Tales For Tots at Thanksgiving Point

Tales For Tots

Presented by Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU)

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
11 am


Monday - Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday – Museum of Natural Curiosity


Included with regular venue admission


Upcoming Tales For Tots:

Museum of Natural Curiosity

July 23 |  “Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe” by Brian Moses

All is quiet in the Dinosaur Cafe until big bully Tyrannosaurus bursts in, demanding more than vegetarian fare! After he threatens to put all the herbivores into a dinosaur stew, they decide to retaliate and call in their secret weapon - Terry Triceratops who delivers a whack and a smack and a three-pronged attack!

July 30 | “How do Dinosaurs Eat their Food?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.

August 6 |  “Dancing in the Wings” by Debbie Allen

Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream.

August 13 |  “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Andreae Giles

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance but with crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think.

August 20 | “Angelina’s Big City Ballet” by Katherine Holabird

For the first time ever, Angelina is visiting the most famous city in Mouseland: the Big Cheese! She can’t wait to explore the city and perform her fairy ballet. But her cousin Jeanie tells Angelina that tap dancing is much better than ballet. How can the two girls overcome their differences and learn to work together in time for the big show?

August 27 | “Barn Dance” by Bill Martin Jr.

In an old farmhouse, bathed in the light of a full moon, a young boy creeps to his bedroom window and looks outside. It is coming from the Barn, as he gets closer he hears the sweet sound of a country fiddler and the rhythmic thumping of dancing feet. But who could possibly be having a barn dance in the middle of the night? Come find out in this fun tale!


Museum of Ancient Life

July 21 |  “Where do Balloons Go?” by Jamie Lee Curtis

Haven't you ever wondered ...Where do balloons go when you let them go free? Come listen to this fun rhyme about the many things a balloon can see and do.

July 28 | “Tea Rex” by Molly Idle

Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . .



Farm Country

July 22 | “Who’s on the Farm” by Heather J. Gondek

This engaging lift-the-flap book will help beginning readers get comfortable with the reading process by helping them recognize important first words. Lively sentences are composed of words and pictures. Lift the picture flaps and see the matching words underneath, then add up the clues - young ones will love the challenge of figuring out what friendly farm animal is hidden under the giant lift-flap on each page.

July 29 | “The Farmer in the Dell” by John O’ Brien

The farmer has tumbled down into the dell, and everyone from his wife and nurse to the cat and the rat come running to his rescue. Hand in hand, they make a human chain to pull the farmer out of the dell.

August 5 | “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Marjorie Priceman

With mournful moan and silken tone, itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE...Then a trumpet joins in to become a duet; add a French horn and voila! You have a trio -- and on it goes until an entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Come read with us about Music.

August 12 | “Our Marching Band” by Diana Cain Bluthenthal

Ralph loves the tuba. Maureen fancies the flute. Betsy likes the glockenspiel, and for Calvin it's the drum. Belinda prefers the trombone, Harry craves a clarinet, and Sam longs for a saxophone. And then there's Mae McCall-a natural born leader with a baton. What's a group like this to do? Form a marching band, of course.

August 19 | “I Know A Shy Fellow who Swallowed A Cello” by Barbara Garriel

This shy fellow, a wallflower, swallows a cello, followed by many more musical instruments, until at last he burps, belches, and bellows.

August 26 | “Jungle Drums” by Graeme Base

Little Ngiri is the Smallest Warthog in Africa. Tired of being teased by his bigger brothers and sisters, he wishes things could be different. Then one day he gets a set of magic drums. Come see what happens to little Ngiri.



Thanksgiving Point Gardens

July 20 | “Clumsy Crab” by Ruth Galloway

Nipper, a loveable crab, has huge, clumsy claws. No matter what games he plays with his friends Nipper’s claws always get in his way. So the friends decide to play hide-and-seek—something they can all do together, but Nipper’s claws ruin his hiding place! So instead, Nipper looks for his friends while they hide. He finds Turtle and Jellyfish, but there’s no sign of Octopus. Until Nipper sees that Octopus is tangled tight in the weeds. Now it’s up to Nipper to rescue Octopus with his big claws

July 27 |  “Sponges are Skeletons” by Barbara Juster Esbensen

Time to squeeze a skeleton!
It's bath time, and your sponge is actually the skeleton of an animal that lived under the sea. Read on to find out how sponges use their special holes and tunnels to eat and breathe, and how you use these same holes and tunnels to soak up the water and rinse off the soap.

August 3 | “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Come read with us this fun story about colors!

August 10 |  “I Aint Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beumont

One creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama!

August 17 | “The Art Lesson” by Tomie dePaola

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed.

August 24 | “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you.

August 31 | “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg

A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing―not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. Come read with us this story about how it is okay to make mistakes.




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.

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