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  Winter Whirligigs 2019 Flyer for details.

Classes begin the first full week in January (8th or 9th). Choose a weekly session:

Tuesday from 10 – 11:30 am

Tuesday from 1 – 2:30 am

Wednesday from 10 – 11:30 am

Wednesday from 12:30 – 2 pm

Cost

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

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

 

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.

Class begins January 10th with weekly sessions every Thursday from 10 – 11:30 am.

Cost

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

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

Register for Winter Whirligigs & Dig In!

Scholarships are available.

Questions? Contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org.

 

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.

Class begins January 10th with weekly sessions every Thursday from 12:30 – 2 pm.

Cost

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

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

Register for Winter Chickadees

Scholarships are available.

Questions? Contact Mandi Wojciehowski for more information at 218-740-2070 or mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org.

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 Summer 2019 session information and rates.

Questions?

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