Join us for our hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11 am. Book readings are typically followed by a craft activity related to the story that guests can take home.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Locations vary by date and are listed below.
Included with regular venue admission
Upcoming Tales For Tots:
Tuesday November 11, Museum of Ancient Life
“Dinosailors” By Deb Lund
Prepare for a high-rhyming, tummy-tickling, rip-snortingly hilarious tale of hijinks on the high seas when a crew of novice dinosailors set sail for adventure . . . only to find that something even better awaits them back home. Dinosaurs! On a sailing ship! This super silly story will have your little ones giggling from the first heave-ho.
Wednesday November 12, Farm Country
"Pigsty" by Mark Teague
Wendell Flutz's room isn't a mess. It's a total pigsty. But Wendell's mother can't get him to clean it up. Wendell doesn't think the mess is so awful. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed! When Wendell doesn't clean up his room, a whole herd of pigs comes to live with him. Come today to make a silly pig hat and get a nose to match… but don’t let that stop you from cleaning YOUR room!
Thursday November 13, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“We're Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen
Through long grass and muddy bogs this classic story will take us on an adventure we will never forget! Have you explored the “Thankanogous Caves” out in the Discovery Garden? Well, today’s craft might come in handy. Make a pair of binoculars to take along on your next bear hunt!
Tuesday November 18, Museum of Ancient Life
“Ouch!” by Ragnhild Scamell
Hedgehog has finished building a cozy nest for winter. Unfortunately, a ripe apple falls from the tree above and gets stuck in her spines, making it impossible for her to fit in her new digs. We will get the chance to meet a real live hedgehog, courtesy of Critters 2 Go and then make our own hedgehog craft
Wednesday November 19, Farm Country
“Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney
“Llama, Llama red pajama, waiting, waiting for his mama. Mama isn't coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret.” In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message. Baby Llama is scared at night, but his Mama Llama will be right back! Today we will make a Baby Llama puppet so you can help him not be afraid, too!
Thursday November 20, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!
Come today to make a fun pinecone turkey that will help you remember of little things you are thankful for this season!
Tuesday November 25, Museum of Ancient Life
“The Littlest Pilgrim” by Brandi Dougherty
A Thanksgiving story celebrating the gift of friendship!
Mini is the littlest Pilgrim in her village.
Too little to sew.
Too little to bake.
Too little to fish.
But she's not too little to make a friend.
Today we will make a special Thanksgiving bracelet to wear or share with a friend, just like the American Indians and Pilgrims shared their feast and had a party to become friends!
Wednesday November 26, Farm Country
“Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey
The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home! Today you will make a BEAUTIFUL turkey to take home as well, and you won’t even have to hide it under your shirt!
(No story time Nov. 27th due to Thanksgiving!)
Tuesday, December 2, Museum of Ancient Life
"How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague4
Children will laugh out loud as dinosaurs secretly lick candy canes, take sneaky peeks at gifts, and disrupt the traditional family feast. Come make big dinosaur feet to slip on and stomp around your own Christmas fun.
Wednesday, December 3, Farm Country
"Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas" by Jane O'Conner
Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? When we are done reading about Nancy's tree topper you will make your own to take home.
Thursday, December 4, Museum of Natural Curiosity
"The Elf on the Self a Christmas Tradition" by Carol Aebersold
This Christmas-themed story is written in rhyme. It explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice and describes elves visiting children after which they return to the North Pole each night. Have your child turn into an elf when he makes his own elf hat after reading this silly story.
Tuesday, December 9, Museum of Ancient Life
"Snowmen at Christmas" by Caralyn Buehner
It's Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside. The snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of caroling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus. Afterwards you will be able to make your own snowman.
Wednesday, December 10, Farm Country
"The Gingerbread Man" by Karen Schmidt
The gingerbread man outruns everybody, until he meets the quick-witted fox. See if your own gingerbread man can be fast enough after you make him.
Thursday, December 11, Museum of Natural Curiosity
"The Snowman and the Snowdog" by Hilary Audus and Joanna Harrison
This enchanting book reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. After our adventures with the Snowman you will be able make your own snow-globe to remember the wonders of the snow.
Tuesday, December 16, Museum of Ancient Life
"The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore
This classic poem has been woven into the fabric of Christmas traditions around the world. From the depiction of jolly St. Nicholas to the names of the reindeer, Moore's vision has helped shape the picture of the holiday season as we know it. Revisit with us this wonderful story and then make a fluffy white Santa beard to take home.
Wednesday, December 17, Farm Country
"The Legend of the Candy Cane" by Lori Walburg
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Will they get their wish? Come learn about the candy cane and then make your own.
Thursday, December 18, Museum of Natural Curiosity
"Santa is coming to Utah" by Steve Smallman
It's Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa's packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Santa flies over many Utah landmarks. "Ho, ho ho!" laughs Santa. "Merry Christmas, Utah!" Followed by making your own Santa to take with you wherever you go this holiday season.
Tuesday, December 23, Museum of Ancient Life
"Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" by Robert Barry
Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too tall, so he trims off the top and gives the top to the upstairs maid for her tree, and she finds it too tall, so she cuts off the top, which the gardener uses for his tree, but it is too tall. See who ends up with a tree in this wonderful tale, then make your own Christmas tree.
Wednesday, December 24, Farm Country
"The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg
Before you go to bed on Christmas Eve everyone should hear this story one more time. Come enjoy this tale of a little boys visit with Santa and walk away with your own reindeer bell.
Tuesday, December 30, Museum of Ancient Life
"Li'l Rabbit Kwanzaa" by Donna L. Washington
Li'l Rabbit is not having a very good Kwanzaa. Granna Rabbit is sick, and so his family won't celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa this year: a big feast called Karamu. Inspired by Brer Rabbit, a trickster character from the African-American folklore tradition, the story of Li'l Rabbit captures the true meaning of Kwanzaa—coming together to help others. Learn more about Kwanzaa and then make a Kwanzaa necklace.
Wednesday, December 31, Farm Country
"P. Bear's New Year Party" by Paul Owen Lewis
A dapper polar bear has an elegant New Year's party and invites all of his animal friends—one whale, two horses, three cows, and so forth until midnight. As each party animal arrives, children learn to count . . . AND tell time. End the year with us and make a noise maker to celebrate with.
About Our Supporter:
Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is the presenting sponsor of Tales For Tots. With SSFCU’s generous donation, the Tales for Tots program will receive support in providing education through reading books to thousands of children. SSFCU chose to partner with Thanksgiving Point as it shares core values in giving back to the community, especially in Utah where the young population demands more learning opportunities. In addition to monetary support, SSFCU employees will be volunteering as book readers and helping with crafts at Tales For Tots. To learn more about SSFCU, visit www.ssfcu.org.