"Play is the work of children," according to Friedrich Froebel, the inventor of Kindergarten and designer of some of the first educational building toys. By playing with building toys, generations of children have discovered how the physical world works and learned the skills necessary to design and shape the world around them. This exhibition is an exciting exploration of the development of children's toys over the past 200 years. Travel back in time to learn how different building toys were invented, designed, and refined to become the toys that still secretly educate children today!

Appropriate for all ages.
Exhibitions at the Center are always FREE to visit!

CURATOR: David Bender
EXHIBITION DESIGN: Jacob and Katherine Shoemaker

Visitors young and old can show off their building skills and create the house or city of their dreams at our Creation Stations. Filled with components of popular building toys, these carts provide opportunities for both individual and group play.

A series of FREE Design + Build Family Workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month, with occasional additional workshops throughout the year. This program provide a hands-on introduction to the world of architecture and design and are taught by local architecture and design professionals.
Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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