Calendar

So much fun, so close to home! Unless otherwise noted, special events typically end by 4 p.m. and are included with general museum admission fees.

March

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Sunday, March 29

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Monday, March 30

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Tuesday, March 31

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

April

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Wednesday, April 1

Explore some of the oddest, wackiest, and most puzzling toys of all time in the new What Were They Thinking? display opening April 1 near The Strong Express. View head-scratching artifacts from the museum’s collections—including the Daddy Saddle, engineered for a child to turn a parent into a human pony; the Big Time Nose Around ring toss, which uses the sharp features of former President Richard Nixon to catch the ring; and Jarts lawn darts, barbed projectiles banned in 1988 by the Consumer Product Safety division. 

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Wednesday, April 1

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Thursday, April 2

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Friday, April 3
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas novel series authors Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki, receive writing and drawing tips, watch a martial arts demonstration, and meet a ninja. View replica ninja weapons, along with their toy counterparts from The Strong’s collections; ethereal, paper lanterns; and a 2-D relief of a Japanese archway. Make a ninja mask, test your ninja skills on an arcade version of Fruit Ninja, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, April 3

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Saturday, April 4

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Sunday, April 5

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Monday, April 6
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, April 11
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes seeing heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Meet Iron Man as he rockets into the museum on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. See Spider-Man as he spins his special brand of excitement on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 5 p.m. On both Saturday and Sunday, visit with PBS Kids’ WordGirl and check out episodes of the show. Professional artists will be available to share drawing and writing tips, display art, and sign autographs. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, April 12
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes seeing heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Meet Iron Man as he rockets into the museum on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. See Spider-Man as he spins his special brand of excitement on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 5 p.m. On both Saturday and Sunday, visit with PBS Kids’ WordGirl and check out episodes of the show. Professional artists will be available to share drawing and writing tips, display art, and sign autographs. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, April 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Animal Pals. Read books about animal friendships, tell stories with animal puppets and figures, create your own animal mask or headband, and get moving with music and movement about animals.

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Friday, April 17
6 p.m.

Join Eastman School of Music students for a 20-minute concert followed by a question and answer session in the Caterpillar Atrium. Included with general admission fees.

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Monday, April 20
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, April 21
5 to 6 p.m.

Visit the Reggio Emilia-inspired Woodbury School at The Strong. Tour the classrooms, meet the teaching staff, explore project-related documentation and student work, and enjoy refreshments.

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Tuesday, April 21
6 to 8 p.m.

Educators from local Reggio Emilia-inspired schools will discuss the implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach in their programs and share information about recent conferences they have attended.

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Saturday, April 25
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend theatrical performances by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, April 26
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend theatrical performances by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, April 27
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, April 30

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

May

1
Friday, May 1

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Saturday, May 2

Explore the ancient culture, humor, and wisdom of Brazil. Be enchanted by folktales performed live on stage—complete with monkey, goat, jaguar, and other animal characters—by the Genesee Community College Forum Players Theatre Ensemble at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  And enjoy contemporary music based on folktales performed by Eastman School of Music’s OSSIA New Music group. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, May 2

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Sunday, May 3

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Monday, May 4
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: In Bloom. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, May 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Garden Science.

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Saturday, May 16
11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Unearth the fascinating world of bugs and plants. View specimens and unusual flora, talk with entomology experts, play nature-inspired games, talk with bee experts from Sweet Beez and view their large observation hive, and more. Enjoy half-price admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (while supplies last). Included with general admission fees.

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Monday, May 18
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: In Bloom. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, May 30

Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Also, see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including early racing board games and the once controversial Death Race (1974). An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. (While several of the games and activities in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Saturday, May 30
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Sunday, May 31

Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Also, see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including early racing board games and the once controversial Death Race (1974). An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. (While several of the games and activities in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Sunday, May 31
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

June

1
Monday, June 1
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Summertime Fun. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, June 8
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Let's Move, Let's Play.

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Saturday, June 13
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Transform yourself into a runway model with glamorous outfits and consult with The Strong’s fashion guru extraordinaire, Kiki. Design your own crazy hat. Then strut your stuff on the catwalk and pose for pictures with adoring fans. Stop by the styling salon to give Barbie a new hairdo and check out a display of Barbie and other fashion dolls to see how styles have changed over the years. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, June 14
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Transform yourself into a runway model with glamorous outfits and consult with The Strong’s fashion guru extraordinaire, Kiki. Design your own crazy hat. Then strut your stuff on the catwalk and pose for pictures with adoring fans. Stop by the styling salon to give Barbie a new hairdo and check out a display of Barbie and other fashion dolls to see how styles have changed over the years. Included with general museum admission fees.