"The Earth is a Spinning Top" 
Celebrate International Top Spinning Day
Originated by the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, an Annual Celebration! -the second Wednesday in October every year!

 Anytime, anywhere


Spin a top or tops! 


Free to take part!

                             JOIN IN, WHEREVER YOU Be part of a worldwide event.

                               Help get 10,000 (or more) spins with tops spinning around the world

in Romania:



Everyone: adults, students and children may take part as an individual, family, class or group. Seniors, science labs,
math and art classes, libraries, universities, day cares, and CEOs are all invited to take a spin. Just take one or more
 tops and spin them again and again to get a large total of spins which will be added to the total from around the world.
The museum’s goal is 10,000 or more spins in total.
 (Spin over and over and over!)

Celebrate & recognize this scientific fact!

Then email us your group photo &  how many  tops/spins, city, state, country.(Details*)

Email a link to this page to friends & family, so they can take part, too.

Which state and which country will have the most participants? 

National Science Foundation says take a spin, too!
Children & motion

> > > > It's always the second Wednesday in October every year. 


We will watch for your email with # spins, location, photos, etc...
of spinning wherever you are!  [email protected]

>  results of 2022 to be posted soon... photos and facts are still arriving 2.5 weeks after so please check back later
2021... many took part around the world...
this one made the TV news that night!

Pittsburg Kansas: Students & faculty at Pittsburg State University produced
 spun metal topsat the Kansas TechCenter, Russ Rosmait, Engineering Tech
Professor of Manufacturing organized this science project to be part of
International Top Spinning Day 2021!KSN TV covered the event! cool!


 2020 ---A few photos of the Spins all around the world on International Top Spinning Day 2020....included:

Wisconsin-Spinning Top Museum    Israel                                     Poland                                    Spain                                     Israel




France                                     Israel                                       Texas                                      Israel                                      Minnesota 



Minnesota                                Paris France




And many more took part .....if we missed your photo and info, please email us. [email protected]



Allen Public Library, Texas! 2015

Help add your country, city, state, or school to this year's list!

2013 International Top Spinning Day
The national monthly magazine Family Fun Magazine has a full-page feature of fun things to do, and the October 2013 issue featured the free International Top Spinning Day. Family Fun has included it in a 
number of previous issues, too.  The free worldwide event was founded by the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum of Burlington, Wisconsin to celebrate the fact that the world is a big spinning top. This was the 
13th Annual event, with people spinning tops around the world as part of the scientific celebration. 
In past years National Public Radio has talked about it and Nick. Jr. Magazine recommended the celebration. 
A National Science Foundation magazine encourages students and teachers to take part in this free, annual science event. Many newspapers listed it, too.

A few of the reports sent in for 2013 include students, adults, families:

--Avoca Iowa Public Library.  Parents and children at the library spun tops with the visiting Top Lady from the Spinning Top Museum of Burlington, Wisconsin. 658 spins 

--Farm family in Knox Township, Iowa 45 spins 
--Family in Pottawattamie County, Iowa: 3 people, 52 spins at the supper table

--Vineyard Christian School of Lancaster, California  114 participants, 66,420 revolutions  "We had a lot of fun. So much more laughter and immeasurable joy! 
The students and parents were delighted to participate in twirling tops. Members from our church staff also joined us. Several people said they hadn't twirled a top in decades!!  Would definitely do this again! 
Thank you for the opportunity.”
--Venice, Florida on Gulf of Mexico. 4 people took part, ages 7-83
--Witchita, Kansas. 
2 sisters, spun 8 tops    “my sister and I got together and spun 8 tops, had fun doing it”

--Heath Elementary School, Health, MassachusettsWhole school, 62 adults and children, spun 62 tops!
--Woodward Public Library in Woodward, Iowa.  82 people took part

--Hillside Elementary School of Livingston New Jersey. 184 students +staff, for 3, 270 spins!  “We all had a wonderful time spinning tops in Livingston NJ
 (Essex County) at Hillside Elementary School!! The students and the staff looked forward to visiting the top spinning table throughout the day to participate in this worldwide event. The best 
part was the smiles and the enthusiasm 
as the children spun the tops and counted their spins. At Hillside, we had 20 tops for students and staff to spin throughout the day. We had a total of 
184 students (grades K-5) and staff members record an amazing 3,270 spins!!!! We spun our tops on a table and in the hallway near our main office. It was a fun experience! “

--Sacred Heart School, Shelby, Ohio.  On behalf of my preschool class, we would like to report that we spun 8 tops on for International Top Spinning Day.  The kids
 and I were very excited to join the fun and hopefully get 10,000 tops spinning around the world!
--Wesley Academy, Saint Simons Island, GeorgiaPreK, class of 14 students got 31 tops spinning all at once for International Top Spinning Day.

--and many top collectors and spinners who spin tops every day on several continents.

High School class in Hawaii                                                                         Top Museum window, Burlington, WI


A National Science Foundation 2011 magazine wrote a piece about this free science event!

 Some of the participants in past years were from:

England, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Malta, Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan,
 Pennsylvania, Wisconsin;Bioengineering Students Association from Faculty 
of Medical Bioengineering Iasi, Romania;
St Cloud Children's Home in Minnesota had 600 spins; 
staff at Pow!Science; 
Greene Elementary Kindergarten from 
Iowa had 1,323 spins; High School art class in Hawaii!,

Katie & Sarah spun tops in the elevator & elsewhere on campus
 at Oklahoma College for 50 spins; Geoffrey Budworth organized an event 
at  Leehurst Swan Independent School in Wiltshire, England with 300-500 spins;
St. Peter's Lutheran School  and Rainbow Preschool of Waterford Wisconsin;
Burlington Library spinners added a total of 9,055 spins in one night.

and there are more...

???    What are tops called   in other countries?      ??? 
Scroll down  to the bottom of this page..

Oct. 2009  a few of the reports:
Springfield, Illinois  
Today I spun several of the tops in my collectin totaling over 100 spins. I spun at the bank, 
Subway restaurant, my office, and at church choir practice where each 
of the choir members had fun spinning and I was able to tell them about your museum. 
Kalaheo High School, Island of Oahu in Kailua, Hawaii. My students spun tops made of 
Kukui Nuts. In Hawaiian, these tops are call hu. The nuts are the seeds 
fromthe fruit of our official state tree, Kukui or Candlenut tree. About 30 students participated!

Get a group, school, neighborhood, place of work, or your family to take part.
Post a sign about it, so everyone knows you are celebrating the earth as a top! 

Did you know that National Public Radio has talked about International Top Spinning Day !
and Nick, Jr. Magazine has written about it!
Teachers & students: ask your class or entire school to take part, ask students to bring in tops
a day before the date so you are ready, or provide a set for everyone to use. 
Science: it’s physics
Social Studies: it’s a universal toy found in every culture, Spanish children call tops trompos

Math: calculate how many spins if everyone in your school spins a top 2 x or 3x
Geography: map all of the locations after the results are in from around the world
Art: optical illusions
              Spin in UNUSUAL PLACES, too.
(Family rated, of course.)
On top of the playground slide, on a boat or plane, in the school lunch room,

in the middle of the gym floor, on a CEO’s desk, or?
We will list as many different places used, appropriate ones only.

 AFTER: Please Email a small jpg photo, your comments, where you are: School name (grades, teacher’s name),  
City, State &Country, how many people took part, and how many tops were spinning, and where you spun tops. 
(Each new spin counts toward the total)  We will add you to the total…  striving for at least 10,000 spinning tops spins! 
Last year there were more than 20,000 spins. We may post some photos and a list of facts on our website afterwards


AND: we will be at the  Burlington, Wisconsin Public Library 
 Wednesday night, Oct. 12, 2011 7 pm
 with a table of tops to spin for free, to help add to the world wide total.

Sponsored by the non-profit Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, Burlington, Wisconsin USA  
www.topmuseum.org     [email protected]





Hope you will take part  wherever you are in the world!

Fili un trottola dovunque siate quel giorno!

Tournez un toupie partout où vous êtes ce jour ! C'est

‘Haga girar un trompo

Spinnen Sie ein kreisel  wohin Sie dieser Tag sind!


..........Note from 2007 participants in England!..........

    " You will be pleased to learn that here in the English cathedral city of Salisbury, 
in the UK county of Wiltshire, a total of 100 pupils and teachers at Leehurst Swan
 independent school each spun at least one top as part of International Top Spinning Day.  
     In fact, during a triplet of displays and demonstrations (titled Twirlers & Teetotums
of the theory and practice of top spinning by me, done with specimens – 
vintage and modern - from my own top collection, each participants enjoyed spinning more than one.
     So I estimate the total number of tops spun at between 300 and 500. 
Meantime, I hope that the day went equally well in the USA and elsewhere in the world.


                      Burlington's Youth Librarian and library visitors  stopped by to spin tops in downtown
                      Burlington ,Wisconsin, USA  for World-Wide Top Spinning Day, 2004.
                     Will your library participate this year?    Let us know!



a few notes from International Top Spinning Day 2005:

-Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA: The Terrace at St Francis (a nursing home), participated in
  the International Top Spinning Day, with 34 participants through out the day. Amy Wren.

