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

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!

Fall classes begin the week of October 7 and run through the week of December 2 (no class the week of Thanksgiving!). 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. 

Thursday from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Winter classes will begin the week of January 7 and run through the week of February 25. Registration for the winter session begins on December 2.

Cost

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

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

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.

Fall classes run the week of October 7 through the week of December 2 (no classes the week of Thanksgiving!). Choose a weekly session:

Wednesday from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Winter classes will begin the week of January 7 and run through the week of February 25. Registration for the winter session begins on December 2.

Cost

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

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

Scholarships are available.

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