The Strong Museum of Play has an exhibit that I have loved since I was a kid. That exhibit is the Wegmans Super Kids Market. As a kid, I can remember going there and trying to figure out the 5 items that I wanted to “buy”. Revisiting it now, it is a lot smaller than I remember when I was a kid. The size of this exhibit made me realize that a lot of things are that way.
The picture above is of the mini Wegmans. I find it interesting how they have a plaque for a pretend Wegmans, which adds to the authenticity. The brick outside and the bright colors inside draw people in. The exhibit does an excellent job of showing you what shopping at Wegmans would feel like. The realistic features, like the cash registers and food, create a sense of nostalgia as a young adult. Now that I have to grocery shop on my own, pretending to do it at a museum is more sad than it is fun. I felt forced to remember finding this charade of adulthood fun as a child, even though I knew the real task I was acting out can be monotonous.
The Strong Museum of Play is a place that inspires curiosity in all children while helping them to learn. It is a great place to go to experience a more creative side of learning.