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 

 

 

February 22 | Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems 
It’s Nanette’s first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will she get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? 

March 1 | Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs of every shape and size race, roar, and stomp through this colorful book of opposites. And where are all these silly-looking creatures off to?

March 8 | Tinyville Town Gets to Work by Brian Biggs
When there is a traffic jam on the Tinyville Town bridge, the residents decide to work together to build a new one.

March 15 | Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Did you know that monsters love to scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle! Why? Because monsters love to make new colors!

March 22 | Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall, or plaid, or hairy. There will always be room.

March 29 | Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon
A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind.

 

 

 

Farm Country

 

 

March 10 | Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Mother rabbit's five babies hop out of her nest to nibble clover; meet grasshoppers, spiders, and bees; play tag; and run for shelter when it rains.

March 17 | I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty
Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. But when a hungry wolf arrives – a wolf who HATES eating frogs – our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all.

March 24 | Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A mother and child plant flowers and watch them grow into a rainbow of colors in the family garden.

March 31 | Chicken Big by Keith Graves
On a teeny, little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous...something.

 

 

 

Butterfly Biosphere 

 

 

February 19 | Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway
Nipper the crab’s huge, clumsy claws always cause him problems until his friend Octopus gets tangled up in some seaweed and only Nipper can free him.

February 26 | Lettice the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley
Lettice is determined to make her dream of flying come true. When a small plane lands in the meadow, she sees the perfect opportunity. 

March 5 | It’s About Time by Stuart J. Murphy
It's About Time. . . to wake up, to learn, to play, to read, to cuddle up in the blankets and to dream. A twenty-four-hour day is full of great things to do!

March 12 | Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
How do you make a garden grow? In this playful book, you will see how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. And by tapping, clapping, waving, and more, you can join in the action!

March 19 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her. Eula is sad until her two best friends show her just how well a square cat can fit into this round world. 

March 26 | Bee Gets a Sweater by Keith Faulkner
A long time ago, all bees were just plain black. Then, Spider had a brilliant idea. She set to work knitting different sweaters until the bright yellow and black ones fit and the bees were never the same again.

 

 

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 - Museum of Natural Curiosity 
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)
Location: Adventure Alcove in Kidopolis or, 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

 

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 February: 

The Snowkey Pokey
We will put our mittens in and our mittens out in this fun winter twist on the Hokey Pokey.

 

Featured Song for March: 

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Jump in with us while we sing this classic children’s counting song. 

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

 

March 19: 

The Mystery of the Dig Site Mix Up

The insect fossils we collected from 3 dig sites got mixed up! Help us match them to their prehistoric habitats by using knowledge of their modern-day insect relatives.

March 19 - Butterfly Biosphere
5-8 pm

Included with regular venue admission.

Upcoming Dates: 

April 16th, 5-8pm

 

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.

 

March 15: 

Family STEM Nights: Space Mission

A night of space centered activities, designed for families to enjoy together. Come test your skills as a space engineer, become a meteorologist, or test your nebula art skills!

March 15 - Museum of Natural Curiosity
5-8 pm

Included with regular venue admission.

 

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. 

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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