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.

July

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Sunday, July 24

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Sunday, July 24
1–4 p.m.

Pose for a photo with a friendly alien and a give a high five to a mischievous Martian. Dress up as a creepy alien in the cosmic costume shop and accessorize with your very own googly-eyed headband. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, July 25

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Tuesday, July 26

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Wednesday, July 27

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Thursday, July 28

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Friday, July 29

View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Saturday, July 30
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Meet David Ramsay, who appeared in the 1997 alien battle film Starship Troopers. See his costume and learn about his experience working on the film. Snap a selfie with the TARDIS, a spaceship used in the British sci-fi television show, Doctor Who. Create an alien UFO using tin foil and paper plates. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 31
1–4 p.m.

Meet David Ramsay, who appeared in the 1997 alien battle film Starship Troopers. See his costume and learn about his experience working on the film. Snap a selfie with the TARDIS, a spaceship used in the British sci-fi television show, Doctor Who. Create a UFO using tin foil and paper plates. Included with general museum admission fees.

August

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Saturday, August 6
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Take pictures with characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions. Check out the R2-D2 Builder’s Club, a group of builders who make versions of the famous Star Wars character. Create your own set of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who popsicle stick puppets. Take your creations to the galaxy box theater and act out a fun sci-fi scene. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 7
1–4 p.m.

Take pictures with characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions. Check out the R2-D2 Builder’s Club, a group of builders who make versions of the famous Star Wars character. Create your own set of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who popsicle stick puppets. Take your creations to the galaxy box theater and act out a fun sci-fi scene. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 13
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam lightsaber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 14
1–4 p.m.

Stop by a “Jedi” training camp presented by the Rochester Fencing Club. Join in interactive demonstrations of fencing etiquette, basic footwork, and blade work. Create a foam lightsaber to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Wednesday, August 17
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

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Saturday, August 20
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

See out-of-this-world creations by local artists, such as Gil Merritt’s pipe cleaner characters and Dave Pollot’s creature paintings. Take a peek at the inner workings of electronic devices. Visit the craft station and use circuit boards and metallic crayons to design an imaginary device to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 21
1–4 p.m.

See out-of-this-world creations by local artists, such as Gil Merritt’s pipe cleaner characters and Dave Pollot’s creature paintings. Take a peek at the inner workings of electronic devices. Visit the craft station and use circuit boards and metallic crayons to design an imaginary device to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 27
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Journey to outer space at astronaut training camp. Strap on a pretend jetpack and blast through a variety of physical challenges, including leaping over space rocks. View a glowing cosmos and a variety of light-up toys in the ultraviolet room. Greet a traveling astronaut. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 28
1–4 p.m.

Journey to outer space at astronaut training camp. Strap on a pretend jetpack and blast through a variety of physical challenges, including leaping over space rocks. View a glowing cosmos and a variety of light-up toys in the ultraviolet room. Greet a traveling astronaut. Included with general museum admission fees.

September

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to see how imaginative universes come to life at Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns—an original exhibit that explores the ways that science fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to learn about key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with interactive play experiences.  Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including original Kenner Star Wars action figures and spaceships, LEGO sets, an original video from the making of the first Star Wars video games, and video game design documents. Also, play arcade video games, such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Battle Pod. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, September 17
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of the iconic game Sonic the Hedgehog—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy title character, watch screenings of the animated television show Sonic Boom, play version of Sonic the Hedgehog in the eGameRevolution exhibit, and create your own Sonic headgear.

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Sunday, September 18
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of the iconic game Sonic the Hedgehog—one of the newest inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. Meet and pose for pictures with the speedy title character, watch screenings of the animated television show Sonic Boom, play version of Sonic the Hedgehog in the eGameRevolution exhibit, and create your own Sonic headgear.

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Saturday, September 24
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Opening weekend only, meet Danny’s Dinosaur, beloved character from the Syd Hoff Danny and the Dinosaur series. Compare your height to that of dinosaurs, see how big they would be if they were standing in the museum galleries, and leave dinosaur footprints behind at the sand table. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum.

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Sunday, September 25
1–4 p.m.

Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Opening weekend only, meet Danny’s Dinosaur, beloved character from the Syd Hoff Danny and the Dinosaur series. Compare your height to that of dinosaurs, see how big they would be if they were standing in the museum galleries, and leave dinosaur footprints behind at the sand table. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum.

October

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Friday, October 21

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. Click here for more information about the event. 

November

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Thursday, November 10
10:30 a.m.

The 2016 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 12
11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Honor the toys newly inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, November 13
1–4 p.m.

Honor the toys newly inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Thursday, November 24

Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December

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Saturday, December 24

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 24.

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Saturday, December 31

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 31.