Fun & games with nostalgic toys these school holidays

14 March 2013

It’s all about playtime history these Easter school holidays with Toyland Express at
The Workshops Rail Museum from 30 March to 14 April.

Headlining the event is Ehmers Puppets, introducing younger generations to the long standing artistry and entertainment of marionette puppets, plus a session in creating puppets out of recycled materials.

Fun & Games, a new exhibition featured during the event, will showcase toy collections from the 1900s through to current times, including toy technology and its advancement through the decades.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the curatorial team enjoyed preparing such a unique exhibition.

“Our curatorial team are used to working with industrial collection items, so to look at toys from childhood has been lots of fun and provoked marvellous memories,” Mr Moritz said.

“With some of the items on display, you can just imagine your parents and grandparents keeping themselves entertained for hours, and in direct contrast we have contemporary toys that are vastly different thanks to technology and progressive imaginations.”

Enter The Toybox with dress-ups, toys and games providing the perfect opportunity for parents to show off their hop-scotch and checkers skills and share their own childhood games.

Creative play is also a must for those who like to get hands with the Creation Station where visitors can create their own hand puppets and try the craft of origami. Visitors can also build and decorate their own wooden toy train to take home for only $10 in the Woodwork Shop.

Departing from the Museum’s platform, visitors can experience history aboard the Toyland Express Steam Train for a trip to scenic Grandchester on 10 April. Bookings are essential and additional charges apply.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

Museum Media Contact: Jillian Hodgson | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0418 466 178