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, Monday Night Activities, and Design Challenge, 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 11 am. Each day a new story is read followed by a fun activity that goes along with that story.

Monday  (June - October) –Ashton Gardens 
Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday– Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

January 2 | Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?

January 9 | Tek the Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell
Tek is a cave boy in love with tech. "UGH!" Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

January 16 | The Dark by Lemony Snicket
The “dark” lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does. What happens next will surprise you.

January 23 | All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning until night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to the warmth of family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

January 30 | Gorgonzola, a Very Stinkysaurus by Margie Palatini
Gorgonzola was known near and far for his . . . dinosaur odor. That is, until a bold little birdie decides it’s high time to show this soap-challenged big boy just how to clean up. 

Farm Country 

January 3 | I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in different ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together. 

January 10 | Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
What will you hear when you read this book? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book!

January 17 | Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon
When a group of kids finds an animal happily napping in their backyard, they set out to discover what it is and where it belongs. As they search and search they finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature. And when sloth wakes up, it's in for a BIG surprise! 

January 24 | Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake.

January 31 | Animals Don’t So I Won’t by David G Derrick
Ben loved pretending he was an animal. But when his mom said, "clean up for dinner," Ben claimed, "Animals don't, so I won't." However, he didn't expect two could play the same game. 

Museum of Natural Curiosity

December 28 | This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini
This is a very serious book. Nothing silly is allowed. There are no funny faces, no clowns, and no shenanigans. A serious book is always respectful, and, of course, is always in black and white. But wait! Who’s this? Zebra might be black and white, but he is NOT serious. And he and his friends are ruining the book with their antics, parades, and parties! 

January 4 | Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway
Nipper the crab finds that his huge, clumsy claws always cause him problems until his friend Octopus gets tangled up in some seaweed while playing hide-and-seek and only Nipper can free him.  

January 11 | Clink by Kelly DiPucchio
Clink was a state-of-the-art robot with the dazzling ability to make toast and play music at the same time. Now kids want snazzier robots. Clink almost gives up on ever finding a home—until the day he spies a boy who just might be the right playmate.

January 18 | Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi
Grab your magnifying glass! Find your field guide! Featuring butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have young insect enthusiasts bugging out with excitement!

January 25 | Bee, Snails, and Peacock Tails, by Betsy Franco
Come explore the hidden shapes and patterns in nature. The peacock's flashy tail is a masterpiece of color and shape. A buzzing beehive is built of tiny hexagons. Even a snake's skin is patterned with diamonds. 

 

Bring your tots and enjoy a fun morning of exploring music and movement at the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country.  Led by our education staff, Melody Makers is the perfect opportunity for little kids to dance and move in a fun and friendly environment.  Included with regular venue admission.

Tuesdays at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Thursdays at 11 am: Farm Country

 

Upcoming:

Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

January 2 | Count it Out
Count it out!  Learn songs about numbers today like One, Two Buckle My Shoe and other counting songsLearning numbers can be a lot of fun.  Make a cup shaker to take home. 

January 9 | Wiggle and Giggle
It’s time for silly songs today.  Try to make a funny face, make a silly sound or try a few silly phrases as we sing, dance and play to silly songs. Wiggle and giggle and join us for fun and games through songs. Make an instrument from an empty paper towel roll. 

January 16 | Going to the Zoo
We will be featuring music to explore the many types of animals you might see at the Zoo.  Swing back and forth like a gorilla, clap like a seal, jump like a kangaroo and join in as we have fun pretending.  Make a zoo animal stick puppet today. 

January 23 | Move to the Beat
It’s time to move to the beat and shake it up.  Move, clap and make a beat to various rhythm patterns as we use shakers, maracas and drum sticks to enhance the music. The take home instrument today is a mini maraca.

January 30 | Sounds Are Fun
How do instruments make sounds? Explore with us as we experiment with a variety of instruments. We will also explore a variety of patterns to make those instruments sound exciting. Make an instrument with recycled materials. 

 

Farm Country                                         

December 28 | The New Year
Pots and pans can make a lot of noise when bringing in the New Year but add in voice amplifiers and sound makers for a new twist on an old tradition. Make your own drum/noise maker to take home.

January 4 | Line It Up!
Learn a line dance today as we sing, dance and jig it out to country songs. It’s time to say Howdy Partner as you dance to a traditional song called The Chicken Dance.  Make a slap stick rhythm instrument.                        

January 11 | Around Town
Learn the actions to Wheels on the Bus and many other songs as we learn about transportation - trains, cars, rockets and more.  Make a unique instrument with buttons. 

January 18 | Music and Play
Come sing and play with us today as we learn to make shapes with ribbon wands, make a beat with our drum stations and dance to a variety of music. Make a ribbon wand to take home.

