Mom’s birthday got me thinking about the birthday artifacts in the museum’s collection and why we celebrate the way we do.
People at Play
If everybody knew how the Ouija Board worked, would anybody besides a few psychology students play with it?
Sometimes, when you work as a curator at the National Museum of Play, you need to put down the scholarly books about play and head out to do a little hands-on research. There's nothing like ratcheting up the first steep incline of a roller coaster and then screaming down the drop on the other side to prove what's fun about amusement parks.
I was a kid once, too. I spent every summer, between the ages of seven and ten or so, with my Mom's parents at their big house in the country. There were four of us kids, and I think it was a favor to Mom to have us out from under her feet for a few weeks.