History Center Kicks Off Holiday Season in November with Toy Drive and Toy-Related Family Programs

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Release dated: 
October 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

History Center Kicks Off Holiday Season in November with Toy Drive and Toy-Related Family Programs

Families are invited to the Minnesota History Center this November for hands on craft programs and a family day devoted to toys.

Plus, this year, in conjunction with the History Center exhibit, Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, we're holding a holiday toy drive.

Holiday Toy Drive
Dates: Nov. 7 through Dec. 21, 2014
Time: Donations accepted during regular business hours.
Toys accepted at the History Center or any of 6 metro-area Creative Kidstuff locations.

Bring the joy of the holidays to a child. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the History Center or any of six metro-area Creative Kidstuff locations between Nov. 7-Dec. 21 and get free admission to the Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s exhibit and a voucher for 25 percent off one item at Creative Kidstuff. Limit 2 admissions or vouchers per household. The History Center has designated Toys for Tots as the recipents of the toy drive.

This program is offered in partnership with Creative Kidstuff, KARE 11 and the Star Tribune.

History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
Date: Nov. 28 and 30, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free with museum admission.

For centuries scientists and artists, such as Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, made sketches and models of movable figures. In the years following World War II, space travel and technology drove the popularity of robots, with comic book and Television characters like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers hitting the scene. View toy robots in the new History Center exhibit, "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" and then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and cardboard robot.

Family Playdate!
Date: Nov. 29, 2014
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission.

Visit the History Center over the Thanksgiving weekend to view the History Center exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Make and decorate a Pet Rock Pal courtesy of Manhattan Toys in Minneapolis and see a live musical show by Choo Choo Bob. Other activities include local toy maker demonstrations, constructing towers with Brickmania Toyworks, connecting eco-friendly YOXO links and tubes from Play from Scratch and creating castles and bridges with Beka's wooden building block sets.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.