Events and workshops at Wisconsin Museums
 
Calendar of Family Events in Burlington, Wisconsin
at the Top & Yo-Yo Museum,
Logic Puzzle Museum,
and Teacher Place & Parent Resources
 

Family Events, Unique Outings,
Thinking & Fun Trips, Tour Groups,
Bus Trips, Mystery Trips, Field Trips
All welcome (always call ahead to confirm details, & for reservations)

The Spinning Top Museum, the Logic Puzzle Museum, and Teacher Place & Parent Resources are three different non-profit organizations in our buildings. All are educational and share the gift shop area.      Each have their own hours and events, and this calendar is an overview with items added throught the year.  Hark! This list does not include Top Museum tour  times, which are listed at www.topmuseum.org  on the Hours-Events  page, as they become available, or by large group reservation..

CALENDAR
from the non-profit educational center     PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE

FROM 3 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS 
    
..... ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, so always call ahead, or call to confirm details if you are publishing this information elsewhere.

 

DURING GIFT SHOP HOURS ... call for hours (262)763-3946
SEE THE WORLD'S SMALLEST SPINNING TOY TOPS!  smaller than your fingertip. Magnifier provided.    $1/per person, all ages, every age.Free parking. 533 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, Wisconsin.  262 763-3946

 

2006 dates/times:

TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM TOURS/VISITS  http://www.topmuseum.org/hours%20events.html

LOGIC PUZZLE MUSEUM HOURS   www.logcipuzzlemuseum.org 

 

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January 
ANNUAL BRAIN EXERCISE MONTH
Exercise your brain with more than 50 different logic and mechanical puzzles at the hands-on museum, make a puzzle to keep, and see the exhibit of vintage and parlor puzzles. Try oversize sliding block puzzles, packing puzzles, matching, take-aparts, wire parlor puzzles, and other brain twisters. Call for hours. Free parking.  www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org  LOGIC PUZZLE MUSEUM 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105 .  (262) 763-3946 

 

SATURDAYS    JAN   2  Call ahead for specific dates

CHINESE TANGRAM CELEBRATION  with just 7 pieces solve the ancient Chinese puzzles, win a prize if you solve a certain Tangram: FREE TO TRY> .  Then, with admission of $6 to the entire Puzzle Museum,  try to solve some of the other 50 hands-on logic, brain, and mechanical puzzles.  Make a puzzle to keep, see exhibit of parlor toys & puzzles, a sliding block puzzle collection, and vintage mechanical puzzles. Children must be with an adult. 90 minute visit: admission. Best for ages 5-105.  Free parking.  www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org  LOGIC PUZZLE MUSEUM  533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105 . Reservations please:  (262) 763-3946

 

TBA
INTERNATIONAL
WHIP TOP  DEMONTRATION
  on the frozen ice of Echo Lake in Burlington:  Native American Indian tribes played this action game on the winter ice, and whip tops are used in many other cultures for fun, exercise, and competition. Watch or participate (call about fee), followed by an optional visit to the Spinning Top Museum with separate admission. Children must be with an adult.  Free parking.   www.topmuseum.org   Reservations needed. Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, downtown Burlington, WI 53105  (262) 763-3946

 

Feb.

HISTORIC REBUS VALENTINES In historic rebus and modern styles, make your own Valentines that come from your heart.  Make up to 20 fun, classic, and creative Valentines in this unusual family workshop with ideas, examples,  & materials provided.  For ages 5-105, children must be with an adult.   Admission per person, all ages.   Please call ahead for reservations, space is limited.. Free parking. Teacher Place & Parent Resources, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105   262-763-3946    Times:  http://www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org/REBUSVALENTINES.html

 

 

SPINNING TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM TOUR/SHOW : visit the world-famous museum & see the 2,000 item exhibit of tops, yo-yos, & gyroscopes; view videos; try 40 different hands-on top games & top experiments; plus enjoy a live show; all in a 2+ hour program. Children must be with an adult.  Admission per person, all ages. Museum is best for ages 4-104. Reservations required. Free parking.   . www.topmuseum.org     Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.  Tickets required: (262) 763-3946

 

FEB  Date TBA

BLACK INVENTOR OF SPINNING TOY GIZZMO HONORED at the unique and lively Top Museum: Demonstrations and time to try the unusual spinning toy invented more than 30 years ago by a black inventor then see the 2,000 item exhibit of tops, yo-yos, & gyroscopes; view videos; try 35 different hands-on top games & top experiments; plus enjoy a live show all in a 2 hour program. Children must be with an adult.  Admission. Free parking.   . www.topmuseum.org     Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.  Tickets required: (262) 763-3946

 

 

