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.

March

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Monday, March 2

Explore the new Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas exhibit, based on the illustrated novel series by Rochester artists and writers Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki. The exhibit includes original artwork, photo ops with characters Joey and Johnny, and information about how to create a book. The exhibit also features replica ninja weapons, along with their toy counterparts from The Strong’s collections; ethereal, paper lanterns; and a 2D relief of a Japanese archway. Guests can make a ninja mask to take home and test out their ninja skills on arcade video game classics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The exhibit remains on view until May 10, 2015.

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Monday, March 2
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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

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Saturday, March 7
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 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. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday only, watch as The Steele Sisters present a unique comedy sword-fighting show at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, March 8
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 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. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday only, watch as The Steele Sisters present a unique comedy sword-fighting show at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, March 9
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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Saturday, March 14

Enjoy a whimsical journey to a faraway kingdom as Allendale Columbia Middle School students perform selections from their spring musical Shrek The Musical Jr. at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the spotlight in this fun and funny musical based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

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

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Friday, March 20
6 p.m.

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

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Saturday, March 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jump, run, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun! Improve agility and coordination with oversized sports balls, learn how to turn plastic grocery bags into a jump rope, and perfect your aim in the Sport Zone. Join other museum guests for an indoor snowball fight and get snowboarding tips from experts from Bristol Mountain. Pick up a Passport to Family Wellness booklet and taste healthy snacks from Wegmans. Fit Kids Day is presented in cooperation with the Lets Move! Museum and Gardens initiative. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

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

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Saturday, March 28

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Sunday, March 29

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Monday, March 30

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Tuesday, March 31

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

April

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Wednesday, April 1

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Thursday, April 2

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Friday, April 3
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas novel series authors Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki, receive writing and drawing tips, watch a martial arts demonstration, and enjoy exclusive readings from the Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas series. View replica ninja weapons, along with their toy counterparts from The Strong’s collections; ethereal, paper lanterns; and a 2-D relief of a Japanese archway. Make a ninja mask, test your ninja skills on arcade classics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. Included with general admission fees.

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Friday, April 3

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Saturday, April 4

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Sunday, April 5

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

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Monday, April 6
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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

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

Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes seeing heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Fly over to meet Iron Man on April 11 and swing in to see Spider-Man on April 12. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, April 12
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes seeing heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Fly over to meet Iron Man on April 11 and swing in to see Spider-Man on April 12. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, April 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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Friday, April 17
6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend theatrical performances by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and more. On Saturday only, attend theatrical performances by Allendale Columbia School students at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

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

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

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Thursday, April 30

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1930 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

May

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Friday, May 1

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1930 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Saturday, May 2

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

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Saturday, May 2

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1930 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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Sunday, May 3

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1930 to 1941.

The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

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

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

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

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

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

Unearth the fascinating world of bugs and plants. View specimens and unusual flora, talk with entomology experts, play nature-inspired games, and more. Enjoy half-price admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (while supplies last). Included with general admission fees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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