Museum hosts graham-cracker house party |

Museum hosts graham-cracker house party

Rhonda Costa
Nevada Appeal Staff Writer

Most homes are made of wood, drywall or brick and have and glass windows and plumbing. For the kids who go to the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada Saturday, not only do they get to build their own home, they can eat it, too.

Graham crackers are the walls and roof for these edible delights, with icing as mortar and candied decorations.

“We have three or four volunteers who will be coming in to help the kids make their cracker shack houses,” said Jim Peckham, director of the museum. “We’re expecting about 100 kids. And some of those kids are about 55” years old.

Cost of the event is $5 for members and $7 for non-members, with all materials provided by the children’s museum.

“It’s really our ‘gingerbread house,’ but made of graham crackers,” Peckham said.

Just how big can each kid make their house?

“That’s a really good question,” Peckham said. “Most are probably about 6 inches deep and 6-8 inches tall. It’s really up to the kid building it. Typically they use one cracker to make a side, another cracker for another side, and half of one for the door.

“You really see some architectural creativity come out of them.”

Peckham said the museum has hosted the event for at least the past five years, probably longer.

“They add little touches with frosting as the glue, candy decorations, and other things to make dentists happy,” he said.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For information, call 884-2226.

Contact Rhonda Costa at or 881-1223.