Looking for something great to do with your family to get out of the monotony of winter? The Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth just opened a Treehouse exhibit.
The Treehouses - Look Who's Living In Trees! exhibit lets everyone spend some time hanging out in the trees. Families and children can immerse themselves in an indoor tree house and explore first-hand who lives in trees. This traveling exhibit is on loan from Sciencenter- Ithaca, New York, and was developed by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC).
"It's the only museum where you can come and touch things. [At other museums] you have to walk around, keep your hands in your pockets. Here we say go up, touch it, play with it, push it, figure out what makes it work."
The Magic Treehouse Comes to the Planetarium
Coordinating with the Treehouse exhibit is the Planetarium show. The Magic Treehouse - Space Mission lets children travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed "–M."
The show begins with narration by Mary Pope Osborne, author of the best-selling Magic Tree House children's book series. Viewers will find themselves perched high in the trees as Jack and Annie discover the note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. Adventure off with Jack and Annie as they wish themselves to an observatory where they meet up with an astronomer who helps them to answer the first few questions on the note.
With the help of the astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, better come see for yourself!
New To Do Daily Activities
If you’re aiming for a certain day to get out of the house, the Children’s Museum of Virginia has some extra-special days planned throughout the week.
Get ready to celebrate the trees! Activity examples include: learning about animal tracks, toddler friendly blocks, and leaf rubbing. Make sure to stop by our "Treehouses: Look who's living in the trees!" exhibition before or after our activities. 10:30 and 3:00
Get moving with a wacky activity on the second floor. The wackiness might include obstacle courses, tossing around the solar system with a parachute or giant floor bowling! 10:30 and 3:00
Enjoy a blast from the past with an activity of yesteryear. You may find an old time carnival game upstairs or hula hoops and jump ropes! 10:30 and 3:00
Get Fit Friday
Join us upstairs for a physically fit activity! Roll the giant dice to find out which exercise you'll be doing! 10:30 and 3:00
Stop by the make-n-take art area on Saturdays for a fun art activity for the entire family. 10:00-Noon and 2:00-4:00
Stop by the imagination classroom for a show stopping display. Examples include an interactive story time, an exciting educational program or a special guest. 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00
Upcoming Fun at the Children’s Museum of Virginia
Don’t forget to register for one of my favorite author’s days, an upcoming celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Children’s Museum of Virginia.
After Hours Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 1
5:30 - 8 PM
Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2. The Children’s Museum of Virginia is offering a special after-hours event to explore the traveling exhibit Tree Houses, create some Dr. Seuss themed crafts to take home, and enjoy a showing of the beloved movie The Lorax on the big screen. Snacks will be provided.
Admission $5 per person and tickets MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE by February 26. This event is limited to the first 150 guests, so register early. Museum Members are Free however you MUST REGISTER.
Please stop by the Museum or purchase over the phone with Credit Card by calling 393-5258.
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