I was getting crushed. There’s no two ways about it—I was being soundly beaten at Ping-Pong by a man forty-five years my senior. I pride myself on being a good Ping-Pong player, but here he was, demolishing me. Serve, miss, point. Serve, miss, point. He was putting unbelievable English on the ball, and I didn’t stand a chance. Of course, I was playing the master, the man who invented the game—the electronic version, that is. I was playing with Ralph Baer, the father of home video games.
Ever since they started appearing in kids’ lives in the 1970s, video games have caused controversy. Many grownups fret that video games keep kids glued to the screen instead of setting up a board game, heading outside to play ball, or engaging in other forms of more traditional play (click here for a great demonstration of this view).It’s true that children are spending more time playing video games.
January 24, 2018
For Immediate Release
Storybook Celebration School Break
at The Strong® Museum
Enter the pages of your favorite beloved tales during Storybook Celebration School Break at The Strong museum from Saturday, February 17 through Sunday, February 25. Take pictures with popular literary characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and others from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the characters for featured activities each day, including listening to stories with Wendy Darling, examining fingerprints with Sherlock Holmes, helping the Old Woman in the Shoe take care of her many children, and more. Enjoy story readings each day in Storybook Theater at 11:30 a.m. Boost your vocabulary skills with word dominoes, story tiles, and more.
All Storybook Celebration School Break activities are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.
Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.
Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Fees subject to change.
Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.