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Obviously Citizen Kid isn’t much of a destination for those that crave the intense lights and sounds of video games but visiting the “eGameRevolution” exhibit was lots of fun. For me the highlight was checking out the old gear that I remembered from my childhood and also reviewing how fast this kind of play has evolved.

Playing Missile Command on the old Atari was a blast from the past. I also made this ghosty on a wall-sized LiteBrite.

When I was a kid, my absolute favourite Christmas gift that completely blew me away (I can’t believe my Mom got me THIS) was a miniature table top Frogger game. I still have it somewhere but it was neat to see it get the respect it deserves in a museum. It also made me feel old. Everything I learned about anticipation and eye-hand coordination I learned from Frogger. 🙂

Next up: “Reading Adventureland!” When they call this a life sized pop-up book they aren’t kidding! Check out the virtual tour – and that’s only part of the exhibit! There were spaces devoted to literature of every style and age group here – from Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter to Huck Finn.

We spent a lot of time in this section and one thing that became very apparent was the museum’s commitment to learning and playing through READING. There are books everywhere you look in this place – not just in the Reading Adventureland. We soon figured out why — the entire place is a library! See an interesting book that relates to an exhibit your interested in? Just pick it up and check it out at the front desk! We thought that was an awesome concept.

We saw and did so much more but in order to prevent this from becoming on of those overly long vacation slide shows… Here are the remaining highlights…

Here’s the “American Super Heroes” exhibit where our kids were given SUPER STRENGTH thanks to a big dose of green gamma rays!

The kids made some magic wand crafts while I stretched my legs…

We fulfilled my dream of dining at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I didn’t order the chicken livers but I did get grilled catfish. And yes, the hotel reservations were messed up but that was TOTALLY their fault…

Oh yeah… we also rode the carousel, the train, and visited an amazing butterfly conservatory…

In the end we had SO much fun that we bought a family membership and will be sure to return as soon as we can. And THAT’s what we did on our Christmas Vacation. Thank you.

(ps – I’m not posting the video of Rebecca playing Dance Dance Revolution…)


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Some people do 10 day all-inclusive sunny resort style vacations… We go to Rochester, NY and visit the Museum of Play and Toy Hall of Fame instead!

Bright and early on a cold and blustery January day we hit the road (joined by another family of friends) and aimed for the border. After a cheerful verbal exchange (!) with the border guard we flew down the Interstate in excited anticipation of what lay ahead.

We arrived!

And we jumped right in… finding ourselves on Sesame Street… brought to you by the letters F, U, and N!

One of the hi-lites for us was the child sized replica of a grocery store. You (or your kids, I suppose) could shop for groceries, pretend to be the cashier, the customer, or even the produce manager. Clean up aisle 5! After scanning in your groceries you got to print out a receipt with your choices. I was having too much fun to snap more pictures… but click here to see a virtual tour. It’s amazing how much fun it is pretending to shop for groceries compared to the real thing!

Next was the area dedicated to rotating exhibits. When we were there it was a space dedicated to the game of football. Right now there is a Wizard of Oz theme!

Next it was into the National Toy Hall of Fame. This was fun and informative. Here’s a few hi-lites I snapped. To see a summary of the inductees click here.

Watch for What We Did On Our Christmas Vacation (part deux) coming soon. We’ll visit the “eGameRevolution”, the “Reading Adventureland” and we’ll have dinner at Cracker Barrel! Will I order fried chicken livers? Will the hotel reservation work out? Will I dare post the video of Rebecca playing “Dance Dance Revolution?”

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