Treehouse turns 25! Celebrations and Transitions

25thBDay2017 is a special year for Treehouse Children’s Museum. It marks 25 years since the Museum first opened its doors in the Ogden City Mall. Many of the children who visited Treehouse in the original site are grown up with children of their own. Even those who started to visit us just 10 years ago when we opened the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum on 22nd Street are teens and young adults now.

Our longevity as a museum in Northern Utah is thanks to lots of wonderful donors and members. We want to involve our supporters in the Silver Celebration in some special ways as a thank you.

First, we want to provide every one who currently has a membership, or who buys or renews a membership during our birthday year, with a special “Silver Celebration Membership.” That entitles you to receive free tickets (while they last) to all the public and member events and parties we have during the whole of 201, including tickets for the Troupe Shows, the Enchanted Woods, and the Fairy Tale Ball in 2017! We don’t want our great members to miss a thing. Be sure you watch and read our emails so you can RSVP quickly ensuring you get some of the limited free tickets available.

Next, we want to invite our supporters to nominate your family to be one of only 12 “Silver Celebration Families.” These families will be featured during our 25th Birthday year in print and web advertising for Treehouse. If you have been members from the beginning and your children and grandchildren have been members, or if you are brand-new members but love Treehouse, we want to hear from you. If you’re willing to tell everyone what great memories you’ve made at Treehouse over the years, we’ll have a professional photographer meet your family here at Treehouse to take portraits that we will use to tell Treehouse’s story to other families and that you can have afterwards. If you have your own photos of coming to Treehouse over the years and want to share those, that would be great, too. To apply to be a Silver Celebration Family (and receive free T Shirts for everyone in your family for those portraits, too) just send a letter or email to Treehouse and tell us how long you’ve been coming to the Museum, how many members of your family there are currently, and what you especially love about Treehouse. The email is lgoodwin@treehousemuseum.org or our address is 347 22nd Street, Ogden, UT 8440.

If you are a teacher and have been bringing your students to Treehouse on field trips over the years, we’d like to hear from you, too. Again, we’ll take a professional photograph of you (and your students if you’d like) at the Museum. Just tell us how long you’ve been coming, what school you’re at and what grade you teach, and what you love about field trips to Treehouse.

Treehouse staff recently sent a letter to our members explaining that we are transitioning to a new Point of Sale system that includes our Membership records. Very soon members will receive an email from us giving members a Silver Celebration TreECard. The TreECard can be kept on a phone to show at the Welcome Desk in place of a printed card. Members can still opt for a printed card, too, if they prefer. The new card will entitle all members to free admission, not only to Treehouse during public hours, but to all the events that normally require a paid tickets including the Fairy Tale Ball, the Enchanted Woods, and Troupe Plays at Treehouse. We also sent out this Silver Celebration Calendar showing 25 events to celebrate 25 years of Treehouse.

Thanks for your patience with this transition.

You can download the 25th Birthday Calendar of Events by clicking here!

The End of the Year is Here!

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Treehouse Museum is the place to be to celebrate the New Year! Why? Because we celebrate at a reasonable hour when everyone’s awake! Come early and make a party hat. Then pick a spot in the Museum for the amazing countdown to 12 noon that fills Treehouse with confetti. Every child gets a free Count Down Bag that this year includes a New Year’s blower, a fortune cookie, a Chinese finger trap, and more. Treehouse turns 25 in 2017 and in honor of that 25 Silver Tickets will be hidden in 25 of the Count Down Bags and they can be redeemed at the Welcome Desk for plush pandas and Treehouse T-Shirts. Everyone can get free tickets to the two Magic Shows offered with magician Christopher Fair. The Magic Show tickets are available beginning at 11 a.m. and the shows are scheduled for 12:20 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Don’t miss the party of the year at Treehouse!

Members Enjoy Milk and Cookies with Santa at Treehouse

What’s Santa’s favorite kind of cookie? Chocolate Chip, says the Big Guy in Red! So, that’s what we serve at the annual Milk and Cookies with Santa Party that’s for members only. Families were able to enjoy the exhibits, play some games with costumed staff and participate in a sing-along with Santa in the Treehouse Storybook Theater. Members-only parties are one of the perks of being a member of Treehouse and one of the ways the staff and Board are able to thank our members for their support – all year round.

