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!

Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information 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 - October - May - Butterfly Biosphere
               June - September - Ashton Gardens


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 





March 30 | The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti didn’t think she was very good at art. She sat in her chair and did nothing all throughout art class. But then her teacher did something that changed Vashti’s mind about art forever.

April 6 | Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
A told B, and B told C, will you come learn the alphabet with me?

April 13 | Cookiesaurus Rex by Nate Evans
Cookiesaurus Rex is the King of All Cookies! But will he get all the sprinkles and gumdrops he thinks he deserves?

April 20 | Beep, Beep, Vroom, Vroom! by Stuart Murphy
Molly plays with her big brother's cars, learning all about patterns and colors! What patterns will you notice?

April 27 | Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs could be lumpy and they could be grumpy. They were sometimes very long and sometimes very strong. Which is your favorite?




Farm Country 





April 1 | Chicken Big by Keith Graves
On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous... something.

April 8 | Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Scanlon
A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind.

April 15 | Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members and farm animals every day of the week.

April 22 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Everything that normal cats do is hard for the only square cat in town -- she can't get her square paw into mouseholes and all of 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.

April 29 | Who Took the Farmer’s Hat by Joan Nodset
The farmer had a hat. The wind came and blew it away! And as fast as the farmer ran, the wind raced even faster. Would the farmer ever find his favorite hat?



Butterfly Biosphere





April 3 | I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Lola is a very fussy eater, so her brother Charlier tries to help her see food in a different way. There are many things Lola won’t eat, including — and especially —tomatoes. Or will she?

April 10 | Clumsy Crab by Galloway Ruth
Snippety-snap! Nipper is a clumsy crab. His huge claws always get in the way! Can he find a way to play games with his sea creature friends?

April 17 | Hanks Big Day by Evan Kuhlman and Chuck Groenink
Hank is a pill bug with a busy life—for a pill bug, that is. His daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf, climbing up a long stick, avoiding a skateboarder, and playing pretend with his best friend.

April 24 | Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
There are so many places that wild can exist, if only you know where to look! Can you find it? Two kids set off on an adventure away from their urban home and discover all the beauty of the natural world.




Join us for a new mini version of our popular Melody Makers program, Tuesday, June 23rd at the Ashton Gardens. 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.

Venues are timed ticketed. Please reserve a ticket for the 10:30am time slot to allow time to meet us near the concessions and restrooms behind the garden’s main amphitheater. Let the music guide you to our special spot. After playing with us, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesdays at Ashton Gardens: 11:00-11:15am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)

Family groups will be spaced 6 ft. apart in our outdoor area using colored dots to indicate individual dance spaces. Little to no props will be used and will be thoroughly cleaned after each program. The program will run about 15-20min once a week. More offerings will become available as COVID-19 restrictions are released.

Included with regular venue admission.

temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information soon.

Join us for The Dirt on Dinos program at the Paleontology Lab window every Wednesday. Play, explore, and ask questions of our knowledgeable staff. Come learn about the science happening every day here at Thanksgiving Point!

Included with regular venue admission.

Wednesdays from 10 am - Noon: Museum of Ancient Life

Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information soon.

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!

Tuesdays at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

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