Photo: Chuck Dawson & Barry North
21st Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention
APRIL 9-10, 16-17 2016 Additional times and dates tba later
the last event:
March 2015: check for specific times of each event
...20th Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention...
March 2015 Yo-Yo Classes
March 8-20, 2015 1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia Exhibit + Hands-On Action Gizzmos
Sun March 15, 2015 Action Day: fun challenges & informal contests! noon or 2 pm
Sat March 21, 2015 Informal Demonstrations 10-noon Challenges, contests, skill toys 1-4
Sun March 22, 2015 Yo-Yo, Etc. Contests & Yo-Yo Shows! Prizes!!
all information subject to change
SPECTATORS & PARTICIPANTS WELCOME!
Just a few photos from past events!
........Real Fun, Real Toys, Real People, Real Time........
---Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: online ARTICLE, and VIDEO REPORT, and 9 PHOTOS in the March 23, 2015 issue!
---interview on WRJN Friday, March 6, 2015, 10:30 am
1400 AM Radio with Ted Ehlen about this event on "Stay-cation Spotlight"
---AAA Magazine article about the event
---mentioned on WISN radio
---listed in the realRacine guide
---on Wisconsin Travel, official site
+ MORE THAN $400 in PRIZES!________
March 21-22, 2015
20 Yo-Yos To Win, stickers, t-shirts, DVD & more!
a gold, limited-edition aluminum Yomega Maverick/bearing option, Duncan aluminum Metropolis & Strix Yo-Yos,
Yo-Yo Factory Yo-Yo, and many others!
Celebrating 20 years!
Yo...LIKE us on Facebook! Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
(Yo-Yo classes are only at certain times before or during dates)
The CONVENTION is a fun, funny & unique EVENT for spectators, participants, the public…
for families and grown-up kids! ages 8-108! really....You can tell everyone, for the rest of your life, you
were at the Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention! ...a unique & exciting event & fundraiser, fun for all ages 8-18-108...
-----You can attend just one session or better yet:
----- READ about the Best Deal: WEEKEND PASS = SATURDAY + SUNDAY
BRING GRANDPA and GRANDMA, too!
Come to one session or all of them! Historic downtown Burlington, Wisconsin, USA Free Parking
Become a Donors or Sponsor Don't miss the OFFICIAL SUNDAY CONTESTS & SHOWS
PRIZES: include yo-yos, DVDS, t-shirts, yo-yo stickers, posters, other good stuff
Yo-Yo Tricks Diabolo Demonstration
Each day & session time is different
click here: pre-convention exhibit:
1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia + Hands-On Gizzmos
Lots of door prizes Saturday & Sunday
click for Yo-Yo Classes Hark! Yo-Yo Classes are offered at specific times for separate fees
click 4 info Weekend Pass Special for entire weekend March 21-22 (Sat/Sun) (except classes)
The Weekend Pass: must be received by March 13, 2015.
click for REGISTRATION FORM & March 21-22, 2015 Schedule
click for Photo album: Just a few photos
click for TRICK LIST, CONTEST Rules
click for Past Winners list
~Join us for incredible, classic fun~
the 20th Annual
YO-YO & SKILL TOYS CONVENTION
Special before the convention Exhibit all info is subject to change
March 8-20, 2015 hours vary
1000 YO-YOs & MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION
+ Quick Demonstrations + 10 action toys/gizzmos to try (non-yo-yos)
( *see schedule, check hours carefully,not open every day) $7/person, all ages. Cash only. Sorry, no strollers. Event not appropriate for under age 5. New this year: More yo-yos & memorabilia in the exhibit than last year!
~ The gift shop is open during the exhibition times with more than 400 kinds of tops, yo-yos, diabolos, and gyroscopes for sale.
Cash only for admission. Purchases: cash/check/charge. Classes (8-108) to learn to yo-yo can be arranged for a separate fee.
Parking is free. Children must be with an adult. 262 763-3946 Groups please call ahead. (some times are already sold out)
Sorry, This featured exhibition is not open Sunday, March 22, 2015. Sunday has other convention events.
NEW THIS YEAR
Sun. March 15, 2015
Action Day Arrive at Noon or 2 pm, then stay as long as you like until 4 pm. Only for ages 8-108. $7/person, cash only. Children under age 10 must be with a paying/participating adult. Must arrive at Noon or 2 pm for this fun: take part in fun challenges & informal skill toy contests. Show what you know (yo-yo, juggling, diabolo, kendama etc.) Bring own skill toys (or buy here), we provide cup n'balls to use. See exhibit & try 10 hands-on Gizzmos, too. Informal contests: longest sleeper & walk-the-dog, most rock-the-babies. Cup n'ball contests; great family fun, too. Fun little prizes. Please note: this is not a class to learn to yo-yo. Click for Yo-Yo Class times.
each day & session is different
MORE THAN $400 in PRIZES & 20 Yo-Yos TO WIN this weekend!
