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Let's Play, a special exhibit
By Smoky Hill Museum

See how play evolved at the turn of the 20th century. This is not a story just about toys, but about local Salina children and how they found ways to play. The exhibit looks at the power of play through the lives of local children from the late 1890s to 1950 as they explore their worlds through various types of play – creative, physical, competitive, etc.

 See their story presented alongside whimsical illustrations by Salina native John Keeling. Keeling is a gifted illustrator and watercolorist.

In the exhibit, children can bring out their inner characters in a performance area complete with backdrops and costumes for dramatic play. There are Montessori boards that encourage kids to use their senses.  Visitors can say what they think about play on a response wall. There is even a let’s play challenge to take home.

This look at play shows that imagination does not need computer-based technology to have fun. Toys may change, but people will always play.

Special thanks go to the following exhibit sponsors: the Earl Bane Foundation, the Salina Regional Health Foundation and the Wimer Family Charitable Foundation.