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.

September

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to see how imaginative universes come to life 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.  Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 12
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: New Beginnings. Enjoy heartwarming tales about trying new things and making friends. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Monday, September 12

The butterfly garden will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, for routine maintenance. 

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Tuesday, September 13

The butterfly garden will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, for routine maintenance. 

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Saturday, September 17
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of the iconic game Sonic the Hedgehog—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy title character, watch screenings of the animated television show Sonic Boom, play Sonic the Hedgehog in the eGameRevolution exhibit, and create your own Sonic headgear.

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Sunday, September 18
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of the iconic game Sonic the Hedgehog—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy title character, watch screenings of the animated television show Sonic Boom, play Sonic the Hedgehog in the eGameRevolution exhibit, and create your own Sonic headgear.

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Monday, September 19
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: New Beginnings. Enjoy heartwarming tales about trying new things and making friends. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, September 23
6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

The Oregon Trail—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame—is brought to life in Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience. The musical transports a family of western explorers from the historical Oregon Trail of the 19th century into the pioneering game of the same name. Trapped inside the game, the family must work together and make the journey to their new home. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Fringe Festival website. A limited number of VIP tickets that include general admission to the museum after 4 p.m., a curator-led tour of The Strong’s video game collection and original The Oregon Trail materials, game tokens, and reserved seats for the Friday performance at 6 p.m. can also be ordered online.

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Saturday, September 24
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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. Opening weekend only, meet Fidelisaurus, the mascot for Fidelis Care. Compare your height to that of dinosaurs, see how big they would be if they were standing in the museum galleries, and use dinosaur figures to explore a prehistoric landscape. Produced by the Minnesota Children's Museum.

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Saturday, September 24
6 p.m.

The Oregon Trail—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame—is brought to life in Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience. The musical transports a family of western explorers from the historical Oregon Trail of the 19th century into the pioneering game of the same name. Trapped inside the game, the family must work together and make the journey to their new home. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Fringe Festival website. A limited number of VIP tickets that include general admission to the museum after 4 p.m., a curator-led tour of The Strong’s video game collection and original The Oregon Trail materials, game tokens, and reserved seats for the Friday performance at 6 p.m. can also be ordered online.

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Saturday, September 24

Explore children’s long-standing fascination with dinosaur play at the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display, companion to the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit. Browse dozens of dinosaur toys and related artifacts from The Strong’s collections. View dinosaur figures of all shapes and sizes, including a Godzilla mechanical toy and dinosaur plush toys. See the influence of dinosaurs on other children's items, including a dinosaur coloring book.

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Sunday, September 25
1–4 p.m.

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. Opening weekend only, meet Fidelisaurus, the mascot for Fidelis Care. Compare your height to that of dinosaurs, see how big they would be if they were standing in the museum galleries, and use dinosaur figures to explore a prehistoric landscape. Produced by the Minnesota Children's Museum.

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Monday, September 26
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: New Beginnings. Enjoy heartwarming tales about trying new things and making friends. Included with general museum admission fees.  

October

1
Saturday, October 1
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Journey down the rabbit hole to the world of Alice in Wonderland during preview performances by the New York State Ballet. See familiar characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, and more. Showings are in conjunction with Allendale Columbia School where the ballet will also be performed in October.

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Monday, October 3
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: Autumn Adventures. Delight in stories about outdoor play and the changing seasons. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Monday, October 10
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

This Columbus Day, meet nocturnal animals such as a barred owl from the Seneca Park Zoo. Take pictures with storybook characters that love nighttime, including Janell Cannon’s bat Stellaluna and Jan Brett’s hedgehog Hedgie. Visit the echolocation station to find out how bats use sound waves to find their way in the dark. Create a bat hat or paper plate hedgehog to take home. And be delighted by a performance of Winnie the Pooh: The Musical presented at 2 p.m. by the Rochester Association of Performing Arts.

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Monday, October 17
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: Autumn Adventures. Delight in stories about outdoor play and the changing seasons. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, October 21

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

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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. 

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Monday, October 24
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: Autumn Adventures. Delight in stories about outdoor play and the changing seasons. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, October 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Get ready for a ferociously fun time! Stop by Elmo’s World to meet the furry red monster and other creatures. Take pictures and speak with fantastical hand puppet characters. Delight in storybook tales about friendly beasts. Design your own monster using a dice game. Craft a creature on a coffee filter and learn how to make it vanish.

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Sunday, October 30
1–4 p.m.

Get ready for a ferociously fun time! Stop by Elmo’s World to meet the furry red monster and other creatures. Take pictures and speak with fantastical hand puppet characters. Delight in storybook tales about friendly beasts. Design your own monster using a dice game. Craft a creature on a coffee filter and learn how to make it vanish.

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Monday, October 31
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bring the littlest trick-or-treaters to enjoy Halloween activities and prizes! Come in costume and collect prizes from favorite storybook characters including Little Bo Peep, Red Riding Hood, and others. Dance to Halloween music, play party games, check out books in the Spooky Story Station, and make a creepy craft.

