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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

September 4 | Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Some tea parties are for grown-ups, some are for little girls, but only the most special are for dinosaurs. What kind of manners would a T-Rex have? And will you have a big enough seat?

September 11 | Cookiesaurus Rex by Nate Evans and Amy Fellner Dominy
When Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven he decides that he is the best of all the cookies, and he should be frosted first. But after he is frosted, he notices the other cookies getting things like sprinkles and gumdrops. He didn’t get any of those, and he wants a do-over!

September 18 | Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Monsters LOVE colors! They love to mix, scribble, draw, and paint. Along with this comes dancing, and wiggling, and making whole new colors of their own.

September 25 | Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most
Explore some possible (and maybe not so possible) things that made the dinosaurs disappear!

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.

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.

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.

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