A childhood dream of mine, along with many others, was to have a tree-house. At the age of 8, I visited a friend in Idyllwild who had a tiny tree-house and sat giddy in that thing until hearing the dreadful words, “Girls, dinner is ready!”
For one family living in Sherman Oaks, that childhood dream is a reality. In the front yard of 4602 Morse Ave stands a 4-story tree house. Drew and I stood a respectful distance in the street to linger, admire, and appreciate this hidden treasure. We saw built-in stairs and buckets attached to ropes. Of course! No treehouse would be a real treehouse without lowering a bucket to retrieve a snack, beverage or comic book. The owner and brilliance behind the treehouse is Rick Polizzi. Mr. Polizzi is a three-time Emmy winner for his work as an animation producer for “The Simpsons”. His treehouse would be the envy of Bart Simpson.
One of the amazing things about this family and household is they share an attraction with the community called Boney Island. Polizzi had expressed dissatisfaction with lack of Halloween entertainment for his children close to home. So he decided to turn his front yard into a spectacle on Halloween. Boney Island includes talking and moving skeletons, a water fountain show and for a small donation, a chance to climb thru the tree-house. One yelp reviewer said, “This now legendary Sherman Oaks yard is a spectacular, family friendly, Halloween must-do!”
Come October, those interested can check out times and details for Boney Island at www.boneyisland.com. You’ll probably see Drew and I dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoying the decor and maybe we’ll even get a chance to explore the treehouse for more photos for this blog and fulfillment of childhood dreams. After all, Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.”