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 (Beginning October 2nd)
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.      

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

 

 

September 21 | Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson
When two explorers meet each other in the woods, who knows what they might find and what adventures they will have.

September 28 | Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
What’s your favorite thing about fall? Celebrate the coming of Autumn with this book that highlights the changes that start to happen at this time of year.

October 5 | Tinyville Town Gets to Work by Brian Biggs
When a traffic jam on the bridge means that no one in Tinyville Town can get to work, what will they do? The mayor, city planner, and engineer get together and come up with a plan to get Tinyville Town back to work.

October 12 | There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe
Outer space is truly an amazing place. Join the Cat in the Hat to explore our solar system and learn why ‘there’s no place like space.’

October 19 | Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Hilda the hippo loves to dance. Unfortunately, her dancing is disturbing all the other animals in the jungle. She tries other hobbies, but none of them are as fun. Will she be able to find a way to dance and keep her friends happy?

October 26 | Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
When a witch grows a pumpkin so big that she can’t even pull it off the vine, she gets some help from her Halloween friends. A big pumpkin like this should be big enough to make treats for everyone.

 

Butterfly Biosphere 

 

 

October 2 | Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
When Bee finds a whole prairie in bloom, she races back to the hive to tell all her sisters. But how will she let them know where to find it? By doing a Bee Dance of course! This fun book teaches all about how bees communicate.

October 9 | Red are the Apples by Marc Harshman & Cheryl Ryan
It’s harvest time, and that means fresh corn, beans, apples, and more! Join us for this book that is a celebration of fall and the rainbow of colors that it brings to the garden.

October 16 | The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
It’s fall and squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He doesn’t have time to play with the mice, hop with the frogs, or run with the dogs. Will he be ready in time?

October 30 | Just Say BOO! by Susan Hood
If you get scared by something spooky or creepy on Halloween night, what can you do? Just say BOO! You may find that what you thought was scary, wasn’t really so bad after all.

 

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 - Ashton Gardens 
11am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)

Tuesdays - Museum of Natural Curiosity (Starting October 6th)
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 (Coming Soon)
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.

 

Featured Songs for September: 

Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Early autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a nice, fresh, juicy apple right off the apple tree. Join us as we shake the apples out of the tree with this fun counting song.

 

Featured Songs for October: 

Knock Knock, Trick or Treat!

Come trick-or-treating with us in this fun Halloween song. We will pretend to be ghosts, cowboys, ballerinas and more.

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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