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.

Programs underwritten in part by official airline of The Strong.

April

29
Saturday, April 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Craft a magic wand, add a personalized “brick” and colorful paper flower to the 3-D Munchkinland mural, visit Pinball Playfields to defeat the Wicked Witch on the Emerald City Limited Edition Wizard of Oz pinball machine, and more! 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

29
Saturday, April 29

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

30
Sunday, April 30
1–4 p.m.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Craft a magic wand, add a personalized “brick” and colorful paper flower to the 3-D Munchkinland mural, visit Pinball Playfields to defeat the Wicked Witch on the Emerald City Limited Edition Wizard of Oz pinball machine, and more! 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

30
Sunday, April 30

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

May

1
Monday, May 1

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

1
Monday, May 1
10:30 & 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: Animal Pals. Go on the prowl for tales about wild animals and favorite pets.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

1
Monday, May 1
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for adults age 55 and older includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700.

2
Tuesday, May 2

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

3
Wednesday, May 3

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

4
Thursday, May 4

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

4
Thursday, May 4
10:30 a.m.

See which games will enter the hallowed halls of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The newest inductees will be announced live on Twitch during a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EST. 

5
Friday, May 5

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

6
Saturday, May 6

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

6
Saturday, May 6
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the newest inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend filled with activities themed around past inductees such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy Sonic and craft your favorite 8-bit-style video game characters, such as Link and Mario, out of paper. And don’t miss your chance to play in a real-life video game by going on an interactive quest through the museum to unlock clues based on the 12 must-see artifacts featured in The Strong Museum Guide app, such as Pong, a 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductee.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

7
Sunday, May 7

Hit the road with America's most iconic motorcycle before the exhibit rides off. Explore a pretend engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, dream up a bike design, and build a prototype and take it for a test drive. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

7
Sunday, May 7

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

7
Sunday, May 7
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the newest inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend filled with activities themed around past inductees such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy Sonic and craft your favorite 8-bit-style video game characters, such as Link and Mario, out of paper. And don’t miss your chance to play in a real-life video game by going on an interactive quest through the museum to unlock clues based on the 12 must-see artifacts featured in The Strong Museum Guide app, such as Pong, a 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductee. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

8
Monday, May 8

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

8
Monday, May 8
10:30 & 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: Animal Pals. Go on the prowl for tales about wild animals and favorite pets.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

8
Monday, May 8
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for adults age 55 and older includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700.

9
Tuesday, May 9

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $5 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

9
Tuesday, May 9

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

10
Wednesday, May 10

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $5 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

10
Wednesday, May 10

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

11
Thursday, May 11

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $5 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

11
Thursday, May 11

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

12
Friday, May 12

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $5 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

12
Friday, May 12

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

13
Saturday, May 13
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Flutter in for an enchanting, magical day. Meet Leafy the Fairy and get a sprinkle of fairy dust for good luck. Enjoy story readings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. with Tracy Kane, award-winning author of the Fairy Houses book series. Delight in fairy-inspired music by Lyric Arts Academy at 2 p.m. Transform into a fairy, woodland sprite, or magical creature with delightful fairy wings. Play with whimsical building blocks and woodland animal and fairy puppets. Visit the Discovery Garden and view colorful fairy houses donated by artist Chris Palace. Use inspiration from this enchanting day to build your own fairy house and submit it to the 2017 Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Learn more about the festival at cornhillartsfestival.com.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

13
Saturday, May 13

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

14
Sunday, May 14

Marvel at nearly 200 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

15
Monday, May 15
10:30 & 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: Animal Pals. Go on the prowl for tales about wild animals and favorite pets.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

15
Monday, May 15
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for adults age 55 and older includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700.

22
Monday, May 22
10:30 & 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: Animal Pals. Go on the prowl for tales about wild animals and favorite pets.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

June

3
Saturday, June 3
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Run, hop, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun! Get active in the Fit Kids Fun Zone and move your muscles with foursquare and hopscotch. Discover the best places around town to exercise from the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services, find out where the Foodlink Curbside Market will be this summer, and uncover the sugar levels of popular beverages. Learn about the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness program and enjoy a healthy snack courtesy of Wegmans. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

5
Monday, June 5
10:30 & 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: Fun in the Sun. Bask in summer-themed stories about seasonal activities and outdoor fun. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

