Family Programs

 

Each week at Thanksgiving Point are tons of 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. All activities are FREE for Thanksgiving Point Members, as they are included with venue admissions.

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!

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots, held each Monday 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.

Mondays - Museum of Ancient Life
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am or 11am ticket for this program).

Fridays - Butterfly Biosphere
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am or 11am ticket for this program).

Included with regular venue admission.

Family groups will be encouraged to space 6 ft. apart in on open area of the museum using colored dots to indicate individual seating areas. Little to no props will be used and will be thoroughly sanitized after each program. The program will run about 15-20 minutes once a week. More offerings will become available as COVID-19 restrictions are released. Masks are required for all participants 3 years of age and above.  

    

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Every week in December, we will explore the roots of Native American stories, the lessons they teach, and the moral and cultural values they carry. Come learn about Coyote, Cottontail and Buzzard, and how they all live in harmony on Mother Earth!

 

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

 

 

November 30 | Baking Day at Grandma’s By Anika Denise
These three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's! What will they make?

December 7 | Why Buzzard Is a Loner (A Uintah/Ouray Ute Tale)
Why is Buzzard always so sad and alone? The other birds wonder if they can find a way to make Buzzard happy and laugh. Maybe then, Buzzard could have more friends.

December 14 | Legend of the Sleeping Ute (A Ute Mountain Ute Tale)
Do you ever notice the silhouette of what looks like a face outlining a mountain. Could it be a Great Warrior God laying to rest after battle? Come discover the secrets of the Sleeping Ute Mountain.

December 21 | My Two Holidays by Danielle Novack
Some people celebrate Christmas, and some people celebrate Hanukkah. Sam celebrates both!

December 28 | The Greedy Porcupine (A Tale from the Northwestern Band of Shoshone)
Porcupine was sad. He wished he were handsome and strong. Will the creator help him with his wish to be bold and powerful?

 

 

Butterfly Biosphere 

 

 

November 27 | Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
What are you most thankful for this year? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!

December 4 | Coyote and Frog Race (A Goshute Tale)
A race, a race, a race! Come enjoy this traditional Goshute winter tale. Who do you think will win, Coyote or Frog?

December 11 | Coyote and Bobcat (A Ute mountain Ute Tale)
The Ute Mountain Ute people often used stories to help teach their children about proper behavior and the consequences of their actions. Come see how Coyote learns a very important lesson about how to treat others.

December 18 | How Wood Tick Became Flat (A Tale from the Northwestern Band of Shoshone)
Have you ever wondered why the wood tick is flat? Listen as Grandma Hootchew uses this story to teach her granddaughter about our need to protect our children.

December 25 | No Tales for Tots

January 1 | No Tales for Tots

 

Join us for a new mini version of 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.

Venues are timed ticketed. Please reserve a ticket for the 10:30 am or 11:00 am time slot to participate in this program.

For rainy and windy days, check in with the front desk for our alternative indoor program location at the Gardens.

Tuesdays - Museum of Natural Curiosity 
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)
Location: Weather permitting we will be meeting outdoors at the Ladybug Stage in the Discovery Garden. Check with Front Desk for location updates. 

Thursdays - Farm Country
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)
Location: Farm Lobby

No Melody Makers Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, Thursday, December 24th, or Thursdays December 31st. 

 

Included with regular venue admission.

Family groups will be spaced 6 ft. apart in our outdoor area using colored dots to indicate individual dance spaces. Little to no props will be used and will be thoroughly cleaned after each program. The program will run about 15-20 minutes once a week. More offerings will become available as COVID-19 restrictions are released. Masks are required for all participants 3 years of age and above.

 

 

 

Featured Songs for November: 

Thanksgiving Dinner
What’s your favorite thing to eat at thanksgiving dinner? Join us as we sing about turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more.

 

Featured Songs for December: 

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Do you know all the verses to The Twelve Days of Christmas? Practice counting with us as we sing this popular Christmas song!

Our entomologists need your sleuthing skills to uncover some bug mysteries at the Butterfly Biosphere! These mysteries are perfect to solve with the whole family.  

November 27th - Butterfly Biosphere
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Upcoming Mystery Nights:
December 18, 2020
January 22, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 12, 2020

 

Included with regular venue admission.

 

Mystery Night - November 27th: 

A Friendsgiving Day Fiasco
Rebecca the Roly Poly hosted a Friendsgiving Day Feast for her best bug buddies, and each pal brought a dish for the party to enjoy. But now that she’s ready to return the dishware to their owners, she can’t remember who brought what! Find 12 clues throughout the exhibit gallery to help Rebecca figure out which bug brought which dish!

Join us for The Dirt on Dinos program at the Paleontology Lab window every Wednesday. Our program will be taking place outside the lab where we will have interesting artifacts on display, in closed cases, for viewing only. Friendly staff will help answer questions from safe distances while wearing masks.  Bring your best questions and imagination! Can you imagine how large a mask would be for a T-rex? Come learn about the science happening every day here at Thanksgiving Point!

Wednesdays - Museum of Ancient Life
10am - 12 Noon

Included with regular venue admission.

Family groups will be encouraged to space 6 ft. apart.

Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information soon.

We are excited to introduce our new Itsy-Bitsy Science sensory bins, happening every Tuesday at the Butterfly Biosphere. Itsy-Bitsy Science is designed specifically for families with children ages 5 and under. This hands-on experience lets children explore insects and the natural world through their senses, making early science concepts playful and fun!

Tuesdays - Butterfly Biosphere
3pm

Included with regular venue admission. 

Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Learning Garden at Ashton Gardens for a look at gardening basics! From water and soil to plant parts and pollinators, this program gets the whole family out into the garden exploring and discovering. Geared towards the little ones in your life, this program will help their roots grow deep into the world of gardening.

Wednesdays - Ashton Gardens, Learning Garden (July 15th - October 14th)

10am (Please purchase a 9:30 or 10:00am ticket for this program.)

Included with regular venue admission.

Staff will ensure that materials are sanitized properly after use. Family groups may have their own set of materials if applicable. Outdoor spaces will be used and guests will be encouraged to sit at a safe distance.

 

Fish Food for Thought: The Alligator Gar is sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because scientists can trace them in the fossil record back 100 million years!
Join our Museum of Ancient Life staff on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm to watch these agile predators hunt for their lunch!

Wednesdays and Saturdays - Museum of Ancient Life
1pm 

Included with regular venue admission.

Family groups will be encouraged to space 6 ft. apart.

Stop by the critter cart on your trip around the Butterfly Biosphere. At the regular show times (12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm) our Explorers will be handling a bug for you to see. The bugs will be out for approximately 30 minutes. Although you won't be able to hold it yourself right now, you can still engage with our Explorers and their bug friends. Just stop by anytime during one of these half hour blocks to say hello!

Monday-Saturday - Butterfly Biosphere
12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

Included with regular venue admission.

Staff will encourage families to rotate through display area at safe distances.

 

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