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 Curious Critters, 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11 am. Staff will engage guest with interactive storytelling followed by process-driven and play-based art, literacy, and/or science activities that connect to the story theme of the day.


Monday - Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday - Farm Country
Friday - January - February - Museum of Natural Curiosity
               March - May - Butterfly Biosphere
               June - September - Ashton Gardens
               October - December - Butterfly Biosphere


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 



June 24 | Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Max wears his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired.

July 1 | Cookiesaurs Rex by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans
Cookiesaurus Rex declares that he is King of All Cookies and he wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of "do" he wants. 

July 8 | How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin
If you must dress a dragon, you must be prepared to catch him as he flies by. Also, beware of ticklish toes, shirts with buttons, and hats that do not fit neatly between his horns

July 15 | Pirate Viking and Scientist by Jared Chapman
Pirate is friends with Scientist. Scientist is friends with Viking. Pirate and Viking are NOT friends. What can Scientist do? Use his brain, of course--and the scientific method!

July 22 | We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins
It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious!

July 29 | How I Captured a Dinosaur by Henry and Amy Schwartz
Liz, who is fascinated by dinosaurs, finds a living Albertosaurus on a camping trip and brings it home to live with her.



Farm Country 



June 19 | The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew, and blew, and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind!

June 26 | Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton
Rockets have power. They rise and roar. This rocket's waiting, ready to soar. Rockets carry astronauts with cool, white suits oxygen helmets and gravity boots.

July 3 | The Three Little Pigs an Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia
Not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Which one will?

July 10 | There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend?

July 17 | Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Hilda Hippo loves to dance! But there's just one problem. When Hilda dances, it sounds like this: Ka-bump! Ka-bump! The other animals beg her to find a quieter hobby. Knitting? Singing? For Hilda, nothing else will do.

July 24 | No Tales for Tots - Holiday

July 31 | Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
On a cold afternoon Annabelle finds a box with yarn of every color. It looks like an ordinary box of yarn. But it turns out it isn’t.




Ashton Gardens



June 21 | Gives Bees A Chance by Bethany Barton
Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn't quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind!

June 28 | If I Were A Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery
Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield. But if he were in the jungle, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting.

July 5 | Bring Me A Rock by Daniel Miyares
When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry.

July 12 | I am Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
The Official Spider Test. What do you do when you see a spider?  A. Smile, but back away slowly. B. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly. C. Runaway screaming. If you chose a, b, or c, then this book is for you!

July 20 | I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty
Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all.

July 26 | Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski 
A honeybee searches for nectar, then returns to the hive to tell the other bees. She does a waggle dance, moving in a special figure-eight pattern to share the location of the food source with her hive mates.



Enjoy a morning full of music and movement exploration at the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country. 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.

Included with regular venue admission.

Tuesdays at 11 am: Museum of Natural Curiosity

Thursdays at 11 am: Farm Country


Each month two new songs will be featured at each Melody Makers program.

Featured Songs for June: 

Come learn “Down by the Bay” and “The Goldfish (Let's Go Swimming) song"!


Featured Songs for July: 

 Come learn “Baby Honey Bee” and “Each of us is a Flower!”



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! Beginning March 5th, 2019!

Tuesdays at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

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