Whirligigs Preschool Program

From above, three young children playing with toy boats and animals in a shallow bin of water.

Registration for Winter Whirligigs 2023 is now open.

Great Lakes Aquarium hosts a variety of developmentally appropriate drop-off programs for preschool-aged children that encourage them to explore and learn. At Whirligigs, we believe in learning through play. Child-led play is at the center of this program’s curriculum because play provides opportunities for children to develop observation and questioning skills, early math and literacy knowledge, social-emotional skills, and so much more while promoting the development of a deep connection to nature.

Whirligigs meet weekly for a 90-minute class. Our experienced educators provide a safe and inviting space to explore the natural world through age-appropriate, engaging activities. Whirligigs Preschool Program is a drop-off class open to potty-trained children ages 3 – 5. Children must turn 3 before their first registered class. Pre-registration is required.

Winter 2023

Age: Potty-trained 3 – 5 year olds

Winter 2023 Dates: Weekly classes run January 3 – February 23

Session options:
Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Cost (per 8-class package): $98 members | $112 non-members
Scholarships are available.


Contact Ahna Neil for more information at 218-740-2010 or aneil@glaquarium.org.