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Making Treehouse Memories

Last year Treehouse celebrated 25 years of providing exhibits and programs to families and schools in Northern Utah. We asked our members to volunteer to help us as “Silver Celebration Families,” who would allow us to photograph them and use their pictures in our publicity about this milestone birthday. They also wrote us a letter about why coming to Treehouse has been important to them. A professional photographer helped us by photographing each family and the photos were so great that we made a series of posters you can find around the Museum.

Comics and Children

Right now at Treehouse we are hosting a display of vintage comics in our Gazebo on the main staircase landing. We have giant comic book pages, original comic book art, figures, lunch boxes, and other comic book based merchandise and even a great life-size Spider Man. Most of these items come from the collection of member dad Pat Murphy who generously loaned them to Treehouse to extend our “Be the Hero of Your Own Story” gallery. Comic books and graphic novels are great ways to get children reading.

Where, Oh Where Is the Music Room?

Visitors have noticed some big changes happening on Treehouse’s second level. The beloved Music Room exhibit has disappeared for a time to make way for a new exhibit based on early natural science concepts. The exhibit, called “Walk in the Woods,” is geared for ages 3 to 8 and focuses on seasonal changes, Utah animals, plants, birds, and reptiles. There’s a winter cave where Mama Bear sleeps.

Artists in Residence

Each year Treehouse Children’s Museum offers three or four Artists in Residence experiences, introducing children and their parents to working professionals in the arts who share how they make their stories come to life on a page or on a stage.

What We Do During Cleaning Close Down

Every year Treehouse closes for three weeks in September, but it's not for a vacation! Instead, we do a deep, thorough cleaning of the entire Museum and take care of painting and maintenence projects that are hard to do when we're open.

One of the biggest projects during this time is to clean our giant tree. It takes several days and quite a few staff members to drape parts of the tree with plastic and then wash the dust off with "wands" that mist the thousands of leaves on our tree with water. At this time, you could say Treehouse becomes a Rain Forest.

Teaching Peace

At Treehouse we have a quote on one of our walls above an art collection of works created by children from around the globe. The quote is from Mahatma Gandhi who said, “If we are to reach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children.”

Children Need to Write

It seems old-fashioned in this age of digital data, but children need to hand print to be better readers. A recent article in Psychology Today by Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley asserts, based on newer research, that children who can’t write well don’t learn to read as easily because they simply don’t have as strong a visual-motor imprint for letter recognition.

The Amazing Power of Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
― Albert Einstein

What's in Focus

Visitors often comment on how beautiful and unusual Treehouse Museum is. They tell us Treehouse isn’t like other museums, even other children’s museums they have visited, and they want to know why.

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