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 

  

 

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

 

December 2 | Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon
When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary! But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can't live in the snow. Can Penguin help Pinecone get home?

December 9 | Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This book offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night.

December 16 | The Spirit of The Garden by Thanksgiving Point Manager Morgan Hoffman
Have you ever dreamed of having a giant garden? With help from an unlikely source it might just become a reality.

December 23 | How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere.

December 30 | Sunshine and Snowballs by Margaret Wise Brown
A story of two children's exploration of the seasons of a year. Explore the magical colors, sounds and sights of our natural world in spring, summer, autumn and winter through the eyes of a young boy and girl.

Gathering book written by Leslie McBride

 

 

Farm Country 

   

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

  

 

November 27 | ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
On the night before Thanksgiving, a group of children visit a turkey farm and meet Farmer Mack Nuggett and his coop of cockerels: Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho. The children and turkeys giggle and gobble, and everything is gravy. As the trip comes to an end, the children leave the farm with full hearts -- and bulging bellies -- reminding people and poultry alike that there is much to be thankful for.

December 4 | Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconet
There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself.

December 11 | Stella the Queen of Snow by Marie-Louise Gay
Stella and Sam discover a familiar landscape transformed by a heavy snowfall. Sam has lots of questions: Where do snowmen sleep? Can you eat a snowflake? Do snow angels sing? Older and bolder, Stella knows all the answers, and she delights in showing Sam the many pleasures of a beautiful winter’s day.

December 18 | Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs.

December 25 | No Tales for Tots


 

Butterfly Biosphere

 

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

 

 

November 29 | Waiting for Wings by Lois Elhert
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how?

December 6 | Pip the Little Penguin by Roger Priddy
Pip is a little penguin with a big imagination! Dissatisfied with being black and white, he asks his dad why he can’t be colorful. Through his discussion with his dad, follow Pip on his journey of discovery.

December 13 | Froggy’s Best Christmas by Jonathan London
Froggy has never celebrated Christmas; usually he's taking his long winter's nap. But not this year! Froggy's best friend, Max the beaver, wakes him up. Join Froggy as he celebrates his very first, and very best, Christmas!

December 20 | Gotta Go! Gotta Go! By Sam Swope
The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is.

Gathering book by Thanksgiving Point Manager Amber Thomas

December 27 | Penguin Problem by Jory John
This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.

 

 

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 November: 

Feel the rhythm as we go “Bumpin’ Up and Down” in our little red wagons and learn to tap out fun beats with “Clatter, Clatter, Clackety Clack.”

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!

Tuesdays at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

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