Visitors of all ages are invited to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum to share in some fun from childhoods past at a tea party, Thursday, Jan. 3, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Admission and activities are free on this "Free First Thursday," sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust Company.

Sample traditional teatime treats and, of course, a cup of tea in the museum lobby before going upstairs to the "Childhood" exhibition for games and stories. In the exhibition gallery, visitors can play checkers, pick-up sticks, and a variation of Cootie or listen to a popular children's story from the early twentieth century. There will also be opportunities to seek clues throughout the museum on a scavenger hunt.

In addition to the activities, visitors to the "Childhood" exhibition can see interesting and rarely displayed historic photographs of children and objects used by children during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many toys and other personal items of Norwegian-American children are on view, as well as some unusual items, such as a Victorian combination potty chair and high chair. There are hands-on stations for fun play and exploration, too.

"Childhood" is on view at Vesterheim through April 21, 2013, and is sponsored by Ham and Suzanne Peterson, Ruth Fjelstad, Sons of Norway, Kristiania Lodge # 1-47, and Sons of Norway, Solglimt Lodge No. 1-547.

"Free First Thursdays" offer free museum admission and feature a special event on the first Thursday of each month. Check for a schedule of future "Free First Thursday" events.