March 2014 visit Top Museum website for dates

19th ANNUAL YO-YO & SKILL TOYS CONVENTION & CELEBRATION   yo-yo exhibits, yo-yo trick workshops, classes, lectures on collecting yo-yos, oddest yo-yo contest, longest “sleeper” contest, the paddleball marathon, demonstrations of gyroscopes, diabolos, and other action/skill toys. A “Clowns & jugglers with yo-yos” contest (really!). The WISCONSIN STATE YO-YO CONTEST is on Sunday, meet Yo-Yo Champions, selling of yo-yos. Admissions per event. Free parking.  www.topmuseum.org     Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105   (262) 763-3946

 

MARCH 30, 2014 

HULA HOOP CONTEST

Try or watch! Part of the spinning fun at the Spinning Toy Convention. Admission,

 www. topmuseum.org   Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI  53105 USA   (262) 763-3946

 

SUN March 30, 2014

Annual WISCONSIN STATE YO-YO CONTEST   From the classic “walk-the-dog” to the modern awesome “boingy-boingy” yo-yo trick, come to watch or enter. The Wisconsin State Yo-Yo Contest and The International Looping Yo-Yo Trick contest is sanctioned by the American Yo-Yo Association, with top prize of TBA.   Participants can be from anywhere in the world, grown-ups, teens, or kids.  Meet champs from the past, too.  Also a paddleball marathon, hula hoop contest, and more fun.  www. topmuseum.org       Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.   (262) 763-3946

 

Sunday March 30, 2014

 PADDLEBALL MARATHON  an old fashion skill toy! Who can paddle the ball the longest?  All ages invited to participate in a fun contest.  Prizes.     www. topmuseum.org  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.   (262) 763-3946

 

 

TBA

INTERNATIONAL FOOL YOURSELF TODAY  Try 10 different challenges that fool your brain, and then go fool others all year long. Quick things to try, to learn, to wonder about.    Is it science, is it magic, or are you just being fooled?  Bring grandpa, too.  Admission per person.  Children must be with an adult. Groups welcome. Free parking.  Co-sponsored by Teacher Place & Parent Resources and the Logic Puzzle Museum. 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105. www. logicpuzzlemuseum.org    Reservations please:  (262) 763-3946

 


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EGGS, EGGS, EGGS   28th annual family event was in 2006, a tradition for all.  Bring up to 3 dozen hard-boiled eggs per person, 5 different techniques to use: both classic and awesome styles using natural and vibrant dyes. Admission, every age, all ages.  Children must be with an adult. Call for daily hours. Free parking. Teacher Place & Parent Resources, 533 Milwaukee AV, downtown Burlington, WI 53105   Groups of 7 or more, please call ahead.  Free parking.  262-763-3946

 

TBA

YO-YO CAMP, ages 8-16. Get a free, great long sleeping yo-yo to keep, learn more than 10 yo-yo tricks, learn how to create tricks, practice contest style, see a collection of 500 yo-yos, tips on collecting, tips on giving yo-yo performances. Advance paid registration required. Expert instructor.   Admission. Free parking. Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

TBA

 TOP CHOCOLATE TOP CHALLENGE  during the annual Burlington Chocolate Festival:  Drop by throughout the day and take a free spin with us. You can win a free piece of chocolate when you take the fun and easy,  family spinning toy top challenge. Help us celebrate the fact that “Chocolate is Tops!”  Free parking.  www.topmuseum.org     Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.   (262) 763-3946

 

TAB June 2014

ANNUAL  CELEBRATION OF FAMOUS YO-YO MAKER DONALD DUNCAN’S  BIRTHDAY        free viewings of yo-yo trick videos for families; with time to visit the Spinning Top Museum afterwards with admission fee. Wood yo-yos were made in Wisconsin during the hay day beginnings of yo-yos in the 1920’s-30’s. Free parking.  www.topmuseum.org     Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105.   (262) 763-3946 

 

JULY dates on website
BRAIN TWISTER DAYS 
more than 60 different hands-on brain, logic, and mechanical puzzles to try, make one to keep, see exhibit;  in a 90 minute visit. Puzzles include edge matching, parlor puzzles, packing puzzles, sliding block, Tangrams, star puzzles, wire puzzles. Exhibit of sliding block puzzle collection, Victorian parlor activities, and a rare 1924 Chicago Checker Taxi Cab mechanical puzzle, and many other styles.  Admission.  Best for ages 5-105. Free parking.

  www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org    LOGIC PUZZLE MUSEUM  533 Milwaukee AV, Burlington, WI 53105. Reservations please:  (262) 763-3946

 

TBA    

SPINNING OPTICAL ILLUSIONS see 25 illusions with antique and modern spinning toys, 2 hour tour/show. From Victorian to modern, see unique, playful optical effects where things grow, change color and shift in confusing ways.  Also enjoy the exhibit of 2,000 tops, yo-yos, gyroscopes; view videos; play with 35 different hands-on tops and top games; plus enjoy a live show by the Top Lady and tops expert. Admission, tickets required, limited space. Call ahead. Children must be with an adult. Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www. topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

