Play the Day Away at Toytopia
Your kids will love taking a trip down this toy-filled memory lane
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What was your favorite childhood toy? An Easy-Bake oven? Etch A Sketch? Monopoly? What about a Slinky or Mr. Potato Head? If you want to revisit the play times of your past, you're going to want to pack the kids up and head down to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma to see the brand new Toytopia exhibit.
Open now through June 10, Toytopia—a nationally-touring blockbuster show—brings together the toys of yesterday and today, with a catch. They are in giant sizes. The exhibit is huge, both in terms of layout and contents. The museum’s expansive fifth floor galleries have been turned into a magical land of big toys where you can play all day with the world’s largest Etch A Sketch, check out a life-size doll house (complete with a miniature doll houses and sound effects), take a photo next to a human-scale Monopoly car, step into a retro arcade with working games, and much more.
Memorable and interactive, Toytopia is fun for kids and adults. Kids will love making music on the giant piano keyboard that Tom Hanks played on in the movie Big, and adults who loved the movie will enjoy seeing the carnival arcade fortune teller machine, Zoltar Speaks, and having their fortune told. Kids can also check out the LEGO® wall and play area, and the LEGO® train layout with an electric train running through an inventive LEGO® landscape.
In addition to the traveling Toytopia exhibit, the Museum has also connected Washington’s history, featuring toys and objects from their collection in two complementary exhibitions, PlayDates and Collections Selections. In PlayDates, visitors will see items like the Slinky Dog, invented in Washington, and learn about how toys and modes of play have changed over time. Collections Selections is a charming recreation of an early 1900's day-nursery, where visitors can see early manufactured toys within the context of the decorative arts of the time.
As if all this wasn't amazing enough, you can also throw a birthday party in the exhibit.
Bring the family for an active trip down play time's memory lane before the show moves on!