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.

March

25
Saturday, March 25
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Spider-Man swings in for superhero fun! Pose for a picture with a superhero at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the G. Rollie Adams Atrium the day of the event. (Tickets are available one hour prior to designated superhero appearance times while supplies last.) All weekend long, visit with PBS Kids' Super Why! and his newest "super reader" friend, Woofster. Learn how you can be a hero for the environment with Larry the H2O Hero. Receive drawing and writing tips from professional artists, including Chris Pallace. Discover superhero events in Rochester from organizers of Flower City Comic Con and RocCon. Create your own headband to transform into a superhero. 

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

26
Sunday, March 26
Noon–4 p.m.

Captain America muscles into the museum for superhero fun! Pose for a picture with a superhero at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the G. Rollie Adams Atrium the day of the event. (Tickets are available one hour prior to designated superhero appearance times while supplies last.) All weekend long, visit with PBS Kids' Super Why! and his newest "super reader" friend, Woofster. Learn how you can be a hero for the environment with Larry the H2O Hero. Receive drawing and writing tips from professional artists, including Chris Pallace. Discover superhero events in Rochester from organizers of Flower City Comic Con and RocCon. Create your own headband to transform into a superhero. 

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

27
Monday, March 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: Silly Seuss Stories. Honor Dr. Seuss's birthday with books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. 

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

31
Friday, March 31
6–7 p.m.

Be whisked away on a magical, family friendly adventure with the award-winning Squirrel Stole My Underpants when its international tour stops at The Strong. The whimsical performance, which was awarded a Jim Henson Foundation family project grant in 2013, combines puppetry, dance, original music, and acrobatics to explore themes of childhood. The show follows the story of Sylvia, a lonely girl who chases a squirrel into strange lands that come alive with scale, color, and texture. Along the way she meets new friends and magical creatures brought to life through puppetry and dance.

Performance tickets are $15. Performance ticket for nonmembers with museum admission after 4 p.m. is $20. Tickets may be purchased at museumofplay.org or by calling 585-263-2700.

April

1
Saturday, April 1
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Join beloved princesses as they use the principles of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—to solve puzzles, build contraptions, and more. Help Snow White uncover which critters left their tracks in the forest, partner with Rapunzel to make a watercolor masterpiece, and work with the Snow Princess to use the principles of computer coding to help her caterpillar friend move along a path. Perfect your archery skills with the Scottish Princess, create a "pumpkin" catapult with Cinderella, build a boat to help Sleeping Beauty cross a castle moat, and more!  

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

2
Sunday, April 2
1–4 p.m.

Join beloved princesses as they use the principles of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—to solve puzzles, build contraptions, and more. Help Snow White uncover which critters left their tracks in the forest, partner with Rapunzel to make a watercolor masterpiece, and work with the Snow Princess to use the principles of computer coding to help her caterpillar friend move along a path. Perfect your archery skills with the Scottish Princess, create a "pumpkin" catapult with Cinderella, build a boat to help Sleeping Beauty cross a castle moat, and more!  

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

7
Friday, April 7
6 p.m.

Enjoy a short performance from Eastman School of Music students followed by a question and answer session. 

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

10
Monday, April 10
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: Showers and Flowers. Learn about the changing seasons. 

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

14
Friday, April 14

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

14
Friday, April 14

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

15
Saturday, April 15

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

15
Saturday, April 15

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

16
Sunday, April 16

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

16
Sunday, April 16

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

17
Monday, April 17

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

17
Monday, April 17

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

18
Tuesday, April 18

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

18
Tuesday, April 18

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

19
Wednesday, April 19

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

19
Wednesday, April 19

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

20
Thursday, April 20

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

20
Thursday, April 20

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

21
Friday, April 21

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

21
Friday, April 21

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

22
Saturday, April 22
1 & 3 p.m.

Sail into The Strong and join Rochester’s beloved Happy Pirates on their newest adventure. After more than 20 years of award-winning family entertainment, Gary the Happy Pirate has been promoted to admiral and is handing over his ship to a whole new crew. Jump on board and sing and dance to all the Happy Pirate favorites—and enjoy a few humorous surprises—during the new crew’s maiden voyage. Meet Captain Gully, the ukulele-playing, fun-loving leader; Scuttle, the prankster; and Sharkbait, the silly crewmate with a big heart. 

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

22
Saturday, April 22

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

22
Saturday, April 22

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

23
Sunday, April 23
1 p.m.

Sail into The Strong and join Rochester’s beloved Happy Pirates on their newest adventure. After more than 20 years of award-winning family entertainment, Gary the Happy Pirate has been promoted to admiral and is handing over his ship to a whole new crew. Jump on board and sing and dance to all the Happy Pirate favorites—and enjoy a few humorous surprises—during the new crew’s maiden voyage. Meet Captain Gully, the ukulele-playing, fun-loving leader; Scuttle, the prankster; and Sharkbait, the silly crewmate with a big heart. 

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

23
Sunday, April 23

Create handlebar streamers, design a license plate for your bicycle, craft a bike from pipe cleaners, and more in conjunction with the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. 

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

23
Sunday, April 23

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

24
Monday, April 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: Showers and Flowers. Learn about the changing seasons. 

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

24
Monday, April 24

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

25
Tuesday, April 25

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

26
Wednesday, April 26

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

26
Wednesday, April 26
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 museumofplay.org/support/special-events/happiest-hour

27
Thursday, April 27

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

28
Friday, April 28

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

28
Friday, April 28
7 p.m.

Renowned Elvis Presley impersonator Patrick Johnson brings his Vegas-style flair and high energy to The Strong for an all-ages concert featuring The King’s concert years—including memorable hits such as, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Burning Love,” and “Suspicious Minds.” Swing your hips and sing-along to other Presley classics, from “C C Rider” to “American Trilogy,” and see Johnson don The King’s most famous outfits, from the stylish sports coats of the 1950s to the black leather suit now considered the “1968 Comeback Special.” Fans of all ages will delight in this high-octane performance made possible through the generous support of Mary Valentine, a longtime friend of The Strong.    

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or by calling 585-263-2700.

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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

May

1
Monday, May 1

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

3
Wednesday, May 3

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

4
Thursday, May 4

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

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

Inductees to third class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame will be announced at a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m. 

5
Friday, May 5

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

6
Saturday, May 6

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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’s 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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’s 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. 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. 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. Enjoy story readings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. with Tracy Kane, award-winning author of the Fairy Houses book series. And be delighted by fairy-inspired music by Lyric Arts Academy at 2 p.m. 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

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

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Sunday, May 14

Discover more than 150 orchids from Central and South America, Asia, and Africa blooming among hundreds of butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Get up close to a variety of colorful orchids, including Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Oncidiums. Take a picture of a butterfly as it rests on the plants' fragrant petals. Garden admission fees apply. Timed ticket required.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June

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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.​​

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.​​

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.​​

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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.

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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.​​

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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

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​

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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.​​