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Try toys and games through the decades

Family Day at Museum on Main in Pleasanton this weekend
Museum on Main
A look back at previous "Old Time Toys and Games Family Day" at the Museum on Main.

People of all ages can have the opportunity to take turns playing with toys and games from generations past at the Museum on Main's Family Day this weekend in downtown Pleasanton.

"Possibly the most fun" theme of the museum's midyear monthly series, according to education director Sarah Schaefer, the "Old Time Toys and Games Family Day" centers on free activities and crafts on the museum's front lawn to encourage "intergenerational learning, play creativity, and memory building."

"There are toys and games from people's great-grandparents era all the way down to the 1980s and 1990s," Schaefer said. "It is always fun to see children enjoying the program, but what I love most about this family day is watching the adults of all ages playing too, reveling in the nostalgia that toys and games evoke."

Activity stations will include older wooden toys, optical illusion toys, retro toys, puzzle craft, tabletop games, traditional Ohlone games and outdoor games, according to Schaefer.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the downtown museum located at 603 Main St.

The final Family Day of 2022 will follow on Sept. 3, themed "Step Back in Time." Activities will include making corn husk dolls, weaving, dipping candles and stamping leather, among others, Schaefer said.

The program is being hosted this year in conjunction with the Pleasanton Downtown Association's First Weekends on Main event and associated closure of Main Street to vehicular traffic. To learn more about Family Days or the museum, visit or call 925-462-2766.