Ages 12-14 | Toys, Hobbies & Play

Come and see a room full of 1 million marbles!  Explore over 35 rooms full of toys, games and miniature items.  Learn about mechanical toys – the old kind that didn’t need batteries!  This is a great place to see dollhouses, trains, teasets & planes.

Before Your Visit:

  •  Read a great book - here's two:

In "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life", Jeremy and his friend both have unique collections.  "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" is a story about a doll and the many places she lives.

Explore Toy & Miniature Museum:

  • Miniatures are created as a small replica of a real item.  Which miniatures in the museum do you think are most unique?  Consider the miniature of the log cabin that Abraham Lincoln was raised in – how is this more impressive than a regular dollhouse?

  • Do you have an American Girl Doll?  Or another favorite doll?  Make sure to check out all the various types of dolls that the museum has on display:  paper dolls, china dolls, cloth dolls, and baby dolls.  There’s also a nice exhibit of dolls from other countries.

  • The museum has one of the largest collections of marbles in the world – 1,000,000!  Visit the Marble Room to play games and view the collection.

  • View some of the mechanical toys – we have so many electronic toys and items now that many kids have never seem a true mechanical toy (one made from metal and not plastic).

  • A must is finding the microscopic viewer that shows the Lord’s Prayer painted on the head of a pin!  The fleas are cute too :)

  • Don’t forget to pick up a museum Scavenger Hunt guide and go on a hunt during your visit.

Learn About Toys & Collecting:

  • Visit the Classic Toy Museum online to learn fun facts and the history of classic toys.
  • If you don't have a collection, think about starting one (ideas: stamps, coins, bottlecaps, sports cards, etc.).  If you do collect something, add to your collection.
  • Learn about toys and science in this fun book:

 Discover More:

  • Visit Moon Marble to learn how to play marbles, and watch glass marbles being made.  
  • Ask your grandparents and parents if they have any old toys packed away.
  • If you're interested in finding old or antique toys, visit one of the antique malls in Kansas City.

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