Fun Tours and Hands-On Activities During Museum Summer Series: Adventures in Learning at the Toy and Miniature Museum

From marbles to fashion dolls, miniature paintings to stuffed animals, Adventures in Learning brings kids of all ages face-to-face with the incredible history and art housed at the Toy and Miniature Museum! Every Wednesday and Saturday this summer, June 12 through August 17, explore a different part of the museum’s collection with a fun tour and take-home activity. New programs are offered each week throughout the summer from 1 to 3:30 pm. All programs are included with the cost of admission. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and full-time students; $5 for children ages 5-12; and free for children ages 4 and younger, and museum members.

MEMBERSHIP BONUS: Museum members can experience all of the summer programs, as well as several member-exclusive events, free of charge. Visit and click on ‘membership’ for more info, or inquire at the museum admission desk.

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING SERIES •Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., come-and-go workshop format. •Tours and Gallery Talks at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. •Recommended ages seven to adult.

June 12 and 15, 2013: Let’s Make Periscopes! Want to see high, low, and even around corners? Build a periscope to explore even more at the museum! With your handy, homemade, mirrored tool and a scavenger hunt, you can find surprises around every corner.

June 19 and 22, 2013: Doll Story Boxes Explore the history of Frozen Charlotte, a small doll with a big story, and design a miniature scene featuring a REAL, antique Frozen Charlotte!

June 26 and 29, 2013: Recycle it! Use your imagination to create your own dollhouse furniture out of a wide array of recycled materials, and learn first-hand about resourcefulness and recycling throughout history.

July 3 and 6, 2013: Vintage Optical Toys Explore the collection of toy optical illusions and create a 3D window box for yourself!

July 10 and 13, 2013: Sew a Soft Toy Did you know Germany was once a toy-making powerhouse? Learn about the remarkable German toys in the museum and sew a felt elephant to take home with you.

July 17 and 20, 2013: Marble Madness Create a painting using marbles, build your own marble run, and take home a set of marbles to play with! Take a specially-designed tour of the marble gallery and compare your masterpiece with the mechanical marble runs in the museum’s collection.

July 24 and 27, 2013: Mini Journal Making Nettie Wells, a Kansas City girl born in the 1880s, left behind a charming dollhouse and journals and flashcards recording her play. Hear her story and make a miniature journal just like the one in the exhibit to write down your own adventures!

July 31 and August 3, 2013: Fashion Paper Dolls Visit the museum’s chic collection of fashion dolls and be inspired to create your own fashions in a paper doll workshop.

August 7 and 10, 2013: Surprise Program
End the summer with a bang at an all-new fun tour and workshop. Stay tuned for more information!

August 14 and 17, 2013: Miniscule Masterpieces Paint a miniature masterpiece pre-printed on canvas and finish it with a frame of your choice. You can choose a famous painting or a painting drawn straight from the museum’s collection. Either way, a visit to the miniature painting collection will awe and inspire you to complete your vision!

Celebrating the Past and Envisioning the Future The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City is devoted to the art of the imagination. Since 1982, the Museum has delighted visitors with the world’s largest collection of miniatures, well-loved antique toys and marbles. With 38 rooms to explore and year-round programming, the Museum experience is a joyful reconnection with the beauty and craft of play. Discover the Museum for the first time, or the hundredth time, during the Museum’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration and as its transitions to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. For more information, call 816.235.8000 or visit


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