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 


April 25 | Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets
A young boy finds in the wind a playmate of many moods: one that can sail boats, fly kites, blow dirt, and turn umbrellas inside out. What would you do together if you had the wind as a playmate?

May 2 | Ish by Peter H Reynolds
Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles.

May 9 | Our Stars by  Anne Rockwell
Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they're far away, stars are part of your world, too! Lift your eyes to the night skies to see.

May 16 | I’m a T Rex by Dennis R Shealy
In this book a T-Rex tells all about his great and terrible self. Facts about the T-Rex are humorously presented: "Does the T stand for toothy? Does the T stand for tall? Does the T stand for terrible? I am known as them all!"

May 23 | The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo. Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement. One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo's room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

May 30 | Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Just how big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that is bigger than your head? In this visually stunning book, seeing  is believing as Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and small.


Farm Country 


April 26 | 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. But wait! Who’s this? Zebra is NOT serious. And he and his friends are ruining the book with their antics, parades, and parties!

May 3 | Sky Color by Peter H Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint. So, when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream.

May 10 | There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe
"I'm the Cat in the Hat, and we're off to have fun. We'll visit the planets, the stars and the sun!" And so, Dr. Seuss' famous Cat in the Hat whisks young readers off on a fun-filled tour of the solar system.

May 17 | Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guanrino
With humorous rhymes, six lovable animals help Lloyd the llama discover what kind of animal his mama is. Can you help Llama find his mama?

May 24 | In My Heart by Jo Witek
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. 

May 31 | Farmer in the Dell Illustrated by John O’Brien
The farmer has tumbled down into the dell, and everyone from his wife and nurse to the cat and the rat come running to his rescue. Hand in hand, they make a human chain to pull the farmer out of the dell. Everyone makes the effort--except for that haughty slice of swiss cheese. Will the farmer ever get out of the dell?

Museum of Natural Curiosity


April 20 | Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown
A simple story of a young boy's fantasies about flying in his aero plane. This flight of fancy adventure takes place in a dreamy world where the sky's the limit.

April 27 | Mapping Penny’s World
Lisa's class is learning how to make maps. The teacher says they can make maps of anyplace, so Lisa starts with her bedroom. Her dog, Penny, helps with the map. This gives Lisa an idea: Why not map Penny's world?

May 4 | Beatiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a silly animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

May 11 | Every Planet Has a Place by Becky Baines
Look up! Discover that Every Planet Has a Place. The Earth is just one of many planets in our solar system. Why is this the perfect place for us to live? Which are the "gas planets?" And why have we changed what we think of Pluto? Then Zigzag into other questions: What does Earth look like from space? Will I ever live on Mars?

May 18 | Monster Musical Chairs by Stewart J Murphy
Every time the music stops, one more monster is OUT! Kids won't be able to sit still for this musical introduction to subtraction at its simplest. Come enjoy the magic of math and music exploration.

May 25 | 
Who’s Story is this Anyway? By Mike Flaherty
Our humble narrator thinks he’s got a great story for you, but he barely begins before he’s interrupted by a scallywag pirate with a thrilling legend of mermaids and sea monsters! Soon an entire cast of colorful characters derails the boy’s saga.

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



Museum of Natural Curiosity


April 25 | Learn to Try
Sometimes we learn do things that are difficult. Come see what can happen when we do our best and try! We will also wiggle and giggle as we try. The take home instrument today will be a creative shaker you can design.

May 2 | Travel the World through Song and Dance
Come experience music from all over the planet as we journey through the much-loved international children’s songs. The make and take instrument today is a castanet with ribbons.

May 9 | By the Sea
Have you ever swum in the ocean?  Come sing and dance with us as we discover what animals live in the water.  Make a maraca to take home.

May 16 | Bugs and Butterflies
Do you have a favorite type of bug?  Discover how bugs move and see if you can do it too!  The take home instrument today will be a pan flute made with straws. 

May 23 | The Clock is A-Ticking!
Explore time with us today as we count out the beat with songs like Hickory Dickory Dock! Make a comb rhythm instrument today.

May 30 | 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 unique ribbon wand to dance with.



Farm Country


April 20 | Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
It’s time to see how to move and shake it up. Learn about our bodies and how they wiggle about. The take home instrument today will be a water bottle shaker.

