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Treehouse Tales #3: Wes Whitby

Meet Our Programs Manager

This week are highlighting one of the Treehouse staff, our wonderful Program Manager Wes Whitby. No one does a better job with children's theater, ParticiPlays, and storytelling than Wes, and we’ve never seen (or heard) an instrument that he can’t play. Not only does he have a wonderful singing voice, but he’s a gifted artist, too, making amazing paper sculptures and creating the coloring page we want to share with you today. Wes has worked at Treehouse full-time for more than two decades and has been the recipient of many awards for his work at the Museum over the years. We are so proud that Wes calls Treehouse his other home.

During our temporary closure, Wes has been making some videos for us to share with you at home and here’s his latest, focusing on our Jupiter Locomotive exhibit and featuring the very talented Molly (Wes’s daughter). Check it out here!
 
 
If you missed them, you can always watch the “Treehouse at Your House” art video with Haylee, “Tiny Turtle” with Wes, and “Math and Music with Phyllis,” all on Treehouse’s Youtube channel. If you missed our features on Treehouse friends puppeteer Randel McGee and illustrator/author Giles Laroche, you can click here to go to the blog section of the Treehouse website.

Take a Treehouse Challenge

Don’t forget to be working on our Treehouse Tales Children’s Challenges. We’ve already seen some amazing dragons and lost cities, so keep the entries coming, there's still plenty of time to enter your creations!
 
Giles provided the theme to our second Treehouse Children’s Challenge, where we invite children, ages 4 to 14, to create your own “Lost City” collage. Families can work together on this Challenge, too. You could create an under the ocean city, a city covered by jungle, or anything you can imagine. When your city collage is complete, take a picture, and email it to us along with the participating child’s name, age, and mailing address. Treehouse will share the entries with Giles and we’ll select three to receive special prizes. The deadline for entering your collage photos is Friday, May 8, 2020.
 
And remember to work on your Children’s Challenge entry of a dragon or fairy tale puppet to be judged by last week’s featured author, illustrator, storyteller, and puppeteer Randel McGee. As a reminder, children ages 4 to 12, are invited to create their own dragon or fairy tale character puppet out of materials you find around the house and can, with parent permission, recycle and use to make your own storytelling puppet. When completed, children should send a photo of it to Treehouse with their name, age, and mailing address by May 1, 2020. We’ll send the top ten entries to Randel and Groark, who will select the top winner. That winner will receive a set of Randel’s craft books, some great Treehouse items, and a $25 prize check.