Skill toys are part of the 23rd annual Action Skill Toys & Yo-yo Convention at Spinning Top & Yo-yo Museum.

Photo courtesy of Spinning Top & Yo-yo Museum

BURLINGTON — The public is invited to the 23rd annual Action Skill Toys & Yo-Yo Convention Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, at Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave.

Demonstrations, classes, workshops, challenges and quick contests will be featured. People may attend one or more of the sessions. Convention hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Free play and sidewalk show time is offered from noon to 1 p.m. each day. The skill toys include kendamas, yo-yos, juggling, cup ‘n balls and paddleballs. One might see juggling tricks, yo-yo tricks, tall balance challenges, orbit tricks and more. Everyone is invited to hula hoop with hoops provided. Participants who bring their own skill toys are able to be a “street performer” for the hour. Skill toys to bring include a yo-yo, kendama and/or juggling balls, or purchase them on site.

Workshops to be offered require advance registration and include:

  • "Beginner Yo-yo" class, for ages 8 and above, 1 or 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, or 11 a.m. Sunday. The class includes a long sleeping, ball bearing yo-yo and instruction for learning up to 10 classic yo-yo tricks. A few string tricks are taught. The $35 fee includes a yo-yo.
  • "Learn to Kendama," for ages 8 and older, 2:30-3 p.m. Friday. This is a skill toy with endless tricks to learn. The $25 fee includes a wood kendama.
  • "Advanced Yo-yo," 6-7 p.m. Saturday. Participants must already know how to yo-yo and bring a binding yo-yo or buy one at the convention. The class includes learning new tricks, tips and practice time. The fee is $25.
  • "Skill Toys Workshop," for ages 8 and above, 2-4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Class features spinning, catching, flipping, turning, throwing, balancing and physics. Participants receive a free set of four skill toys to keep including a wood kendama, a set of juggling balls, a cup ‘n ball and a wood paddleball. Tips and tricks using these skill toys are featured. The workshop is a time to learn, play, try challenges and enter quick informal contests. Participants will be able to show tricks that they know. They must bring their own yo-yo if they wish to take part in the yo-yo time and quick yo-yo contests. The fee is $55. Children may attend without an adult if the parent registers their child. There are door prizes for all, and prizes for the quick contests.

A variety of skill toys are sold in the museum gift shop.

To register for a workshop or for more information, call 262-763-3946 or go to


Community Coordinator

Loreen Mohr is the community coordinator for The Journal Times.

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