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.

June

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Saturday, June 4
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lemonade Day is a community-wide educational program that introduces youth to the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start, own, and operate their own business—a lemonade stand. The Strong will host a lemonade stand run by a group of Monroe County youth who participated in the Rochester Lemonade Day program organized by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE). All proceeds from the stand go back to the youth who developed and run the stand. Fees apply. 

To learn more about lemonade day, visit https://rochester.lemonadeday.org.

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Monday, June 6
1 p.m.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the life and dreams of one of Rochester’s foremost collectors. Who was Margaret Woodbury Strong, and how did her life and collections inspire The Strong museum? A museum archivist introduces you to the museum’s founder through documents, photographs, and other archival materials. Discover how Margaret set the wheels in motion for what would become the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, and other historic materials related to play at The Strong—the largest museum in the world dedicated to the study and exploration of play.

Cost: $15 per person. Reservations are required and may be made online by clicking here or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. 

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Monday, June 6
10 a.m.–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. This Month: Garden Science. Explore the wonders of nature through stories and engaging hands-on activities about plants and seeds. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, June 11

The imaginative universes of science-fiction classics beckon at Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns—an original exhibit that explores the ways that science fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to learn about key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with interactive play experiences. 

Opening weekend only,  meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars costume. Say “nuqneh” (a Klingon greeting) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Create a set of unique sci-fi popsicle stick puppets to take home. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, June 11

Explore the evolution of the beloved franchise and view dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including an original movie poster, early advertising for Star Wars toys, and the first 12 Kenner Star Wars action figures. Check out an intricate diorama of Star Wars characters and vehicles depicting a battle between the Rebel Alliance and evil Empire. See how Star Wars inspired other playthings, including a variety of Star Wars LEGO toys, and play with Mr. Potato Head’s evil counterpart—Darth Tater!

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars costume. Say “nuqneh” (a Klingon greeting) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Create a set of unique sci-fi popsicle stick puppets to take home. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Sunday, June 12

The imaginative universes of science-fiction classics beckon at Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns—an original exhibit that explores the ways that science fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to learn about key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with interactive play experiences. 

Opening weekend only,  meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars costume. Say “nuqneh” (a Klingon greeting) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Create a set of unique sci-fi popsicle stick puppets to take home. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, June 12

Explore the evolution of the beloved franchise and view dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including an original movie poster, early advertising for Star Wars toys, and the first 12 Kenner Star Wars action figures. Check out an intricate diorama of Star Wars characters and vehicles depicting a battle between the Rebel Alliance and evil Empire. See how Star Wars inspired other playthings, including a variety of Star Wars LEGO toys, and play with Mr. Potato Head’s evil counterpart—Darth Tater!

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars costume. Say “nuqneh” (a Klingon greeting) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Create a set of unique sci-fi popsicle stick puppets to take home. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, June 13
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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Thursday, June 16
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Friday, June 17
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Saturday, June 18
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Sunday, June 19
1–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Monday, June 20
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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, June 20
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Tuesday, June 21
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Wednesday, June 22
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Thursday, June 23
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Friday, June 24
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Saturday, June 25
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Sunday, June 26
1–4 p.m.

For guests age 4 to 14*

For a limited time only, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park is open at The Strong. Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web, test your balance on log swings and rope bridges, and climb from one thrilling area to another.

*Due to limited capacity, entry is by timed ticket only. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests may purchase tickets at the museum’s admissions desk. Plan for an adventurous 15-minute experience. Children must be 42 inches or taller to participate and weigh less than 250 pounds. Closed toe shoes are required.  Participants must submit a signed liability release.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Monday, June 27
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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

July

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Saturday, July 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Meet with the Rochester Ghostbusters, a fan group of the famous film. Visit the space lab and battle famous sci-fi action figures in galaxy slime. Saturday only, meet with members of the Rochester Sci-Fi/Role Playing Geek Meet Up Group and learn about their interactive events and activities. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 10
1–4 p.m.

Meet with the Rochester Ghostbusters, a fan group of the famous film. Visit the space lab and battle famous sci-fi action figures in galaxy slime. Saturday only, meet with members of the Rochester Sci-Fi/Role Playing Geek Meet Up Group and learn about their interactive events and activities. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, July 12

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Wednesday, July 13

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, July 14

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, July 15

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, July 15
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Get your tickets now for the only Rochester appearance of Koo Koo Kanga Roo! Jump into The Strong for a special hour of family-friendly entertainment with comedic, dance-pop duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo when their national tour comes to The Strong. The beloved group—popular with an audience ranging from children to college students—combines music and guest interaction. Concert tickets are $15. Concert ticket plus museum admission after 4 p.m. is $25. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700.

