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Toys! examines the ways in which children learn about themselves and their world through toys and play. More than 200 of the best-loved and most fondly remembered toys of the 19th and 20th centuries are featured to illustrate that toys have long been tools for learning about life, work and family. Antique train sets, vintage toys soldiers, dolls and dollhouses, board games and building blocks are all included in the exhibition.

Toys have often guided children in learning about society's differing expectations of boys and girls.

A Punch and Judy puppet set from the late 19th century is on display to show how playing together has taught children about social interaction and standards for acceptable behavior. Puppet theaters were popular during the 1800s. Children learned how to work together when they put on a puppet show.

Hands-on toys, such as a Yo-Yo and a Slinky from circa 1960 helped sharpen children's coordination and dexterity much the same as a Wooden Peg Top did for children of the early 1900s.

Toys have often guided children in learning about society's differing expectations of boys and girls. A child-size tool chest gave boys the opportunity to learn carpentry skills, while a toy sewing machine was presented as appropriate for girls. Similarly, the exhibition illustrates more recent examples of gender specific toys such as a 1992 GI Joe action figure and a Jr. Miss Beauty Set from 1960.

Throughout the exhibition hands-on learning stations allow visitors to consider toys in new and different ways while experiencing the timeless joy of fun and games.



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Historic Richmond Town
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Staten Island, NY   10306

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Online tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For  Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sun - Dec 4, 2016 11:00AM
    Experience nostalgia all through the Historic Village.
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 10, 2016 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • NYC BBQ Cookoff 2017
    Sat - Apr 8, 2017 12:00PM
    NYC's only KCBS sanctioned cookoff for the whole family. Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun stuff with the kids.
  • NYC Chili Cookoff 2017
    Sat - Apr 22, 2017 12:00PM
    The internationally recognized ICS family event that includes chili sampling, judging, cash prizes, amusements, and live entertainment. Yum!
  • Father's Day Focus Tour
    Sat - Jun 17, 2017 1:00PM
    What did dad's workshop look like in the past?
  • Father's Day Focus Tour
    Sun - Jun 18, 2017 1:00PM
    What did dad's workshop look like in the past?
  • Independence Day Celebration
    Sat - Jul 1, 2017 12:00PM
    It's an old-fashioned, patriotic celebration of the classic American holiday. Get your hand-churned ice cream and a pie-full of traditional fun!



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