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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 day 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!


Tales for Tots

11-11:20 am

Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

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

Included with regular venue admission

March 27 | Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
This hilarious take on the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” follows three dinosaurs as they decide to one day make three bowls of pudding and then mysteriously go somewhere else. They are definitely not setting a trap for a little girl named Goldilocks.

April 3 | Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton
Follow the process of a paleontologist with all the steps that are taken between finding a fossil and displaying it in a museum.

April 10 | If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most
What do you think the dinosaurs would do if they came back? Would they be amazing pets? Would they act as slides for children to play on?

April 17 | Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes are headed to a dinosaur picnic! Explore this wonderful book of opposites as the dinos march along!

April 24 | Have You Seen My Dinosaur? by Jon Surgal
A young boy reeeaaaally wants a stegosaurus as a pet, so he sets out to explain every reason why he should be able to have one.

Butterfly Release

11 am and 5 pm
$4 per person, $3 for Thanksgiving Point members

Butterfly Biosphere

Help one of our newly-emerged butterflies spread their wings with this immersive experience! Join our entomologists in releasing young butterflies into the conservatory and help a butterfly celebrate its first flight! Guests must purchase Butterfly Releases in-person at the Butterfly Biosphere Front Desk.

Reptile Report

11:45 am and 2:30 pm

Museum of Natural Curiosity

Meet and learn about some amazing reptilian creatures at the Reptile Report! Whether you know it all about the reptiles or you’re just learning about them for the first time, this program has something for everyone.

Included with regular venue admission

Critter Encounter

Noon and 6 pm

Butterfly Biosphere

Go beyond the glass with this hands-on opportunity! Check out the Critter Corner during your trip around the museum for a chance to hold a friendly bug. These regularly timed shows allow you to learn about bugs and the important role they play in the environment!

Included with regular venue admission.

Itsy Bitsy Science

3 pm

Butterfly Biosphere

Come explore with us at Itsy Bitsy Science! Together we will investigate the workings of the natural world with young guests and their families. This program is all about encouraging littles to engage in beginning science practices through facilitated play

Included with regular venue admission.

Close-Up Science

6:15 pm

Museum of Natural Curiosity

Come see the wonders of science at the Museum of Natural Curiosity! This program showcases a large range of science activities and concepts. Want to know more about Elephants? Make art with household salt? Watch a colorful and exciting reaction? Then come join us!

Included with regular venue admission.