A 10-Year-Old's Take

17, January 2017
Color photo of two kids hula hoopingHula hooping . . . not a bad way to spend a field trip. Photo by Lauren Mitchell.

Recently my 5th-grade class took a field trip to the Missouri History Museum. We visited the exhibits TOYS of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis.

Overall the exhibits are very good. I know that kids usually get bored easily, but I think both exhibits have fun little things to keep us interested. For example, the TOYS exhibit has many fun toys you can play with that help you understand why the toy was fun and how people played with it. You can do a Slinky race, spin a hula hoop, and tons more. My favorite part was in each section they have an old TV where you can watch commercials from the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s, depending on which section you're in. Even the couch you sit on to watch is a couch from the time period! The commercials are very funny. I went another time with my family and played this fun trivia game about old toys. Of course, I lost badly to my parents, who totally beat me.

Color photo of students around jukebox in "Route 66" exhibitThe "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" jukebox always draws them in. Photo by Lauren Mitchell.

Route 66 is also very fun. I like that you can put in your zip code on a big map, and it marks where you live. It's fun to see how many other people from different parts of the world have come here. I also love being able to see cars from different decades. It's really cool to see what kinds of cars they actually drove on Route 66. You also get to see fun things about Ted Drewes and Steak ‘n Shake, which the kids in my grade thought was cool. “Hey, I didn’t know Ted Drewes was on Route 66. Cool! That’s my favorite ice cream place,” they said. A lot of the kids spent the whole time at the jukebox that plays all the different versions of the Route 66 song. That’s another example of stuff in the exhibit that keeps people interested and helps them learn about Route 66. You can do all of these other fun things, including looking at some old hotel signs, listening to an old radio (where people talk about their experiences on Route 66), watching a movie that shows the path of Route 66 and the stops there, and MORE!

So overall I had a very good experience here with BOTH of these exhibits, and I hope you can check them out sometime!

—Beckett Mitchell, 5th-grade student at Bristol Elementary

EDITOR'S NOTE: Route 66 will be with us until July 16, but time is running out for you to see our TOYS exhibit for yourself—it closes January 22!

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