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 Curious Critters, 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 hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11 am. Staff will engage guest with interactive storytelling followed by process-driven and play-based art, literacy, and/or science activities that connect to the story theme of the day.

 

Monday - Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday - Farm Country
Friday - October - May - Butterfly Biosphere
               June - September - Ashton Gardens
      

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

  

 

 

 

January 27 | The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer
I wish I lived a thousand years ago. There would be beautiful castles, kings and queens, good knights, fair ladies in danger, evil dragons from the mountains, and a giant troll that roars and eats anything.

February 3 | The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
When Peter wakes up snow as fallen during the night. Does he stay inside, or does he go outside in snow. Come find out while we read this children’s classic.

February 10 | Flight School by Lita Judge
Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly!

February 17 | 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!

February 24 | More Parts by Tedd Arnold
Give me a hand...hold your tongue...scream your lungs out...what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Well, one thing is for sure, he'll have to be creative.

 

 

 

Farm Country 

   

 

  

January 22 | Who Took the Farmers Hat by Joan L. Nodset
The farmer had a hat, but then the wind came and blew the hat away. The farmer went looking. Neither squirrel, nor Mouse, nor Duck, nor any of the other animals has seen the hat. Would the farmer ever find his favorite hat?

January 29 | The 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.

February 5 | Farm Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat
Farmer Brown sheared his sheep. Then the sheep went running, cold and shaking, behind the farmer as he was taking all their wool to Mr. Peale.

February 12 | Hi, Pizza Man by Virginia Walters
The toddler shouts, 'I'm hungry!' 'What will you say when the doorbell rings and we open the door?' asks Mom. 'Hi, Pizza Man!' replies the child. But what if it's a pizza woman? a pizza kitty? a pizza duck?

February 19 | Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliot and Mary Peterson
What do you do when you find some beautiful dirt just waiting to be explored? Dig in to this vibrant picture book that celebrates all the surprises found down in the dirt!

February 26 | Plant a Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
In this book you will see how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. And by tapping, clapping, waving, and more, young readers can join in the action!


 

Butterfly Biosphere

 

 

  

January 24 | Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts.

January 31 | Bring Me A Rock by Daniel Miyares
When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry.

February 7 | 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. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all.

February 14 | Little Ant’s Valentine by S.M.R. Saia
Little Ant hates Valentine's Day. None of the girls in the anthill like him, so he has nothing to celebrate. Then he meets the pretty ant. She is as stuck-up and unfriendly as Little Ant himself can sometimes be - but who says you need to be perfect to deserve a valentine?

February 21 | Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
A honeybee searches for nectar, then 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 hive mates.

February 28 | I am Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
The Official Spider Test. What do you do when you see a spider?  A. Smile, but back away slowly. B. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly. C. Run away screaming. If you chose a, b, or c, then this book is for you!

 

 

Enjoy a morning full of music and movement exploration at the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country. 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.

Included with regular venue admission.

Tuesdays at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Thursdays at 11 am: Farm Country

 

Each month two new songs will be featured at each Melody Makers program.

 

 

Featured Songs for January: 

I'm a little Snowman
This cute little snowman is all ready to play, but what happens when the sun comes out? Get ready to sing and move with this snowy tune.

New Year's Cheer
Come celebrate the new year and dance along as we share our new year's cheer.

Featured Songs for February: 

Skidamarink
Come learn to say 'I Love You' in a new way, then join us for this cute song that is a Melody Maker's favorite.

Carnivalito
Learn about rhythms and then clap, stomp, and shake along to the beat with this fun cultural tune.

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 at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

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