When it comes to activities that the entire family can partake in during the holidays, few cultural institutions can boast to do as well as the McCord Museum. For the third year in a row, until April 28, 2013, the latter will present its winning exhibition Toys 3 – The Voyage. We we’re recently given the grand tour by Anny Guindon, who was in charge of putting together the exhibition.
Like straight out of a fairytale, the decor was specifically designed for kids aged 3-9 by the design heads at La bande à Paul, for whom Toys 3 isn’t their first museum scenography gig. Upon entrance, our guide handed us a map of the fantasy world we we’re about to visit and introduced us to the first vintage toy we would encounter, Snoopy Sniffer the sniffer dog, who would be our guardian angel throughout the journey.
Again this year, children are encouraged to take interest in the many pieces that make up this exhibition in a highly original way. It is through play that they discover a pedal car straight out of the sixties, the Komic Kamera which dates back to the 1930s and a Shirley Temple doll from the same decade, whose restauration in nothing short of extraordinary. All in all, visitors will see close to 200 toys, some of which are being shown for the very first time.
The various sets – jungle, campfire, party – each have a distinct playful side. Observation questions, a jumbo-size game of dominos and snakes and ladders, a velcro wall… everything in place is to ensure kids have some serious fun.
Every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm until the end of the exhibition, children will be read a story around the “campfire”. On the program: travel stories and zany tales, among others. Decidedly, it’s a nifty way to introduce kids to arts and culture!
A host of other family-oriented activities have been planned around Toys 3 – The Voyage. Click here for a full list of events.
Psst… before we forget: the exhibition is free for children 12 and under! (adults pay $14)
Toys 3 – The Voyage runs until April 28, 2013. For more info, click here.