Ever wondered what happened to the toys that our grandparents and even great-great-grandparents played with? One thing’s for sure: Those toys certainly didn’t come with a backlight! For the curious minds wondering how toys sparked imaginations back in the 1900’s, MoMA has a spectacular exhibit for you. Starting July 29th – Nov 5, Century of the Child: Growing by Design will feature toys in a timeline progression to show how toy designers kept kiddos like yours in mind — all the way from the 1900’s to 2000’s.

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Experience toys of older generations and see how they’ve helped shape toys of today at MoMA’s new showcase. The exhibition is divided into seven periods, and through each one, you’ll see how current events and movements reflect upon kid’s toys. While your tot might not understand the concept, they’ll certainly enjoy looking at old school fun. We’re sure they’ll be amazed by the type of toys kids played with a long, long, long time ago, and thankfully any answers to why, how or where will be all laid out for you by the museum

You’ll have to remind yourself to keep your hand by your side as you wander through this exhibition, so we suggest holding onto your little one (or spouse) to contain your delight. Remember to download the Family Activity Guide to carry along! There’s tips to finding fun activities, and even drawing pages for when mom or pop wants to take a little more time in reminisce.

Be sure to check out the calendar for family programs and events focused on this exhibit!

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— Christal Yuen