Parlour Games

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Vacation Program

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 6 to 10

Make digital games that require no batteries. The digits in question are your fingers. 100 years ago, these games were called dexterity toys. Construct a beautiful Meteor marble pattern matching board. Then design your own Pigs-in-Clover Game and another classic marble rolling challenge. Play with games that A.C. Gilbert built in New Haven in the 1920's, 90 years ago. Take home 3 games, 100 marbles, and a new appreciation of the world of your great-grandparents; a world in which toys and almost everything else had no on/off switches.

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