April 27 | Travel to the Moon
There is more than one way to travel like trains, cars, and how about a rocket to the moon. Imagine that you can be an astronaut and travel to space. Some songs take us on a journey through our imagination. Join us today as we sing, play, and pretend. The take home instrument today will be a plate rhythm maker.

May 4 | 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 the fun of pretending. Make a comb rhythm instrument.

May 11 | On the Pond
What kinds of animals live on a pond?  Join us as we leap like a frog and swim like a fish.  We will be making a fish stick puppet for you to take home.

May 18 | Hoedown Farm
Put on your cowboy boots and come have a blast as we sing and dance to classic country songs.  We will even learn how to line dance!  The take home instrument today will be a 2-cup rhythm maker.

May 25 | Rocking with the Robins
Come explore the aviary world with us as we sing just as sweetly! Tweet-Tweet! Can you pretend to be one of our feathered friends?  Make a wrist egg shaker to take home.


March, 2017: Please note that we have new times and dates for the Curious Critters program. 


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



Museum of Natural Curiosity  

May 13 | Animals All Around the World featuring Wild Wonders
Let’s take a trip around the world and meet some animals found there. We will visit jungles, deserts, and even waterways! Why would an animal live there? How would you like to live in a jungle or desert?

Farm Country

May 20 | Hatching Eggs and Cheeping Chicks
It’s Spring and chicks and goslings are everywhere at the Farm. Can you tell the difference between chicken eggs, turkey eggs, and goose eggs? What about after they hatch? Come learn about our baby feathered friends.

March, 2017: Please note that we have new times and dates for the Birdosity program. 

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



Museum of Natural Curiosity

May 6 | Birds in Motion
Join us in the Discovery Gardens as we learn about brightly colored parrots- birds of prey and the lives they lead! Explore more of what it means to own a bird and what responsibilities come with it, you just might be surprised!


Museum of Ancient Life

May 20 | History of Birds
Our dinosaur friends of the past still have some relatives here on earth, and you may have some of them in your backyard!! What kind of animal do you think this is? Here's a hint: "cluck cluck!!"

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.

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


Farm Country


April 24 | Square Foot Gardening | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn all about gardens and about planting a vegetable garden.  We will be learning more about crop spacing, seed purchasing, soils, regular care, and more!

May 1 | Working Animals | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Why do we keep so many animals on the farm?  How do they help us and what jobs do they each have? Come learn all about the working animals on the farm! Discover the many products that farm animals provide.

May 8 | Farmer's Market | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
What’s that on my plate? Where did that come from? And how did it get there? Explore with us as we take a journey to follow the path of produce from soil to market.

May 15 | Baby Animals | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come see the new baby animals at the farm! Explore what these new babies look like and learn about how they are cared for. Then tell us what your favorite baby animal is!

May 22 | Leap Into Science with Your Senses | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us today as we explore the world outside through the eyes of fun science experiences.  What can you measure? What sounds can you hear?  How do the senses help us explore? Come explore science at the farm in a whole new way!

May 29 | Farm Favorites | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come explore with us at Monday Nights at the farm. We will be presenting some of our favorite activities from the previous Monday Night farm activities.  Tell us about your adventures at Farm Country.

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



April 21 | Create Your Own Boardgame
Tonight you decide what to play! Come create and play your own family board game!

May 5 | Dice Games
All it takes is a roll of the dice to play these game night games. We’re playing games all about dice tonight. Join us for Tenzi, Farkle, Yahtzee, and more!

May 19 Balance Games
There will be tons of toppling and tipping tonight as we explore balance through games! Join us for some of our favorite balance games like Jenga, Suspend, and more.


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




May 20 | Stomp Rocket and Launcher

Shoot for the stars! Learn about engineering and aerodynamics. Design and build a stomp rocket and launcher that will launch a rocket over an obstacle and will travel the longest distance. All materials will be provided. The rocket and launcher must be finished and ready to test by 3:30 pm.



Do you know the people in your Neighborhood? What are their jobs and hobbies? Come meet a diversity of guests at Thanksgiving Point and get to know them and their passions.

Dates and locations vary, see below for details. 



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