- Warsaw, Poland. School : MICHAEL Osrodek Wychowawczo-Profilaktyczny;
77 people took part and 65 tops were spinning on the Top Spinning Day!  Regards, Mieczys³aw Skowronski  

   Students in Warsaw, Poland spinning tops on International Top Spinning Day:




-Austin, Texas, USA.  Just wanted to let you know that I spun 3 tops today. Gayle

-Sturtevant, Wisconsin. We spun 2 tops at the breakfast table today. Mr & Mrs. Schulz

-South Africa: I spun  tops 261 times on Wednesday 12th October,2005. It translates into
   approximately 3,600,000 revolutions. Hope
it was a satisfactory contribution! But for me everyday is
spinning celebration. Kind regards, Tony.
-Oklahoma, USA:  2 tops spinning from a top collector
-France: Jim of the France Yo-Yo Association: 10 tops spinning
-Waterford, Wisconsin:  Little Thinkers Day Care, thanks Fran Kielas.     Photos to be posted soon.
-Burlington, Wisconsin,USA: Noon: in front of the Top Museum: families,
   homeschooling families, kids:
and evening at the Burlington Public Library. A table of tops were kept
  spinning for an hour by students, parents, and families. Each time a top was spun, it was counted. Everyone kept 
  re-spinning each top on the the table full of tops for about an hour.  21 people with a total: more than 12,000 spins:
                      More than 12,000 at the Burlington Public Library October 2005 Internatinal Top Spinning Day:
Families spinning tops in front of the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum 2005 International Top Spinning Day
  10 people for a total of 1,255 spins.

                           Montana, USA: The teacher of these children learned about the Top Museum's
                                                            World-Wide Top Spinning Day in Family Fun Magazine.

                   This free, world-wide participation event originated in 2000 by the 
                                 Email your International Top Spinning Day photos & details to
      [email protected]


..........PRESS RELEASE..........

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE   call 262 763-3946    from the non-profit, educational museum



Be part of a worldwide celebration and fun event, wherever you are, by spinning a top anytime, anywhere on the second Wednesday of October, every year, wherever you are in the world.   This is an annual celebration and recognition of the scientific fact that the earth is a large spinning top.  “The earth spins around a single axis, just as toy spinning tops and yo-yos do,” said Judith Schulz, director of the Spinning Top Museum in Burlington, Wisconsin.

In past years photos arrived from England, Poland, France, Malta, Montana, Hawaii, Paris, Minnesota, and many other locations. National Public Radio has discussed the event and scientific terms related to spinning and rotation physics, which shows the importance of the topic. The public is invited to a free Top Spinning event at high noon,  in front of the Top Museum in Burlington, Wisconsin, but if you can’t make it there, spin a top wherever you are for this worldwide happening. 
             This year, participants are also encouraged to think of new and unusual places to spin a top, like on the word top in the dictionary or perhaps on the desk of a Fortune 500 CEO. Interesting and appropriate places will be reported on the website.

Families, schools, nursing homes, libraries, businesses, co-workers, and scout troops are all encouraged to take part.   Post a sign “The World is a big spinning top” and then have everyone take a spin at noon together, or whenever is convenient.  Schulz also suggests putting out a non-breakable plate with a toy top or two on it and people to spin when they walk nearby. There are finger spinner tops; pump tops, old-fashion peg tops, game tops, Dreidles, and somersaulting tops.  If you don’t have a top, spin coins, make a top, or stop by the Top Museum’s gift shop to buy a variety of tops.

Science teachers can use this Worldwide Celebration as an introduction to studies of the earth, planets, inertia, momentum, and gyroscopic stability.  Reading teachers can spin-off the event and challenge their students to see how many words they can find tin the dictionary related to this topic.  Art teachers connect spinning tops with an introduction to optical illusions and radial symmetry.  

Afterwards, participants are asked to please send an email and small jpg. photos of their participation for documentation of this worldwide event.  Include your name, group name and ages, address, email, phone number, how many people participated, and comments made. Selected information and summaries may be used on the Top Museum website.

The Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum can be visited at scheduled times for a program that includes seeing the 2,000 item exhibit; 40 hands-on tops and games; videos; plus a live presentation.  Adult tour groups and school field trips all enjoy the unique program. The non-profit, Top Museum is located at 533 Milwaukee AV, downtown Burlington, Wisconsin with information at www.topmuseum.org. Call (262) 763-3946 for information. 

Tops are know all around the world. 
Email us more tops names from other countries that you know! 

Argentina    Trompo
Australia     Kiolap
Belgium     Toppen  
Bulgaria     Pumpal
Cambodia  Too loo

Croatia       Svrdlo, Zvrk
Denmark   Snurretop
Esperanto  Turbo
France       Toupie
Germany   Dilldop Germany   Kreisel
Ghana        Ate

Greece       Sbora
Hungary    Porgo
Iceland      Skopparahringla

India         Lattoo
Israel   Dreidel, Sevivon
Italy         Trottola
Japan       Koma
Korea       Pang-lh
Laos        Too loo
Malaysia  Gasing
Trompo, Pirinola
New Zealand   Potakas, Maori

Norway   Spinnhurr
Peru        Trompo
Poland    Bak
Puerto Rico   Chobita, Vaca

Russia     Volchok
Spain      Baldufa
Sri Lanka    Pamper
Switzerland  Spielbreisel, Pfurri

Taiwan    Gan Leh
Turkey    Topac
United Kingdom    Humming top, spinning top

United States   Top,   peg top, pump top

Venezuela    Trompo, Zaranda


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