Sat. March 21, 2015
YO-YO & SKILL TOY DAY
10-12 Gift shop open to public
90 kinds of yo-yos: new, collectible, old. Strings, videos, dvds, cases, books, accessories, posters, collectible memorabilia + Other skill toys, logic & brain puzzles & hundreds of kinds of tops for sale, too. Thousands of items in gift shop:
a tiny glimpse, more here. Free admission to gift shop of course. Purchases: cash or credit. .
10-12 YO-YO & SKILL TOYS DEMONSTRATIONS, ETC! public welcome! $10/person. all ages. (cash only) see Yo-Yo Collection, meet collector & yo-yo players, show-what-you-know, see demo of odd yo-yos.
Bring your own yo-yo or buy one here to show what you know! (this is a time for those who know how to yo-yo to demonstrate tricks & show off tricks, this is not a class. Classes are at other times)
and the Official International Yo-Yo Looping Contest & prize
1-4 pm KID'S SESSION (ages 8-108!): ACTION AFTERNOON &
SKILL TOYS TO TRY, FUN CONTESTS, YO-YO TIME public welcome
$15/person : afternoon (come for the entire day 10-4 pm & get a classic wood yo-yo to keep! see details)
- ages 8-108 admitted, not younger. Kids ages 8 & 9 must be with an adult, ages 10 & older may attend without an adult, parents need to sign a permission slip
--afternoon is meant for participants. Spectators pay same admission. (they have fun, too, of course)
--MUST arrive by 12:45, this is not a drop-in anytime session, but come for the entire action, packed fun, & beginning!
--door prizes for everyone! This a a great, fun afternoon! --Bring your things…or buy them here
--Show “what you know” time: classic, advanced, free hand yo-yoing, etc!, juggling, diabolos, etc.
--Fun things to try: odd spinners, 2 handed centro device, tribal spinners, sky props, & other gizzmos, we provide these toys to try
--Fun Contests & CHALLENGES all afternoon: Longest sleeper, most rock-the-babies, longest walk the dog, most hop-the-fences, etc.
--Diabolo Challenge (bring your own or buy one here)
--Claims-to-fame stories, meet champs
--Kendama and Cup'nBall Contest! (we provide the skill toys to use for these)
--Giant Slinky Spring Team Challenge (we provide the Giant "Slinky" Spring to use)
--Gift shop open after the session for participants
--NEW THIS YEAR~ --NEW Try the Giant Cup 'n Ball Challenge!
--NEW Learn the FLAT TIRE yo-yo trick and the Under Water Yo-Yo Trick!
4-5 pm Advance Yo-Yo Trick Workshop ages 8-adult
$40. Cash only. Bring your own advanced binding yo-yos/string or buy binding yo-yo here.
Must know how to use classic yo-yo. This class is to learn binding and advanced tricks.
Each participant also receives a high quality, long sleeping $20 ball bearing, yo-yo to keep
(imperial shape) Register in advance or call in registration.
4-5 pm Beginners Yo-Yo Workshop ages 8-adult
$35. Cash only,. Each participant also receives a high quality long sleeping $20 ball bearing yo-yo to keep
(imperial shape) Register in advance or call in registration.
Learn how to power throw, and up to 10 tricks.
Sun. March 22, 2015
MAJOR CONTESTS & SHOW DAY
This is the final day of the awesome 20th Annual Yo-Yo Convention!
11:45 - 12:45 Free OUTSIDE SHOWTIME: everyone who knows how, is invited to juggle, yo-yo, hula hoop, plate spin, etc.. to show-off your stuff & talents: bring own equipment. This is not a class, just fun to watch "fun!" have fun, be a "street performer" and a star!
Add it to your resume. (note: no access to inside until 12:30, no access to gift shop, no access to rest rooms.)
Contest registration forms will be outside to sign up for your divisions, etc.
Noon Hula hoop contest & paddle ball fun, public welcome
Free to watch Outside: $1 to enter each contest. Prizes. Hula hoops provided, bring own paddle ball
or buy one here. If weather is bad, these two outside contests are cancelled.
12:30 Doors Open please have exact cash, no food or drink allowed inside
1 pm World-Wide YO-YO CONTEST
& YO-YO SHOWS
Diabolo & Kendama Contests! Perform the tricks you know!
Public and spectators welcome!
