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.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Monday –Ashton Gardens
Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday – Museum of Natural Curiosity
Included with regular venue admission.
Upcoming Tales For Tots:
June 6 | “ Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni
Meet a winning, winsome inchworm, proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast, unless he can measure her song, the inchworm calls on his craft and skill to creatively solve the dilemma.
June 13 | “The Bunny of Bluebell Hill” by Time Preston
Bunny’s house is such a mess that she decides to look for a new place to live. But wherever Bunny goes, nothing seems right Will she ever find her ideal home?
June 20 | “Grow Flower Grow!” by Lisa Bruce
One day Fran found a flowerpot filled with soil. Let’s find out how Fran learned how to grow flower grow!
June 27 | “Six Crows” by Leo Lionni
While a farmer tends his field of wheat, six hungry crows watch and wait in a nearby tree. When the wheat ripens, the farmer builds a scarecrow to frighten then off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. Leo Lionni brings this fable to life with brilliant collages. And once again he shows us that compromise can work magic.
June 17 | Parachute Play
There are so many ways to play with a parachute! Come help us as we use our parachute to build a fort, play popcorn, make waves, or even mix up a fruit salad.
Museum of Natural Curiosity
May 26 | “Can You Make a Scary Face?” by Jan Thomas
What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Come find out as we read this fun story!
June 2 | “Always in Trouble” by Corinne Demas
No Matter what day of the week it is, Toby is up to no good! Emma loves her dog, but something has to be done…”
June 9 | “I You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff
If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim...
June 16 | “I Was So Mad” by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer's very popular Little Critter stars in a picture book about feeling angry. With minimal text and funny illustrations to spell out every new situation, the book shows the Critter family saying no to everything Little Critter wants to do.
June 23 | “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff
The exuberant dog who first appeared in if you give a pig a party is now the star of his very own book. Written in the irrestible “If You Give…” tradition, if you give a dog a donut is another homerun from the beloved team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.
June 30 | ”Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone
Beloved illustrator J. P. Miller’s graphic, colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page—but they aren’t jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat! Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny, favorite folktale.
Museum of Ancient Life
May 24 | “Kite Day” by: Will Hillenbrand
On a windy spring day Bear and Mole decide to fly a kite! But first they have to build one. They design, measure, and finally construct their kite. With a "zoom, zoom, zoom" the kite soars "up, up, up" in the air. But when a storm rumbles in --"SNAP"!--the kite string breaks! Will they ever be able to get their kite back? Come find out as we read about this windy day.
May 31 | “Some Bugs” by Angela DiTerlizzi
Grab your magnifying glass! Find your field guide! And come hop, hide, swim, and glide through this buggy backyard world!
June 7 | Theme/Book: “Dinosaur Sleepover” by Duncan Edwards
What would you do if you and Dinosaur were invited to a sleepover party, and Dinosaur looked worried? He’s never slept away from home before…
June 14 | Theme/Book “ Dinosaur Sleepover” by Pamela Edwards
What would you do if you and Dinosaur were invited toa sleepover party, and Dinosaur looked Worried? He’s never slept away from home before.. You’d say, “Don’t” worry, Dinosaur. Sleepovers are fun.”
June 21 | Theme/Book: “If the Dinosaurs Came Back” by Bernard Most
In this delightful book, a small boy imagines a world where dinosaurs perform public services. Bold lines accentuate humorous ideas. Children can formulate their own outcomes about what would happen if the dinosaurs returned.
June 28 | Theme/Book “Chimp and Zee” by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Let’s get carried away with Chimp and Zee, in this wonderful, rhyme filled story- perfect for reading aloud and sharing with our own little monkeys
May 4 | “Mama, Do You Love Me?” By: Barbara M. Joosse
A child tests the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting.
May 11 | “The Very Cranky Bear” by: Nick Bland
Zebra, Moose, Lion, and bland little sheep all want to play in a cave during a rain storm, but they upset a very cranky bear. What can they do to make cranky bear less cranky?
May 18 | “Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin
Come to the Farm with us and peek into the life of a worm as we read excerpts from his daily journal of worm school, worm family, and worm life with friends.
May 25 | “Balancing Act” by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Two mice make a teeter-totter. They're balancing just fine, but then along comes a frog. Can they make room for one more friend on their teeter-totter? Come find out in this fun Balancing Act.
June 1 | “Time for Bed” by Mem Fox
Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers--sleep tight! “Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.
June 8 | “Little Penguin” by A.J. Wood
Little Penguin looked up aat the big penguins with their sleek, shiny feathers and their long, strong beaks. He wished more than anything for the day when he could look like them.
June 15 | “ Just Me and My Dad” by Mercer Mayer
Another Mayer Mercer “Just Me and My… book, a small creature describes a camping trip that he and his father take.
June 22 | “Duck and Goose” by Tad Hills
This is an egg, or is it? Duck says it’s his- he saw it first. Goose says it’s his- he touched it first. But they both agree it’s a beauty. And that’s a start….
June 29 | “ The Little Engine that Could” by Walter Piper
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.