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Each week Thanksgiving Point hosts educational and fun activities for families of all ages and abilities! Our Family Programs include Tales for Tots, Melody Makers, and Dirt on Dinos, just to name a few. 

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!

All activities are FREE for Thanksgiving Point Members, as they are included with venue admissions.

 

11 – 11:20 am

Mondays: Museum of Ancient Life

Wednesdays: Farm Country

Fridays: Butterfly Biosphere

Saturdays: Ashton Gardens

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots, held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am. Staff will engage guests with interactive storytelling as well as movement and/or music activities that connect to the story theme of the day. Watch for special Saturday Tales for Tots during Dinosaur Island!

Included with regular venue admission

 

Upcoming Schedule

June 29 | Farm Country | When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
It’s Show-and-Tell time in Mrs. Krupp’s class, and Billy just can’t wait for his turn! Today the class is discussing what they want to be when they grow up, and our exuberant eight-year-old hero is bursting to tell everyone about his future career plans.

July 1 | Butterfly Biosphere | The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have. Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room. 

July 2 | Ashton Gardens | Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus by Margie Palatini
Long, long ago, when dinosaurs ruled the land, there lived a dino who was the worst of them all: Gorgonzola. He was known near and far for his . . . D.O. Yes, dinosaur odor.  

July 4 | Museum of Ancient Life | Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing
It’s the night before the Fourth of July and all across the United States people are getting ready for hot dogs and fireworks

July 6 | Farm Country | 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! 

July 8 | Butterfly Biosphere | Tinyville Town Gets To Work by Brian Biggs
When there is a traffic jam on the Tinyville Town bridge, the residents decide to work together to build a new one. By following the hard work of the engineers and construction workers, readers will get to meet many different people in the town while watching the exciting new bridge take shape.   

July 9 | Ashton Gardens | Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees
Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth―and he scares all the other dinosaurs right out of the forest. Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid 

July 11 | Museum of Ancient Life | Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Instead, she receives a rock. 

 

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots, held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00am. Staff will engage guests with interactive storytelling as well as movement and/or music activities that connect to the story theme of the day.

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots, held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00am. Staff will engage guests with interactive storytelling as well as movement and/or music activities that connect to the story theme of the day.

July 13 | Farm Country |Babies in the Bayou by Jim Arnosky
There are lots of babies in the bayou, and even though they might have sharp teeth, hard shells, webbed feet, or quick claws, their mothers still need to watch over them and protect them from harm. 

July 15 | Butterfly Biosphere | The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! 

July 16 | Ashton Gardens | Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Once upon a time, there were three hungry dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur…and a dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

July 18 | Museum of Ancient Life | How to be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald
CeCe dreams of being a pirate. When the neighborhood boys tell her that she can’t, she wonders where to begin. Luckily, she suspects her grandpa must know something about being a pirate–why else would he have all those tattoos?

July 20 | Farm Country | The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book’s final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

July 22 | Butterfly Biosphere | Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
The larger-than-life story of a true American hero—John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed!

July 23 | Ashton Gardens | The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard by B. G. Hennessy
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves.

July 25 | Museum of Ancient Life |Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Michael Hall illustrates how a happy square transforms itself after facing one challenge after another. Cut into pieces and poked full of holes? Time to become a burbling fountain! Torn into scraps? Grow into a garden! Day after day, the square reinvents itself.

July 27 | Farm Country | Who Took the Farmers Hat? by Joan L. Nodset
The Farmer LOVES his hat, but one day the wind came, and blew the hat away. And as fast as the farmer ran, the wind raced even faster. So the farmer went looking.

July 29 | Butterfly Biosphere | Last Stop on Market Street by Mat de la Pena
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby.