Annual YO-YO CONVENTION & SKILL TOYS CELEBRATION + YO-YO CONTESTS CONVENTION! Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, Burlington, Wisconsin USA Public Welcome
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it is the 22nd Annual Action & Skill Toys Celebration
Kendamas, yo-yos, juggling, diabolos, gyroscopes, hula hoops, paddleballs, cup nBalls, gizzmos and more! Hands-on, watch, take part, special exhibits, contests, shows, hands-on gizzmos, classes, demonstrations, prizes at certain events, meet champs and more!Look at past photos: ALBUM/Photos~ take a look!
22nd Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention! 2017 > SPECTATORS & PARTICIPANTS WELCOME! ........Real Fun, Real Toys, Real People, Real Time........
all info subject to change ......March 2017 Hours TBA...... >>1000 YO-YOS & Memorabilia EXHIBIT + HANDS-ON GIZZMOS plus 10 hands-on action toys to try! Ages 6-108. $8 admission/person, all ages. Cash only. No strollers. Family fun! Hours vary, check website for times. Groups welcome. .........Sat. March 4, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 4-5 pm ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead.
..........Sat. March 11, 2017.......... >>Skill Toys ACTION Equilibrioception Challenges! & More!10-12 and/or 1-4 Morning & afternoon are different. A variety of action hands-on fun, take-part day! Yo-Yos, Kendamas,
diabolos, juggling, cup'n ball, paddleballs, and more. See details below. Ages
8-108. Demonstrations, challenges, quick contests, show what you
know, too much fun! Prizes, too. >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 4:30-5:30 ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead.
..........Sun. March 19, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class10:30-11:30 ages 8-adult, though not younger >>Yo-Yos, Kendamas & Action Toys Day! 1-4 Action hands-on fun, take-part day! Yo-Yos, Kendamas, diabolos, juggling, cup'n ball, and more. Ages
8-108. Demonstrations, challenges, quick contests, show what you
know, too much fun! Prizes, too.
.........Sat. March 25, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 3-4 pm ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead.
.........Sat. April 1, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 2-3 pm ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead.
..........Sun. April 2, 2017 1 pm.......... >>22nd Annual Action Skill Toys & World Yo-Yo
CONTEST DAY! Yo-Yos, Kendamas, diabolos, juggling, cup'n ball,
paddleballs, and more. Contest Prizes! Door Prizes for all!. Ages 8-108. Call ahead for tickets, space is limited.
A few of the past year's Prizes! Spectators & participants welcome!
all information subject to change
+ CONTEST PRIZES! and door prizes for all!
Each day & session is different The CONVENTION is a fun, funny & unique EVENT for spectators, participants, the public… for families, adults, teens and grown-up kids! Ages 6-106, April 2, 2017
Really....You can tell everyone, for the rest of your life, you were at
--------------------------Sat. March 11, 2017------------------------ 10-12 Gift shop open to public For
sale: 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. Purchases: cash or credit.
10-12 Equilibrioception Challenges! & More! Morning Fun Public welcome! Session is for ages 8-108, not younger. $10/person. Cash only. Families welcome, too. Bring grandpa. must arrive by 9:45 -Learn balance tricks & challenges -See a Magic Trick, learn 2 magic tricks from Stan Timm -Yo-Yo Demonstrations -Show what you know with your own yo-yo -Demo of Odd Yo-Yos by Yo-Yo Collector -Bring or buy skill toys here. Some provided to try, except yo-yos: bring or buy own yo-yos -fun little prizes
Noon Sidewalk Fun:Yo-Yoing & Kendamas: bring your own or buy them here. Free to watch.
1-4 Equilibrioception Challenges! & More! Afternoon Fun
Public welcome! Session is for ages 8-108, not younger. $15/person. Cash only. Families welcome, too. Bring grandpa. must arrive by 12:45 -Demonstrations, challenges, quick contest, show what you know! Learn tips -Beginner Juggling: quick class -Bet you Can't Challenges! -Balance Challenges, learn tips! -Cup 'n Ball contest -Kendamas: fun contests: ladder list of tricks -Yo-Yos: fun contest (longest walk the dog, longest sleeper, most rock the babies, etc) -Bring or buy skill toys here. Some provided to try, except yo-yos: bring or buy own yo-yos -Fun little prizes
4:30-5:30 Beginners Yo-Yo Classages 8-adult, though not younger $35. Cash only. Each participant also receives a high quality long sleeping $20 ball bearing yo-yo to keep! Learn how to power throw, tips and up to 10 classic yo-yo tricks. .Register in advance or call in registration.
