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“MOVE IT! The Art, Science and Fun of Toy Design” Exhibit and Programs

Kingman Museum announces its newest exhibition, “MOVE IT! The Art, Science, and Fun of Toy Design”, opened Saturday, July 1st.

In MOVE IT!, the museum will pull back the curtain on the design process from initial ideas to prototyping to final designs and distribution.

You’ll be introduced to a duo of product designers who are rocking the toy world with their problem​ ​solving skills and adding fun along the way.​ ​ ​This exhibition shares a glimpse into the dynamic design world and work of Jon and Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studio, Inc. located in Saugatuck, Michigan.​ ​

Jon Vanderbeek has a background ​merging technology and toy design with invention think tanks you probably never heard of like The Obb and Bang Zoom.

Sarah Vanderbeek has worked ​in product design ​with ​many ​gift and apparel companies including Coach, Amscan and Russ Berrie.

This ​creative ​​team ​formed Sweet Spot Studios​, Inc.​, and they partner and consult with industry leaders including Mattel, Hasbro, and Fisher Price​ designing the toys you and your kids love.​

Come play, learn, and laugh as you explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M​.) and how all of this makes toys move! There will be a variety of on and off-site, hands-on activities and special events for kids, teens and adults.

MOVE IT! is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. in the fall. The exhibition runs Saturday, July 1, through Sunday, October 1.

Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors age 65 and older/active duty military/military veterans, $5 students (including college students with ID) and children under 2 get in free. Family passes for families up to six people are $20.

For more information contact Kingman Museum at phone 269-965-5117 or click on website www.kingmanmuseum.org .

The MOVE IT! Art, Science and Fun of Toy Design exhibit was co-designed and debuted in 2017 by Jon & Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studio Inc. and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Original graphic design by Northbound Studio. Now on loan from the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.