A Museum Exhibit for the Young at Heart

I recently visited the Toytopia exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. I’d spied the flyer for the exhibit and thought it looked fun; the Mr. Potato Head and Rubik’s Cube on the promotional material inspired¬† nostalgia for some of my long forgotten childhood play items.

On the flip side, it also made me feel ancient. Toys I grew up playing with were going to be on display in a museum. I mean, isn’t that a huge red flag that I’m old now?

My husband drooled over the Star Wars memorabilia.

Thanks to my local library, I was able to snag a free pass to the museum, so my husband and I went, not sure what to expect.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how, well, young the exhibit made me feel. I wasn’t expecting there to be so many toys to actually play with, from a big lite brite, to classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, Legos and an Etch-A-Sketch or two. Also, there’s a huge dollhouse that made me squee with delight as I walked through it.

My hubby loves video games. He could’ve stayed for hours.

Oh, and did I mention the Zoltar fortune-telling machine and giant keyboard you can play with your feet? Both are replicas of items from the 80s classic movie Big and I only wish I was talented enough to tap out Heart and Soul a la Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia.


I can’t play piano with my hands. I discovered I’m no better at playing keyboard with my feet.

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend taking in the exhibit, it’s lighthearted fun sure to make you reminisce. According to the history museum’s website, the exhibit runs through June 10.