open September 11th. Please contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information and to register for the program at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org. Scholarships are available.

NEW: Chickadees Nature Play Group

Chickadees is a weekly rain or shine outdoor drop-off program where we let nature and our imaginations be our guide as we play with and explore the natural world right outside the Aquarium doors. The Chickadees Nature Play Group is Open to children ages 4-6. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for a few days or the eight-class package.

View the Chickadees Fall 2018 Flyer and Calendar for session information and rates.

Classes begin on October 11th with weekly sessions each Thursday from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost

     Single Class $5 for Aquarium members | $6 non-members

     8-Class Package $35 for Aquarium members | $42 non-members

Contact and Registration

Public registration will open September 11th. Please contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information and to register for the program at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org. Scholarships are available.

Polliwogs Kindergarten Program

This weekly summer class challenges young naturalists to take a closer look at the world around them. Polliwogs is open to 5- and 6-year old Kindergarten graduates. Classes focus on early reading and writing skills by exploring the world through nature journals. Pre-registration is required. Sign your child up for a few classes or for the whole season!

Check back in in the spring for the Summer 2019 session information and rates.

Contact for Polliwogs

Please contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org.