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.

September

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Saturday, September 13
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Skip down the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy and Scarecrow, create rainbow works of art, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Skip down the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy and Scarecrow, create rainbow works of art, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 15
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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, September 19

The museum will be closed to the public in preparation for the Play Ball gala.

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Friday, September 19
6 to 10 p.m.

Mark your calendar and plan to be part of The Strong’s fourth annual Play Ball gala—Rochester’s “don’t miss” party for grown-ups only! Enjoy a fun-filled evening as the museum is transformed into an adult-friendly playground featuring great entertainment, fun games, live and silent auctions, delicious food and cocktails, and all the playtime you like! Creative cocktail attire and silly accessories are encouraged.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit theplayball.org

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Monday, September 22
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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, September 27
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet artist and book illustrator Nancy Wiley and learn about her creative process. See original works of art from her new book, Cinderella, and receive her autograph. Meet and have your picture taken with Cinderella, her evil step-mother, and her ugly step-sisters. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, September 28
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet artist and book illustrator Nancy Wiley and learn about her creative process. See original works of art from her new book, Cinderella, and receive her autograph. Meet and have your picture taken with Cinderella, her evil step-mother, and her ugly step-sisters. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 29
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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

October

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Wednesday, October 1

Be amazed as local balloon artists, including Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, create a large balloon sculpture to help celebrate the 15th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, October 4
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Opening weekend only, make LEGO inspired crafts and enjoy an amazing display of LEGO trains, buildings, and detailed scenes by the LEGO Users of Central New York. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, October 5
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Opening weekend only, make LEGO inspired crafts and enjoy an amazing display of LEGO trains, buildings, and detailed scenes by the LEGO Users of Central New York. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, October 6
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, October 10

Construct a magical kingdom using gigantic castle blocks, dress up as a king or queen, enact a story of adventure with royal court puppets, and more.

Materials generously provided by HearthSong®.

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Saturday, October 11

Construct a magical kingdom using gigantic castle blocks, dress up as a king or queen, enact a story of adventure with royal court puppets, and more.

Materials generously provided by HearthSong®.

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Sunday, October 12

Construct a magical kingdom using gigantic castle blocks, dress up as a king or queen, enact a story of adventure with royal court puppets, and more.

Materials generously provided by HearthSong®.

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Monday, October 13

Construct a magical kingdom using gigantic castle blocks, dress up as a king or queen, enact a story of adventure with royal court puppets, and more.

Materials generously provided by HearthSong®.

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Monday, October 20
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, October 25
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Calling all witches, princesses, and superheroes! Come dressed in your Halloween costume, dance to Halloween tunes, make a spooky craft, and enjoy performances by Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, October 26
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Calling all witches, princesses, and superheroes! Come dressed in your Halloween costume, dance to Halloween tunes, make a spooky craft, and enjoy performances by Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, October 27
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, October 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halloween activities and prizes for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

November

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Saturday, November 1
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hess Mobile Museum launches at The Strong. Guests may explore the mobile museum, see examples of the toy trucks from the last 50 years, and get a preview of the 2014 truck. The mobile museum will be accompanied by outdoor activities for kids—including a photo op, Kids’ Zone, and a bank of toy truck computer games.

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Monday, November 3
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Build It! Get creative with construction-related imaginative play, songs, and stories.

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Thursday, November 6
10:30 a.m.

The 2014 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony that takes place in the National Toy Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

A weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, November 9
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

A weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 10
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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, November 11

Storytelling, dance, and theater presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of The Nutcracker, featuring members of the Rochester City Ballet and A Christmas Carol, featuring actors from Geva Theatre Center. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction movie character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist), the Rebel Legion, and the Rochester NY Ghostbusters. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. or Disney. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, November 16
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction movie character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist), the Rebel Legion, and the Rochester NY Ghostbusters. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. or Disney. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 17
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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 24
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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

December

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Monday, December 1
10:30 and 11:30 a.m

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punched and receive a free children’s book! This month: Winter Wonderland. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 6

Explore the history of dolls, action figures, toy soldiers, plush animals, and other toys of the imagination. Role-play in a life-size dollhouse, go on adventures at the action figure play station, and tend to teddy bears and other stuffed animals at the animal hospital. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, December 7

Explore the history of dolls, action figures, toy soldiers, plush animals, and other toys of the imagination. Role-play in a life-size dollhouse, go on adventures at the action figure play station, and tend to teddy bears and other stuffed animals at the animal hospital. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 8
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Let It Snow. Celebrate the fun of winter with seasonal activities and books.

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Monday, December 15
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 punched and receive a free children’s book! This month: Winter Wonderland. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 20

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 20

Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes a half-mile kids’ race. Fees apply.

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Sunday, December 21

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 22

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, December 23

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, December 24

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, December 25

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, December 26

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 27

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, December 28

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 29

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, December 30

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, December 31

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

January

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Thursday, January 1

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, January 2

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, January 3

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, January 4

Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit and try your hand at Red Dragon—a logic game for all ages. Play games that have challenged people for centuries including puzzles, an oversized game of chess, and Nine Men’s Morris—a strategy board game. And don’t forget to join in the end-of-the-day Farewell Parades. Included with general museum admission fees.