Explore the History of Toys with the Virtual Let’s Play Exhibit at the Lorenzo Cultural Center

Check out some of your favorite toys at the virtual Let's Play! exhibit and answer some of your most burning childhood questions during We Play! Wednesdays.

A banner from the Let's Play exhibit
Photo courtesy of the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Albert L. Lorenzo Culture Center at Macomb County College is hosting free virtual events to keep up with their Let’s Play! Toys, Games, and Culture exhibit, which is sponsored by FirstState Bank and Hennessey’s Pub + Kitchen.

This exhibit brings nostalgia and learning to life by answering questions you’ve subconsciously pondered since you were a kid including how Monopoly was started and when the first Barbie was made.

This exhibit has a little something for everyone. Delving into all aspects of toys and game like cultural impact, fashion, history, and art, you’ll be entranced by the magic of your favorite childhood memories — and it’s gone completely virtual in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

You can check it out for free online at any time to see all of the vintage toys and other items on display and be sure to tune in each week for We Play! Wednesdays where you’ll enjoy virtual presentations on the display.

The lineup for We Play! Wednesdays is as follows:

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  • September 9: Chris Bensch discusses the classic toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • September 16: Professor and author Mark J.P. Wolf shows the history of video games
  • September 23: The creation of Barbie will be explored
  • September 30: Mark J.P. Wolf comes back for a final presentation about the timelessness of LEGOs

These events are free of charge, but preregistration is required. Once you register, you will be sent a Zoom link, which last exactly one hour from 1-2 p.m.

Looking for even more virtual fun for kids? Check out the Metro Parent calendar at MetroParent.com.

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