The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is offering several activities to keep the kids (and adults) occupied. Wander down the yellow brick road to the Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz exhibit, stumble upon a pop up program in the museum galleries where you can test out optical toys or try a toy sewing machine, go on a scavenger hunt and more. Special programs include:
• Wizard of Oz Puppet Show, 1 to 2 p.m. March 17 and 18. Kraig Kensinger, a resident puppeteer at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, will present the 35-minute live show with puppets. Reservations required.
• Darling Daguerreotypes, from 1 to 4 p.m. March 22 and 24. Bring your favorite toy or choose one from the museum’s education collection to get your snapshot taken and turned into a faux daguerreotype. Then, decorate a case for your new portrait just like those in the temporary exhibit, Forever Young: Victorian Photographs of Children and Their Toys.
• Creepy Crawlers Workshop, for ages 10 and older, 1 to 4 p.m. March 26. Step back in time to experience the fun of pouring liquid goop into metal molds to create creepy insects, creatures, and figures. Spend the afternoon making three “crawlers.” The $10 fee includes workshop materials and museum admission. Reservations required.
The Museum is located at 5235 Oak St., Kansas City. All activities included with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Admission $5 for general public and free for members; active duty service members and family; and, UMKC faculty, staff, and students. For reservations, call 816-235-8005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call 816-235-8000 or visit www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.