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, Melody Makers, and Curious Critters, 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11 am. Staff will engage guest with interactive storytelling followed by process-driven and play-based art, literacy, and/or science activities that connect to the story theme of the day.


Monday - Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday - Farm Country
Friday - January - February - Museum of Natural Curiosity
               March - May - Butterfly Biosphere
               June - September - Ashton Gardens
               October - December - Butterfly Biosphere


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 



May 20 | How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own.

May 27 | 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 more fearsome, buccaneering beasts.

June 3 | Are Pirates Polite? by Corinne Demas
"Pirates are unruly and pirates love to fight, but pirates still say 'please' and 'thanks, cause pirates are polite."

June 10 | When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach
It's a dream come true, except...what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?

June 17 | Where Did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton
Where did all the dinos go? Some say they vanished long ago. Could they be living way out west in cowboy books and fancy vests?

June 24 | Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Max wears his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired.


Farm Country 




May 22 | Round by Joyce Sidman
If you look closely, you will find that the world is bursting, swelling, budding, and ripening with round things awaiting discovery—like eggs about to hatch, or sunflowers stretching toward the sun.

May 29 | More Parts by Tedd Arnold
Give me a hand . . . hold your tongue . . . scream your lungs out . . . what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Well, one thing is for sure, he'll have to be creative.

June 5 | Pip the Little Penguin by Roger Priddy
Follow Pip on his journey of discovery, meeting different animals and learning about color along the way.

June 12 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her. Eula is sad until her two best friends show her just how well a square cat can fit into this round world.

June 19 | The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew, and blew, and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind!

June 26 | Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton
Rockets have power. They rise and roar. This rocket's waiting, ready to soar. Rockets carry astronauts with cool, white suits oxygen helmets and gravity boots.



Butterfly Biosphere





May 17 | Whose Story is This Anyways? by Mike Flaherty
What’s this book about? That depends on who you ask. Our humble narrator thinks he’s got a great story for you, but he barely begins before he’s a...

May 24 | Explorers of The Wild by Cale Atkinson
Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other!

May 31 | Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Leonardo is a monster. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy.



Ashton Gardens




June 7 | We Are Growing by Laurie Keller
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

June 14 | Plant a Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
You will see how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. And by tapping, clapping, waving, and more, young readers can join in the action!

June 21 | Gives Bees A Chance by Bethany Barton
Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn't quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind!

June 28 | If I Were A Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery
Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield. But if he were in the jungle, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting.



Enjoy a morning full of music and movement exploration at the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country. Led by our education staff, Melody Makers is the perfect opportunity for little kids and their adults to dance and move in a fun and friendly environment. Come see what each unique staff member has to offer with a variety of engaging songs and themes each week.

Included with regular venue admission.

Tuesdays at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Thursdays at 11 am: Farm Country


Each month two new songs will be featured at each Melody Makers program.

Featured Songs for June: 

Come learn “Down by the Bay” and “The Goldfish (Let's Go Swimming) song"!


Featured Songs for July: 

 Come learn “Baby Honey Bee” and “Each of us is a Flower!”



We are excited to introduce our new Itsy-Bitsy Science sensory bins, happening every Tuesday at the Butterfly Biosphere. Itsy-Bitsy Science is designed specifically for families with children ages 5 and under. This hands-on experience lets children explore insects and the natural world through their senses, making early science concepts playful and fun! Beginning March 5th, 2019!

Tuesdays at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

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