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.

April

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Friday, April 17

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, April 17
6 p.m.

Join Eastman School of Music students for a 20-minute concert followed by a question and answer session in the Caterpillar Atrium. Included with general admission fees.

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Saturday, April 18

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, April 19

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, April 20

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

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

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Tuesday, April 21
5 to 6 p.m.

Visit the Reggio Emilia-inspired Woodbury School at The Strong. Tour the classrooms, meet the teaching staff, explore project-related documentation and student work, and enjoy refreshments.

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Tuesday, April 21
6 to 8 p.m.

Educators from local Reggio Emilia-inspired schools will discuss the implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach in their programs and share information about recent conferences they have attended.

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Tuesday, April 21

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, April 22

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, April 23

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, April 24

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, April 25

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend a theatrical performance of Quest for the Golden Apple: an Unofficial Minecraft Adventure by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This original play is themed after the unofficial Minecraft book The Quest for the Diamond Sword. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, April 26

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend a theatrical performance of Quest for the Golden Apple: an Unofficial Minecraft Adventure by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This original play is themed after the unofficial Minecraft book The Quest for the Diamond Sword. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, April 27

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

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

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Tuesday, April 28

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, April 29

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, April 30

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Thursday, April 30

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

May

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Friday, May 1

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Saturday, May 2

Explore the ancient culture, humor, and wisdom of Brazil. Be enchanted by folktales performed live on stage—complete with monkey, goat, jaguar, and other animal characters—by the Genesee Community College Forum Players Theatre Ensemble at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  And enjoy contemporary music based on folktales performed by Eastman School of Music’s OSSIA New Music group at noon and 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, May 2

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941. On May 2 and May 3 only, guests will be able to view full-length versions of Temple’s classic movies, Stand Up and Cheer! (Saturday) and Bright Eyes (Sunday).

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Sunday, May 3

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941. On May 2 and May 3 only, guests will be able to view full-length versions of Temple’s classic movies, Stand Up and Cheer! (Saturday) and Bright Eyes (Sunday).

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Monday, May 4
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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

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Monday, May 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Garden Science.

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Saturday, May 16
11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Unearth the fascinating world of bugs and plants. View specimens and unusual flora, talk with entomology experts, play nature-inspired games, talk with bee experts from Sweet Beez and view their large observation hive, and more. Enjoy half-price admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. (Limited quantity. Timed tickets available for purchase at the museum admission desk.)

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Monday, May 18
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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

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Saturday, May 30

Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Also, see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including early racing board games and the once controversial Death Race (1974). An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. (While several of the games and activities in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Saturday, May 30
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Sunday, May 31

Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Also, see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including early racing board games and the once controversial Death Race (1974). An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. (While several of the games and activities in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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Sunday, May 31
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

June

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

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

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

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. This month: Let's Move, Let's Play.

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

Transform yourself into a runway model with glamorous outfits and consult with The Strong’s fashion guru extraordinaire, Kiki. Design your own crazy hat. Then strut your stuff on the catwalk and pose for pictures with adoring fans. Stop by the styling salon to give Barbie a new hairdo and check out a display of Barbie and other fashion dolls to see how styles have changed over the years. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Transform yourself into a runway model with glamorous outfits and consult with The Strong’s fashion guru extraordinaire, Kiki. Design your own crazy hat. Then strut your stuff on the catwalk and pose for pictures with adoring fans. Stop by the styling salon to give Barbie a new hairdo and check out a display of Barbie and other fashion dolls to see how styles have changed over the years. Included with general museum admission fees.