Calling anyone who ever made a Barbie-sized coffee table out of the white plastic thingy inside delivery pizza boxes: For the past three days, the convention area of the Hyatt Regency Crown Center (2345 McGee) has looked like it was hit by a pink glitter bomb. It's the site of the 2008 National Barbie Doll Collector's Convention
, which kicked off this week. The four-day event is packed with fashion shows, raffles, trivia contests, door prizes, a salesroom of vendors and Barbie-doll-outfit competitions. So far, only registered convention attendees have been allowed inside the Barbie lovefest, but the salesroom opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with an $8 entry fee. See barbieconvention.com
for complete details. And for more fun with America's favorite plastic supermodel, check out the Barbie 1959 exhibit at the United Federation of Doll Clubs Museum
(10900 North Pomona, 816-891-7040). On display: early sketches of the doll, which debuted in 1959. The museum is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children age 6 and younger.
Sat., June 21, 2008