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.

Spring Programs:

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.

Spring classes begin the first full week in March (5th or 6th). Choose a weekly session:

Tuesday from 10 – 11:30 am (FULL)

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

Request Registration Information for Spring Whirligigs

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.

Spring session class begins March 7th with weekly sessions every Thursday from 10 – 11:30 am (through April 25).

Cost

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

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

Request Registration Information for Spring 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 March 7th with weekly sessions every Thursday from 12:30 – 2 pm (through April 25).

Cost

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

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

Request Registration Information for Spring Chickadees

Scholarships are available.

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

Summer Programs:

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.