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MUSEUM | The National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend


In addition to announcing what object of creative affection will be the inductee to the National Toy Hall of Fame, the induction Celebration Weekend will feature the opportunity to check out some of the previously inducted toys, such as the jigsaw puzzle (2002) and the cardboard box (no really, 2005).

The event will take place Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Each day, a presentation will be offered at 2 p.m. by Mark Shapiro, a member of LAIKA, the creative studio that produced "The Boxtrolls" and "Coraline." (Show your museum receipt from Saturday, November 8, to receive $1 off a special screening of "The Boxtrolls" at The Little Theatre on Sunday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m.).

Continue celebrating the blank slate of the cardboard box by becoming a cardboard boxtroll using stop-motion animation with the help of RIT professor, Tom Gasek, by designing your own creature, and viewing original works by cardboard artist Lou Iannone. Become a piece of puzzle history by helping to build "Wildlife," the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, which measures five feet tall, 18 feet wide, and consists of 33,600 pieces.

All National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend activities are included with general museum admission fees ($13.50; free to members and children under age 2). For more information, call 263-2700 or visit