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, 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.

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

Wednesdays - Farm Country
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:

 

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

 

 

April 19 | We’re all Wonders by R. J. Palacio
While this is Auggie’s story, it taps into every child’s longing to belong and to be seen for who they truly are, and a perfect way to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

April 26 | Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs did for fun? They danced, of course! They rocked and rolled, they twirled and tromped! They had themselves a dinosaur stomp!

May 3 | Walk This World by Jenny Broom
Walk this World celebrates the everyday similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world. Travel to a new country with every turn of the page, each with new surprises to discover.

May 10 | Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M Joosse
This beloved story of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting, is a perfect way celebrate Mother’s Day.

May 17 | Have You Seen My Dinosaur by Jon Surgal 
How do you find a missing dinosaur who’s large and green and likes to roar? When a little boy’s dinosaur decides to play hide-and-seek, he is surprisingly difficult to track down.

May 24 | Where did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton
Where did all the dinos go? Some say they vanished long ago. Or did they? Join us as we explore some fun answers to this question.

May 31 | The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
The zany characters who sniffle, soar and shriek through this book will help kids understand the concept of such emotions as joy, disappointment, boredom, and anger, and will also show kids how to express their feelings with words.

 

 

Farm Country

 

 

April 21 | My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best
Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class and study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. Can Zulay run in the field day race with the support of her friends?

April 28 | Have You Seen Birds by Joanne Oppenheim
Wind-wheeling, freedom-feeling, diving, dipping, gliding, tipping. Have you seen birds? Birds are everywhere and come in amazing variety. Join us as we explore the wonderful diversity of birds!

May 5 | In the Tall Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see? To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book.

May 12 | Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Goose picks the silliest places to make her nest! Will she ever find the perfect place to raise her family?

May 19 | Hilda Must be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Hilda Hippo loves to dance! But there's just one problem. When Hilda dances, the other animals beg her to find a quieter hobby. What could possibly be as fun as dancing?

May 26 | Curious Garden by Peter Brown
While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

 

 

 

Butterfly Biosphere 

 

 

April 16 | Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how? 

April 23 | Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! by Stuart J. Murphy
The yellow cars beep! The red cars vroom! Molly loves playing with her brother’s cars. But can she put the cars back in the right order before her brother returns?

May 7 | Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher, his mother, and the scissors all try to help him be red, but Red is miserable. Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue!

May 14 | Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
When a honey bee finds a field of flowers, she returns to the hive to tell the other bees. She does a waggle dance, moving in a special figure-eight pattern to share the location of the food source with her hivemates.

May 21 | The Sun is my Favorite Star by Frank Asch
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how? 

May 28 | Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds
If you have a brilliant idea... say something! If you see an injustice... say something! This empowering picture book explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference.

 

 

Join us for 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.

 

Tuesdays - Ashton Gardens
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)
Location: Please reserve a ticket for the 10:30am or 10:45am time slot to allow time to meet us near the concessions and restrooms behind the garden’s main amphitheater. Let the music guide you to our special spot. After playing with us, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine.

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

 

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 Song for May: 

Each of Us is a Flower
Spring is here, and with it, flowers blooming. Come celebrate spring with us as we sing about how each of us is a flower, growing in life's garden.

One Friday a month, visit the Butterfly Biosphere to put your entomologist skills to the test solving the mystery! 

 

May 7: 

The Disappearance of the Mother's Day Bouquet

The Butterfly Biosphere displayed a beautiful bouquet of roses in honor of Mother’s Day, but overnight, they disappeared! Collect witness statements and determine which bug kids swiped them for their own bug mom.

May 7 - Butterfly Biosphere
5-8 pm

Included with regular venue admission.

 

 

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. 

Beginning April 7th

 

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 (April 7 - October 13th)

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. Masks are required for all participants 3 years of age and above.

 

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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