National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration November 12 & 13

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

October 13, 2011

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 12 & 13

Make room, Barbie. Move over, Mr. Potato Head—get ready to welcome this year’s newly honored toys into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The newest honorees will be announced at a special induction ceremony held on Thursday, November 10 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 Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 Weekend celebration events:

Meet the Duncan Yo-Yo Crew on Saturday at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.; and on Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.: Watch as internationally recognized Duncan Crew members Takeshi Kamisato and Hank Freeman perform unbelievable one-handed, two-handed, freestyle, and off-string yo-yo tricks;  learn some yo-yo history; and pick up tips to fine tune your own throwing skills. Hank “Tron” Freeman, 2011 World Yo-Yo Contest champion, demonstrates the smooth style that has placed him at the forefront of the yo-yo world. (See Hank in action at: Takeshi Kamisato, a former professional skateboarder, pushes the envelope with his creative and quality “mods” (yo-yo modifications) that have made him a major yo-yo champion. Duncan Crew Worldwide is a team of sponsored players in 10 countries who represent the pinnacle of yo-yo skill across the globe.  (Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.)

Join the Pit Stop Challenge, noon to 4 p.m. daily: Take your racing expertise from the track to the pit and see how quickly you can change a tire.

Join the Hula Hoopla from noon to 2 p.m. daily: Learn how to hula hoop for fun and fitness!  

Play with past toy hall Winners: Play with Etch A Sketch and other classic hall of fame toys such as LEGO, Jack-in-the-Box, jigsaw puzzles, Lincoln Logs, Mr. Potato Head, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Slinky, teddy bears, and View-Master.

Visit the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong: See the new toy inductees and enjoy displays of past inductees.

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 46 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame:  alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, ball, Barbie, baby doll, bicycle, Big Wheel, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, Crayola Crayons, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, The Game of Life, G.I. Joe, 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 being considered for induction are: dollhouse, Dungeons & Dragons, Hot Wheels, Jenga, pogo stick, puppet, R/C vehicles, Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Star Wars action figures, Transformers, 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 The Game of Life.

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

For more information about the hall, visit


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®):

Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children (2–15) $11, Children younger than two free, Museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General admission fee plus $2 for members; $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.