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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Monday, September 14
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy books about letters and numbers 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, September 17
10 a.m.

The new state-of-the-art Toy Halls of Fame exhibit is revealed at a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees. (Please note: The museum will close at 3 p.m.)

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Thursday, September 17
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Saturday, September 19

Experience the new, cutting-edge Toy Halls of Fame exhibit and discover five themed areas—imagine, create, build, move, and compete—where guests go hands-on with the toys beloved by generations. Displays featuring The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame inductees paired with displays featuring toy industry luminaries recognized by the Toy Industry of America’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, September 20
3 p.m.

Enjoy a family friendly performance that combines jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop dance. Parking is available in the museum lot for $7 per vehicle. Tickets are available for $8 at rochesterfringe.com.

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Sunday, September 20

Experience the new, cutting-edge Toy Halls of Fame exhibit and discover five themed areas—imagine, create, build, move, and compete—where guests go hands-on with the toys beloved by generations. Displays featuring The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame inductees paired with displays featuring toy industry luminaries recognized by the Toy Industry of America’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 21
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy books about letters and numbers 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, September 23
7 p.m.

View a unique interactive comedy sword-fighting show featuring sisters Gwendolyn and Gertrude Steele. Parking is available in the museum lot for $7 per vehicle.  Tickets are available for $12 at rochesterfringe.com.

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Thursday, September 24
7 & 9 p.m.

View a unique, interactive comedy sword-fighting show featuring sisters Gwendolyn and Gertrude Steele. Parking is available in the museum lot for $7 per vehicle. Tickets are available for $12 at rochesterfringe.com.

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Friday, September 25
7:30 p.m.

Groove to the beat as Automatic James performs an all-ages show featuring an eclectic selection of original music as well as popular songs. Parking is available in the museum lot for $7 per vehicle. Tickets are available for $10 at rochesterfringe.com.

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Saturday, September 26
7:30 p.m.

Groove to the beat as Automatic James performs an all-ages show featuring an eclectic selection of original music as well as popular songs. Parking is available in the museum lot for $7 per vehicle. Tickets are available for $10 at rochesterfringe.com.

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Monday, September 28
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy books about letters and numbers 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

October

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Friday, October 2

Attend Rochester’s most playful gala for grown-ups only—the Play Ball! Explore the museum while enjoying great entertainment, live and silent auctions, delicious food, and creative cocktails. Proceeds from The Play Ball benefit The Strong’s educational mission. Fees apply. (Please note: Museum will be closed on October 2.)

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Friday, October 2

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

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Saturday, October 3

This exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids can step into Sid’s world and become science kids themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through hands-on activities, kids use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Opening weekend only, guests can make a microphone craft, meet and take photos with Sid! Included with general museum admission fees. Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! created by The Magic House® in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.

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Sunday, October 4

This exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids can step into Sid’s world and become science kids themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through hands-on activities, kids use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Opening weekend only, guests can make a microphone craft, meet and take photos with Sid! Included with general museum admission fees. Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! created by The Magic House® in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.

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Monday, October 5
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Delight in stories about autumn, changing leaves, and Halloween 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, October 7

Be amazed as local balloon artists, including Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, create a large balloon sculpture to help celebrate the 16th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, October 10

Meet and take photos with Sid. Explore the exhibit and create your own science journal, just like Sid’s! Stop by Science Stations to experiment with magnets, use magnifying glasses, build catapults, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, October 11

Meet and take photos with Sid. Explore the exhibit and create your own science journal, just like Sid’s! Stop by Science Stations to experiment with magnets, use magnifying glasses, build catapults, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, October 12

Meet and take photos with Sid. Explore the exhibit and create your own science journal, just like Sid’s! Stop by Science Stations to experiment with magnets, use magnifying glasses, build catapults, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, October 19
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Delight in stories about autumn, changing leaves, and Halloween 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, October 24
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Explore the history of Nintendo and trace the evolution of its groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System. Opening weekend only, meet Mario and enjoy juggling and magic tricks by Magical John featuring Nintendo’s iconic video game characters on Saturday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. Challenge family members to guess popular video game characters by their silhouette and create a Nintendo-inspired craft. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Explore the history of Nintendo and trace the evolution of its groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System. Opening weekend only, meet Mario and enjoy juggling and magic tricks by Magical John featuring Nintendo’s iconic video game characters on Saturday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. Challenge family members to guess popular video game characters by their silhouette and create a Nintendo-inspired craft. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, October 26
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Delight in stories about autumn, changing leaves, and Halloween 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Friday, October 30
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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Monday, November 2
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Playing with Science. Enjoy music and movement activities about plants and animals, hear stories with a focus on science, and explore materials rich in scientific possibilities Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, November 5
10:30 a.m.

The 2015 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony that takes place at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, November 7

 A weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2015 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, November 8

 A weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2015 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 9
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Gather around for stories about holiday traditions, such as baking cookies, visiting family, and sending cards 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, 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 14

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

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Sunday, November 15

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

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Monday, November 16
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Gather around for stories about holiday traditions, such as baking cookies, visiting family, and sending cards 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, November 23
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Gather around for stories about holiday traditions, such as baking cookies, visiting family, and sending cards 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! Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, November 26

December

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Saturday, December 5

Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to cranes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, use computer programs to design a town, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from the museum collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee, & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). An original exhibit produced by The Strong. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, December 6

Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to cranes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, use computer programs to design a town, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from the museum collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee, & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). An original exhibit produced by The Strong. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 7
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Wonderful Wintertime. Play with pretend snow, and enjoy winter-themed imaginative play, crafts, and stories. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 7
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Explore the magic of winter through books about snowflakes, holiday decorations, and festive music 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!Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 14
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Explore the magic of winter through books about snowflakes, holiday decorations, and festive music 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!Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, December 19

Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the fourth 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 kids’ race series. To register, please visit http://yellowjacketracing.com/events/reindeer-run-5k-kids-race-benefit-strong-museum/. Fees apply.

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Thursday, December 24
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Friday, December 25
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Saturday, December 26

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, December 27

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, December 28

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, December 29

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, December 30

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Thursday, December 31
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Thursday, December 31

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

January

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Friday, January 1
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Friday, January 1

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, January 2

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, January 3

Meet and take photos with Sid from the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, January 11
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

February

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Monday, February 8
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

March

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Monday, March 7
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

April

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Monday, April 11
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

May

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Monday, May 9
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

June

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Monday, June 6
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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