Market Days: Toys

Art, Physics, Fun, and Games

Saturday, October 18, 2014 • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Plaza

Free (Market Days is a free outdoor program. Ticket required for museum admission.)

All Ages

Bring your children or your inner child for a day of play with an array of fantastic toys old and new. And learn how to make awesome toys of your own. A full-sized Jeep covered in Lego boards awaits your creative constructions. Watch and learn jump rope tricks from the Stanford Jump Rope team. Learn how to build a marshmallow launcher, a cardboard machine, or a tiny lathe, all from simple materials. See an enchanting puppet show of The Jabberwocky, plus juggling, origami, and much more.

Market Days are free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators on third Saturdays from June to October. They feature curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays.


  • Stanford Jump Rope Performances
  • The Jabberwocky Puppet Show from Dangerous Puppets
  • Berkeley Juggling Club
  • Quadcopter Drone with Video Camera
  • S Gauge Model Railroads from Golden Gate American Flyer Club
  • Build with Lego on the Lego Jeep
  • Altered Barbie
  • Make Marshmallow Launchers with Howtoons
  • Make Dioramas with the Chinese Historical Society of America
  • Make Cardboard Automata with the Tinkering Studio
  • Make a Crayon Lathe with Instructables
  • Play Games with the Explainers
  • Make Jitter Critters, Climbing Bears, or Spinning Discs with Explorables
  • Ball Dissection with the Explainers
  • Make Marbles with Public Glass
  • Origami with Bernie Peyton
  • Play with Your Food with Seaglass restaurant