EXHIBIT AT A GLANCE:

  • Enjoy dozens of opportunieis to play, learn, and experiment

  • Learn about the history of various toy makers from and the companies they started from the 1900’s to modern times.

  • Starting at 5,000 square feet

  • Exhibit ships in two 53’ dry vans

Invite Your Visitors To a World of Rediscovery, Delight, and Wonder

ABOUT TOYTOPIA

Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them, and why they are fun and dear to us. They discover why some toys succeeded and some failed, as well as which toys have become collector’s items and why.

How are tin toys made? What toys were popular in every decade of the twentieth century? How did G.I. Joe talk without batteries? Are my childhood toys worth putting on eBay? Toytopia satisfies the curiosity of visitors of all ages with beautiful, compelling and informative displays. Photo opportunities include a Monopoly car token big enough to sit in and the world’s largest Etch-A-Sketch, standing at 8’ high.

Toytopia is not just about toys. Real working video arcade games from the 1970s and 80s are available for play. There’s also a life-size dollhouse!

Stage Nine proudly partners with several key players in the toy industry, such as Hasbro, Schylling, Schleich, Crayola, and Ohio Art, which gives this exhibit unprecedented access to a vast collection of rare artifacts, stories, information, and interactive elements.

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Toytopia was a highly popular exhibit that quickly became a visitor favorite. It had broad, cross-generational appeal with a variety of engaging interactive elements. Even a year after leaving our facility, we still have visitors asking when it will be coming back! I would absolutely recommend Toytopia to any family-oriented museum looking for a crowd-pleasing exhibit.
— Bob Levine, Exhibit Project Manager, McWane Science Center

Exhibit Features:

*Interactive

TOYTOPIA TOWER *
The centerpiece of Toytopia, with activities on all sides

LEGO CABINET *
Play and build with LEGOS on a large custom made LEGO wall

WORLD’S LARGEST ETCH A SKETCH *
The world’s largest Etch a Sketch is on display

TOYS THROUGH THE DECADES *
Learn the history of favorite toys through the decades

VIDEO GAME MUSIC *
Test your knowledge of iconic music that has been heard in classic video games

TIN TOYS CABINET *
The history of tin toys

JACK IN THE BOX *
A giant jack in the box with activities on all sides

ROBOTIC ARM *
Pilot the claw to accomplish specific tasks

MULTISCALE TRAIN DISPLAY *
Showcases the different sizes of model trains

BALANCE UP *
See if you have the coordination to lift the ball up through a maze of obstacles

MONOPOLY PHOTO OP
A life size Monopoly board and Monopoly car game piece photo op

WHAT’S IT WORTH? & TOY GRADING *
Teaches about toy value and what makes toys worth more or less to collectors

TOYS ABOUT MOVIES *
Showcases movies that had games modeled after them and vice versa

SKILL BASED TOYS *
Test your skills with these awesome skill based toys

ZOLTAR *
Zoltar is here and he wants to tell you your future

BIG PIANO EXPERIENCE *
Just like in the movie ‘Big’, the big piano is here to step and stomp on

BACKYARD CORNHOLE GAME *
Play Cornhole in your own backyard!

VINTAGE ARCADE AREA *
Play classic arcade games in our arcade

BACHMAN TRAIN DISPLAY *
Build your own wooden train layout and learn how model train layouts are made

PINWALL *
Leave quite an impression with our 4ft x 7ft pinwall

MAZE RUNNER*
Turn a large play surface to see if you can defeat the maze with your eye-hand coordination

LIFE-SIZE BATTLESHIP*
Play one of your favorite classic board games, only this one’s lifesized!

GIANT CONNECT 4 *
Play a classic board game only on a much larger scale!

MEGAWIRE *
The ultimate test of patience, steadiness, and eye-hand coordination

PIXEL PLAY *
Feed the python, Play the pieces, Pixel Pong, and Paint the pixels – 4 fun activities all in one!

PLAYBACK *
Can you go head to head with someone else’s memory?

CRAYOLA
A large Crayola crayon box on display, and shows “accidental toys”

LIFE SIZE DOLL HOUSE *
Enter our life size doll house and play with the toys inside!

PLAY STATIONS *
Assorted hands on activities from our participating sponsors