National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration November 17 & 18

Natonal Toy Hall of Fame News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration
at the National Museum of Play
on November 17 & 18

Roll over Hot Wheels. Make room Raggedy Ann and Andy! Get ready to welcome this year’s newly honored toys into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong®. The newest honorees will be announced at a special induction ceremony on Thursday, November 15, at 10:30 a.m. In honor of the induction, museum guests are invited to join in a National Toy Hall of Fame Weekend Celebration at the National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Weekend events include:

  • Toy Magic! Magician Bill Gormont entertains with laughter, illusion, and sleight of hand. Marvel at his amazing feats as he performs magic tricks using iconic toys from the National Toy Hall of Fame. Magic shows take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
  • Explore the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong: Be among the first to see displays of the newest toy inductees. 
  • Games and Activities:  Have fun with previous toy inductees including Etch A Sketch, jigsaw puzzles, Mr. Potato Head, View-Master, and more.
  • Pirate Toy Fund: Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Pirate Toy Fund. Help bring a smile to the faces of other kids in the community with your donation.

All weekend events are included with general museum admission fees.


About the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play);  and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 49 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame: alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, The Game of Life, G. I. Joe, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, playing cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, stick, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, and View-Master.

The 12 final nominees for 2012 induction are: Clue, Dominoes, Fisher-Price Corn Popper push toy, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, tea set, and Twister. Only two of these 12 finalists will make it into the prestigious hall, joining such toy luminaries as Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, and Monopoly.

The two winners will be inducted at a special ceremony Thursday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Age 2 and older $13, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking:  Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.