SMILE PLEASE! Mason Chien, 18 months, enjoys the Toyland Express at the Workshops Museum.
SMILE PLEASE! Mason Chien, 18 months, enjoys the Toyland Express at the Workshops Museum. David Nielsen

Toyland Express pulls into Ipswich

THE Toyland Express has pulled into the Workshops Rail Museum for the Easter school holidays.

The fun began on Saturday with the focus on playtime history and reacquainting children with the art of puppetry.

Headlining the event is Ehmers Puppets, introducing youngsters to the artistry and entertainment of marionette puppets, plus a session on creating puppets out of recycled materials.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the curatorial team enjoyed preparing such a unique exhibition.

"Our curatorial team are used to working with industrial collection items, so to look at toys from childhood has been lots of fun and provoked marvellous memories," he said.

"With some of the items on display, you can just imagine your parents and grandparents keeping themselves entertained for hours, and in direct contrast we have contemporary toys that are vastly different thanks to technology and progressive imaginations."

A new Fun and Games exhibition showcases toys from the 1900s to today.

Enter The Toybox with dress-ups, toys and games giving parents the chance to show off hop-scotch and checkers skills and share their childhood games.

At the Creation Station visitors can create hand puppets and try the craft of origami. For only $10, they can also build and decorate their own wooden toy train in the Woodwork Shop to take home.

Departing from the museum's platform, visitors can experience history aboard the Toyland Express Steam Train for a trip to Grandchester on April 10. Bookings are essential and additional charges apply.

The exhibition will continue until April 14. For details phone 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.



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