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.

January

16
Monday, January 16
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy special performances celebrating black history presented by Bright Star Theatre. See Heroes of the Underground Railroad at 1 p.m. and learn about Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, and other powerful leaders during the Abolitionist Movement in the United States. Watch Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement at 3 p.m. and learn about the pivotal moments that took place in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Montgomery bus boycott. Learn how to encourage positive conversations about race, create a craft to use as a symbol of peace, and explore art created by Art Force Five. Experience Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech with youth members of the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA. Included with general museum admission fees.

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18
Wednesday, January 18

The butterfly garden is closed through 1 p.m. 

19
Thursday, January 19

The butterfly garden is closed through 1 p.m. 

20
Friday, January 20

The butterfly garden is closed through 1 p.m. 

20
Friday, January 20
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Join author Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, as she presents “Growing Up Harley-Davidson,” a special adult evening offering a personal look into one of the most famous families in motorcycling history. After years of gathering personal family stories and photographs, Davidson recounts her childhood experiences, how she owned the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Wisconsin, and her memories of meeting world-famous racers, such as Evil Knievel. After the talk, enjoy an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with Davidson at a reception sponsored by Marshall Street Bar and Grill. Light refreshments provided.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit museumofplay.org/visit/jean-davidson.

21
Saturday, January 21
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Hit the road with America’s most iconic and beloved motorcycle. Explore a pretend engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and hop on for a test drive. Learn the skills needed to become a design engineer, step into an engine bay, and create your own race track to speed to victory. Opening weekend only, create your own motorcycle and meet with children’s author Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

22
Sunday, January 22
1–4 p.m.

Hit the road with America’s most iconic and beloved motorcycle. Explore a pretend engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and hop on for a test drive. Learn the skills needed to become a design engineer, step into an engine bay, and create your own race track to speed to victory. Opening weekend only, create your own motorcycle and meet with children’s author Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

23
Monday, January 23
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: Things That Go. Zoom through tales about transportation. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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25
Wednesday, January 25
2–3:30 p.m.

Learn about The Strong's preschool and early kindergarten programs. Meet the Woodbury School teaching staff and tour the classrooms at a Woodbury School Open House. No registration necessary. Children are welcome. Enter through the main museum entrance and sign in at the admissions desk. 

28
Saturday, January 28
2 p.m.

Delight in a preview performance of Hansel and Gretel presented by the Rochester Association of Performing Arts. Watch as a brother and sister journey through the woods and try to escape an evil witch. Included with general museum admission fees.

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30
Monday, January 30
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: Things That Go. Zoom through tales about transportation. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

February

1
Wednesday, February 1
2–3:30 p.m.

Learn about The Strong's preschool and early kindergarten programs. Meet the Woodbury School teaching staff and tour the classrooms at a Woodbury School Open House. No registration necessary. Children are welcome. Enter through the main museum entrance and sign in at the admissions desk. 

4
Saturday, February 4
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

 Meet with mascots from local sports teams, including the Rochester Americans, Rochester Knighthawks, Rochester Red Wings, State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred State, and SUNY Geneseo. Vote for your favorite mascot, test your skills with a sports trivia challenge, predict who will win this year’s Super Bowl, and create your own pennant or pompom to cheer on your favorite team. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

6
Monday, February 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: 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.​​

11
Saturday, February 11
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, the Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Enjoy sprightly dance tunes and soaring melodies from Nonesuch Early Music Ensemble. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do. Challenge yourself to a game of croquet with the infamous Queen of Hearts. Enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

12
Sunday, February 12
1–4 p.m.

Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, the Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Enjoy sprightly dance tunes and soaring melodies from Nonesuch Early Music Ensemble. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do. Challenge yourself to a game of croquet with the infamous Queen of Hearts. Enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

13
Monday, February 13

Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

For information and to register, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

13
Monday, February 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: 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.​​

14
Tuesday, February 14

Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

For information and to register, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

15
Wednesday, February 15

Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

For information and to register, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

16
Thursday, February 16

Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

For information and to register, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

18
Saturday, February 18

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

19
Sunday, February 19

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

20
Monday, February 20

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

21
Tuesday, February 21

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

22
Wednesday, February 22

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

23
Thursday, February 23

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with the Hands-on Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

24
Friday, February 24

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with 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

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with 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

Race into The Strong to peddle your way to victory in a fun bicycle course, test your movie-motorcycle knowledge with a fun quiz, and design and draw your own motorcycle in conjunction with 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. Join Healthi Kids for a story walk, a new and interactive way to exercise your brain and your body. 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. Pose for photos with the playful Thing 1 and Thing 2. 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. Join Healthi Kids for a story walk, a new and interactive way to exercise your brain and your body. 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. Pose for photos with the playful Thing 1 and Thing 2. 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
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
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. 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. 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
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
11 a.m.–4 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 with two members 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. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

26
Sunday, March 26
1–4 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 two members 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. 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.​​

April

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! Showers and Flowers. Learn about the changing seasons and hear stories about spring. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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! Showers and Flowers. Learn about the changing seasons and hear stories about spring. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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

May

9
Tuesday, May 9

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $4 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

10
Wednesday, May 10

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $4 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

11
Thursday, May 11

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $4 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.

12
Friday, May 12

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about the living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $4 additional per person.)

For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/theme-days.