Dates and Times
- Fri, Oct 4, 2019 - Sun, Jan 3, 2021 Monday - Sunday, times vary
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E Edenton St
Visitors can see toys come to life with fun, hands-on interactive activities. Attendees can look forward to reliving their childhood with a larger-than-life Twister board, a giant Lite-Brite wall, an Etch A Sketch station, working Hot Wheels racing tracks (complete with inversion loops), a “Name that Tune” game featuring TV Westerns, and digital Christmas catalog stations where visitors can digitally flip through pages to look at vintage toys.
The artifacts in Toy Boom are curated into unique environments, including TV westerns, space age, zany toys, creative toys, dolls, action figures and more. The Baby Boomer era (late-1940s to mid-1960s) was a time of great abundance for middle-class America. Economic prosperity was at an all-time high and the influx of television helped propel a new middle-class into a consumer-driven society. Toys would help children find their place in society, or so parents wanted to believe. These toys reflected the energy, ambition, and abundance of a prosperous era, but they also channeled the uncertainties of the period.