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, July 1st, Museum of Ancient Life
“Hooray for the Fourth of July” by Wendy Watson
In a small Vermont town a family celebrates the Fourth of July by attending a parade, having a picnic, and watching fireworks. Be ready for the 4th of July by making a fun and patriotic bracelet! And it’s a noise maker, too, so you are all ready for an Independence Day parade to beat the band!
Wednesday, July 2nd, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“Hats off for the Fourth of July” by Harriet Ziefert
It's the Fourth of July, and the people of Chatham know this is one parade they won't want to miss! A juggler and baton twirlers are the first to march down the street. Who will come next? There are cowboys on horses, the third-grade marching band, and everyone's favorite, Miss Eelgrass with the long green hair. Everyone is sorry when the parade is over, but wait! There is something else to look at-way up in the sky.
It’s Hats ON for the Fourth of July when you make these Fourth of July visors, perfect for watching a parade or fireworks!
Thursday, July 3rd, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Olivia Forms a Band” by Ian Falconer
Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?!
Next up on our #TourCuriosity, Kidopolis has a great music studio, and for story time we will make some a music maker of our own for a little 4th of July parade, just like Olivia!
Tuesday, July 8th, Museum of Ancient Life
“Dinosaur Sleepover” by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Spending the night away from home can be sound scary and Dinosaur is so anxious that he invents many reasons as to why he can't go: his family will miss him, he won't have his toothbrush or his clean PJs, and he can't possibly sleep without his teddy! But his little boy helps Dinosaur overcome his fears, and together they discover just how much fun a sleepover can be.
Today we’ll make a fun little paper pillow just perfect for a pretend sleepover!
Wednesday, July 9th, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“Tiger Trouble” by Diane Goode
Jack and his pet tiger, Lily, go everywhere and do everything together. Life is great for the two friends until Mr. Mud buys the apartment building Jack lives in. Mr. Mud hates cats, and so does his pet bulldog, Fifi. One day, he exclaims, "I want that cat out by tomorrow morning!" That night, while everyone except Lily is asleep, a burglar breaks into the building to steal all of Mr. Mud's valuables, including Fifi! Fortunately, Lily comes to the rescue, and the next day, she's the neighborhood hero.
You’ll have no trouble at all with today’s Tales for Tots making your very own little tiger!
Thursday, July 10th, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Jack's Garden” by Henry Cole
You can find nature like plants, bugs, and birds right in your own backyard as shown in this beautiful rhyming book.
Attention Members of the Explorer’s Club!!! Today we will be learning about the Trading Post in the Rainforest and what kinds of treasures you can trade there. After the story, we will make our own Outdoor Treasure Bag to collect interesting things from nature to examine on our own nature walks… and maybe trade!
Tuesday, July 15th, Museum of Ancient Life
“Trouble at the Dinosaur Café” by Brian Moses & Garry Parsons
A bouncy, boisterous, colorfully illustrated story. Several prehistoric beasts are sitting down to enjoy their snacks at the Dinosaur Cafe when along comes Tyrannosaurus, who is not satisfied with gobbling and gulping up menus–he wants meat! Today we will learn what dinosaurs eat meat and which eat plants and make out very own meat-eating T-Rex puppet!
Wednesday, July 16th, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“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! Make a pair of binoculars to take along on your next bear hunt!
Thursday, July 17th, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Are you a dragonfly?” By Judy Allen and Tudor Humpries
The most colorful wings on the pond belong to the nimble dragonfly, but this delicate flying insect didn't begin life in the air. The secrets of metamorphosis are unfurled in this story of the life of a familiar backyard creature. Today on our #TourCuriosity we will celebrate the Discovery Garden Eco-Pond with one of its amazing creatures; the dragonfly! Then make a colorful dragonfly of your own.
Tuesday, July 22nd, Museum of Ancient Life
“Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails” by Verla Kay
Mother, Father and Baby John are heading west and the deep rivers, endless plains, blistering desert, and steep mountains in the way are not going to stop them. The spirit of the grueling and exciting life on those treacherous trails is enlivened by little known details (did you know the pioneers pitched valuables from their wagons at steep sections of the trails?) and an energetically appealing family. Come celebrate Utah’s Pioneer Day with this fun story and make a covered wagon craft!
Wednesday, July 23rd, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“Dance, Pioneer Dance!” by Rick Walton
Walton's rollicking verses recall the westward journey to Utah of the first Mormon party in 1847. With Brigham Young serving as caller for this square dance rhyme, men, women, and children--as well as an assortment of horses, lizards, cows, buffalo, pigs, bears, and chickens--all partake in the merriment.
Get ready for Utah’s Pioneer Day with this fun book by a Utah native, then “Churn” your very own homemade butter like the pioneers and eat it too!
Thursday, July 24th, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails” by Verla Kay HOLIDAY ENCORE!
Mother, Father and Baby John are heading west and the deep rivers, endless plains, blistering desert, and steep mountains in the way are not going to stop them. The spirit of the grueling and exciting life on those treacherous trails is enlivened by little known details (did you know the pioneers pitched valuables from their wagons at steep sections of the trails?) and an energetically appealing family. Holiday Encore! Come celebrate Utah’s Pioneer Day with this fun story and make a covered wagon craft!
Tuesday, July 29th, Museum of Ancient Life
The Dinosaurs' Night before Christmas by Anne Muecke and, Nathan Hale
The traditional Christmas poem gets a wild and woolly new treatment in this wonderfully illustrated book, sure to attract dinosaur fans. We are celebrating Christmas in July! Hear a story illustrated by a Utah local, Nathan Hale, make a beautiful Dinosaur Ornament for your tree (even if it’s a houseplant instead of a Christmas tree!).
Wednesday, July 30th, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
“A Sister More Like Me” by Barbara Jean Hicks and Brittney Lee
A Sister More Like Me is an original story about Anna and Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen, but is not just a retelling or repackaging of the film. It is a very sweet and funny story about having fun with siblings or friends, even when they are different then ourselves. Did you know that Sister’s Day is this coming Sunday? This story is wonderful and you can make a card for your sister, girl cousin, or a friend who’s like a sister to you!
Thursday, July 31st, Museum of Natural Curiosity
“When the Library Lights Go Out” by Megan McDonald
When the library lights go out, that means it’s time for three story-hour puppets to begin their adventures! At first only Rabbit and Lion come out to play and explore their library home. But where is their friend Hermit Crab? Where could she be in the library darkness? In this charming story, come along with Rabbit, Lion, and Hermit Crab as they play, draw, and explore their way through the library—and find out what really happens when the library lights go out!. Today we will meet a real hermit crab courtesy of Critters 2 Go and make a puppet to try out in the Kidopolis Puppet Theater as we #TourCuriosity!
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.