January 25 | On the Farm
Old MacDonald had a farm and we love all the animals on his farm.  Come explore with us as we learn songs about the many animals you can find on a farm including BINGO the farmer’s dog. Today we are making a unique spoon instrument.

  

It’s not every day you could meet an alligator or greet a skunk. Animals are all around us, some live in your backyard, some live far away, but all are important to our world. Come get up close and personal with some of the most interesting animals you will meet as we explore some of the curious critters that make our world wonderful.

Second Saturday of each month at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Fourth Saturday of each month at 11 am: Farm Country

 

Upcoming:

Museum of Natural Curiosity  

January 13 | Wild Wonders-Peculiar Pets!

Some people might want a fox for a pet- but they don't quite know how to care for them, or even that it's against the law in some state- including Utah! Exotic pets can be exciting and fun, but there's a LOT of work that comes along with it. Come discover with our friends at Wild Wonders what makes an exotic pet so exotic!

Farm Country

January 27 | Night LIfe

We see lots of fun animal friends during the day, but what about at night? There's quite a lot of animals that are awake during the night, and they have special jobs and skills! Come learn all about them and help us build a bat box for the farm!

Have you ever wondered about winged warblers? Have you been curious about carnivorous condors? Come explore at our Birdosity program. Discover the life of birds, brush up on your identification skills and learn about a variety of bird related topics. Whether you are an eggs-pert or have a new found love of birds, Birdosity is a program the whole family will enjoy.

First Saturday of each month at 10:30 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Third Saturday of each month at 11 am: Museum of Ancient Life

 

Upcoming

Museum of Natural Curiosity

January 5 | Adaptation Artistry

What if you could make a bird of your very own? What would it eat? Where would it live? Would it have special skills like camouflage, or fast flight? Come visit us at Birdosity and explore adaptations while designing your very own bird.

 

Museum of Ancient Life

January 19 | Archaeopteryx Exploration-

After the discovery of Archaeopteryx, scientists began proposing a relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Come explore the fossil of this ancient bird: What parts look like a bird? What parts resemble a dino? How do you think this animal moved?

 

 

Featuring new activities each week, Monday Nights at Thanksgiving Point focus on a single theme with various activities designed to entertain and educate the whole family. 

When

 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  Location varies by season.  See below. 

January, February, March: Museum of Ancient Life
April, May, September: Farm Country
June, July, August: Ashton Gardens
October, November, December: Museum of Natural 
Curiosity

Upcoming 

Museum of Ancient Life

January 1 | Dino Discovery
Come explore our Dynamic Dinosaurs!  Go on a wild safari through the museum to find all our prehistoric friends.  Then you can discover, create, and name your very own dinosaur.

January 8 | Paleontology 101
Come be a paleontologist for a day! Make a field journal, practice recording your findings, hunt for your favorite fossil, and learn what takes to be a paleontologist. Then join us in a dinosaur scavenger hunt—what will YOU find?

January 15 | Measure Up
How do you measure up to your favorite dino?  Explore the museum of ancient life using different measurement tools. This Monday Night features: LEAP into Science: Measure It Up.

January 22 | Under the Sea
Take a closer look at the ancient oceans!  What was around 520 million years ago?  Check out the amazing trilobites and ammonites, as well as other ocean creatures from later periods.

January 29 | Heads Up
What are ancient skulls like? How have skull features changed over time?  Come compare different skulls from different time periods and create a masterpiece from what you have learned.

 

Looking for a fantastic Friday night activity? On the first and third Friday of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm, get your game on with a variety of classic and new board games during our Family Game Night. Family Game Night is a family-focused evening for kids and parents of all ages. 

First & Third Friday of each month at 5:30 pm: Museum of Natural Curiosity.

 

Upcoming  

January 5 | Observation games
What can you see when you look closely? Tonight you'll have to use your observation skills to make matches and find hidden pictures with games like Spot It and Memory Matching!

 

January 19 | Group Games
Grab the whole gang and join us for some group games like “musical chairs” and “do you like your neighbor”!

 

Come have fun while innovating! Design Challenge is a Museum program that gets everyone engaging in the engineering design process. Make a team with your family and join us! Up to eight teams may compete at each challenge. It is free to compete and all supplies will be provided but if you wish to take your project home there will be a small fee to cover the cost of supplies. Come ready to design, build, test and prototype a solution to a given problem. The top three winners for each challenge will receive a trophy and every team will receive a participation certificate.

Third Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm: Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

Upcoming

January 20 | Bank Robbery Car Chase

There's been a bank robbery in Kidopolis! Police arrived quickly at the scene, but the thieves were already in their getaway car. As a team of cops or robbers, come join the chase by building a miniature car out of various materials. Your team's car must move on its own on a flat surface. Test the speed and distance your car goes by racing them at the bank. Will the robbers make a speedy escape? Or will the cops catch them in the act? All supplies will be provided.

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