Thanks to Macey’s, our favorite grocery store, for donating Santa’s favorite cookies and milk every year to Treehouse!

Here’s Wes and Santa in theater during the Member’s Milk and Cookies Party on December 3.

Here’s Wes and Santa in theater during the Member’s Milk and Cookies Party on December 3.

The Treehouse staff and volunteers pose for a group photo after the Member’s Only Milk and Cookie Party.

The Treehouse staff and volunteers pose for a group photo after the Member’s Only Milk and Cookie Party.

Troupe 2016-17 Season starts with “Twice the Reward” !

troupelogo2016-01Treehouse Troupe is launching its 2016-17 season this weekend with a production of “Twice the Reward,” an original retelling of a Chinese folk tale. The play is a delightful comedy about a farmer and his wife who receive a very large, very magical pot as a gift. Perfect for ages 3 and up, the Troupe shows at Treehouse are a great way to introduce children to live theater. You can get tickets on our website and they are only $10 for non-members, $5 for members, and Gold and Donor levels are free (though please call us to reserve your tickets). The plays runs this Friday and Saturday night at 6 p.m. and next weekend, too. Don’t miss this fun and fanciful play, that is a perfect complement to the the “Children’s China: Culture, Character, and Confucius” exhibit that is at Treehouse through the end of December.

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Out of the Woods and on to Troupe

The Enchanted Woods 2016 was a sold-out event with more than 1,700 children and adults joining us for stories and treats on October 21 and 22 and October 27 and 28. The goal of the Woods is to give families an event that has all the s a fun without the fright event that melds surprises and prizes with stories and costumed characters. Missed the fun this year? Mark your calendar for next year’s Woods on the last two Fridays and the last two Saturdays of the month: October 20, 21, 27, and 28, 2017.

troupelogo2016-01Now that we’re “Out of the Woods,” we’re on to one of the most magical programs at Treehouse. The 2016-17 Treehouse Troupe season launches on Friday, November 11 at 6 p.m. Treehouse presents three different productions with fun stories, costumes, and sets, that are truly family friendly and a great way to share live theater magic with children. The first show is a Chinese folktale about a farmer and his wife who one day dig up a giant pot buried on their land. The husband takes it home only to discover that it not an ordinary pot at all. Lots of fun ensues as the farmer and wife discover the power of the pot. Only four shows of “Twice the Reward” are offered on November 11, November 12, November 18, and November 19 all at 6 p.m. in the Simmons Family Theater at Treehouse. The plays last about 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Tickets are $5 for member children (including their adults), $10 for nonmembers, and free for Treehouse Gold or Donor members who arrange their tickets in advance by calling 801-394-9663.

Here’s some pictures from the original run of “Twice the Reward,” eight years ago:

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In January Troupe offers a play about Princesses and Princes and happily ever afters, with lots of puns and riddles, as the heroine of a Swedish tale looks for the perfect match and determines that the best way is to test their strength, head, and heart. “A Match for a Queen” runs January 13 and 14 and January 20 and 21.

In March, Troupe takes you to the wild West for a rollicking play about the whole family will love. It runs March 17 and 18 and March 24 and 25.

All Treehouse Troupe plays are original productions, written by Treehouse staff. The Troupe consists of six professional actors, who star in some or all of the plays presented, and who have worked at Treehouse or are current employees. Treehouse has amazingly talented staff and Troupe really showcases their abilities.

Don’t miss the Troupe productions. Get your season tickets today. Click right here to be directed over to the Troupe ticketing page to reserve yours now!

A Visit With Daniel Miyares

Treehouse had the pleasure of hosting phenomenal Author, Illustrator, and all around amazing guy Daniel Miyares, October 12 through 15, as part of the Utah Humanities 2016 Book Festival. Daniel did a workshop for twenty adults and children in the morning and talked about his work in the afternoon at Treehouse on the 15th, but he also got to visit some local schools, where he shared a presentation and even did some animal shape drawings with more than 900 students. Daniel’s visit was made possible by our friends at Studio Goodwin Sturges, Utah Humanities Council, Weber Book Festival, and Weber Country RAMP.

The crowds went wild for Daniel! Here’s some pictures of the fun!

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