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 

  

 

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

 

December 23 | How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere.

December 30 | Sunshine and Snowballs by Margaret Wise Brown
A story of two children's exploration of the seasons of a year. Explore the magical colors, sounds and sights of our natural world in spring, summer, autumn and winter through the eyes of a young boy and girl.

Gathering book written by Leslie McBride

January 6 | Have You Seen My Dinosaur by Jon Surgal
He’s big and green and a little boy’s best friend. This dinosaur has never been lost before but today he can’t be found anywhere! Can you help us find him?

January 13 | Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
When Peter wakes up snow as fallen during the night. Does he stay inside, or does he go outside in snow. Come find out while we read this children’s classic.

January 20 | When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach
Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable thing happens. He discovers that on this day, stores everywhere are giving away a very special Jurassic treat. How do you convince Mom to let you keep them?

January 27 | The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer
I wish I lived a thousand years ago. There would be beautiful castles, kings and queens, good knights, fair ladies in danger, evil dragons from the mountains, and a giant troll that roars and eats anything.

 

 

 

Farm Country 

   

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

  

 

December 25 | No Tales for Tots

January 8 | The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew, and blew, and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White's umbrella, Priscilla's balloon, the twins' scarves, even the wig on the judge's head. Is the wind going to carry everything out to sea?

January 15 | The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion.

January 22 | Who Took the Farmers Hat by Joan L. Nodset
The farmer had a hat, but then the wind came and blew the hat away. The farmer went looking. Neither squirrel, nor Mouse, nor Duck, nor any of the other animals has seen the hat. Would the farmer ever find his favorite hat?

January 29 | The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy.


 

Butterfly Biosphere

 

Tales for Tots will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month during the month of November by giving Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff members) the opportunity to write and share their very own children’s stories in December at our Tales for Tots Program. We hope to inspire our community to get creative and get writing!

 

  

December 20 | Gotta Go! Gotta Go! By Sam Swope
The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is.

Gathering book by Thanksgiving Point Manager Amber Thomas

December 27 | Penguin Problem by Jory John
This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.

January 3 | The Tickly Spider by Margaret Wise Brown
If you lay in the grass and hold very still you never know what you may see. You may see a ladybug or a caterpillar. Or if you are very lucky you might see a tickly spider. Explore the wonders of these tiny creatures as we discover THE TICKLY SPIDER.

January 10 | Ocean Wonders by Dorothea DePrisco Wang
This fun and interactive book reveals brightly illustrated sea creatures on every page, while teaching young children about the creatures of the open sea and how they live.

January 17 | Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam
Bon Appetit! BUGS FOR LUNCH caters to a full array of creatures–animal, plant, and human–that munch on bugs. From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to a spider trapping a fly

January 24 | Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts.

January 31 | 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.

 

 

 

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 December: 

The Snowkey Pokey
Stand up and get your wiggles out with our exciting Winter version of Hokey Pokey.

Jingle Bells
Bring your singing voices and practice keeping the beat as we go dashing through the snow on a one horse open sleigh!

Featured Songs for January: 

I'm a little Snowman
This cute little snowman is all ready to play, but what happens when the sun comes out? Get ready to sing and move with this snowy tune.

New Year's Cheer
Come celebrate the new year and dance along as we share our new year's cheer.

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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