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.

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

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

March 28 | Who Comes? By Deborah Chandra
As night falls on the African savanna, animals come one by one to quench their thirst at a tranquil water hole. Waterbuck, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe--all dip into the cool, moonlit waters while one creature, golden-eyed, watches. Vivid poetry and stunning watercolor paintings tells an ageless tale of survival in the wild. 

April 4 | 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.

April 11 | I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together.

April 18 | 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.

April 25 | Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets
A young boy finds in the wind a playmate of many moods: one that can sail boats, fly kites, blow dirt, and turn umbrellas inside out. What would you do together if you had the wind as a playmate?

 

Farm Country 

March 22 | When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
Billy's classmates may have never considered careers in snail training or sumo wrestling before, but by the time the exuberant eight-year-old is done cataloging his dream jobs, they just might share his belief in unlimited potential!

March 29 | Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice--who even find a funny way to trick a sneaky cat. Ellen Stoll Walsh once again proves that she’s a master of concept books in this celebration of shapes, color, and innovation.

April 5 | 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.

April 12 | 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.

April 19 | What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yamada
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

April 26 | This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini
This is a very serious book. Nothing silly is allowed. There are no funny faces, no clowns, and no shenanigans. But wait! Who’s this? Zebra is NOT serious. And he and his friends are ruining the book with their antics, parades, and parties!

 

Museum of Natural Curiosity

April 6 | 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.

April 13 | 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.

April 20 | Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown
A simple story of a young boy's fantasies about flying in his aero plane. This flight of fancy adventure takes place in a dreamy world where the sky's the limit.

April 27 | Mapping Penny’s World
Lisa's class is learning how to make maps. The teacher says they can make maps of anyplace, so Lisa starts with her bedroom. Her dog, Penny, helps with the map. This gives Lisa an idea: Why not map Penny's world?

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

 

Upcoming:

Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

March 28 | 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 an egg shaker.

April 4 | Learn to Dance
It’s time to learn a line dance. Sing and dance with us as we learn how easy it is to make up dance steps to various types of music including country music. Make a ribbon wand to take home.

April 11 | Weather Fun
Listening to the rain is a great way to enjoy the spring season.  Come explore with us as we make a rainstorm with our hands. Explore and play to fun songs about the weather outside like Mr. Golden Sun. Today we will make a rain shaker.

April 18 | Nursery Rhymes
We will be featuring classic songs and old time favorites.  Simple nursery rhymes can easily be set to music because the lyrical words make a unique beat as we say them. Join us today as we sing favorites and make an instrument to take home.

April 25 | Learn to Try
Sometimes we learn do things that are difficult. Come see what can happen when we do our best and try! We will also wiggle and giggle as we try. The take home instrument today will be a creative shaker you can design.

Farm Country

 

March 23 | 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. The instrument today will be a kazoo.

March 30 | 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 stick puppet to take home.

April 6 | Farm Fun
Farm songs are fun.  Learn and play as we explore songs that tell a story like Farmer in the Dell, Old McDonald Had a Farm and B.I.N.G.O.   Make a stick clapper to take home.

April 13 | Move to the Beat
It’s time to move to the beat and shake it up. Move, clap and make a beat to various rhythm patterns as we use shakers, maracas and drum sticks to enhance the music. Mix it up as we try a variety of different songs. The take home instrument today is a maraca.

April 20 | Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
It’s time to see how to move and shake it up. Learn about our bodies and how they wiggle about. The take home instrument today will be a water bottle shaker.

April 27 | Travel to the Moon
There is more than one way to travel like trains, cars, and how about a rocket to the moon. Imagine that you can be an astronaut and travel to space. Some songs take us on a journey through our imagination. Join us today as we sing, play, and pretend. The take home instrument today will be a plate rhythm maker.

 

March, 2017: Please note that we have new times and dates for the Curious Critters program. 

 

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: Farm Country

 

Upcoming:

Museum of Natural Curiosity  

April 8 | TBD


Farm Country

March 25 | A Closer Look at Cows
Things may not be what they seem when you get up close to a cow. This well-loved farm animal is full of surprises! Explore and learn about cows from head to hoof.

 April 22 | Goats of All Sizes
Come explore the goats at Farm Country! Are all goats the same? Are there different kinds of goats? Come compare with us at Curious Critters.

 

 

March, 2017: Please note that we have new times and dates for the Birdosity program. 

Have you ever wondered about winged warblers? Have you been curious about carnivorous condors? Come explore at our Birdosity program. Discover the life of birds, brush up on your identification skills and learn about a variety of bird related topics. Whether you are an eggs-pert or have a new found love of birds, Birdosity is a program the whole family will enjoy.

First Saturday of each month at 10:30 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Third Saturday of each month at 11 am: Museum of Ancient Life

 

Upcoming

Museum of Natural Curiosity

April 1 | Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah
Come visit with some of the best experts in the state on what to do when you find a bird that seems like it needs rescuing! If you have questions about baby birds, injured birds, or even sick bird, these experts have the answers. They also have some special feathered friends tagging along!

 

Museum of Ancient Life

April 15 | Birds with Teeth
If I told you birds used to have teeth, what would you think? What if I told you there's amazing evidence of this at the Museum of Ancient Life? Discover first-hand the evolutionary changes that our birds' ancient ancestors went through to become the birds we know of today - and why!

Beginning March, 2017 Monday Night Activity hours will be 4:30 - 7:30 pm each week. 

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.

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

Upcoming

Museum of Ancient Life 

 

March 27 | Egg-stravaganza! | 4:30 pm - 7:30
Join us for an Egg-stravaganza as we compare different animals’ eggs. Come have fun designing your own dinosaur egg. Build a community nest, and participate in a unique egg hunt.

 

Farm Country

April 3 | Insects of the World | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
How do insects help our planet? Why are they all so different? Come discover what makes insects so unique from other living things.

April 10 | Farm Fowl | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Have you ever seen peacocks, turkeys and chickens all in one place?  Come observe our fascinating feathered friends—and create one of your very own!

April 17 | Good Vibes at the Farm | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come learn about the sounds you can hear at Farm Country. What do you notice? Also learn about vibration and volume, and find out why some animals can be very loud or particularly quiet.

April 24 | Square Foot Gardening | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn all about gardens and about planting a vegetable garden.  We will be learning more about crop spacing, seed purchasing, soils, regular care, and more!

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

 

Upcoming  

April 7 Family Favorites
Grab the whole family to play some family favorite games. Tonight we are picking our favorite family games like Tenzi, Spot It, Candy Land, and more.

April 21 | Create Your Own Boardgame
Tonight you decide what to play! Come create and play your own family board game!

 

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

 

Upcoming

 

April 15 | Marble Rollercoaster Design Challenge

Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? They are both fun and scary! Your challenge this month is to design a rollercoaster for a marble. Build a rollercoaster that will keep your marble moving for the longest time without stopping or falling off. Work as a team, make a design and test and refine. Maybe you have a career in theme parks ahead of you! All supplies will be provided and all work must be completed at Thanksgiving Point.   Design Challenge runs from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm. Projects must be finished and ready to judge by 3:30 pm.

 

 

Do you know the people in your Neighborhood? What are their jobs and hobbies? Come meet a diversity of guests at Thanksgiving Point and get to know them and their passions.

Dates and locations vary, see below for details. 

 

Upcoming

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