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Your Last Chance To Enjoy The "Old" H-E-B Science Treehouse At The Witte

If you’re looking for one last hurrah before going back to school, the Witte Museum is offering a final chance to enjoy the "old" H-E-B Science Treehouse before it closes temporarily on Jan. 5 for a complete remodel.

The popular treehouse for kids is being brought up to state-of-the-art standards and will become the newly-branded H-E-B Body Adventure opening on May 24, 2014. This change will align the treehouse exhibit with the city’s new health initiatives.

Witte President and CEO Marise McDermott said the new design will offer each guest a power pass to four floors of interactive activities.

"My favorite is a giant cup,"McDermott said. "And there are these stairsteppers. And if you choose a drink -- say you choose a sweet drink -- and then step on the stairsteppers, it will tell you how long it will take you to work off that sweet drink," she said. 

Another activity measures the guest’s stride to see how long it would take them to walk the entire River Walk. McDermott said the Sky Cycle will be back, the popular pulleys will be updated, and there will be a toddler food and vegetable garden.

"We are one of the mayor’s fitness council-endorsed centers and we work with Por Vida," McDermott said. "We’ll work with the YMCA. We work with groups throughout San Antonio."

The treehouse transformation will take about five months and will be open to all ages. During construction, the rest of the Witte will remain open to the science exhibits and galleries, Aliens and Androids and the South Texas Heritage Center. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.