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Treehouse kid and craft is a Kid’s shop and Creative Space. The original location, in Athens GA was opened in 2010 by founder, Kristen Bach. After much encouragement from the Atlanta community, Kristen and her sister Kim Bach opened a second location in Decatur, Georgia. The Decatur also follows the TREEHOUSE model by offering ethically made goods that promote creative play and creative classes.
It is our goal to create an enriching and inspiring learning environment with a small class size. We encourage our students to make their own marks and learn through Art History, experience, practice, mistakes, and from their fellow classmates. We hope that our method is empowering and that our young artists go home with the feeling that they can make and create on their own.
We have a website www.treehousekidandcraft.com that makes signing up for our classes and camps easy. If you would like to do it over the phone please call us or stop in to sign up. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to call us!
LIABILITY WAIVERSafety is our number one priority at TREEHOUSE kid and craft! If you are taking a class at either location, you are required to fill out a Liability Form. This form provides our staff with necessary information in the event that there is an injury, we need to call a parent or guardian, or take medical action. We ask that you bring a signed liability form on the first day of class or before. If you ever need one, just ask one of our staff members, we always have a big stack of them waiting to be filled out.
SIGN IN // SIGN OUTWe have a sign in and sign out sheet for our parents. We ask that each day you follow our request to check in and out for your son or daughter. If your son or daughter will be carpooling or picked up by someone else, please provide our staff with a written note. It is our number one goal to keep everyone safe and this process helps us to manage everyones safety and whereabouts.
If our parking lot is full we will try to have a staff member in the lot for check in and check out. We will have a clipboard for you to sign and we will safely guide your child to our classroom. We always are fully staffed with enough hands to properly care for all of our students.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMEKids are welcome to come to class 10 minutes before class starts. Early Students will be asked to come to classroom and work in their sketchbooks. After class or camps end, students will be asked to remain in classroom until parents come to pick up. We will make a phone call to parents or guardian if they are more than 10 minutes late. If you are going to be late, or can’t find a parking spot, just give us a call. We absolutely understand!
Some Frequently asked questions
Are you a Certified Childcare Provider?
Due the fact that we only do short term classes and camps, we do not qualify to be a Certified Childcare Provider. We do however have an exemption through Bright from the Start, a division of the Georgia Government. We follow all rules deemed necessary by the state of Georgia to be an institution that conducts classes to children and families.
Do you do full day camps?
We do not do full day camps because of the indoor size of our space mixed with the outdoor accessibility. We feel that it is important for kids to have a large amount of time to play outdoors and our spaces do not offer safe outdoor play spaces. We do love offering our 1-3 hour Art intensive classes and fill those times with learning, fun, and plenty of art making.
Are your art instructors certified art instructors?
Mostly all of our instructors are certified art instructors and have Bachelor degrees or higher in Art or Art Education and have years of education experience. Some of our instructors are college students who are working to receive their fine art or art education degrees. We check all of our references and work with our instructors to make sure that they are well suited for our style of teaching and Art Education.
What can I do at home to encourage my child’s interest in Art?
There are many ways to encourage art making in your home. We love to have an accessible sketch book. This can be a book that your entire family can have access to and collaborate. We also love to encourage having and accessible and well stocked art area. A well stocked art area can be as simple as a box filled with scissors, glue sticks, washi tape, markers, pencils, oil pastels, and paper. We also suggest having building blocks and or magnatiles to help develop 3 dimensional and spatial skills. Making these simple materials accessible is key so that your child is able to have access to materials when they are inspired or have an idea.
We have a detailed pinterest page with inspiring projects that we love and would be easy to do at home. If you are ever interested in learning more about how to facilitate creativity in your home, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The owner Kristen is happy to help you and give you some ideas.