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Homeschool Day Theme: A Playful Past

  • The Autry in Griffith Park 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA, 90027 United States (map)

Enjoy a special Homeschool Day to learn about the toys and games children (and adults) have played throughout history. Fun for K-12 students.

Activities include:

  • Creating a popular 19th century toy
  • Dressing up and posing in front of a Western landscape photo booth 
  • Playing with toys spanning different times and cultures
  • Investigating hands-on objects to learn about the social and cultural values toys reveal
  • Panning for gold like a 49er

Appropriate For: Families

Admission: $2 Admission with Advance Registration

To register, e-mail Janet Jung at

About the Exhibition

Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day in 2017. Through more than 200 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time. Featuring dolls, board games, video games, outdoor activities, and more, the exhibition looks at the many ways children have played in the American West, the social values toys reveal, and how the West has inspired imagination. Beyond the displays, visitors are invited to get hands-on with games of the past and present—no assembly required.