Chicago Children’s Museum Newest Exhibit Focuses On Mexico’s Toys

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Now through March 13, 2011

Celebrate play at Mexico: Festival of Toys! Chicago Children’s Museum’s vibrant new exhibit showcases a collection of more than 600 one-of-a-kind toys, on loan from Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City. Spanning nearly a century, these toys offer a window into Mexico’s rich history and come to life through a playful array of hands-on experiences designed for the whole family.

Image of ToysHandmade dolls of every shape and size, colorful puppets, traditional puzzles, marionettes, musical instruments, and wood-carved and papier-mâché animals inspire creativity that finds an outlet in activity stations throughout the museum, including:

  • The DIY Toy Workshop, where visitors become toymakers and build their own vehicles, dolls, or puppets.
  • A Wheel Track to test the speed of toys that go!
  • Small Worlds, a dynamic landscape for creating and decorating miniature dwellings.
  • A Puppet Theater, where kids can design their own puppets and put on a show.
  • Rattle-Rama, a sensory-rich space dedicated to the youngest visitors.
  • A Seek-and-Find activity that encourages families to explore the Papalote collection together.

Bring your family to view these unique treasures from Mexico and experience the joys of Toys!


Papalote Museo del Nino is the originator of the Mexico: Festival of Toys exhibit, with support from Maseca and Distroller. Interactive exhibit experiences were designed and developed by Chicago Children’s Museum.

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