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.

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

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Museum of Ancient Life 

   

May 29 | Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Gartlon Scanlon
A young, rhythmic read-aloud about a girl who solves a windy problem with an environmentally sound solution: planting trees.

June 5 | Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly and Anna Miranda
Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings!

June 12 | Telephone by Mac Barnett
It's time to fly home for dinner! But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner?

June 19 | Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon
Who's that sleeping in our tree? 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. And when sloth wakes up, it's in for a BIG surprise!

June 26 | Dinosaur Vs. The Library by Bob Shea
Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?


 

Farm Country 

  

May 30 | The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself.

June 6 | Baa Baa Black Sheep by Iza Trapani
An industrious black sheep has wool aplenty, but little else for her friends. Horse needs hay, Mouse needs cheese, and Pig needs slop, but the poor black sheep has none of these.

June 13 | Mam Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward
A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies.

June 20 | Mary Had a Little Lab by Sue Fliess
Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator!

June 27 | You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen
As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors.

 

Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

May 31 | Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
Smiley Shark may be the biggest fish in the ocean but he's also the friendliest and the funniest - and by far the smiliest.

June 7 | Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
A determined little spider named Walter is trying to make a sturdy web that will stand up to the blustery wind. Can Walter make a web that is both wonderful and strong?

June 14 | Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Did you know that monsters love to scribble, scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle! Why? Because monsters love to make new colors!

June 21 | Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buchner and Mark Buchner
Join goldilocks in in her adventure into the home of the three bears.

June 28 | My Aunt Came Back by John Feierabend
Revisiting a folk music classic, this delightfully illustrated picture book adds an unexpected twist to a timeless song, building to a hilarious conclusion certain to engage children time and again. 

 

Ashton Gardens

 

June 1 | Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
Not sure whether to high-five bees or run away from them? Well, maybe you shouldn't high-five them, but you definitely don't have to run away from them.

June 8 | I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
What do you do when you see a spider? a. Lay on a BIG spidey smoocheroo. b. Smile, but back away slowly. c. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly. d. Run away screaming. If you chose b, c, or d, then this book is for you! (If you chose a, you might be crazy.)

June 15 | Night Animals by Gianna Marino
First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running. “What could it possibly be?” asks Bat. “Night Animals!” the animals declare.

June 22 | Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone by Iza Tapani
After being scolded by his young owner, the little dog with his ears cut short and his tail cut long runs away from home.

June 29 | Hank’s Big Day by Evan Kuhlman
Hank is a pill bug with a busy life—for a pill bug, that is.

 

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

  

May 29 | Be a Cool Cat
Learn about some cool cats like tigers, lions and even a jaguar! Can you pretend and move like one of these? Come sing songs and learn to move like these and other zoo animals!  Make a zoo finger puppet today.

June 5 | Time to Dance
Put on your dancing feet and come explore different dances with us.  We will be learning how to dance like a chicken and other animals.  The take home instrument today will be a ribbon wand.

June 12 | Learn to Rhyme and Have a Good Time
Learn about rhyming with some simple words and practicing some rhythm patterns! Tongue twister enthusiasts need apply!  Today’s instrument is a ribbon maraca.

June 19 | Visit the Orchestra
Explore Music with us as we learn about the instruments in the orchestra and make some of our own. Make an instrument out of recycled materials.

June 26th | Splish-Splash!
Summertime is a great time to take a cool bath or go for a swim!  Come relax with some of our favorite water songs!  Make a decorative, unique water bottle shaker.

 

Farm Country                                         

 

June 7 | Singing Sounds
How many different sounds can you make?  We can make different sounds just like instruments do!  Come put those silly sounds to music as we practice things like humming and clicking.  The take home instrument today will be a cup shaker.

June 14 | Sprout and Shout
Help us plant the seeds of music with these upbeat spring and summer garden songs! Each of Us is a Flower growing in life’s garden. Make a flower puppet and seed shaker.

June 21 | Leaping Lizards
Come learn about our fantastic scaled friends by becoming a dragon and snapping with the alligators!  Make a drum with us today.

June 28 | 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. So, wiggle and giggle and join us for fun and games through songs. Today’s activity is a kazoo.

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: 
October-February at the Museum of Ancient Life
March-September at Farm Country

 

Upcoming:

Museum of Natural Curiosity  

June 9 | Great Migration Challenge

Birds have quite a thing to accomplish when the seasons change! Come find out what they must endure to survive migration!



Farm Country

June 23 | Owl CSI

Did you know that owls swallow their food whole? Ouch! Their bodies can handle it, though! Come discover what owl leave behind and dissect your own owl pellet!

 

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
July, August, September: Farm Country
April, May, June: Ashton Gardens
October, November, December: Museum of Natural 
Curiosity

Upcoming 

 

Ashton Gardens

 

 

May 28 | Air is Everywhere!
Come explore wind and weather in the Ashton Gardens- and how the wind helps plants grow and thrive! Capture the power of wind by creating a wind sock, testing out flight patterns of seeds and exploring the way wind moves with our Leap into Science experiments.

June 4 | Bugs and Butterflies
Bugs aren’t that scary once you get to know them. Come take a closer look at the world of bugs and the role they play in our garden.  Join us to build your own bug, observe a variety of bugs and little critters and then discover the helpful bugs and beautiful butterflies.

June 11 | Splish Splash
Blend water fun and science with this Monday night activity. Try the penny drop challenge, test our mystery liquids, and observe pond water with microscopes and Then just for fun come explore the magic of making giant bubbles.

June 18 | Architecture, Color, and Design
Have you ever wanted to paint your own Monet bridge? Or sculpt a beautiful garden scene? Or spend time exploring different trees, flowers, and plants. If you answered yes to any of these, join us for a night of color and design.

June 25 | Garden Favorites
Come enjoy some of the favorite activities from past Monday Nights in the Garden. Join in a nature scavenger hunt, observe birds, feed the Koi fish, and join in our exciting outdoor activities. There will be a few lawn games like ladder ball, kickball croquet, and more.

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 Friday of each month: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Third Friday of Each Month: Ashton Gardens (June-September)

 

Upcoming  

June 1 | Puzzles and Patterns
Can you put all the pieces together? Join us for some puzzling and patterning games at the Museum of Natural Curiosity.

 

June 15 | Classic Outdoor Games
Game night is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Come play in the Ashton Gardens as we hula hoop, jump rope, and play some other classic outdoor games.

 

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

June 16 | Catapult: Battle of Curiosity

The battle of Curiosity is underway. Fighting isn’t always the answer, but when marshmallows are the weapon of choice, it comes with fun! As a team of curious warriors, gather and create a marshmallow catapult, then test its power, accuracy, and distance. Will your catapult win this curiosity war? All supplies will be provided. Watch out for flying marshmallows!

 

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