Game Time! Opening Weekend

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

March 18, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Game Time! Opening Weekend Celebration
at the National Museum of Play®
April 13 & 14

Jump into a weekend of oversized games, card tricks, and magic at the Game Time! Opening Celebration at the National Museum of Play at The Strong® on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.  

  • Jump past Gum Drop Mountain on a life-sized version of one of America’s sweetest and most popular childhood games.
  • Marvel at fantastic card tricks and sleight of hand illusions by Chris Wilkinson, The Magic Guy, as he strolls through the museum from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Knock ‘em over when you take aim at a jumbo bowling game.
  • Challenge a friend to a game of tic-tac-toe Toss Across.
  • Build a house or play memory games with decks of playing cards.
  • Craft your own board game to take home and play.

On Saturday Only: “The Kingdom of Grimm,” 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a kid-friendly musical performance by theater students from The College at Brockport’s Interdisciplinary Arts for Children program. The award-winning children’s musical is based on the folktales of the Brothers Grimm. Hans, a farm boy, discovers a golden key and unlocks an enchanted chest that holds imprisoned Gerhardt the Great and his troupe of traveling  players. The troupe shows their thanks to Hans by performing two musical tales: “The Golden Goose” and “The Four Skillful Brothers.”                                                   

All weekend events are presented in conjunction with Game Time! an original new permanent exhibit that invites guests to explore three centuries of games, puzzles, and public amusements. See rare historic treasures from The Strong’s unparalleled game and puzzle collections—many never displayed publicly—and challenge yourself to a gaggle of games, both old and new.        

All Game Time! Opening Celebration activities are included with general museum admission fees.

Game Time! is phase two of a five-phase project to transform the museum’s second floor into America at Play, a highly interactive exhibit on the history of play in America. The first phase, eGameRevolution, explores electronic games. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Strong acknowledges the support of Greater Hudson Heritage Network for artifact preservation.


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.

General Admission Fees
(does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

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.