“Etch A Sketch®: Celebrating 50 Years”

Celebrate 50 years of one of the world’s most famous toys, the Etch A Sketch®, at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis now through August 1, 2010. This temporary Indianapolis art exhibit at the Children’s Museum offers Indianapolis kids a chance to unleash their creative side as they play with this classic toy. Admission to this exhibit is included with the price of admission to the entire Children’s Museum, located in Indianapolis downtown. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis presents the world’s largest Etch A Sketch® as part of their celebration of 50 years of this classic kids toy. Take a turn operating this monstrous version of the kitschy toy in their newest exhibit. Create smaller creations of your own on Etch A Sketches® that fill the gallery, and marvel at the creativity of some of the world’s premiere Etch A Sketch® artists. These incredibly original drawings offer inspiration for your own masterpiece. This Indianapolis museum’s Etch A Sketch® offer entertainment and Indianapolis education for every member of the family.

Designed by the Ohio Art Company, the Etch A Sketch® has become a standard children’s toy. The Ohio Art Company created the world’s largest Etch A Sketch® specifically for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ new exhibit. It is the first time an Etch A Sketch® has been made that is larger than the standard size of 9 inches by 7 inches. This incredibly large toy measures at 8 feet tall and requires two users to manipulate the over sized knobs to create a picture on the 6 foot wide screen. Instead of shaking the screen to erase the image, this world’s largest Etch A Sketch® has a motor that pivots the toy to clear the screen for the next user.

Making this gigantic creation took more than 100 hours to complete and was built entirely at the Ohio Art Company’s headquarters in Bryan, Ohio. Dr. Jeffery H. Patchen, president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is proud of their partnership with the Ohio Art Company, saying, “Etch A Sketch® toys have held children’s imaginations for generations, inspiring budding artists to play and create in a unique way. We are honored to be part of celebrating 50 years of this classic toy.”

The Etch A Sketch® toy was created in France in the late 1950’s by Andre Cassagnes. Originally called “L’Ecran Magique,” or the magic screen, the toy made its world premiere at the 1959 International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. The Ohio Art Company bought the rights to the toy in 1960, releasing it time for the holiday season that year and renaming it “Etch A Sketch®.”

The Etch A Sketch® consists of a glass screen that is coated with aluminum powder. The knobs on either side manipulate a stylus on the inside of the machine, which scraps the powder off leaving a dark line on the light gray screen. Shaking the machine causes the polystyrene beads to smooth out, re-coating the inside surface of the screen with aluminum powder.

Celebrate 50 years of the Etch A Sketch® at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis now through August 1, 2010. After a walk through this Indianapolis museum, treat your kids to a yummy meal at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Etch A Sketch® — Celebrating 50 Years
Now through August 1, 2010

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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