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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 4 | Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist by Linda Skeers
Mary Anning loved to explore. She climbed over cliffs and peaks in search of new specimens. One day, she finds something amazing, a dinosaur.

March 11 | Fossil Huntress by Andi Diehn
Mary Leakey had always been interested in questions about the history of the Earth: did giant sloths exist? What was the world like a million years ago?

March 18 | Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret by Jess Keating
Come and get to know Marie Tharp, the woman who defied the odds and mapped the largest geographic feature on the planet while being told she was not welcome in the scientific field or on research journeys.

March 25 | Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
Eugenie fell in love with sharks the first time she ever saw one. Soon though, she realized that most people thought sharks were ugly and scary, and that they didn’t want her, as a woman, to be a scientist.

Butterfly’s First Flight

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

10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 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.

Animals Up Close

2 pm

Farm Country

Learn all about the animals at Farm Country with Animals Up Close! Meet our goats and rabbits as our staff takes them out of their pens during this fun weekly program.

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.

Baby Dinos 101

4 pm

Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life

Meet the baby dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Veterinary Program! The Thanksgiving Point Dino Wranglers have rescued the baby dinosaurs and are taking them around the museum. Say hello and learn about our MVPs with Baby Dinos 101.

Included with regular venue admission

Good Night Museum

7 pm

Museum of Natural Curiosity

You and your family will wind down as Thanksgiving Point educators read bedtime stories and invite you to participate in quiet, calming activities. It’s the perfect end to an adventurous day.

Included with regular venue admission

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