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 - October - May - Butterfly Biosphere
               June - September - Ashton Gardens


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 






February 17 | Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs did for fun? They danced, of course! They rocked and rolled, they twirled and tromped! They had themselves a Dinosaur Stomp!

February 24 | More Parts by Tedd Arnold
Give me a hand...hold your tongue...scream your lungs out...what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Well, one thing is for sure, he'll have to be creative.

March 2 | If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack
If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don't know what to do with it...why don't you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur.

March 9 | Who Ate All the Cookie Dough by Karen Beaumont
Who ate all the cookie dough? Was it monkey, or maybe hippo? Mama Kangaroo is going to figure it out if she has to ask all the animals in the jungle.

March 16 | Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
Oops! Have you ever made a mistake? What did you do? In this book we’ll learn how mistakes can lead to beautiful art.

March 23 | Where Did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton
Where did all the dinos go? Some say they vanished long ago. Could they be living way out west in cowboy boots and fancy vests?

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.




Farm Country 





February 19 | Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliot and Mary Peterson
What do you do when you find some beautiful dirt just waiting to be explored? Dig in to this vibrant picture book that celebrates all the surprises found down in the dirt!

February 26 | Plant a Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
In this book you will see how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. And by tapping, clapping, waving, and more, young readers can join in the action!

March 4 | It’s About Time by Stuart J. Murphy
What time is it? Follow the clock through the day in this book while we practice telling time.

March 11 | Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Brand new baby rabbits are playing out on the lawn for the first time. They are having a great time meeting other creatures, but then it starts to rain. Share the wonder of these little creatures as they discover their world.

March 18 | Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick-up truck—that is until he gets stuck.

March 25 | Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert 
There are so many colors in the world around us. If you plant a lot of different flowers, you can see a rainbow grow right before your eyes.


Butterfly Biosphere





February 21 | 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.

February 28 | 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. Run away screaming. If you chose a, b, or c, then this book is for you!

March 6 | Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale
Have you ever seen a flower that looks like a pair of pants? How about dancing ballerinas? You’d be surprised what you can see in a flower when you use your imagination.

March 13 | Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi
Frank loves everything about being a spider. Until one day he wakes up and one of his legs is gone. Is he even still a spider?  Will Frank learn where he fits in now that he is different?

March 20 | We Are Growing by Laurie Keller
The grass is growing, but they are all different. Some grow fast, some grow curly, and some are silly. Every grass is different, but that’s ok because they are all important.

March 27 | Bee Gets a Sweater by Keith Faulkner
Bee, a plain black insect, is cold, so Spider offers to knit a sweater, but it takes a while to hit on exactly the right pattern.



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 February: 

Come learn to say 'I Love You' in a new way, then join us for this cute song that is a Melody Maker's favorite.

Learn about rhythms and then clap, stomp, and shake along to the beat with this fun cultural tune.


Featured Songs for March: 

Irish Washerwoman
We’re all a little bit Irish this month! Come clap, stomp, and dance along to this Irish tune.

John the Rabbit
This naughty little rabbit has a habit of getting into the garden and stealing all kinds of yummy vegetables. Sing and play along with this traditional call and response folk song.

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

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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