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Hideaway Woods and Museum of Life and Science: Behind the Scenes and Triangle Giveaways

One of my favorite things to do with the kids is go to Hideaway Woods and Museum of Life and Science in Durham. I think I’m living vicariously through them; I wish I had a place like that to explore when I was a kid! It’s 2 acres of treehouses, hammocks, a nature trail, and more. It’s got something for everyone. Look at that. Isn’t it magical?

Museum of Life and Science Hideaway Woods - Treehouses

photo credit: Adam Kissick Photogprahy

I had the opportunity to speak with Michelle Kloda, the Exhibition Developer, to learn some more about the space I already knew and loved. For instance, I was surprised to learn that most of the trees from the exhibit came from all around the Triangle. Like all those trees that were majorly trimmed/cut back down Gregson Street and around Duke’s East Campus? The majority of those trimmings now have new life in Hideaway Woods. There are also these giant willow oak trees at the entrance of Hideaway Woods that are meant for climbing and exploring; they were already needing to be removed from E.K. Powe and Forest Hills who decided to donate them.

Museum of Life and Science Hideaway Woods - Treehouses

photo credit: Adam Kissick Photogprahy

So, let’s get to some of the highlights. There are eight treehouses that are just amazing. They range from 6-20 feet high and look spectacular. They are perfect for hide and seek, tag, and all sorts of other games. There is also a separate little treehouse for kids 6 and under. Since I have a toddler, this is where I spend the majority of my time. This space also has a slide, a fort underneath the treehouse with chairs, and a little table and chairs made out of tree stumps. The other great thing about the little kid space is that there is only one entrance in and out of the area, so it’s nice to let my son run free and know that he’s not going to escape easily. There is a little freshwater stream that encourages kids to see how water interacts with other elements such as cutting around little stepping boulders.

Museum of Life and Science Hideaway Woods - Treehouses

photo credit: Adam Kissick Photogprahy

If you want to explore this space, my recommendation is to bring a change of clothes and water shoes. If your kid is anything like mine, they won’t be able to just look at it passively, especially when the weather is nice. It’s really neat to see this group of kids crouched around this stream, picking up rocks and running their hands in the water. And if your kid accidentally takes a sip (or two, or three…), not to worry! The stream has a saltwater treatment making the water safe enough for just in case instances.

Museum of Life and Science Hideaway Woods - Treehouses

photo credit: Adam Kissick Photogprahy

My other favorite area is the Sweetgum Thicket, a sculpture created by Patrick Doughtery that is made entirely of maple saplings, sweetgum, and responsibly harvested sticks donated by the Triangle Land Conservancy. This area isn’t made for climbing, but rather some of the best hide and seek games imaginable. You might be wondering if there is anything to look forward to now that Hideaway Woods is completed. As the Exhibition Developer, now that the space is open, Kloda’s job is to look at treehouses and the thickets to see if there is anything that can be done to enhance the visitors’ experience. She is always on the lookout for little things to add for people to notice or engage with. On the horizon, we can look forward to special hands-on experiences along with pop-up educational programming led by facilitators. More information about that will be coming out in the near future. What’s Kloda’s favorite part of the exhibit? “Just the feeling that is evoked when you’re in the space and being able to watch people enjoy something that was such a joyful thing for us and a labor of love and intention. Its realized over such a team effort that gives us a great satisfaction. And the recycling!! We did a lot of repurposing.”

Hideaway Woods Museum of Life and Science - Treehouses

photo credit: Adam Kissick Photogprahy

I have to agree that you can feel the joy in there. Even more, I love how you see so many kids just enjoying being outside in nature- sometimes for hours at a time. It’s really just one of the best places ever.


So, here’s the exciting news. The giveaway. Our friends at the Museum of Life and Science are giving away a Museum Family Pass, which provides one-time admission for up to 4 individuals. The pass is valid for one year from date issue so winners have quite a bit of flexibility on when they would like to visit. But how do I win?! To enter- leave us a comment at the bottom of this page telling us your favorite thing at the Museum of Life and Science. If you’ve never been, let us know what you would be most excited to see/experience? It’s that easy. One entry per email address. It sometimes may take a little bit for your comment to show because we approve/read each comment individually. Also, we won’t use your email address for anything other that to contact you if you win- promise. We hate spam too.  This giveaway will run until Thursday, April 14th at 8pm. We will announce the winner Friday morning on the 15th.


Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed and no longer accepting entries. The winner is announced here.

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Corrina
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Corrina
1 year 1 month ago

We love MLS. Need to explore the new place!

jennifer bolden
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jennifer bolden
1 year 1 month ago

I’ve never seen the new hideaway woods! would love to see it.

Becki Kuntz
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Becki Kuntz
1 year 1 month ago

I’ve never had the opportunity to take my six year old, we’d love to go and check out the NASA area as well as the treehouses!

X. Seepolmuang
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X. Seepolmuang
1 year 1 month ago

Love everything about the hideaway woods, from the large treehouse to the little one. Not to mention the hammocks and stream. I literally would have to carry and drag both kids out when it’s time to go.

Jennifer
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Jennifer
1 year 1 month ago

Love the Dino trail

Brooke Lupton
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Brooke Lupton
1 year 1 month ago

My favorite part of the MLS has always been the butterfly house, but I want to explore the hideaway woods soon!

Toni
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Toni
1 year 1 month ago

We have been hoping to come and visit the new treehouses! I’d like to plan a class field trip for next year but I always go myself first 😉 it would be great to get the experience so I can bring my students next year!

Nicole
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Nicole
1 year 1 month ago

We just moved here and haven’t had the time to explore anything yet 🙂

Emily
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Emily
1 year 1 month ago

Love the stream!

Christal Beaird
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Christal Beaird
1 year 1 month ago

My 5 year old daughter LOVES the butterfly house!! We haven’t been to see the new hideaway woods yet.

Gigi
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Gigi
1 year 1 month ago

My boys and I love the MLS! I grew up with this museum and so glad that it has expanded to this wonder place I can take my children! My boys definitely the dinosaur trail and the hideaway woods!

Alyssa
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Alyssa
1 year 1 month ago

We love watching the lemurs!

Christy
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Christy
1 year 1 month ago

We haven’t yet explored Hideaway Woods but I know my daughter would love it. (My husband & I would too!)

Hannah
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Hannah
1 year 1 month ago

Want please!

Kari
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1 year 1 month ago

Absolutely love this museum and want to explore new portion!!

Josh Goldberg
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Josh Goldberg
1 year 1 month ago

We love the museum.. Best memory is our daughters 5th bday party, she had over 50 friends and family attend and it was a massive success! Everyone we know loves this place!

Karrah Long
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Karrah Long
1 year 1 month ago

Have never been. My kids would love to explore this out door “candy store”.

Theresa
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Theresa
1 year 1 month ago

My just-turned-2-year-old explored Hideaway Woods for the first time this weekend – he LOVED it! Thank you for enclosing both the whole area and the separate preschool area – I could let him just RUN!

Jaya
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Jaya
1 year 1 month ago

Tree house is awesome

Kristen Kamm
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Kristen Kamm
1 year 1 month ago

My daughter would love to spend an afternoon climbing in the hideaway woods. Awesome

Michelle pippin
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Michelle pippin
1 year 1 month ago

We love the bugs and the butterfly house it’s really hard to pick just one thing my boys really love the train ride as well we have not seen the hideaway yet but can’t wait!!

Angela Warren
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Angela Warren
1 year 1 month ago

Our family has never had the opportunity to visit the museum. We’ve always wanted to go but we had no idea about Hideaway Woods. How cool!!! The four of us would have so much fun ?

Erin
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Erin
1 year 1 month ago

I haven’t been in a few years – I’d love to check out the new hideaway woods exhibit!

Sachin Kumar Bhatia
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Sachin Kumar Bhatia
1 year 1 month ago

want it , my 4 year son would love it

Ashley Sprissler
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Ashley Sprissler
1 year 1 month ago

My family love love LOVES the hideaway woods and butterfly house!!! ? We haven’t been able to see much of the bears yet…perhaps they will be out more soon!

