Buggy Bonanza at the National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

May 20, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Buggy Bonanza at the National Museum of Play June 11

Spring—and bugs—are in the air!

Inspect live creepy crawlers up close during Buggy Bonanza at The Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet a museum entomologist and a horticulturist and learn fascinating facts about tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, and scorpions as well as various plants. Make a butterfly craft and meet Marti the Monarch, the museum’s strolling butterfly mascot.

Learn about the Lost Ladybug Project, a Cornell University initiative that teaches people to become scientists and spot common and rare ladybugs in their own backyards (www.lostladybug.org). Visit the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden and try to find unique insects on your own. While there, play with a set of new, interactive wind chimes. 

Meet more fascinating creatures in the museum’s indoor Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®.  Walk among 800 colorful, free-flying butterflies in a tropical rainforest environment. The garden also features a toucan, turtles, tortoises, hummingbirds, and tiny Chinese button quail. (Note: Admission to the butterfly garden requires general museum admission fees plus the purchase of an individual, timed tickets: $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers, children younger than two free.)

All Buggy Bonanza activities (with the exception of Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden admission) are included with general museum admission fees.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $12; Seniors $11; Children (2–15) $10; Children younger than two free, Museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General admission fee plus $2 for members; $4 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.