Life Before Video Games

New York Edition, Museums For Families, Volume 2, Number 1, Winter 2002

Before television…before radio…before comic books.

On December 15 and 27, kids ages 6-10 can discover how their counterparts managed to amuse themselves a hundred years ago as Harley Spiller – aka Inspector Collector – leads an insider’s tour of an eye-popping collection of Victorian-era toys and games at the New-York Historical Society.

Even the most media-minded kid is likely to be wowed by the Inspector’s demonstration of dozens of playthings – wheeled, wind-up, and whistling – and dazzled by the intricate, mindbending board games that whiled away the evening hours of another century. But be prepared to learn an old game yourself – your new Victorians will be bringing one home with them.

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