Hello out there!
I said HELLO! Is anyone listening?
This week we attended a very unique museum here in Kansas City: The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures. It was wonderful! My gosh, I just kind of randomly suggested it because I had seen it mentioned somewhere. We didn’t have anything else going on that day, and we were looking for something different to try, and this was it. I’m so glad we went!
The museum is broken into two sections, the miniatures section and the toy section. When we first headed toward the museum I assumed I’d enjoy the toy section a lot more than the miniature section, but I was actually quite surprised at how great the miniatures section was. I liked it more than the toys, believe it or not. I wish I had taken more pictures so I could show you, but I didn’t take very many. But the miniature section had whole houses at like 1/300th scale or something. And the detail! Wow, I can’t even fathom how they did some of it. It looked like they took homes and workplaces and schools and hit them with the shrink ray from Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
Side Note: If you are too young to remember the movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, or you somehow don’t have any clue what I’m talking about, you stink and I don’t like you. I saw the movie in the theater, at least ten years before my own birth. Yes, I know that’s not even possible, but come on, I’m feeling old now.
So anyway, some of the detail on the miniatures was just impossibly good. They even had paintings on the heads of pins! How do you do that? And fleas! Oh my gosh, they had fleas that were dressed up in tiny miniature clothing! Crazy!
While I liked the toy section, I was a tad underwhelmed at that part. There were a lot of cool things there, don’t get me wrong, but the miniatures were on the first floor and we saw them first. That made the toy section less impressive by comparison. There were a few historical toys and all, but not nearly as many as I expected. I think the ones I liked most were things from my childhood, like the video games and things like that.
They did have a room there in the museum where you were allowed to build your own little battery operated robot-like thingy. Here’s mine:
It kind of has crooked legs, and it doesn’t work super great right now, but I was in a rush. They were closing in just a few minutes, and I didn’t even have a chance to let the glue dry before we left.
Here’s my wife’s:
Hers worked out a lot better than mine. She did a really good job with it.
How they work is that you put all these pieces on the cup, and then the little battery powered motor on top spins, turning a clothes pin, and causes everything to vibrate. These vibrations cause the cup to shake around on its legs, making it move about the table.
Again, mine kind of slides to one side because I got the legs crooked. My wife’s works better.
I think I get style points, though. Right? Right? No? Awwww, you’re a tough audience.
So, anyhow, go check out the museum. It’s like $5 a person to get in and you get to make and take home your own toy, so it’s an amazing deal.
Have a good weekend!