Colorful marbles at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City (photo by Sheila Scarborough)When I was a kid, I liked to buy those bags of multicolored marbles at the toy store.

I knew that there was some sort of a game involved, but I never actually learned how to shoot marbles. I just wanted to look at the variety of patterns and colors in the small glass balls (even today, I’m drawn to glass pieces at decorative arts museums.)

That’s why the Marble Games and Gallery at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City is such a treat; there are cases filled with all kinds of marbles that are beautifully displayed, along with many of the original boxes and packaging.  There’s a marble maze in the middle of the room that entrances adults and kids alike.

See the little card behind the pretty orbs? It’s Disney’s Seven Dwarfs (of Snow White fame) gathered around in a circle for a game of shooting marbles.

If this gets you in the mood for some games, then head down to the seashore at Wildwood, New Jersey every June for the National Marbles Tournament, scheduled this year on June 21-25, 2009.

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