Play in a world of big and small toys at TOYTOPIA in Tacoma February 16-June 10

What’s life like in a giant dollhouse? Can you draw on the world’s largest Etch-a-Sketch? (We’re talking nearly eight feet tall!) How does it feel being a game piece on a big Monopoly board?

Answer all these fun questions at the TOYTOPIA exhibit at the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma. Playtime starts on Friday, February 16, and continues through Sunday, June 10.

You’ll find many of your favorite toys from childhood, including LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, the Slinky, jump ropes, and the Easy Bake Oven. Challenge yourself with brain teasers, learn how tin toys are made, and hang out at the Retro Arcade Area.

And two toys from the movie, Big, are on display: the giant piano keyboard where Tom Hanks played and Zoltar Speaks, the carnival arcade fortune teller machine.

The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue (get directions and parking details). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. On the third Thursday of the month, the museum extends its hours and offers free admission 5-8 p.m.

TOYTOPIA is included in the museum’s admission fee.

If you want to incorporate TOYTOPIA into a date night, get tickets for Press PLAY, a History After Hours program for ages 21 and older on Thursday, February 22, 7-10 p.m. (ID required). Admission to Press PLAY includes access to the exhibition, arcade games, board games, and the chance to test your skills at Oregon Trail on the big theater screen. Three Magnets Brewing Company will serve craft beverages.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Avenue, offers child care that night. The children’s museum is a short walk from the history museum.

Tickets to Press PLAY cost $20 per person in advance (buy online) and $25 at the door.

For more information, visit the TOYTOPIA page or call (888) 238-4373.

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