November

5
Saturday, November 5
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Meet and take pictures with Buddy of the popular PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train. View artifacts that explore why powerful dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play in the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display. Work with paleontologists from the renowned Penn Dixie site in Blasdell, New York, and learn about the ancient history of the area through their work uncovering fossils. Watch dinosaurs battle for survival at the volcano eruption table. Lend your hand in creating a giant dino diorama. Color and cut out a variety of dinosaurs and help build a home for them by crafting your own trees, rocks, volcanoes, and more. And explore the new Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit.

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Sunday, November 6
1–4 p.m.

Meet and take pictures with Buddy of the popular PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train. View artifacts that explore why powerful dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play in the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display. Work with paleontologists from the renowned Penn Dixie site in Blasdell, New York, and learn about the ancient history of the area through their work uncovering fossils. Watch dinosaurs battle for survival at the volcano eruption table. Lend your hand in creating a giant dino diorama. Color and cut out a variety of dinosaurs and help build a home for them by crafting your own trees, rocks, volcanoes, and more. And explore the new Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit.

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Monday, November 7
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 with Food. Gather around for stories about healthy eating and cooking. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, November 10
10:30 a.m.

The 2016 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, November 11
11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Delight in storytelling, dance, and theater from family holiday favorites The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Enjoy an excerpt from The Nutcracker performed by costumed dancers from Rochester City Ballet at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Listen as a costumed cast member from Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol reads selections from the Charles Dickens classic about a man rediscovering the true spirit of the holiday season at noon and 2 p.m.

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Saturday, November 12
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Honor the newly inducted toys and revel in a weekend of activities featuring puppets (2015 inductee) and cardboard boxes (2005 inductee). Create your own princess or puppy marionette to take home. Play with a variety of puppet toys donated by Folkmanis. Visit with a museum curator to learn about the history of puppets at 2 p.m. each day. Enjoy a musical performance of Toy Suite by Eastman School of Music students and professors. Saturday only, see incredible feats of skill performed by puppets in Circus on a String by Robert Rogers Puppet Company. 

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Sunday, November 13
1–4 p.m.

Honor the newly inducted toys and revel in a weekend of activities featuring puppets (2015 inductee) and cardboard boxes (2005 inductee). Create your own princess or puppy marionette to take home. Play with a variety of puppet toys donated by Folkmanis. Visit with a museum curator to learn about the history of puppets at 2 p.m. each day. Enjoy a musical performance of Toy Suite by Eastman School of Music students and professors. Sunday only, delight in an original theater presentation of Cardboard Explosion! led by puppeteer Brad Shur.

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Monday, November 14
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 with Food. Gather around for stories about healthy eating and cooking. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Tuesday, November 15
6 p.m.

Learn about the preschool and early kindergarten programs at Woodbury School during the Parent Information Night. Woodbury School’s unique setting at The Strong museum provides countless opportunities for playful learning. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year begins December 1, 2016. Registration is not necessary for the Parent Information Night. Call 585-410-6374 for more information.

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Friday, November 18
6 p.m.

Enjoy a brief concert by Eastman School of Music students followed by a question and answer session in the Caterpillar Atrium. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 21
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 with Food. Gather around for stories about healthy eating and cooking. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, November 24

Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December

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Saturday, December 3
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Jump, run, or slide into the museum for fitness fun! Learn tips about snowboarding and step on one for yourself with Bristol Mountain. Share your 5-2-1-0 knowledge and gather smart tips from the Be a Healthy Hero team. Learn about fun winter programs and activities in the community from the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services. See what healthy food the Rochester Public Market has available this season. 

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Monday, December 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: Holiday Joy. Celebrate the season with tales about traditions and treats. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, December 9
6 p.m.

Enjoy a brief concert by Eastman School of Music students followed by a question and answer session in the Caterpillar Atrium. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 10
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the The Strong’s newest permanent exhibit, America at Play. Trace the history of 300 years of play in America—from the introduction of mass-manufactured toys to the video game revolution. View rare artifacts and national treasures from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, including the first, handmade Monopoly set by Charles Darrow, who popularized the game. See what’s new in The Strong’s collections with rotating displays featuring themes such as Dungeons & Dragons, Japanese video games, and miniature rooms. Play a two-person toy trivia game, watch oral histories of play memories, and enjoy books about toys and play. Saturday only, take a trip back in time and see what play was like in 19th-century America with the Genesee Country Village and Museum. Try your hand at toys of the past, including jackstraws, cup-and-ball, the whimmy-diddle, and more.

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Monday, December 12
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: Holiday Joy. Celebrate the season with tales about traditions and treats. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, December 24

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 24.

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Sunday, December 25

The museum is closed for the Christmas holiday. 

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Monday, December 26

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Tuesday, December 27

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Wednesday, December 28

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Thursday, December 29

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

30
Friday, December 30

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Saturday, December 31

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 31. 

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Saturday, December 31

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

January

1
Sunday, January 1

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Monday, January 2

Explore the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM exhibit and see what life was like as a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. Pose for pictures with Fidelisaurus, the mascot of Fidelis Care. Design and build your very own KitRex Dino Head, a puppet craft created from a paper puzzle. Check out the new Big, Scary, and Extinct display and view artifacts that uncover why dinosaurs fascinate children and inspire their play. 

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Sunday, January 8

Last chance to learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play exhibit. 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