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Making After Hours: A misfit toy workshop

Dodo by Asia Ward

Dodo by Asia Ward

That Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer claymation special had it right when it played mournful music during the main character's arrival on the Island of Misfit Toys. But those outwardly scary characters quickly revealed themselves to have hearts of gold, and audiences went home to hug the old disheveled toys that they just couldn't imagine parting with.


Broken and repaired dolls definitely have more personality than their pretty, just opened, powdery-smelling counter-parts. With the Science Museum of Minnesota's new 18+ program Making After Hours, people will have the opportunity to create their own misfit toys at the Chatterbox Pub in St. Paul.

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Be sure to bring your own unwanted toys, used fabric, and found objects in order to learn how to turn them into something new and strange. Asia Ward, a former artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, will give a brief demonstration of her toy deconstruction skills, as well as a brief tutorial in basic circuitry, before leading a hands-on workshop in toy operation and assemblage.

Making After Hours is an ongoing 18+ program with different activities that happen once a month. This month's program, Misfit Toys for Adults, will take place on Monday, June 6 at the Chatterbox Pub (800 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul). Admission is $18, and includes toys and miscellaneous parts. Social drop-in hours are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reserve and pay for a seat by calling 651.221.4511 or register at the event.