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.

Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday – Museum of Natural Curiosity
Friday (June - September) – Ashton Gardens 


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 


May 1 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Shoonmaker
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 of her friends are round!

May 8 | If you Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Baily
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? This delightfully absurd is guaranteed to tickle funny bones and spark imaginations.

May 15 | Dinosaurs Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

May 22 | Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees
Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth-Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid.

May 29 | Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Gartlon Scanlon
A young, rhythmic read-aloud about a girl who solves a windy problem with an environmentally sound solution: planting trees.


Farm Country 


May 2 | Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads

May 9 | Prudence the Part by Time Cow
Prudence is a part-time cow―she is also a scientist, an architect, and an inventor, studying and building and dreaming and creating.

May 16 | Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
A penguin has wings for a reason . . . doesn't he? Having a best friend with his own airplane is one thing, but actually experiencing what it feels like to fly by himself?

May 23 | Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer
Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens!

May 30 | The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself.


Museum of Natural Curiosity



April 26 | Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna
Told in jaunty, rollicking rhymes that are enlivened by colorful, humorous digital illustrations, no matter how energetic a little ‘bot’ may be, there inevitably comes a time when ‘batteries are running low!

May 3 | Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Mark and Caralyn Buchner
In this variation on the classic folktale, a rhyming, rope-skipping, little girl rudely helps herself to the belongings of a genteel family of bears 

March 10 | Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz
Humpty Dumpty is humiliated. All the King's Horses and All the King's Men make fun of him and his embarrassing fall every chance they get

May 17 | I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dave Petty
The hit book about a willful young frog with a serious identity crisis and his heard-it-all-before father

May 24 | This is My Book! by Mark Pett
What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks?-Pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book?

May 31 | Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
Smiley Shark may be the biggest fish in the ocean but he's also the friendliest and the funniest - and by far the smiliest.

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



Museum of Natural Curiosity


May 1 | Travel the World Through Song and Dance
Come experience music from all over the planet as we journey through the much-loved international children’s songs. Make a mini maraca to take home.

May 8 | By the Sea
Have you ever swum in the ocean?  Come sing and dance with us as we discover what animals live in the water.  The make and take instrument today is a castanet with blue and green ribbons to move like the waves of the ocean.

May 15| Bugs and Butterflies
Do you have a favorite type of bug?  Discover how bugs move and see if you can do it too!  Make a key chime to take home.

May 22 | The Clock is A-Ticking!
Explore time with us today as we count out the beat with songs like Hickory Dickory Dock! Make a unique mini drum today.

May 29 | Be a Cool Cat
Learn about some cool cats like tigers, lions and even a jaguar! Can you pretend and move like one of these? Come sing songs and learn to move like these and other zoo animals!  Make a zoo finger puppet today.


Farm Country                                         



April 26 | Travel to the Moon
There is more than one way to travel like trains, cars, and how about a rocket to the moon. Imagine that you can be an astronaut and travel to space. Some songs take us on a journey through our imagination. Join us today as we sing, play, and pretend.  The take home instrument today will be CD Cymbals.

May 3 | Going to the Zoo
We will be featuring music to explore the many types of animals you might see at the Zoo.  Swing back and forth like a gorilla, clap like a seal, jump like a kangaroo, and join in the fun of pretending. Make a cup shaker.

May 10 | On the Pond
What kinds of animals live on a pond?  Join us as we leap like a frog and swim like a fish.  We will be making a frog or fish stick puppet for you to take home.

May 17 | Hoedown Farm
Put on your cowboy boots and come have a blast as we sing and dance to classic country songs.  We will even learn how to line dance!  Make a comb rhythm instrument today.

May 24 | Rocking with the Robins
Come explore the aviary world with us as we sing just as sweetly! Tweet-Tweet! Can you pretend to be one of our feathered friends?  The take home instrument today will be a pan flute made with straws.

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: 
October-February at the Museum of Ancient Life
March-September at Farm Country




Museum of Natural Curiosity  

May 12 | Amazing Adaptations - Featuring the Bean Museum

Are all animals built the same? How is a snake different from a tarantula, and why? Learn what makes animals so diverse and what their different features help them accomplish. We'll have special visitors to help us discover everything we can about animal adaptations!

Farm Country

May 26 | Baby Animals!

Spring is upon us! Do you know what that means? A plethora of baby animals! How long are different types of animals in their mommy's belly? Do all animals look the same as a baby as they do an adult? Come meet some adorable friends and play some games to help discover the adorable world of baby farm animals


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. 


 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  Location varies by season.  See below. 

January, February, March: Museum of Ancient Life
July, August, September: Farm Country
April, May, June: Ashton Gardens
October, November, December: Museum of Natural 



Ashton Gardens


April 16, 23, 30 | Tulip Festival Monday Nights
Join us in the Ashton Gardens for Monday Night Activities at the Tulip Festival.  We will be exploring nature use binoculars and magnifying glasses to search for birds and go on the hunt for unique tulip varieties. What can you find in the garden just by looking? When you have found your inspiration join us at the painting station to begin creating your artistic rendition of your discoveries.

May 7 | Birds in Our Garden
Many colorful and sweet sounding birds make their home in the Ashton Gardens, and rightly so! Come observe what makes these gardens an ideal home for many native and visiting species, while getting the chance to see some eggs, feathers, and other amazing bird artifacts up close!

May 14 | Flowers in the Garden
There are MANY types of flowers in our beautiful Ashton Gardens and we want to spotlight them for this Monday Night! Come observe, identify and even create artistic wonders using our beautiful floral friends by making leaf rubbings, pressing flowers and painting masterpieces.

May 21 | What's in the Pond
The ponds at Ashton Gardens are beautiful to look at, but did you know they contain some pretty cool critters too? Come observe the life cycle of a frog, feed some beautiful fish and discover some amazing things about lily pads!

May 28 | Air is Everywhere!
Come explore wind and weather in the Ashton Gardens- and how the wind helps plants grow and thrive! Capture the power of wind by creating a wind sock, testing out flight patterns of seeds and exploring the way wind moves with our Leap into Science experiments.

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.



May 4 | Balance Games
Oops! Don’t let it fall! Test your stacking skills and play games like Jenga, Twister, Cup Stacking, and other great balance games.


May 18 | Create Your Own Board Game
This time you decide what to play. Get creative and construct your own game.


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



May 19 | Home Improvement for Little Pigs

The Big Bad Wolf is back! The two little pigs, learning from their past experiences, have come to you for help. Still lacking the proper funds for bricks, they have asked that you build them a house out of affordable materials that will withstand powerful winds. Are you up for the challenge to prepare the little pigs for their second encounter with the hungry wolf? Come build as a team and test your structure against the wind. All supplies will be provided.


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