Family Programs

Each week at Thanksgiving Point are tons of educational and fun activities for families of all ages and abilities! Our Family Programs include, Tales for Tots, Monday Night Activities, and Design Challenge, just to name a few. All activities are FREE for Thanksgiving Point Members, as they are included with venue admissions.

The programs are always adapting and changing throughout the year so check back often for updates. They are also led by our trained educational team to ensure each person at the activity has a great time learning and playing together as family and friends. Click each drop-down menu below to learn more about these one-of-a-kind educational opportunities at Thanksgiving Point and to see dates, locations, and times for each one. See you soon!

Join us for our hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 11 am. Each day a new story is read followed by a fun activity that goes along with that story.

Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday – Museum of Natural Curiosity
Friday (June - September) – Ashton Gardens 


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 



February 27 | Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct, but the UK’s bestselling author illustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort knows the real answer.

March 6 | Pirasaurs! By Josh Funk
Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There's fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and one recruit who may be small, but who's eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

March 13 | What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? By Steve Jenkins
What would you do if something wanted to eat you? Walk on water? Stick out your tongue? Play dead? Animals in the wild use all kinds of methods to protect themselves from their enemies. Can you think of any fascinating animal adaptations?

March 20 | Have You Seen My Dinosaur by Jon Surgal
How do you find a missing dinosaur who’s large and green and likes to roar? When a little boy’s dinosaur decides to play hide-and-seek, he is surprisingly difficult to track down.

March 27 | The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Children will sympathize immediately with Vashti first, angry little dot and then cheer her subsequent discovery that even a dot can be art when it springs from inspiration. Before long, Vashti has found many ways to create many dots.


Farm Country 



February 28 | Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.

March 7 | Naked Mole Rat by Mo Willems
Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes (and he likes it!). But what will happen when Grandpa, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever discovers Wilbur's secret?

March 14 | The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn  Burns
Bored and dissatisfied with his life, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to add another angle to his shape. Poof! He becomes a quadrilateral. But then he gets greedy and keeps adding angles until he's completely transformed.

March 21 | Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Just how big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that is bigger than your head? In this visually stunning book, seeing is believing as Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and small.

March 28 | Sky Color by Peter H Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint. So, when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream.


Museum of Natural Curiosity



February 22 | Everybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman
Shop a fancy France-y store. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium, a crêpe stand, or strolling the Champs d’ Elysee, a little girl and her family are welcomed everywhere with the signature French greeting.

March 1 | Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. 

March 8 | Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck.

March 15 | Bring Me a Rock by Daniel Miyares
When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne to loom over his bug subjects, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry, but one little bug can contribute only a very small pebble. The grasshopper king shuns the little bug. But when his throne is in danger of tipping, that little bug might be the only one who can save him.

March 22 | My Amazing Body by Pat Thomas
This lively picture book explores the importance of a good diet and plenty of exercise and encourages kids to make positive decisions about caring for themselves.

March 29 | Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a silly animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Bring your tots and enjoy a fun morning of exploring music and movement at the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country.  Led by our education staff, Melody Makers is the perfect opportunity for little kids to dance and move in a fun and friendly environment.  Included with regular venue admission.

Tuesdays at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Thursdays at 11 am: Farm Country



Museum of Natural Curiosity



February 27 | Imagination
We are exploring movement today.  Dance like a ballerina, gallop like a horse, flutter around like a butterfly and pretend to skate on ice.  Imagination is a powerful tool, combined with music and dance it opens a whole new world. Make a key chime to take home.

March 6 | What Shape?
Shapes are fun to make with our bodies. Can you curl up in a ball, stretch tall like a giraffe or bend your body as you dance? Come try it out with us as we make shapes and dance. We will be making ribbon wands for you to take home.

March 13 | Rainbow of Colors
It’s time to explore a rainbow of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and many other colors. Join as we learn the colors and sing songs about rainbows. Colors make the world a brighter place. Make a rainbow-colored water bottle shaker to take home.

March 20 | Clap It Out
What ways can you make a beat? Clapping, tapping, snapping, or just making a beat with drums. Making rhythms is fun and adventurous. Today we will explore the rhythms that we can put to music. Make a unique rhythm instrument to take home.

March 27 | Yummy in my Tummy
Come sing songs all about the wonderful food you eat! We will pretend to be a pizza and sing about apples and bananas. The take home instrument today will be a cup shaker.


Farm Country                                         

March 1 | Count It Out
Songs with numbers are fun to use. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and counting with music make learning fun. Try songs like 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed, 10 little Fingers and other counting songs. We will make a button rattle you can wear on your wrist. Plus, you can practice counting with this instrument.