---------------------Sun. March 19, 2017----------------
10:30-11:30 Beginners Yo-Yo Classages 8-108, though not younger. Learn up to 10 classic yo-you tricks, power throw, tips and more Receive a ball bearing $20 yo-yo to use & keep! Register in advance by calling 262 763-3946. $35/person. Cash only.
1-4 Yo-Yos & Kendamas & MORE Action Toys Day! Hands-On skill Toys & Fun! Take-Part session! Play, Practice, Learn Tips, Try skill toys! Public welcome!Session
is for ages 8-108, not younger. $15/person. Cash only. Families
welcome, too. Bring grandpa. All attending must be ages 9-108. Must
arrive by 12:45 pm -Demonstrations, challenges, quick contests. fun little prizes -Yo-Yo demonstration, show what you know -Paddleball challenges -Bet You Can't Challenges! -Kendamas: quick lesson, fun optional contest -Diabolo demo & chance to try one -Bring or buy skill toys here. some provided to try; (must bring or buy own yo-yos) -door prizes
.........Sat. March 25, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 3-4 pm ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead.
.........Sat. April 1, 2017.......... >>Beginners Yo-Yo Class 2-3 pm ages 8-adult, though not younger, register ahead
Sun. April 2, 2017 (note: date was March 26, but has been changed to April 2) The Finale: MAJOR CONTESTS & SHOW DAY Adults, teens, kids: ages 8-108! This is the final day of the awesome 22nd Annual ACTION SKILL TOYS & 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! Paddleballs, too! Perform the tricks you know!
Public and spectators welcome! Doors open 12:30 Ages 6--106 welcome, younger not admitted $10/person in advance (by March 26, 2017) $12 at the door cash (all ages) at the door Call to order your tickets ahead. You can pay at the door, or ahead with paypal or credit card (has convenience fee) Children must be with an adult. Under ages 6 not admitted. 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 mayinclude Duncan Toys, Yomega Yo-Yos, t-shirts, Yo-Yo Factory items, 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:
Please note: space is limited, sorry: children under age 6 are not admitted on Sun. April 2, 2017. 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, kendamas, jsupplies, toys. Cash faster, cards accepted for sales. Admission is cash only though. ................................................... Get ready for real fun!
from past years ---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
.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 6 are not admitted for exhibit & hands-on gizzmos sessions;
children under age 8 are not admitted on March 11, March 19, or April 2, 2017........... 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 at the door, small bills or exact amounts appreciated) yes, but ""Sunday 1 pm Contest/Shows has very limited space and tickets, so we advise paying ahead: and there is an advance discount.
Call to order your advance tickets. 262 763-3946 THEN Send your check payable to Top Museum, mail to 533 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105 Include your phone number and email. 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 (price range: $12 -$25- $50 -$130) to give yourself a jump start!
Bring:your yo-yos & Juggling things, diabolos, kendama, paddleballs, spinning plates, etc. if you have some. Bring Cash for the unique & exciting gift shop with yo-yos, diabolos, supplies, spinner devices, kendamas, skills toys, etc. $1 bottled waterfor 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, seeexhibit (not offered on March 11, 19, April 2, 2017), 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!
Contestants 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! to spend in the gift shop: 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 for gift shop. Midwest Living Magazine, issue listing 2012 Yo-Yo Convention. Reward $1 discount coupon for gift shop. AAA Magazine with the 2012 Yo-Yo Convention listing: Reward $1 discount coupon for gift shop.
Our Wisconsin Magazine, Feb. 2016 issue Reward: $1 discount coupon for gift shop.
.....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
*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, personal check with proper ID, or 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. It is also a fundraiser. Event & sessions do not admit children under age 8. --Pre-paid registration for Sunday is important; space is very limited on Sunday.
There are absolutely no refunds, If you miss the event, 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. Exhibit + Hands-on gizzmo days: for ages 6-106, though not younger. Children under age 8 are not admitted on Sunday, 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 .
--Hula Hoop Contest:We provide hoops, $1 to be in contest. Pay day of.
--The gift shop is open certain hours, and accepts cash, checks(with ID) , & credit cards, but not cards, not traveler’s checks. Small bills only, no large bills. $20 and smaller, please. There is also 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 bythe non-profit, educational Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, with all 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 is eligible for a prize or prizes. -....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 Exhibit/Hands-On days. Must be pre-paid at least 48 hours in advance.
Many help to sponsor this fun & fundraising event
______________________________________________________ All information subject to change (262) 763-3946 Copyright 2007-15 Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum _____________________________________________________________________________________________
~ We are sad to report that on May 12, 2009, Bob Paterno died. ~ He was one of the 5 founding members of our Yo-Yo Convention. ~Bob will be missed.~ Photo circa 1995: Founders of the Yo-Yo Convention.Circa 1995: Bob Paterno is front row, left. He was one of the founders & members of the Yo-Yo Club, also.
QUICK DIRECTORY YO-YO CONVENTION & CELEBRATION ADVANCE GROUP DISCOUNTS
Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention's WORLD-WIDE YO-YO CONTEST CONTEST RULES & TRICK LIST Sanctioned in past years by the American Yo-Yo Association! Sunday, EVENT BEGINS AT 1 PMDoors open 12:30 TICKET AT THE DOOR: $12/person Space is limited, Sorry, children under age 8 are not admitted. Contest prizes and thenDoor prizes for everyone!Watch and/or enter contest. All information is subject to change and all decisions by the judge(s), and the museum director are final. .................................................................
Past Champions and today's yo-yo pros come from all over to take part in the Yo-Yo & Skill Toy Convention. Spectators, participants, beginners and kids-at-heart all enjoy this convention & celebration. Don't miss this year's! Yo-Yo Champions at a past Convention Breakfast included: Seated Left to right; John Crivello, Rocco Ysaguirre, Joe Stout. Standing: Left to right: Carolyn Apgar, Dann Ickler, Barry North, Anthony Jerving, Scott Nesham, Mark Hayward, Chris Mulhall. ~ Fun to know: Mark Hayward has appeared on the David Letterman Show! Yo don't even have to Yo-Yo to come to this convention... it is fun to meet people and watch the classic fun.
...................................................................... SUNDAY noon Hula Hoop Contest and PaddleBall Marathon! 2 Contests! Take part in one or both contests, or just watch the fun. We provide the hoops, you provide your own standard paddleball. Jennifer and Joey at the 2008 events!
Did we mention that this unique event is put on by the volunteers of the museum? Thanks to the all of them of them:
2014 Volunteers made this year's event successful!
Thanks to Jennifer Brown, Joey Greenamyer, Dan Domanski, Judith Schulz, Judy & Andy Madsen, Peg & Harry Schulz,
Katrin Schulz-Berg, Doug Harris, Alice Campbell. Special thanks to Yo-Yo Factory, Duncan,
Zumpano's Ristorante and all who posted the event on their websites(so many!), interviewed us on radio(including WRJN),
wrote about the event in their newspapers (including Racine Journal Times, Chicago Tribune, Janesville Gazette, etc.),
displayed the posters and gave out handsouts! And thanks to families who helped with set-ups on the spur of the moment.
2013 Volunteers included Judy & Andy Madsen, Judith Schulz, Jennifer Brown, Joey Greenmyer, Lori & Rachel Brufoldt, Alice Campbell, and others.
2009 Yo-Yo Convention, both behind the scenes and at the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
Joey, Jennifer Brown, Barry North, Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz, Katrin Schulz-Berg, Stan Timm, Ray Ziebell, the many places and the many individuals that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help; plus thank-you to the DONORS: Zumpano's Restorante & Pizzeria, the American Yo-Yo Association,Lucky Meisenheimer, Infinite Illusions, and several others. Hope your name will be added to next year's list!
Thanks to the volunteers of the 2008 Yo-Yo Convention, both behind the scenes and at the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
Joey, Jennifer Brown, John Crivello,Barry North, Chuck Dawson, Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz, Katrin Schulz-Berg, the many places and the many individuals
that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help; plus thank-you to the DONORS: Win Dawson, Zumpano's Restorante & Pizzeria, the
American Yo-Yo Association, Lucky Meisenheimer, and several others. Hope your name will be added to next year's list!Thanks to the volunteers of the 2007 Yo-Yo Convention,
both behind the scenes and at the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
Paul, Tom, Joey, Jennifer Brown, John Crivello, Barry North, Chuck Dawson, Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz, Ann Hutchinson, Katrin Schulz-Berg, the
Burlington High School Juggling Club, the many placesand the many individuals that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help;
plus thank-you to the DONORS: Win Dawson, Zumpano's Restorante & Pizzeria, Adrian's Custard, the American Yo-Yo Association, Lucky Meisenheimer, and several others.
Hope your name will be added to next year's list!Take a look at this great news article & photo set from the 2006 annual