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.

Summer Programs:

Whirligigs Preschool Program

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  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!

Summer classes begin the week of June 11. Choose a weekly session:

Tuesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Cost

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

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

Request Registration Information for Summer Whirligigs

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. 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 runs from June 13 through August 8, with weekly sessions every Thursday from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (no classes the week of July 4th!).

Cost

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

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

Request Registration Information for Summer 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 – 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!

Class runs from June 13 through August 8, with weekly sessions every Thursday from 10:00  – 11:30 a.m. (no classes the week of July 4th!).

Cost

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

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

Request Registration Information for Summer Polliwogs

Scholarships are available.

Questions?

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