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:
*There will be no Tales for Tots on Tuesdays in August to accomodate Two-Buck Tuesdays.
Wednesday, Oct 1st, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson
The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? Today is October 1st and we are getting ready by making a fun (and fluffy!) countdown to Halloween!
Thursday, Oct 2nd, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Piggie Pie!” by Margie Palatini
Everyone who knows pigs knows that they are smart and these piggies are far too clever for Gritch the Witch to catch! They don costumes of other animals and pretend that there are "No piggies" at Old MacDonald's farm. Today we will hear a not-so-scary-very-silly story, and turn ourselves into very silly piggies!
Tuesday, Oct 7th, Museum of Ancient Life
“Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus” by Margie Palatini
Long, long ago, when dinosaurs ruled the land, there lived a dino who was the worst of them all: Gorgonzola. Not really large, not really scary, Gorgonzola was known near and far for his… D.O. Yes, dinosaur odor. From horn to toe, Gorgonzola was one serious stinker. That is, until a bold little birdie decides it’s high time to show this soap-challenged big boy just how to clean up his act. Kids will laugh, squeal, and wrinkle their noses as this very stinkysaurus learns to freshen up. And one way that dinosaurs AND kids make sure they do not get stinky breath is by taking care of their teeth! We will make silly Dino smiles to remind us.
Wednesday, Oct 8th, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it's been too long since you've attended a wild rumpus! This Sendak classic is more fun than you've ever had in a wolf suit, and it manages to reaffirm the notion that there's no place like home. Let the wild rumpus begin! Today we will make a fun matching game we can play again and again at home!
Thursday, Oct 9th,Museum of Natural Curiosity
“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 them off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. You won’t have to worry about the crops in the Kidopolis Tots Farm this fall. As part of our #TourCuriosity, we’ll scare away the clever crows with a scarecrow puppet!
Tuesday, Oct 14th, Museum of Ancient Life
“Me Want Pet!” by Tammi Sauer and Bob Shea
Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around. This weekend is Dog Days in the Garden… but what if your pet was a wooly mammoth? Or a Dodo? Today you will make a finger puppet so you can pretend to have a pet mammoth of your very own!
Wednesday, Oct 15th, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
"Go Dog Go!" by P.D. Eastman
From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy? Get ready for Dog Days in the Garden this weekend with this silly dog story and a mask to pretend to be a dog yourself!
Thursday, Oct 16th,
Museum of Natural Curiosity
“The Broken Cat” by Lynne Rae Perkins
There are times when hearing a familiar story -- even a story about how your mother fell and broke her arm when she was a little girl -- can be comforting. And so it was for Andy, and for his cat, Frank. Because the important thing is that injuries heal. When they have healed, they become stories -- and sometimes a story with a happy ending is exactly what is needed. Dog Days starts tomorrow. Have you visited the Animal Hospital in Kidopolis? Today we will learn that bones, skeletons, and x-rays are not a scary Halloween thing in real life!
Tuesday, Oct 21st, Museum of Ancient Life
“What Was I Scared of?” by Dr. Suess
What's a pair of empty green trousers doing standing by itself in the woods? Or riding a bike in Grin-itch? Or fishing on Roover River? The narrator certainly doesn't want to find out but wherever he goes, he's haunted by the spooky empty pants. Finally, when the two find themselves hiding from each other in a Snide bush the terrified narrator realizes, "I was just as strange to him as he was strange to me." This little Seussian gem, plucked from the back of The Sneetches and Other Stories, shines on it own as it delivers a timeless message about fear and tolerance. Celebrate Dr. Suess’ silliest and “spookiest” story by making a pretty magical craft of crazy colored pants that can follow you wherever YOU go and keep your place in any book!
Wednesday, Oct 22nd, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“The Little Old LadyWho Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda D. Williams & Megan Lloyd
0nce upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard... CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! Don’t be afraid to hear this (slightly) spooky story and make a special pumpkin bracelet that will RATTLE and SHAKE!
Thursday, Oct 23rd, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Little Goblins Ten”
by Pamela Jane and Jane Manning
Over in the forest where the trees hide the sun lived a big mommy monster And her little monster one. "Scare!" said the mommy; "I scare," said the one. So he scared and he scampered Where the trees hide the sun. From monsters to ghosties to goblins, everyone's favorite beasties haunt and howl and rattle their way through their forest home in this silly, spooky twist on the beloved nursery rhyme "Over in the Meadow." Come today to make a spooky pair of puppets that would be at home in our Kidopolis Puppet Theater, or at your home as Halloween approaches!
Tuesday, Oct 28th, Museum of Ancient Life
“Dinosaurs' Halloween” by Liza Donnelly
An encounter with a fellow trick-or-treater whose dinosaur costume is remarkably realistic gives a boy a Halloween full of surprises. Today we’ll make trick or treat bags for a Dino-mite Halloween!
Wednesday, Oct 29th, Farm Country
“Six Creepy Sheep” by Judith Ross Enderle
A holiday counting book with rhymes and alliteration depicting how the six sheep dressed as creepy ghosts
are frightened off, one-by-one, by trick-or-treaters until only one creepy sheep is left to knock on the door of a lonely barn. Would you like a Halloween activity perfect for your littlest ghouls and goblins? Welcome Tales for Tots back to the Farm with a frighteningly funny “Trick-or-SHEEP” craft!
Thursday, Oct 30th, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman
The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised! Today we will make a silly pumpkin hat, and you can even put a grinning face on it if you like!
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.