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.

January

30
Friday, January 30
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss your last chance to be a knight or princess at the closing celebration for the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit at The Strong museum on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The exhibit remains on view at The Strong only through Sunday, February 1.) Meet members of the Rochester LEGO® Users Group and view their unique and detailed creations—including a complete miniature airport. Then receive construction tips from the experts and put together your own giant DUPLO® brick creation or craft a paper brick to take home. Included with general admission fees.

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Saturday, January 31
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss your last chance to be a knight or princess at the closing celebration for the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit at The Strong museum on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The exhibit remains on view at The Strong only through Sunday, February 1.) Meet members of the Rochester LEGO® Users Group and view their unique and detailed creations—including a complete miniature airport. Then receive construction tips from the experts and put together your own giant DUPLO® brick creation or craft a paper brick to take home. Included with general admission fees.

February

2
Monday, February 2
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: Love Is in the Air. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, February 7
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Be amazed as Rochester’s premier comedic magician Bill Gormont performs astounding illusions and fantastical sleight-of-hand feats. Learn tricks of the trade—such as a vanishing coin and disappearing pencil—in the Magic Lab. Put on a magic show in the Kid to Kid theater, create a personalized magic wand and other magical props, and take home your own bag of tricks. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, February 8
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Be amazed as Rochester’s premier comedic magician Bill Gormont performs astounding illusions and fantastical sleight-of-hand feats. Learn tricks of the trade—such as a vanishing coin and disappearing pencil—in the Magic Lab. Put on a magic show in the Kid to Kid theater, create a personalized magic wand and other magical props, and take home your own bag of tricks. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, February 9
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: Playing with Math. Have fun with math-themed games, songs, and art activities related to counting, sorting, patterns, and shapes. Hear books about counting. Learn to budget and use play money to pretend to shop.

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

Travel from coast to coast learning about historical sites, iconic tourist destinations, and popular recreation and sports venues through unique hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and games, and a blend of classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions. Discover unique customs and activities specific to each region of the United States. Learn about the 50 states with themed puzzles, games, and books. Mark your dream vacation destination on a map, play a game of Rochester trivia, and create a paper craft featuring two well known Rochester icons–white hots and lilacs. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, February 14

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, February 15
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Travel from coast to coast learning about historical sites, iconic tourist destinations, and popular recreation and sports venues through unique hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and games, and a blend of classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions. Discover unique customs and activities specific to each region of the United States. Learn about the 50 states with themed puzzles, games, and books. Mark your dream vacation destination on a map, play a game of Rochester trivia, and create a paper craft featuring two well known Rochester icons–white hots and lilacs. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, February 15

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, February 16

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, February 16
1 to 2 p.m.

 Meet a player from the Rochester Americans and the team mascot from 1 to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, February 17

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, February 18

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, February 19

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, February 20

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, February 21

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, February 22

Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, February 23
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: Love Is in the Air. Included with general museum admission fees.

March

2
Monday, March 2
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: Silly Seuss Stories. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, March 7
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, The Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday only, watch as The Steele Sisters present a unique comedy sword-fighting show at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, March 8
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, The Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday only, watch as The Steele Sisters present a unique comedy sword-fighting show at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, March 9
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: Fairy Tale Fun.

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Saturday, March 14

Enjoy a whimsical journey to a faraway kingdom as Allendale Columbia Middle School students perform selections from their spring musical Shrek The Musical Jr. at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the spotlight in this fun and funny musical based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, March 16
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: Silly Seuss Stories. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, March 20
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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Saturday, March 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jump, run, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun! Improve agility and coordination with oversized sports balls, learn how to turn plastic grocery bags into a jump rope, and perfect your aim in the Sport Zone. Join other museum guests for an indoor snowball fight and get snowboarding tips from experts from Bristol Mountain. Pick up a Passport to Family Wellness booklet and taste healthy snacks from Wegmans. Fit Kids Day is presented in cooperation with the Lets Move! Museum and Gardens initiative. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, March 23
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: Silly Seuss Stories. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, March 28

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, 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

1
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

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. Fly over to meet Iron Man on April 11 and swing in to see Spider-Man on April 12. 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. Fly over to meet Iron Man on April 11 and swing in to see Spider-Man on April 12. 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.

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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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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.

May

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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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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
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
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

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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 or mysterious mask. 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 or mysterious mask. 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.