Tree House gets back into the swing

Courtesy of Leah Dobson PhotographyAva, a preschooler, enjoys a toy car at The Tree House in Albion. The business was open for just a day at its new location when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.

ALBION — After being forced to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic after being open for just one day, The Tree House has opened again.

The Tree House Enrichment and Event Studio is an early childhood and enrichment event center for chidren younger than 6 years old. Its operations were rudely interrupted by the pandemic, said its owner.

“We opened our new location for one day before everything kind of hit the fan back in March,” said owner Michelle Waters, “Even before it was mandatory, I stopped holding classes to see what was going on. So that was scary.”

While the building was closed, Waters began to sell activity kits throughout the summer. They would deliver up to 50 each week with different activities such as making a birdhouse or bird feeder.

Most of her adult life, Waters has worked with children. Since moving to Albion, she wanted to open something for them — where they would have a place that is safe and fun, that isn’t far away like Rochester or Buffalo.

“It’s my favorite thing to do, and I think our area is kind of missing that piece — especially for the littlest ones in our community,” she said.

Currently, following all the CDC guidelines, The Tree House is offering camps until the end of August. Each session is two hours and 15 minutes, and only eight kids from 2 to 6 years old can be enrolled at a time.

The Tree House also offers “parent and me classes” though those are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Birthday parties, homeschool groups, and other programs will be able to resume when appropriate and safe to do so.

The Tree House initially started with “mommy and me” classes renting space before moving to the 1,500 square-foot space at 116 Norh Main St. in Albion, expanding its programs.

“The community has been awesome, and I’m so thankful for their support,” Waters said.

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