Doors open 12:30 Ages 8-108 welcome, event not for younger.
$15/person cash (all ages) at the door
Call to order your tickets ahead. You can pay at the door, or ahead with paypal (call for details)
Children must be with an adult. Free parking all day Sunday in city lots and on street.
Official Yo-Yo Contests, Watch and/or participate in contests. Use your own yo-yos.
Contest prizes may include
Duncan Toys, Yomega Yo-Yos, t-shirts, POSTERS and other good stuff, and the loud applause of the audience...
ENJOY Yo-Yo Shows! (EXTRA FUN: audience votes this year, too, for best show performance!)
Meet champs. Funny quick contests. Looping Contest! Demonstrations of gizzzos & spinning things! Diabolo routines.
Door prizes for everyone! Really! And cool stuff for sale, too.
Have fun at this fundraiser. Special fundraiser options at event: bring your allowance...
Gift shop open after with 90 kinds of yo-yos & related items, action skill toys...
good for you and good for presents for everyone you know! Support this unique event
Click here for contest info: Contest Trick List & Rules
Please note: space is limited, sorry: children under age 8 are not admitted.
No food, no drink allowed to be brought in.
($1 bottled water available on site..it's a fundraiser...)
Free parking! Really. Gift shop with yo-yos, supplies, toys.
Get ready for real fun!
~ Hark! all information subject to change ~
Registration Form Photo Album Sunday Contest Trick List
Entire Registration Form with individual session options March 21-22, 2015
The Best Deal: WEEKEND PASS = SATURDAY + SUNDAY
For the Best Deal: ALL WEEKEND (except classes)
J._____$40, get a $5 coupon to spend in gift shop***! (pd. in advance, only, must be received/postmark dated by March 13, 2015)
WEEKEND PASS = All Day Saturday (10-4 and Sunday (starting noon)
(even including the hula hoop & paddle ball contests if you like, too ). Classes are not included.
Must be paid for by March 13, 2015 Limited number available.
The best deal. get a $5 coupon to spend*** in gift shop on a minimum purchase of $10 or more, cannot be combined with
other coupons or discounts. + Assorted fun and funny prizes & loot for free to pick from. Two days of unique &
memorable fun! door prizes. PLUS you also have a guaranteed ticket for Sunday, which has sold out in past years.
Not transferable to others. (this event is a fundraiser)
ALL INFO SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Joey Greenamyer Rachel Bruflodt Jay Bitterman, 1943 Champ Kendama Competitons & Challenges
Click here to learn about a way to help:
Be a donor & supporter, tax deductible
thanks to Rachel & Lori, take a look:
youtube: clips from the fun of 2009 Convention!
. THE YO-YO & SKILL TOYS CONVENTION in the news
Did you see about this in a magazine or newspaper? Can you bring it along for us to copy or keep? Thanks!
Where did you read or hear about this? Helpful for us to know. Here are a few places we know from past years: WRJN Racine Radio 10-12 minute fun interview on April 10, 2013!, official Wisconsin Travel Website, Milwaukee TV: "Your Wisconsin Weekend segment on TMJ4 Live at Daybreak," WTMJ Radio, Craigslist for Saturday am & afternoon sessions, Craigslist for Sunday events, WISCONLINE, Milwaukee TV FOX6NOW website, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Tell Joy Where to Go in Wisconsin in April" show, Wisconsin HiLiter, and..let us know where you see it, too!
.............Sorry, Children under age 8 are not admitted into the convention...........
Door Prizes Galore! Meet cool people! See Yo-Yos everywhere!
Win a prize in the Paddleball Marathon or the Hula Hoop contest
Win a prize in the YO-YO Contests! See & try other skill toys!
MAY I PAY AT THE DOOR? (all admissions: by cash only, small bills or exact amounts appreciated)
yes, but ""Sunday 1 pm Contest/Shows has very limited space and tickets, so we advise paying ahead:
send your check payable to Top Museum, mail to 533 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105
Include your phone number and email. Go to registration page. Space is limited for all sessions.
Hark! You must bring your own yo-yo(s) or buy one here. Sorry, we do not provide yo-yos to use. If you
do not know how to use a yo-yo, please take a yo-yo class at specific times. If you cannot come to that class
there is a short $3 Quick Class of basics offered at different times during the day at the time you buy one of our
yo-yos ($12-$50 -$150) to give yourself a jump start!
Bring: your yo-yos & Juggling things, spinning plates, etc. if you have some. Bring Cash for the unique &
exciting gift shop with yo-yos, diabolos, supplies, spinner devices, skills toys, etc.
