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.

February

24
Friday, February 24

Design and draw a customized motorcycle. Peddle your way to victory on a special preschooler tricycle course from noon to 4 p.m. Test your movie-motorcycle knowledge by matching pictures of cinematic motorcycles and riders to the correct movies. View a display of vintage and modern motorcycles courtesy of Cycle Stop. Then discover how engineers ensure motorcycles have a smooth and fast ride as you explore the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit.  Included with general museum admission fees.

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

25
Saturday, February 25

Design and draw a customized motorcycle. Peddle your way to victory on a special preschooler tricycle course from noon to 4 p.m. Test your movie-motorcycle knowledge by matching pictures of cinematic motorcycles and riders to the correct movies. View a display of vintage and modern motorcycles courtesy of Cycle Stop. Then discover how engineers ensure motorcycles have a smooth and fast ride as you explore the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit.  Included with general museum admission fees.

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

26
Sunday, February 26

Design and draw a customized motorcycle. Peddle your way to victory on a special preschooler tricycle course from noon to 4 p.m. Test your movie-motorcycle knowledge by matching pictures of cinematic motorcycles and riders to the correct movies. View a display of vintage and modern motorcycles courtesy of Cycle Stop. Then discover how engineers ensure motorcycles have a smooth and fast ride as you explore the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit.  Included with general museum admission fees.

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

27
Monday, February 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: Tropical Tales. Be whisked away with stories set in warm weather climates. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

March

3
Friday, March 3
6 p.m.

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

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

4
Saturday, March 4

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. 

4
Saturday, March 4
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with silly activities inspired by the beloved author’s tales. Pose for photos with the playful Thing 1 and Thing 2. Fish for red and blue fish, play Hop on Pop hopscotch, take a journey with the feet from The Foot Book, and other great physical and brain games inspired by the classic stories. Journey through the pages of David Soman's Three Bears in a Boat with a story walk, a new and interactive way to exercise your brain and your body. Celebrate your favorite word by writing it in a creative design that can be displayed in a framed gallery. Craft a miniature book from a single sheet of paper and come up with poems and stories to fill the pages. Included with general admission fees.

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

5
Sunday, March 5
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with silly activities inspired by the beloved author’s tales. Pose for photos with the playful Thing 1 and Thing 2. Delight in music from Seussical Jr. at 1 and 3 p.m. presented by Thomas Armstrong Middle School. Fish for red and blue fish, play Hop on Pop hopscotch, take a journey with the feet from The Foot Book, and other great physical and brain games inspired by the classic stories. Journey through the pages of David Soman's Three Bears in a Boat with a story walk, a new and interactive way to exercise your brain and your body. Celebrate your favorite word by creating an art piece for it that can be displayed in a framed word gallery. Craft a miniature book from a single sheet of paper and come up with poems and stories to fill the pages. Included with general admission fees.

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

6
Monday, March 6
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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.

6
Monday, March 6
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 book featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

13
Monday, March 13
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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.

13
Monday, March 13
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 book featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

18
Saturday, March 18
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Back by popular demand, local kinetic art builder StickTrickDominoDude Michael Fantauzzo returns to create a new masterpiece filled with simple machines such as levers, planes, and pulleys. Watch as he builds his intricate sculpture and detonates it at 3:30 p.m. daily! Marvel at intricate devices built by the Rochester LEGO User’s Group, check out toys built by students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and build your own chain-reaction device using stacking cups, balls, ramps, dominoes, and more! Included with general admission fees.

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

19
Sunday, March 19
1–4 p.m.

Back by popular demand, local kinetic art builder StickTrickDominoDude Michael Fantauzzo returns to create a new masterpiece filled with simple machines such as levers, planes, and pulleys. Watch as he builds his intricate sculpture and detonates it at 3:30 p.m. daily! Marvel at intricate devices built by the Rochester LEGO User’s Group, check out toys built by students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and build your own chain-reaction device using stacking cups, balls, ramps, dominoes, and more! Included with general admission fees.

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

20
Monday, March 20
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong National Museum of Play. This three-hour experience for seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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.

20
Monday, March 20
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 book featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

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 Caterpillar Atrium the day of the event. (Tickets are available one hour prior to designated superhero appearance times while supplies last.) All weekend long, visit 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. View a special comic book display by Alfred University's Drawn to Diversity. Create your own headband to transform into a famous superhero. Included with general museum admission fees.

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 Caterpillar 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. View a special comic book display by Alfred University's Drawn to Diversity. Create your own headband to transform into a famous superhero. Included with general museum admission fees.

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 book featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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.

Program tickets are $15. Program tickets for nonmembers with museum admission after 4 p.m. are $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. Practice archery, investigate animal tracks, and build storybook contraptions such as towers and catapults. 

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. Practice archery, investigate animal tracks, and build storybook contraptions such as towers and catapults. 

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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

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.​

22
Saturday, April 22

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 is handing over his ship to a whole new crew. Sing and move along to all the Happy Pirate favorites—and a few surprises—aboard the new crew’s maiden voyage. 

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.​

23
Sunday, April 23

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 is handing over his ship to a whole new crew. Sing and move along to all the Happy Pirate favorites—and a few surprises—aboard the new crew’s maiden voyage. 

Purchase general museum or 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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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 http://www.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 a generous donation by the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Trusts.    

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

29
Saturday, April 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Journey to the magical world of Oz. Pose for photos with the famous tale, craft a wand inspired by Glinda the Good Witch, and take part in the Munchkinland mural. 

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.

Journey to the magical world of Oz. Pose for photos with the famous tale, craft a wand inspired by Glinda the Good Witch, and take part in the Munchkinland mural. 

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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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 seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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. Included with general museum admission fees.

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.​

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.​

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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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 seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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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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.

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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.​

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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.

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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.​

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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.

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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.​

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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.

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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.​

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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.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

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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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

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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 seniors 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience 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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

June

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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. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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