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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.

LARK Toys – Kellogg, Minnesota

LARK Toys is a family owned and operated toy store in Kellogg, Minnesota that curates traditional toys, handmade wooden toys crafted on-site, and a host of activities designed to open the door to play.

Hamleys – London, England

Hamleys is an international chain of toy stores that springs from a single toy shop opened by William Hamley in London, England in 1760.

The Doll Hospital – Lisbon, Portugal

Established in 1830, Hospital de Bonecas – The Doll Hospital – is a doll restoration shop and museum located in Lisbon’s busy Praça da Figueira market square.

Rancho Obi-Wan – Petaluma, California

Located in Petaluma, California (a city in the wine-rich region of Sonoma County) Rancho Obi-Wan is a non-profit museum dedicated to the collection and preservation of Star Wars artifacts.

Moonlight Rollerway – Glendale, California

Moonlight Rollerway is a long-standing roller rink in Glendale, California. Originally opened as Harry’s Roller Rink in 1956, the business was purchased by employee Dominic Cangelos in 1985 who lovingly maintains the rink to this day.

Caffeine 1UP – Ottawa, Ontario

Situated on the perimeter of Ottawa’s bustling Byward Market, Caffeine 1UP is an independent video game cafe offering exceptional lattes, sweet treats, and over 280 video games available for play.

MINT Museum of Toys – Singapore

MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys in Singapore showcases founder Chang Yang Fa’s vast personal collection of vintage toys and collectibles.

Historic Auto Attractions – Roscoe, Illinois

The village of Roscoe, Illinois – about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago – is home to Historic Auto Attractions. This hidden gem is dedicated to preserving the history of (mostly) automotive transportation.