$1 bottled water for sale(cash) (no carry-ins allowed)
Space is limited, advance tickets are a good idea, plus you get a bonus in some cases.
Ongoing: meet others, practice your skills, see exhibit (not offered on Sunday), take advantage of the sales of
collectible yo-yos, videos, dvds, assorted fun throughout the day, several fun hands-on toys to try,
gift shop full of unique items, even logic and brainteaser puzzles.
Cool Prizes & Fun Loot! Door prizes for all present: Saturday afternoon & Sunday afternoon
AND Fun prizes for quick contests, too! Official prize for Looping Contest & a SPECIAL DRAWING
(rules at convention) for special items like odd yo-yos, yo-yo poster, yo-yos, & other cool & MANY unusual things!
Each Sunday afternoon Contestant may receive a special gift if they complete a minimum number of tricks in the contest.
This is a FAMILY EVENT: appropriate dress, language and manners are required.
(even what is on your shirt: inappropriate images and/or words will not be allowed into the events)
REWARD MONEY! Will pay for good condition, complete approved copies of these items,
that you bring in to us, with a story/listing of this Yo-Yo & Skill Toy Convention or our other events!
Reward is a coupon to spend in our gift shop, no minimum purchase required. You can even combine coupons!
Reminisce Magazine, Nov/Dec 1998: Reward $3 discount coupon
Midwest Living Magazine, current issue listing 2012 Yo-Yo Convention. Reward $2 discount coupon
AAA Magazine with the 2012 Yo-Yo Convention listing: Reward $1 discount coupon
.....one of the past conventions: Listen to WTMJ 620 am
Milwaukee area radio with Jay Sorgi about all of this fun.... & click here
.....Read about it in Midwest Living Magazine, Wisconsin Woman, and other places
all information subject to change
*The fine important print/ more FAQ_____________
~all information on this page and for the convention: subject to change
-- PRE-CONVENTION YO-YO CLASSES and specific times only during the convention
--Yo-Yos, related items, & other skill toys are for sale during all events.
-Purchases are by cash or personal check, with proper ID. Sorry, no credit cards.
-For events: Space is limited this year
-Door admissions are Cash only, per person, all ages: This is a non-profit organization, and your admissions help
toward the cost of the event. Event & sessions do not admit children under age 8.
--Pre-paid registration is important; space is very limited this year on Sunday.
There are absolutely no refunds, but if you are unable to attend, and cancel by phone by March 15, 2015 you may use your payment for purchases in our gift shop before Dec. 23, 2015 or for admission tickets to the Top Museum. Tour/program at scheduled times, minus a $10 cancellation fee. If you miss this cancellation deadline, your payment will be considered a donation (thank-you) to the non-profit organization.
--Admission is charged for everyone: kids, adults, participants, spectators, parents, relatives, friends, i.e., everyone.
Children under age 8 are not admitted, this event is not appropriate for young ones.
-- Children under age 10 must be with an adult. Students ages 10-17 may attend without an adult, with a signed permission slip/release.
Event is not appropriate for young children or babies.
--No food or drinks may be brought into the building. Bottled water will be for sale on site
--Paddleball contest: Bring or buy a paddleball here, plus $1 entry fee. Pay day of .
--HulaHoop Contest:We provide hoops, $1 to be in contest. Pay day of.
--The gift shop is open certain hours, and accepts cash, but not credit cards, not debit cards, not traveler’s checks.
Small bills only, no large bills. $20 and smaller, please. There is an ATM at the corner.
--Meals: many local restaurants within walking distance, from fast food to sit down style.
--Parking is free on street for just two hours on Sat., but free Sat. & Sunday all day in city parking lots. Sun: free all day street or lot.
--All information is subject to change. More things will occur that are not listed, too.
--Event is presented by the non-profit, educational Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, with lots of volunteer energy!
--Family Event: appropriate behavior, language, & appearance is required.
Those who do not abide by this rule will have to leave, no refunds.
- Yo-Yo Contest "Contestant:" person who pays regular or advanced door admission & participates in the official main Sunday contest of the Yo-Yo Convention, providing own yo-yo & string, fully registers, & accomplishes at least 5 tricks successfully in the contest will be eligible for a special gift..
....or just pay (cash only) for your choice of events on day you attend,
… do remember, Sunday tickets are limited, so call to order yours!
* Advance group discounts for 20 or more tickets purchased together for the pre-convention Exhibit. Must be pre-paid at least 48 hours in advance.
Many help to sponsor this fun & fundraising event including
Major sponsor: Spinning Top &Yo-Yo Museum
and Duncan list of sponsored Yo-Yo Events, worldwide
All information subject to change (262) 763-3946 Copyright 2007-15 Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum