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Happy Meal happiness

March 16, 2012 - Diane Speer
The year was 1997. That summer, my husband and I embarked on a two-week vacation out West, with our then two young sons in tow. Our major quest was to see and experience as many of our National Parks as possible, including Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon. I think all toll, we hit something like eight different parks and formulated countless memories that we still reminisce about today.

But we also had a minor quest during the trip, or at least our sons did, and that was to hit every available McDonald's along the way in hopes of collecting the current "it" toy being offered inside those oh-so-enticing Happy Meals. I've long since forgotten what toy they were single-mindedly in pursuit of, but I haven't entirely forgotten the nostalgia of their childhood quest.

Earlier this week when I stopped by the Besser Museum to do a story about a new exhibit there, I was reminded all over again of that "happy" vacation diversion. It just so happens the new exhibit celebrates 30 years worth of McDonald's toys that were offered in the ever-popular Happy Meals. The exhibit isn't a major one and it doesn't take up a large amount of space, but it will make people chuckle and recall their own days of collecting certain toys themselves as a kid or, like me, helping their children to increase their collections.

The exhibit comes from the Castle Museum in Saginaw and the Besser Museum is only the second facility to feature it. If you get a chance, stop by to see it and relive your own Happy Meal happiness. Closing date is June 2.


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