Meet Batman and WordGirl at National Museum of Play October 15 & 16

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

September 12, 2011

For Immediate Release

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

Meet DC Comics’ Batman™ and PBS Kids’ WordGirl® at the National Museum of Play® October 15 & 16

Meet DC Comics’ official Batman, the Dark Knight, when he swoops in straight from Gotham City during Superheroes Weekend at The Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Also visit with PBS Kids’ WordGirl and Super Why! when they meet and greet fans. Come in costume and bring a camera! 

Comic book artists will share drawings and writing tips, display art, and sign autographs. Among those on hand will be Michael Borkowski, who has worked on many animated series, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dragon Tales, and Scooby Doo (; Peter Lazarski, creator of web comic strips for and Dungeon & Dragons  (; Chris Pallace, co-creator of the recently launched iPad app Numbers League, a software version of the award-winning card game   (; Will Perkins, co-creator and artist of the new comic Beware (; and Ken Wheaton, comic book illustration instructor and professional inker for The Simpsons.

At 12:30 p.m. daily, Art Force Five: Alfred University’s Art Heroes present Drawn to Diversity, a highly interactive theatrical presentation on the changing face of comic book heroes alongside our country’s journey to equality. Create a super cape and make clothespin action figures with Art Force Five from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visit the Sesame Street theater and enjoy episodes of the animated series WordGirl, which follows the adventures of the superhero as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage along with her monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face; and Super Why!, the preschool series that turns reading into an empowering adventure through interactive literacy games. WXXI staff will be on hand with related activities. 

Meet an EMT—a home-town hero—and check out life-saving ambulance equipment from 1 to 3 p.m.; find out how you can protect the environment with Larry the H2O Hero; and become a Healthy Hero with active fun, games, and good nutrition.

Don’t miss the exhibit American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil. Climb up the side of a skyscraper, test your skills at Super Powers School, and more. Kids will enjoy superhero dress-up and role-playing.

All Superheroes Weekend activities are included with general admission fees. 


BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (c) DC Comics   s11

WordGirl Illustration courtesy of Scholastic Media


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.