Kari
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Kari
1 year 1 month ago

We’ve never been and would love the treehouses

Michelle Moss
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Michelle Moss
1 year 1 month ago

Butterfly house and the train.

kimberly traverse
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kimberly traverse
1 year 1 month ago

I have been a few times and love that there are so many places to explore outside. I can’t wait to share it with my 18 month old, hoping to take her very soon.

Kimberly Read
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Kimberly Read
1 year 1 month ago

I love the lemurs. Our family hasn’t gotten to explore Hideaway Woods yet and would love the opportunity.

Michelle Jackson
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Michelle Jackson
1 year 1 month ago

Would love to see the new hideaway woods!

Thomas Traverse
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Thomas Traverse
1 year 1 month ago

My wife has told me how great this place is and we can’t wait to check out the new spot.

Marge J
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Marge J
1 year 1 month ago

My husband and I are from NY and our grandson lives in NC. While we were visiting last summer our grandson told us that he loved the museum of life and science and particularly loved the tree houses and wanted his papa to build him one. We went and spent the day and absolutely had a wonderful time. Fun for all ages. And yes papa got some wonderful tree house ideas and started building our little guys tree house. Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets. And everything about the museum is wonderful.

Melissa
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Melissa
1 year 1 month ago

I would love to experience the Hideaway Woods with my 3 & 7 year olds! They are at such great ages now continually wanting to explore more, learn more and soak everything in!!! 🙂

Shelley Duchemin
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1 year 1 month ago

We’ve never been to this museum & it sounds like something my kids & I would enjoy. The treehouses look amazing.

Mara
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Mara
1 year 1 month ago

We love the misting area! Haven’t seen the new part yet but it looks awesome!

Aimee N
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Aimee N
1 year 1 month ago

I love the animals. But we haven’t been in years and I think my kids would really enjoy the treehouses.

Shelley
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Shelley
1 year 1 month ago

Our favorite exhibits are the science ones on weather! My son also loves building things. ?

Liz Albertson
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Liz Albertson
1 year 1 month ago

The butterfly house!

Dawn Goodwin
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Dawn Goodwin
1 year 1 month ago

I love all the animals and my kids love the climbing stuff.

Aliyah Turrentine
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Aliyah Turrentine
1 year 1 month ago

I have never been to this museum but have nannied for other families whose kids loved to go. I would be really interested in seeing and climbing the tree houses

Chase
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Chase
1 year 1 month ago

Our favorite is the farm animals! Still a little too small for Hideaway Woods, even the under-6 section.

Mike
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Mike
1 year 1 month ago

We love checking out all of the fun technology at the museum

Melanie Bennett
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Melanie Bennett
1 year 1 month ago

We loved the butterfly exhibit! Amazing. Looking forward to seeing the treehouse this summer I’ve been reading about!

zaide
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zaide
1 year 1 month ago

We love the trails you never know what is goin to be in the nex corner.making so exited to keep going.The train is a very nice plus overview experience Afther those long trails.walking shoes is a must-have.probably get there early because children’s won want to go.I been there whit 5 kids and a tween they just love it.

Manida York
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Manida York
1 year 1 month ago

Went to MLS for the first time in Sunday during free community day. Our little guy is only 6 months old, but he enjoyed playing on the foam mats and climbing the 6 and under treehouse with momma and daddy! Hope to return soon.

Amber C
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Amber C
1 year 1 month ago

I have never been the MofL&S, but would like to take my girls when they visit their grandparents this summer, they would LOVE the tree houses!!

Lisa Dennis
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Lisa Dennis
1 year 1 month ago

Would love to go there, as my children ask me all the time!! Can’t wait to see all of it!!

Courtney Farrell
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Courtney Farrell
1 year 1 month ago

I work with a young child with autism who is a sensory seeker and would absolutely love the tree houses you have at MLS! I haven’t been here since 1999 when my dad took me the day my younger brother was born and I’d love to go again to see all the new additions!

tori
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tori
1 year 1 month ago

super radical treehouse ~ never been but this got my attention…

Jamie Myers
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Jamie Myers
1 year 1 month ago

We have lived here almost 2 years now and have only been to the Rain Forest exhibit. My kids are 13, 10, and 7 and would love to visit this summer. The treehouse looks amazing ?

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