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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Places to Visit

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.

Toys “R” Us – Paramus, New Jersey

Almost 18-months after declaring bankruptcy and shuttering more than 700 stores in the US, Toys “R” Us returns to the retail world with the opening of their first new brick-and-mortar store in Paramus, New Jersey.

Steiff Museum – Giengen an der Brenz, Germany

The Steiff Museum opened in 2005 to commemorate the company’s 125th anniversary. It features more than 2,000 Steiff toys displayed throughout 2,400 square meters, a small working factory, giant plush slide, gift shop, and bistro.

Nickelodeon Universe – Bloomington, Minnesota

Situated at the centre of Bloomington’s Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe offers a dizzying array of rides and spectacles for adventure-seeking families and is working on becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

Frazier History Museum – Louisville, Kentucky

Tucked inside the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky is The Stewart Historic Miniatures Collection, one of the most comprehensive public collections of toy soldiers and historical miniatures in the world.

Toy Tokyo – New York City, New York

Situated in Manhattan’s East Village, Toy Tokyo is a pop culture toy and collectible emporium specializing in art toys, figures, and sculptures from around the world.

Circus World – Baraboo, Wisconsin

Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin keeps classic American circus traditions alive through live performances, interactive entertainment attractions, and a famed research facility.

The Cartoon Museum – London, England

Located in the Fitzrovia district of central London, The Cartoon Museum focuses on the history and development of British cartoons, caricatures, comics, and animation from the 18th century to present day.