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 

 

 

November 28 | How Do Dinosaurs Go to School by Jan Yolen and Mark Teague
Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own! Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

December 5 | Penguin Problems by Jory John
What do you know about penguins? In this story a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like--and it isn't all fun and games. Join us as we read amazing stories about penguins.

December 12 | The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor youngsters will ever forget.

December 19 | Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So, they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up--by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!

December 26 | Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
What did the dinosaurs do for fun? What really happened when the Jurassic gang wanted to let off some steam? They danced, of course! They rocked and rolled; they twirled and tromped! 

 

Farm Country 

 

 

November 22 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoomaker
Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her -- she can't get her square paw into mouseholes, she can't wear her favorite circle skirt, and all her friends are round! Eula is sad until her two best friends show her just how well a square cat can fit into this round world.

November 29 | Hi Pizza Man by Virginia Watter
'What will you say when the doorbell rings and we open the door?' asks Mom. 'Hi, Pizza Man!' replies the thoughtful child.  But what if it's a pizza woman? a pizza kitty? a pizza duck?

December 6 | Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside down.

December 13 | The Most Magnificent Thing
A girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. What happens next will surprise you.

December 20 | A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Michael Moore
This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. The birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.

December 27 | Whose Story is this Anyway?   By Mike Flaherty
What’s this book about? That depends on who you ask. 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.

  

Museum of Natural Curiosity

 

 

November 23 | No Class
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 30 | We found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

December 7 | Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: 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 an animal and more. 

December 14 | Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy
Every time the music stops, one more monster is OUT! Kids won't be able to sit still for this musical game. What other musical games do you play? Join us as we read stories about movement, music, and dance.

December 21 | Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
It's Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside. The snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of caroling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus.

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! 

 

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

 

 

November 28 | Around Town
Learn the actions to Wheels on the Bus and many other songs as we learn about transportation - trains, cars, rockets and more.  The take home instrument today is an egg shaker maraca with ribbons.

December 5 | Sounds of the Season
Jingle, shake, tap, rap, ding-a-ling, and join us today as we explore the many sounds we can make with instruments.  Then make a water bottle shaker that looks like it’s snowing inside it.

December 12 | Let it Snow
Make the season bright as we learn to sing in Fa, La, La, La fashion.  You can also hear and explore different sounds and tempos with a variety of holiday songs. We will make festive ribbon wands today.

December 19 | Sleigh Bells Ring
Join us for music time with seasonal songs about snow, reindeers, and sleigh rides. Make the festive season even more exciting as we “jingle all the way” with a make and take instrument made with bells.

December 26 | Winter Wonder
The snow is a big part of the winter season.  Come imagine with us today, as we sing songs about a snowman and make a snowstorm with ribbon wands.  Explore fun songs about winter weather. Today we will make a snowflake plate shaker.

 

Farm Country                                         

 

 

November 23 | No Class
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 30 | 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. We will make a Kazoo today.

December 7 | Winter Wonder
The snow is a great way to enjoy the winter season.  Come imagine with us as we sing songs about a snowman and make a snowstorm with ribbon wands.  Explore fun songs about the weather outside. Today we will make a snowman shaker.

December 14 | Let it Snow
Make the season bright as we learn to sing in Fa, La, La, La fashion.  You can also hear and explore different sounds and tempos with a variety of holiday songs. Make an instrument with bells.          

December 21 | Feliz Navidad
Come explore the festive season, sing songs, play with instruments, and learn holiday songs. Then make mini maracas and “shake it up” with music.

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.

  

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  

December 9 | Bean Museum-'Camouflage Critters'
When you walk outside what kind of animals do you see? Do you know there are animals around that you can't see as well? Pretty cool, huh! Come discover some hard to find friends at the Museum of Natural Curiosity with help of the Bean Museum

Farm Country

December 23 | Pick a Pet!
Ever wonder what it's like to own a pony? A chicken, or even a peacock? Come learn what it takes to be a pet parent to some animals on 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

December 2 | Colors All Around

Parrots are known for being some of the most colorful birds in the world! But why all this color? Would't that just make them stand out? Silly Birds! You might be surprised to learn a little something about birds and their coloration! Jim and Kathy Fowers- beloved avian experts- will bring in some of their colorful compadres to help us understand more about birds and their colors.

 

Museum of Ancient Life

December 16 | Raptors in Motion

WARNING! There's a Raptor in the building! -Well of course there is, its an ancient life museum! But what if I told you this raptor was alive? Come visit a real live raptor and some of his friends while we discover the connection between dinos and birds!

 

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 Natural Curiosity

 

 

November 27 | All About Art - Winter Themes

What is your favorite Winter Holiday? Come create a holiday decoration that highlights your best holiday memory. Make a mosaic, create a masterpiece, and discover the magical world of imagination through art. We will also be making ornaments from pinecones.

December 4 | Leap In To Science: Sound is All Around

Explore the science of sound. Loud, soft, fast, slow, discover how your favorite holiday carols and songs are made. Make an instrument to take home and enjoy the festive sounds of the season.

December 11 | Let it Snow

What do you know about winter weather? Join us today as we observe snowflakes, make snow inside, cut-out snowflakes from paper and learn how cold and heat transfer differently through various elements.

December 18 | For the Curious Mind

What can you find at the Museum of Natural Curiosity that you haven’t seen before?  Join us today as we play games, play I Spy, Where’s Waldo, go on a scavenger hunt and more. Use your eyes to explore the hidden things at the museum.

 

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  

 

December 1 | Minute to Win It | Museum of Natural Curiosity

The clock is ticking! How fast can you finish our fun minute to win it games? Come play against your family and friends in our fun game night.

 

December 15 | Life Size Pac Man | Museum of Natural Curiosity 

Come play our multiplayer life size Pack Man! Come run the maze, just don't let the ghosts get you!

 

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

December 16 | Elf Reacher Design Challenge

If you haven’t noticed, the elves at the North Pole run kind of short. Recent construction in the workshop did not take this into consideration, leaving their hefty tools on the top shelf. How can they get their work done on time? Come help these desperate elves by designing a grabber out of various materials that can reach those badly planned shelves. Test your grabber by the length it can reach and the weight it can carry. Then you better get those plans sent to the north pole! All supplies will be provided. 

 

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