There are so many ways to experience the wonder of the Aquarium at home, in your backyard, and in your neighborhood. Try a new activity, conduct a science experiment, and find a new way to connect with nature using these ideas!
Activities and Experiments
Looking for a fun way to engage with science and nature? These quick activities require few at-home materials and can be set up in a matter of minutes.
Sensory Play Recipes
Age: 2 – 6
Description: Squish! Splash! Smoosh! This suite of recipes and activities provides new ways for young children to play, create and imagine while engaging all their senses.
Phenology Coloring Cards
Age: 3 – 6
Description: The seasons are always changing. Watch for signs of spring and summer in your neighborhood and color in your observations in your very own phenology journal.
Duluth Nature Bingo
Age: 5 to adult
Description: There’s a lot to see and do in Duluth! Go on an adventure to our local natural areas, and make some new discoveries in your own backyard! Can you get five in a row?
Age: 6 to adult
Description: Engage all your senses and rediscover a familiar nature hike.
Water Field Day
Age: 5 to adult
Description: Explore the unique properties of water through a series of water physics challenges!
DIY Cartesian Diver
Age: 10 to adult
Description: Learn the science that powers this magical-looking physics trick, and build a Cartesian diver of your own!
Arts & Crafts
Celebrate nature through these projects, ideas and prompts!
Age: 5 to Adult
Description: We see incredible things outside every day, but it’s hard to remember the things we don’t write down. In this activity, create your own nature journal and follow along with a month of daily prompts get your creative juices flowing!
Art in Nature
Age: 3 to Adult
Description: Nature is always changing and full of surprises. By taking a closer look at the natural world around us, we can find beauty everywhere! Get inspired to create a pattern, a picture, or a sculpture using only natural materials.
Age: All ages
Description: Use your imagination to color animals and habitats.
DIY Otter Puppets
Age: 3 to 10
Description: Make a puppet of a river otter – just like Agate and Ore at Great Lakes Aquarium!