Last weekend as we were having lunch at the Montgomery County Fair, something at the table behind us caught Owen’s attention, and I could see his eyes light up with excited curiosity. “What’s that?” he asked.
I turned around to see a young girl holding a colorful cube, purposefully turning the sides in various directions. “That’s called a Rubik’s Cube,” I told him. “I had one when I was a little girl, and I was obsessed.”
“What’s obsessed?” (And this is a whole other conversation, so I’ll just get to the point.)
Our kids probably can’t imagine a time before Thomas, Dora, Bakugan, or American Girl. Many don’t know the simple thrill of poking little colorful plastic pieces through black paper to create a brilliant Lite-Brite design, sinking someone’s battleship, or frantically trying to follow Simon’s light patterns. Sure, there are some toys that have stood the test of time–Barbie probably has a trendier wardrobe than I do, Legos are all the rage with loads of kids these days, and Play-Doh is a staple in many a child’s art set–but most seem more like relics from the long-ago past that now belong in a museum.
And that’s just where you can find them this coming weekend. On Saturday, August 21, the Textile Museum is hosting Mid-Century Modern Game Day. From 2-4pm, kids young and old can check out (i.e., play with) toys and games that were popular back in the 60’s and 70’s. Here’s your chance to school your kid at Twister, show them how you whirl a Hula Hoop for hours, or make a Slinky “walk.” All of this will take place in the garden, followed by a scavenger hunt through the museum’s exhibitions to win a prize.
The event is part of the museum’s monthly Arts for Families series and recommended for kids ages 4-12. Admission to both the museum and event is free, but a non-member donation of $5 is suggested.
The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street NW.