Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Fossil Preparation
Do the work of a paleontologist as you prepare a fish fossil. Take your fossil home with you when it has been completed. Jr. Paleontologists will try their hand at uncovering fossil fish using an air scribe and techniques common to the art of fossil preparation. Recommended for ages 6 and older.
(Museum staff assistance will be provided. Parental assistance is also welcome.)

Available Saturdays and Holidays from 11:00-7:00
$6 Per Person
$3 for members.

Museum admission not included.


Molding & Casting
Make a cast of a dinosaur fossil to take home. Using rubber molds and Plaster of Paris, guests can copy one of three fossils featured in the main exhibit halls. Recommended for ages 3 and older.
(Museum staff assistance will be provided, and parental assistance is welcome.)

Available Saturdays and Holidays from 11:00-7:00
$4 per person
$2 for members

Museum admission not included.


Oceans: Our Blue Planet - Mammoth Screen Movie
OCEANS OUR BLUE PLANET - BBC Earth’s Oceans: Our Blue Planet is an extraordinary journey of discovery and wonder, transporting the audience to the deep, mysterious worlds of Earth’s oceans. Packed with drama, awe and spectacle, this immersive film reveals the untold stories of the ocean’s most astonishing creatures.

Adult Admission: $8.50
Child Admission (ages 3-12): $7
Seniors: $7
Thanksgiving Point Members: $6
With Paid admission to the Museum of Ancient Life: $6



Museum of Ancient Life Birthday Parties
Choose between two amazing parties!

DinoMite Party: For the aspiring paleontologist or dinosaur lover a Dino-Mite party is sure to cause a roar of excitement! Explore one of the world’s largest dinosaur museums through the eyes of a scientist. Excavate your own dinosaur, make plaster casts, and dig-in to dinosaur life.
This party includes:
  • Fossil molding and casting activity
  • Tour of the museum
  • Trilobite dig in our quarry (dependent on age and weather)

    Lego Party: Our Lego Party transports you into the future as you play, construct, create and innovate. Be a robotics engineer as you use your imagination to design and build with Lego WeDO 2.0 robotics! Perfect for kids ages 7-10, this party can host a max of 12 kids.
    This party includes:
  • Use of Lego WeDo 2.0 kits
  • Building/robotic games and activities


  • Turtle Odyssey - Mammoth Screen Movie
    TURTLE ODYSSEY - Sea Turtles are some of Earth’s most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy, marine food webs. Not only do these friendly animals captivate us as they peacefully glide through the ocean, but their personal journeys of survival are equally fascinating.


    Volcanoes - Mammoth Screen Movie
    Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped forge the world we know. From the continents to the air we breathe and even life itself, all have been shaped by volcanic energy. These processes have created extraordinary ecosystems and wildlife habitats. With over 500 active volcanoes, the Earth is bursting at the seams with these forces of mass construction. The story of volcanoes is the story of the planet’s creation and the story of us. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as they discover molten worlds and exploding craters in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience.


    Explorer Pass
    See it all with an Explorer Pass! A Thanksgiving Point Explorer Pass grants admission into all five venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm County, Museum of Ancient Life, Butterfly Biosphere and Ashton Gardens (Closed Seasonally). Available for purchase at any venue or Guest Information (including day-of).

    Adult Pass: $34.95
    Child Pass (ages 3-12): $24.95
    Children ages 2 and under: Free


    Please note: the Ashton Gardens is currently closed for the season.
    Please note: the Butterfly Biosphere opens to the public January 18, 2019.


    Museum of Ancient Life Admissions
    Roam among the dinosaurs, explore a Carboniferous Forest, and dive deep into a Cretaceous Ocean at the Museum of Ancient Life. Come visit one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs with 60 complete dinosaur skeletons in our galleries, along with more than 50 hands-on exhibits. This is the destination to enjoy learning about our pre-historic animals, playing with toy dinosaurs in the Erosion Table, and digging for fossils in the quarry dig.

    Adult Admission: $20
    Child Admission (ages 3-12): $15
    Seniors: $15
    Children ages 2 and under and Thanksgiving Point Members: Free

    Don't forget to add on a Mammoth Screen Movie, Molding & Casting or Fossil Preparation Experience to your visit.

    Visiting more than one venue? Consider an Explorer Pass and save.

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