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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.

National Yo-Yo Museum – Chico, California

The National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico, California offers the world’s most extensive collection of yo-yos and yo-yo-related memorabilia.

The relatively simple toy comprised of a string and two disks attached to an axle is a symbol of childhood for many people. While the mass popularity yo-yos waxes and wanes, there are people for whom yo-yos are always in style. The National Yo-Yo Museum gives a nod to our collective childhood experience while making the case for the longevity of this pastime. Visitors to the Museum will enjoy seeing vintage yo-yos alongside the world’s largest yo-yo weighing an astounding 256 pounds. Contest awards and photographs round out the Museum’s displays, providing a look inside the world of those whose experience with yo-yos is much more than a fleeting interest.

Don’t be surprised if a visit to the Museum inspires a yo-yo purchase and a renewed interest in throwing. The National Yo-Yo Museum is open 7-day a week. Admission is free.


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