March 8 | Musical Sounds
Jingle, shake, tap, rap, ding-a-ling, join us today as we explore the many sounds we can make with instruments. We will add a music game where we slap, clap and snap. Sounds can make music exploration fun and inventive. We will make an instrument from sandpaper.

March 15 | Wiggle and Giggle
When we play music, it is fun to connect with the music by the ways we move. How do you like to move, dance and play? Join us today and explore new ways to move to the music. Make a rubber band instrument to take home.

March 22 | Around Town
The Wheels on the Bus go around and around all through the town. Learn the actions to this and other songs as we discover the world around us. Just for fun we will learn Are You Sleeping and learn a variety of new actions to go with this and other children’s classic songs. Make a shaker to take home.

 March 29 | Animal Pretend
Do you like animals? Do you like to pretend? Do you like making the sounds of zoo animals like the lion, bear, alligator, and monkey? Today we are going to explore music about animals. Make a monkey stick puppet to take home.

It’s not every day you could meet an alligator or greet a skunk. Animals are all around us, some live in your backyard, some live far away, but all are important to our world. Come get up close and personal with some of the most interesting animals you will meet as we explore some of the curious critters that make our world wonderful.

Second Saturday of each month at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Fourth Saturday of each month at 11 am: 
October-February at the Museum of Ancient Life
March-September at Farm Country




Museum of Natural Curiosity  

March 10 | Amazing Adaptations

Why do foxes and tortoises look so different? Have you ever wondered why birds have feathers and skunks have fur? Why do animals look so different? Come explore with some fun friends of ours and see what you can learn! 

Farm Country

March 24 | Winter Prep

Winter is almost over but there are still some farm friends who have on their winter coat. How do animals know to get ready for winter? How can animals help us prepare for winter? Come visit with some amazing animals that are experts when it comes to prepping for winter and cold weather!


Featuring new activities each week, Monday Nights at Thanksgiving Point focus on a single theme with various activities designed to entertain and educate the whole family. 


 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  Location varies by season.  See below. 

January, February, March: Museum of Ancient Life
July, August, September: Farm Country
April, May, June: Ashton Gardens
October, November, December: Museum of Natural 


Museum of Ancient Life



February 27 | Hiding Out or Blending In?
What is an Ankylosaur? How did it hide from predators? How does it compare to a chameleon?  Learn about various dinosaurs and the adaptations that helped them to survive.

March 5 | Paleontology 101
What do you think it takes to be a paleontologist? Make a field journal throughout the museum, discover what makes each dinosaur unique in their own way, practice recording your findings and go on a dinosaur scavenger hunt.

March 12 | Land Before Our Time
What did our earth look like when dinosaurs ruled and how has it changed or stayed the same? Come discover the exciting history of our lovely land while playing with volcanoes, creating earth layers, and even digging for fossils! You might be surprised what your own home town used to look like 150 million years ago!

March 19 | Dino Discovery
Come explore our Dynamic Dinosaurs! Go on a wild safari through the museum to find all our prehistoric friends. Then you can discover, create, and name your very own dinosaur. We are featuring our LEAP into Science: ‘Measure It Up’ for this Monday Night!

March 26 | It's All About Size
What’s your favorite kind of dinosaur? Gigantic T-Rex or the tiny Bambiraptor? Search for your favorite dinosaurs while you make your own dinosaur and see how size really does make a difference.

Looking for a fantastic Friday night activity? On the first and third Friday of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm, get your game on with a variety of classic and new board games during our Family Game Night. Family Game Night is a family-focused evening for kids and parents of all ages. 

First & Third Friday of each month at 5:30 pm: Museum of Natural Curiosity.



March 2 | Puzzles and Patterns
Can you solve our puzzles? Help us put together a puzzle masterpiece and test your brain with patterns and strategy games.


March 16 | Thanksgiving Point Trivia Night
How much do you know about Thanksgiving Point? Come play at our fun trivia night and learn about some of Thanksgiving Point's programs and activities.


Come have fun while innovating! Design Challenge is a Museum program that gets everyone engaging in the engineering design process. Make a team with your family and join us! Up to eight teams may compete at each challenge. It is free to compete and all supplies will be provided but if you wish to take your project home there will be a small fee to cover the cost of supplies. Come ready to design, build, test and prototype a solution to a given problem. The top three winners for each challenge will receive a trophy and every team will receive a participation certificate.

Third Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm: Museum of Natural Curiosity



March 17 | 

A pot of gold awaits you at the end of the rainbow! Yet, those leprechauns make the task difficult. You may be able to deceive them by leaving at least a certain amount in the pot, but you must count quickly before you are caught in the act. Come gather your treasure hunting crew to build a coin sorter out of various materials. Work together to design a device to help you escape with the most possible amount of gold. All supplies will be provided.

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