This article appears in Sept. 18 Weekly Travel page.
If you have lost your marbles, they can be found. The Moon Marble Company in Kansas City can find any marbles you may be missing or would like to have.
Ever wonder how marbles are made? Moon Marble Company owner Bruce Breslow is the resident expert and demonstrates how marbles are formed between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The company began making marbles because it had a difficult time finding marbles needed for their products. The company had been making toys and games for years. The need for nostalgic products such as Puries and Bumblebee marbles led the company to opening the Moon Marble Store in 1997. The store is at 600 E. Front St., Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Breslow said they stock marbles that are made by machines in many varieties, designs, sizes and colors. Remember boulders and peewees? They have them!
The store, filled to the top with toys, marbles, how-to books and more, offers the youngest visitors a chance to discover new toys and games that, most likely, were played at one time by their parents or grandparents. It is a time for families to fill that generational gap with traditional games and toys. At Moon Marble, future and experienced marble players can find everything from those little peewees to 50 mm marbles.
One of the best parts of the visit to the marble store is when Breslow takes on the role of marble artist and designer, and demonstrates how the little round wonders are made by hand. He speaks about the history of marbles, explains the process of working with the glass and plenty of other facts and fun things.
Visitors can spend a lot of time checking out all the items tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this fabulously fun store.
The company offers special events including Marble Crazy, an event where more than 25 marble artists create their specialties. Admission is free, and the dates for 2020 Marble Crazy are March 6 and 7. Visit marblecrazy.com for times and other information.
Moon Marble also holds other events throughout the year. Visit moonmarble.com for schedules and updates. If you haven’t seen the demonstration, you want to visit on a demo day.
The company also exhibits and sells the works of dozens of prominent glassworkers from across the U.S.
With all the classic and unusual items there are to peruse, shoppers and lookers alike will find something to pique their interest and take home for themselves or for someone else.
Did you know?
The first mass-produced marbles in the U.S. were made in the early 1890s in Akron, Ohio, by Samuel C. Dyke. Akron was the birthplace of the modern American toy industry when Dyke automated his toy factory in 1884. Today, in the area were the toy factory once stood, is the American Toy Marble Museum, at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. For marble experts there are sometimes opportunities for tournaments, and the museum often holds classes on the history of marbles, how to play and more. Visit americantoymarbles.com for all the information.