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.

April

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Friday, April 29
6 p.m.

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

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Friday, April 29

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, April 30

Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

May

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Monday, May 2
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: Pet Tales. Enjoy books about pets of all kinds including dogs, cats, and birds. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Thursday, May 5
10:30 a.m.

Inductees to second 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.  

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Saturday, May 7

Enjoy performances of Little Red Robin Hood presented by Genesee Community College Forum Player Theatre Ensemble at 1 and 3 p.m. The College at Brockport Xylophone Ensemble will also perform live at noon and 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.  

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Monday, May 9
1 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how exhibits are created or how artifacts are stored? In the company of a member of the museum’s curatorial team, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a state-of-the-art collection storage facility. View an amazing array of artifacts of play, some seldom seen by the public and others awaiting display in upcoming exhibits. Then stop by the museum’s fabrication area to talk with the people who conceptualize and design The Strong’s spectacular exhibits. 

Cost: $15 per person. Reservations are required and may be made online by clicking here or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. 

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Monday, May 9
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Let's Move. Get moving with activities and games that promote healthy play and eating. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, May 14
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Fly in and celebrate beloved Mary Poppins! Meet and take photos with the practically perfect nanny and Bert, the friendly chimney sweep. Craft a mini kite to take home. Decorate your own unique Mary Poppins or Bert hat. Create colorful sidewalk chalk drawings (outdoor activity, weather permitting). Watch as Mary Poppins plucks out fascinating items from her carpetbag. Enjoy a fanciful carousel ride—free with paid admission—just like Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael enjoyed in the Mary Poppins movie. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Sunday, May 15
1–4 p.m.

Fly in and celebrate beloved Mary Poppins! Meet and take photos with the practically perfect nanny and Bert, the friendly chimney sweep. Craft a mini kite to take home. Decorate your own unique Mary Poppins or Bert hat. Create colorful sidewalk chalk drawings (outdoor activity, weather permitting). Watch as Mary Poppins plucks out fascinating items from her carpetbag. Enjoy a fanciful carousel ride—free with paid admission—just like Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael enjoyed in the Mary Poppins movie. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, May 16
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: Pet Tales. Enjoy books about pets of all kinds including dogs, cats, and birds. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, May 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: Pet Tales. Enjoy books about pets of all kinds including dogs, cats, and birds. Included with general museum admission fees. 

June

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Saturday, June 4
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lemonade Day is a community-wide educational program that introduces youth to the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start, own, and operate their own business—a lemonade stand. The Strong will host a lemonade stand run by a group of Monroe County youth who participated in the Rochester Lemonade Day program organized by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE). All proceeds from the stand go back to the youth who developed and run the stand. Fees apply. 

To learn more about lemonade day, visit https://rochester.lemonadeday.org.

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Monday, June 6
1 p.m.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the life and dreams of one of Rochester’s foremost collectors. Who was Margaret Woodbury Strong, and how did her life and collections inspire The Strong museum? A museum archivist introduces you to the museum’s founder through documents, photographs, and other archival materials. Discover how Margaret set the wheels in motion for what would become the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, and other historic materials related to play at The Strong—the largest museum in the world dedicated to the study and exploration of play.

Cost: $15 per person. Reservations are required and may be made online by clicking here or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. 

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Monday, June 6
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Garden Science. Explore the wonders of nature through stories and engaging hands-on activities about plants and seeds. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, June 11

Learn about 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 explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; and a giant version of Space Invaders.

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia, and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, June 11

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 depicting 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.

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Sunday, June 12

Learn about 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 explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; and a giant version of Space Invaders.

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia, and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, June 12

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 depicting 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.

Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, June 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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, June 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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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Monday, June 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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

July

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Saturday, July 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 10
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Tuesday, July 12

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 13

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 14

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 15

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 15
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Jump in for an hour of family-friendly entertainment with comedic, dance-pop duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo when their national tour comes to The Strong on Friday, July 15. The beloved group—popular with an audience ranging from children to college students—combines music and guest interaction. They feature sing-along verses, call and response techniques, and simple dance moves unique to each song, such as the whimsical “Pop See Ko” and “Dinosaur Stomp.”

Concert ticket: $15
Concert ticket, plus museum admission after 4 p.m.: $25

Reservations are required and may be made online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. 

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Saturday, July 16

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 16
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 17

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 17
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Monday, July 18

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 19

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 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

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 23
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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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.

Zoom into the imaginative universe of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. 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.

Zoom into the imaginative universe of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, July 31
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

August

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Saturday, August 6
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 7
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 13
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 14
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. 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.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 21
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Saturday, August 27
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

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Sunday, August 28
1–4 p.m.

Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

September

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Monday, September 5

Last chance to learn about 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 explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Become part of a science-fiction scene and take photographs to share with family and friends. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; a time machine; and a giant version of Space Invaders. Discover unique artifacts from the Strong’s collections, such as ray guns, toy rockets, and popular science fiction characters, from Buck Rogers to Transformers. 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 24

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. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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.