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Break School Holiday Boredom


Wed 5 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 6 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 7 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 8 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 9 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Toy Collector, 90 Falsgrave Street, Waltham, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Children: $5.00
  • Adults: $10.00
  • Family (2 Adults + 3 Children): $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: judyphw

In February of 2016 a new venture appealing to children - and to the child within every adult - opened to the public in Christchurch.

The Toy Collector opened up his enormous collection of toys and collectables - a reminder of playtimes long past, side by side with yesterday’s favourite playthings. It’s an eclectic display that will stir memories and prompt smiles of reminiscence for all ages.

The Toy Collector himself has been building his collection for half a century. His love of toys was sparked by the anticipation and excitement of a new shipment of Matchbox cars arriving at his local toyshop in The Exchange in Dunedin. In those days, import restrictions limited the number of individual purchases so extra family members would be recruited to buy on his behalf. Those childhood toys led to a fascination with all things miniature - from diecast vehicles to lead soldiers.
Over the years the Toy Collector’s children have introduced him to many different toys available and these toys also from many displays within The Toy Collector Museum.

The Toy Collector’s treasures are the result of years of collecting. His collection is not a museum in that the toys are not all old and they are not all in pristine condition - after all, toys are meant to be played with. His collection offers a rare chance to experience a very broad range of toys - from a working model railway, dioramas made with kit sets, audio-visual excerpts, figures, games, dolls, collections like Sylvanian Families and Harry Potter to name just a few. The Toy Collector knows that nostalgia exists even in the very young when, just as for adults, seeing a toy or picture can instantly bring forward a previously deeply buried memory.

Not all toys in this collection were from The Toy Collectors family, some toys have been donated by people who no longer have use or space for the toys but want the life of the toy to still exist, and others are on loan to display to the public.

We are wheelchair friendly and have onsite parking.
There is always a very similar reaction when people enter the doors through into the collection - it is generally a “Wow” or “Oh Wow”. But don’t take my word for it, come and check it out for yourselves.

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