15
Thursday, June 15

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

16
Friday, June 16

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

17
Saturday, June 17

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

17
Saturday, June 17

Explore the history of educational software and learn about the pioneering Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC)—creator of the iconic The Oregon Trail (inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2016). See dozens of examples of artifacts recently donated by the founders of MECC, including iconic games, such as The Oregon Trail, Storybook Weaver, and Word Muncher, and internal pictures and press clippings describing the company and its impact on games and education.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

18
Sunday, June 18

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

19
Monday, June 19

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

20
Tuesday, June 20

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

21
Wednesday, June 21

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

22
Thursday, June 22

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

23
Friday, June 23

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

24
Saturday, June 24
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Bounce through the history of the ball and learn about the importance of ball play as a universal social, cultural, and human experience. Explore the history and form of ball games—from baseball and bocce to ball-themed board games and video games—from around the world in five mini zones. Compete for prizes on ball-themed redemption games, jump into an enclosed bounce lab, and guide robotic balls through an obstacle course. ​Opening weekend only, experience interactive performances by Flower City Vaudeville on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch as the comedic group leads juggling demonstrations and try your hand at ball tricks. Zoom a ball through a pipe maze and build a classic cup-and-ball toy.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

24
Saturday, June 24

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

25
Sunday, June 25
1–4 p.m.

Bounce through the history of the ball and learn about the importance of ball play as a universal social, cultural, and human experience. Explore the history and form of ball games—from baseball and bocce to ball-themed board games and video games—from around the world in five mini zones. Compete for prizes on ball-themed redemption games, jump into an enclosed bounce lab, and guide robotic balls through an obstacle course. ​Opening weekend only, experience interactive performances by Flower City Vaudeville on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch as the comedic group leads juggling demonstrations and try your hand at ball tricks. Zoom a ball through a pipe maze and build a classic cup-and-ball toy. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

25
Sunday, June 25

Swing in and test your mettle at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park, back by popular demand! Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another.

The Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is for children ages four through 14. Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Guests may purchase tickets at the museum admissions desk. Children must be 42 inches or taller and weigh less than 250 pounds to participate. Closed toe shoes are required. Participants must submit a signed liability release. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.

July

12
Wednesday, July 12

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

13
Thursday, July 13

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

14
Friday, July 14

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

15
Saturday, July 15

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

16
Sunday, July 16

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

17
Monday, July 17

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

18
Tuesday, July 18

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

19
Wednesday, July 19

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

20
Thursday, July 20

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

21
Friday, July 21

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

22
Saturday, July 22

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

23
Sunday, July 23

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

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Monday, July 24

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

September

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Saturday, September 16
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in a new exhibit. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, and more. Opening weekend only, take pictures with Michelangelo and Raphael.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

17
Sunday, September 17
1–4 p.m.

Transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in a new exhibit. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, and more. Opening weekend only, take pictures with Michelangelo and Raphael.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

October

1
Sunday, October 1

Be amazed as local balloon artists, including Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, create a large balloon sculpture to help celebrate the 18th annual Balloons Around the World event. 

6
Friday, October 6

Attend Rochester’s most playful gala for grown-ups only—the Play Ball! Explore the museum while enjoying great entertainment, live and silent auctions, delicious food, and creative cocktails. Proceeds from The Play Ball benefit The Strong’s educational mission

6
Friday, October 6

The museum is closed in preparation of the Play Ball Gala. 

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Tuesday, October 31
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The littlest ghosts and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes. Come in costume and trick-or-treat for goodies—including crayons, gold coins, and temporary tattoos—with favorite storybook characters such as Little Bo Peep, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. Dance to Halloween music, play party games, decorate a treat bag, check out books at the Spooky Story Station, and make a scary craft.

November

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Thursday, November 9
10:30 a.m.

The 2017 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony. 

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Saturday, November 11
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Honor the newly inducted toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Join Rochester LEGO Group and the community in a group build with thousands of LEGO pieces in the museum. 

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Sunday, November 12
1–4 p.m.

Honor the newly inducted toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Join Rochester LEGO Group and the community in a group build with thousands of LEGO pieces in the museum. 

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Saturday, November 18
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games.

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Sunday, November 19
1–4 p.m.

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games.

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Thursday, November 23

The museum is closed Thursday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

December

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Saturday, December 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Pose for pictures with favorite winter characters and princesses.

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Sunday, December 10
1–4 p.m.

Pose for pictures with favorite winter characters and princesses. 

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Sunday, December 24

The museum will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 24 for Christmas Eve. 

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Monday, December 25

The museum is closed on Monday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. 

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Sunday, December 31

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 for New Year's Eve.