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.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Monday (June - October) –Ashton Gardens
Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday– Museum of Natural Curiosity
Included with regular venue admission.
Upcoming Tales For Tots:
July 25 | “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens
Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny and exciting story. Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship.
August 1 | “Flowers are Calling” by Rita Gray
Flowers are calling to all the animals, “Drink me!”—but it’s only the pollinators who feast on their nectar. In rhyming poetic form and with luminous artwork, this book shows the cooperation between plants, animals, and insects.
August 8 | “Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni
In this classic book, a winsome, winning inchworm is proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun. What can you measure? Learn more about measuring by inches.
August 15 | “Follow the Silver Trail” by Keith Faulkner
Ant has a mysterious problem. Once Ant discovers Caterpillar has a very similar problem, the chase is on. Follow the trail with Ant and Caterpillar to find out what is at the end of the Silver Trail.
August 22 | “Like a Windy Day” by Frank Asch & Devin Asch
Join us today as we explore what it is like to have a Windy Day. The wind is powerful and stormy, mischievous and unpredictable.
August 29 | “Some Bugs” by Angela Diterlizzi
Grab your magnifying glass! Find your field guide! And come hope, hide, swim and glide through this buggy backyard world!
Museum of Natural Curiosity
July 21 | “Beekle” by Dan Santat
Award winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable take about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.
July 28 | “The Three Little Pigs” by Mei Matsuoka
“Then I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff… and I’ll blow your house down!” cried the wolf. Find out what happens when the three little pigs build homes made of straw, sticks, and bricks. With lively illustrations to enjoy again and again.
August 4 | “Don’t Eat the Teacher” by Nick Ward
It’s Sammy the Shark’s first day at school, and he’s terribly excited about it. But when Sammy gets excited he can’t help biting things. Can he get through the day with causing too much trouble and without eating the teacher?
August 11 | “Seaweed Soup” by Stuart J. Murphy
It’s slimy, it’s smelly, it’s green, and it’s gooey. It’s seaweed soup—it’s Turtle’s favorite lunch! Turtle made enough for everyone, but nobody wants to even taste it. How can they tell Turtle without hurting his feelings?
August 18 | “Smiley Shark” by Ruth Galloway
Smiley Shark longed to dip and dive, jiggle and jive, dart and dash, and splish and splash with all the other fish; but whenever he smiled at them they swam away. When all the other fish get trapped in a fisherman’s net, it’s up to Smiley Shark to find a way to free them.
August 25 | “Froggy Learns to Swim” by Jonathan London
Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. “Not me!” says Froggy, who’s afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!
Museum of Ancient Life
July 19 | “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox
Everyday all over the world children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, caring and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are just like you.
July 26 | “Fidgety Fish” by Ruth Galloway
Tiddler is a very fidgety fish. So much so, that when his mother has had enough, she sends him out exploring, reminding him to be careful of "the Big Fish." He comes across several sea creatures before his curiosity gets the better of him…
July 20 | “Hooway for Wodney Wat” by Helen Lester
Kids will love the wordplay, the expressive drawings, and a story line that subtly suggests that we all have our secret strengths.
July 27 | “Tacky the Penquin” by Helen Lesser
A rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are advantages to being an individual. This is a must reading for any kid-or grown-up- who refuses to follow the pack.
August 3 | “It’s My Turn, Smudge!” by Miriam Moss
Sharing can be so hard, especially when you’ve got a brand-new fishing net to play with! Smudge will learn more about how sharing with friends can make enriching experiences together.
August 10 | “Sitting Ducks” by Michael Bedard
Day after day, brand new dusk roll off a giant assembly line operated by alligators at the Colossal Duck Factory. When one duck falls off the assembly line, an alligator brings him home for “dinner.” What happens next will delight all.
August 17 | “Mice Make TROUBLE” by Becky Bloom
What can you draw with a set of magic pencils? When Henry starts drawing on the wall, his drawings come to life; but when six mischievous mice run loose, Henry must find a solution and fast.
August 24 | “Lettice: The Flying Rabbit” by Mandy Stanley
Lettice Rabbit dreams about learning to fly. Can dreams come true? Find out what happens when Lettice finds a tiny plane just her size.
August 31 | “Is Your Mama a Llama?” by Deborah Guarino
Lloyd the baby llama asks his different animal friends, is your mama a llama?” All the animal friends answer no; but, in riddles and rhymes, lead Lloyd towards the answer he longs most to hear.