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Saturday, July 16

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, July 16
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam light saber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 17

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Sunday, July 17
1–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam light saber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, July 18

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Tuesday, July 19

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Wednesday, July 20

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, July 21

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, July 22

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, July 23

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, July 23
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Pose for a photo with a friendly alien and a give a high five to a mischievous Martian. Dress up as a creepy alien in the cosmic costume shop and accessorize with your very own googly-eyed headband. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 24

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Sunday, July 24
1–4 p.m.

Pose for a photo with a friendly alien and a give a high five to a mischievous Martian. Dress up as a creepy alien in the cosmic costume shop and accessorize with your very own googly-eyed headband. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, July 25

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Tuesday, July 26

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Wednesday, July 27

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, July 28

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, July 29

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, July 30
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Meet David Ramsay, who appeared in the 1997 alien battle film Starship Troopers. See his costume and learn about his experience working on the film. Snap a selfie with the TARDIS, a spaceship used in the British sci-fi television show, Doctor Who. Create an alien UFO using tin foil and paper plates. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 31
1–4 p.m.

Meet David Ramsay, who appeared in the 1997 alien battle film Starship Troopers. See his costume and learn about his experience working on the film. Snap a selfie with the TARDIS, a spaceship used in the British sci-fi television show, Doctor Who. Create an alien UFO using tin foil and paper plates. Included with general museum admission fees.

August

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Saturday, August 6
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Take pictures with characters from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. Check out the R2-D2 Builder’s Club, a group of builders who make versions of the famous Star Wars character. Create your own set of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who popsicle stick puppets. Take your creations to the galaxy box theater and act out a fun sci-fi scene. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 7
1–4 p.m.

Take pictures with characters from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. Check out the R2-D2 Builder’s Club, a group of builders who make versions of the famous Star Wars character. Create your own set of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who popsicle stick puppets. Take your creations to the galaxy box theater and act out a fun sci-fi scene. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 13
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam light saber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 14
1–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam light saber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, August 17
5:30–9:30 p.m.

Play with a purpose at the Happiest Hour, a fundraiser to support The Strong. The Happiest Hour is The Strong’s after-hours event for adults only.  For more information, visit http://www.museumofplay.org/support/special-events/happiest-hour

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Saturday, August 20
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

See out-of-this-world creations by local artists, such as Gil Merritt’s pipe cleaner characters and Dave Pollot’s creature paintings. Take a peek at the inner workings of electronic devices. Visit the craft station and use circuit boards and metallic crayons to design an imaginary device to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 21
1–4 p.m.

See out-of-this-world creations by local artists, such as Gil Merritt’s pipe cleaner characters and Dave Pollot’s creature paintings. Take a peek at the inner workings of electronic devices. Visit the craft station and use circuit boards and metallic crayons to design an imaginary device to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 27
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Journey to outer space at astronaut training camp. Strap on a pretend jetpack and blast through a variety of physical challenges, including leaping over space rocks. View a glowing cosmos and a variety of light-up toys in the ultraviolet room. Greet a traveling astronaut. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 28
1–4 p.m.

Journey to outer space at astronaut training camp. Strap on a pretend jetpack and blast through a variety of physical challenges, including leaping over space rocks. View a glowing cosmos and a variety of light-up toys in the ultraviolet room. Greet a traveling astronaut. Included with general museum admission fees.

September

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to learn about the ways that science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Become part of a science-fiction scene and take photographs to share with family and friends. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; a time machine; and a giant version of Space Invaders. Discover unique artifacts from the Strong’s collections, such as ray guns, toy rockets, and popular science fiction characters, from Buck Rogers to Transformers. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including original Kenner Star Wars action figures and spaceships, LEGO sets, an original video from the making of the first Star Wars video games, and video game design documents. Also, play arcade video games, such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Battle Pod. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, September 24

Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum. Included with general museum admission fees. 

October

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Friday, October 21

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. Fees apply. Click here for more information about the event. 

November

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Thursday, November 10
10:30 a.m.

The 2016 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony that takes place at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, November 12
11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Honor the toys newly inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, November 13
1–4 p.m.

Honor the toys newly inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Thursday, November 24

Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.