BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The Queens Historical Society is celebrating popular children’s toys from yesteryear to the present with an exhibit at the landmarked Kingsland Homestead headquarters at Flushing’s Weeping Branch Park.
The exhibit, “Toys and Games from the Attic and Beyond” includes display cases filled with iconic toys, such as Legos, Frisbees, Mr. Machine, Rubik’s Cube, Beanie Babies, POGs, Matchbox Cars, “Star Wars” collectibles and Barbie Dolls, all of which will contain framed panels that describe the history and development of the toys.
Although the historical society’s toy collection is set up in the form of an art gallery, the display is livelier than a traditional museum exhibit. The sign on the wall—which calls for a “No Quiet Zone!”—encourages guests to talk, laugh, have fun and take pictures at a designated “selfie wall.” Also included in the exhibit is a television set that runs 50-year-old toy commercials.
Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to vote for their favorite toy from their childhood and slip it into the display’s ballot box.
Thus far, visitors between the ages of 4 to 95 years have voted. Currently, dolls are in the lead and trains have garnered the second largest number of votes.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) paid a visit to the exhibit headquarters, where she reminisced about toys from her childhood and reunited with her Cabbage Patch Kid doll, which she loaned to the museum for the exhibit.
“Toys and Games from the Attic and Beyond” will close at the end of June. Admission to the historical society’s exhibit is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free for children, ages 12 and below.
The Queens Historical Society can be found at 145-35 37th Ave. in Weeping Beech Park. The society’s museum is open from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.
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