Family Programs


Each week at Thanksgiving Point are tons of educational and fun activities for families of all ages and abilities! Our Family Programs include, Tales for Tots, Melody Makers, and Curious Critters, just to name a few. All activities are FREE for Thanksgiving Point Members, as they are included with venue admissions.

The programs are always adapting and changing throughout the year so check back often for updates. They are also led by our trained educational team to ensure each person at the activity has a great time learning and playing together as family and friends. Click each drop-down menu below to learn more about these one-of-a-kind educational opportunities at Thanksgiving Point and to see dates, locations, and times for each one. See you soon!

Returning Monday July 13th.

Join us for our weekly storytelling adventure, Tales for Tots, held each Monday at 11:00am. Staff will engage guests with interactive storytelling as well as movement and/or music activities that connect to the story theme of the day.

More offerings may become available as COVID-19 restrictions are released.

*Included with regular venue admission.


Mondays - Museum of Ancient Life
11:00-11:20 am (Please purchase a 10:30 or 11:00am ticket for this program).


Upcoming Schedule:


Museum of Ancient Life 



July 13 | Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her. Eula is sad until her two best friends show her just how well a square cat can fit into this round world.

July 20 | The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel helps children connect the word and the emotion.

July 27 | Dinosaur Roar by by Henrietta Stickland
Come learn opposites with some charming and funny dinosaur friends, while enjoying a cheerful rhyming text.





Join us for a new mini version of our popular Melody Makers program at Ashton Gardens. Led by our education staff, Melody Makers is the perfect opportunity for little kids and their adults to dance and move in a fun and friendly environment. Come see what each unique staff member has to offer with a variety of engaging songs and themes each week.

Venues are timed ticketed. Please reserve a ticket for the 10:30am time slot to allow time to meet us near the concessions and restrooms behind the garden’s main amphitheater. Let the music guide you to our special spot. After playing with us, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine. For rainy and windy days, check in with the front desk for our alternative indoor program location at the Gardens.

Tuesdays at Ashton Gardens: 11:00-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30am ticket for this activity.)

Family groups will be spaced 6 ft. apart in our outdoor area using colored dots to indicate individual dance spaces. Little to no props will be used and will be thoroughly cleaned after each program. The program will run about 15-20min once a week. More offerings will become available as COVID-19 restrictions are released.

Included with regular venue admission.


Featured Songs for July: 

The Boogie Walk by Greg and Steve
Come boogie with us, as we learn this fun group dance. Practice keeping the beat, while getting your whole body moving.

Join us for The Dirt on Dinos program at the Paleontology Lab window every Wednesday. Our program will be taking place outside the lab where we will have interesting artifacts on display, in closed cases, for viewing only. Friendly staff will help answer questions from safe distances while wearing masks.  Bring your best questions and imagination! Can you imagine how large a mask would be for a T-rex? Come learn about the science happening every day here at Thanksgiving Point!

Included with regular venue admission.

Wednesdays from 10 am - Noon: Museum of Ancient Life

Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information soon.

We are excited to introduce our new Itsy-Bitsy Science sensory bins, happening every Tuesday at the Butterfly Biosphere. Itsy-Bitsy Science is designed specifically for families with children ages 5 and under. This hands-on experience lets children explore insects and the natural world through their senses, making early science concepts playful and fun!

Tuesdays at 3:00pm - Butterfly Biosphere

Join us Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Learning Garden at Ashton Gardens for a look at gardening basics! From water and soil to plant parts and pollinators, this program gets the whole family out into the garden exploring and discovering. Geared towards the little ones in your life, this program will help their roots grow deep into the world of gardening.

Wednesdays - Ashton Gardens, Learning Garden, 10:00am

July 15th - September 30th

Included with regular venue admission.

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