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green circle with golden t-rex in the middle

Read-a-Saurus Mondays

Ashton Gardens
9 am – 9 pm

Don’t let that education go to waste! Sign the kiddos up for Dig Into Reading, the new summer reading program at Dinosaur Island. The easiest way to participate? Join us for Read-a-Saurus Mondays. Each Monday throughout the summer, children can read inside the Ashton Gardens next to a featured dinosaur of the week – during this time, parents will keep track of their reading log. Bring a blanket, snack, and whatever you need to feel comfortable outside. Need some reading ideas? Grab a book from the Little Library in the Visitors Center! Take a book or donate one to the Little Library for a new adventure with each visit.

An older woman showing a picture book to a mom and a son.

Tales for Tots

11 am
Mondays: Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesdays: Butterfly Biosphere
Fridays: Farm Country
Saturdays: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots! Each week, staff will engage guests with interactive storytelling as well as movement and/or music activities that connect to the theme of the day.

Words Melody Makers above illustrated guitar and mallets

Melody Makers

11 am
Tuesdays: Museum of Natural Curiosity
Thursdays: Farm Country

Join us for our popular Melody Makers program. 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.

glowing blue fossil with words 'Dinos After Dark'

Dinos After Dark

Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life
Tuesdays and Thursday
6 pm – 8 pm

Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

This summer, the dinos come alive at night! Join us for Dinos After Dark, the new evening event at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life. Explore the museum like never before as you wander through the halls, uniquely-lit for a new viewing experience. Enjoy exclusive programs like puppet shows, storytelling adventures, and scavenger hunts, plus receive free popcorn and sodas! Don’t forget to snap some awesome photos at our dino-mite photo ops. Adventure into a new era with Dinos After Dark!

dog and boy on wooden low bridge looking over water

Dog Walk Wednesdays

Ashton Gardens

Wednesdays through October 11, 2023, four-legged friends are welcome at Ashton Gardens. Pups must be well-behaved and on a leash.

Adults in circle in outdoor garden discussing a book

Secret Garden Book Club

April 25
June 16
July 28
September 12
9:30 am

Enjoy a beautiful morning at the Ashton Gardens with intellectual discussions on gardening-related novels throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Subscribe for a few days or for the season!

a plate of finger sandwiches in front of 3 tier tray with deserts

Fairy Tale Tea Party

June 17, 2023, 10:30 am, 1 pm, or 3:30 pm

Looking for an extra-special Fairy Tale experience? The Mad Hatter is hosting an unbirthday you don’t want to miss. Enjoy gorgeous garden views, interactions with real Fairy Tale characters, delicious snacks, lemonades, and herbal teas, and FREE admission to the Fairy Tale Festival.

Little girl dressed us princess posing with woman dressed as same princess among roses

Fairy Tale Festival

June 17, 2023, 9 am – 9 pm

Fairies, folk tales, and forests oh my! Join us for this Thanksgiving Point mid-summer tradition of bringing the magic of fairy tales to life in the Ashton Gardens.

overhead view of man laying next to large fossil

Unearthing the Rutland Sea Dragon

June 17, 2023
Presentation: 1:30 pm – 2 pm
Book Signing to follow

Internationally recognized paleontologist, ichthyosaurs expert, and author Dr. Dean Lomax will join us at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life for a dino-lover’s dream presentation! Hear all about his experience unearthing the giant Rutland Sea Dragon, the largest fossil found in the UK, plus learn more about his incredible background and the dino-digs that changed his life. After the presentation, Dr. Lomax will sign two of his books – Locked in Time and Prehistoric Pets – and will answer questions from guests. Join us at the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life on June 17, 2023, at 1:30 pm for this incredible paleo-event!

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Utah Symphony

June 27, 2023
Doors open: 6:30 pm
Performance: 8:30 pm

Experience the transformative power of a live performance of the Utah Symphony at the awe-inspiring Waterfall Amphitheatre. Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is one of America’s major symphony orchestras, known internationally for its distinctive performances and recording legacy. Today, the orchestra’s 85 full-time professional musicians perform over 175 concerts each season. Bring a picnic, grab concessions or pre-order a picnic dinner. Following the performance enjoy a firework show.

3 kids sitting on a blanket facing an inflatable outdoor movie screen

Outdoor Movie Series

Fridays in July
Movie begins at Dusk (around 9:30)

The Outdoor Movie Series is back for another summer of fun at the Ashton Gardens! Bring a blanket, grab popcorn and treats from the concession stand, and enjoy unforgettable family films under the stars.