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YO-YO CAMP, ages 8-16. Get a free, great long-sleeping yo-yo to keep, learn more than 10 yo-yo tricks, learn how to create tricks, practice contest style, see a collection of 500 yo-yos, tips on collecting, tips on giving yo-yo performances. Advance paid registration required. Expert instructor.   Admission. Free parking. Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

TBA

GYROSCOPE  CELEBRATION

Recognize and learn about the importance of gyroscopes in our lives, and enjoy the fun of this force used in navigation, space travel, and everyday activities. Exhibit of more than 100 rare and unique toy gyroscopes, antique to modern, from many countries; play with a classic gyroscope, try experiments that demonstrate gyroscopic stability and power.  Workshops, demonstrations, contest, and exhibits at certain times. Admission.  Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www. topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

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 NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY: SPINNING TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM, grandparents and great-grandparents are honored at the 2 hour Spinning op Museum tour & show with a top gift.  A time to share stories of top spinning from grandparents is included, and meet the Top Expert who has appeared on Ripley’s Believe it or Not TV. Tickets are required. Admission. Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

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MEET THE MOVIE’S TOP EXPERT   meet the tops expert from the movie My Summer Story, the ABC TV show Fudge, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not TV. Tour, hands-on tops, and movie stories. Admission.  . Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www. meet the tops expert from the movie My Summer Story, * Ripley’s Believe It or Not TV.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

2nd Wednesday of October Annually   FREE

WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION: TOP SPINNING FREE! Wherever you are: Celebrate the fact that the world is a big top, spinning on its axis.  To recognize and celebrate this big and important top that we live on, children and grown-ups everywhere can help celebrate by spinning any kind of top or tops.  Let’s get 10,000 or more tops spinning around the world on this day! Take photos, have music, turn it into a longest-spinning challenge if you like. Send comments, numbers of participants,  & photos to the Spinning Top Museum: www.topmuseum.org. (Some photos may be posted on the website page) .  National Public Radio has discussed this event and Nick, Jr. and Family Fun Magazine have written about it.    Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105   Free parking.    www topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

NOVEMBER  Dates on website

MYSTERY OBJECTS What are these things anyhow!  Be a history detective:   hands-on curiosities: gadgets, gizmos, devices, antiques, tools, strange toys, parts & pieces! What are they? Clues and impossible items to examine. Be a history detective, a weekend anthropologist, or an armchair engineer. Puzzle it out, laughter and history abound. This unique “museum-like” event is hands-on everywhere.  Large group tours (discounts available) welcome with reservations.  Admission. Children must be with an adult. Discounts for groups of  20 or more, prepaid.  Logic Puzzle Museum     Free parking.  533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI  (262) 763-3946     www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org

 

INTERNATIONAL TONGUE TWISTER CONTEST How long can you go?  Classic & modern phrases twist the tongues of everyone. Appropriate prizes! like a portion of “a peck of pickled peppers,”  “a toy boat”, a “yellow yo-yo” and “sea shells you can sell.”   Laughter is promised for everyone!  Even a foreign language division. Contest tongue twisters are not given out ahead because we are afraid you will get laryngitis practicing. Door prizes for all audience members, plus more prizes for all contestants.  Admission, all and every ages. Best for ages 4-104.  (last year, 2 national TV shows called for coverage of it!, and recently NPR did a segment about it!) Logic Puzzle Museum Free parking. 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI (262) 763-3946    www. logicpuzzlemuseum.org

 

 

TBA
ACTION SCIENCE & THINKER TOYS
:  FREE demonstrations: gizmos, gyroscopes, odd tops, skill toys, science kits, toys for grown-ups too.  Teacher Place & Parent Resources & the Top Museum     Free parking.  533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105        (262) 763-3946    www.topmuseum.org

 

 

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BEGINNER'S YO-YO CLASS, learn 10 classic tricks and get a great yo-yo to keep. Ages 8-adult.  Pre-registration only. Call ahead. Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE TOP MUSEUM Dates to visit:   hands-on spinning tops, exhibit, live show.  Enjoy the traditional universal toy top with all the generations of your family, or come to reminisce yourself, or introduce the youngsters to classic fun enjoyed around the world. A range of surprises include strange motions, sounds, and optics of tops   See 2,000 tops, yo-yos, gyroscopes on exhibit; view videos; play with 35 different hands-on tops and top games; plus enjoy a live show by the Top Lady and tops expert who has appeared on Ripley’s Believe it or Not TV. Admission, tickets required, limited space. Call ahead. Children must be with an adult. Free parking.  Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, Burlington, WI 53105     www.topmuseum.org    (262) 763-3946

 

...................................ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, so always call ahead, 

or call to confirm details if you are publishing this information elsewhere 

 

(262)763-3946

 

533 Milwaukee Avenue, downtown Burlington, Wisconsin, 53105  USA





   


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