National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure Events Calendar

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

September 7, 2010

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359

National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure
at National Museum of Play® at the Strong(TM)

Calendar of Events


Pilot Amelia Earhart’s plane, trek across the Congo, investigate life on Mars, search for Blackbeard’s ship, and discover Great Pyramids—all with the help of maps! Experience a world of adventure on land, in the air, in space, and at sea when the internationally touring exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure arrives at the National Museum of Play at the Strong October 2 through January 9. The exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with the National Geographic Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Opening Weekend Celebration
National Geographic MAPS
Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3

Set your GPS for the National Museum of Play at the Strong on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday,
October 3 for the National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure Opening Weekend Celebration. Get a FREE safari hat and join the mapping expedition! Pose like Atlas (from Greek mythology) and carry a giant (lightweight) globe of the world on your shoulders (or finger-tips, or nose). Enter to win a six-month membership to Rock Ventures, the largest indoor rock climbing and high ropes course facility in North America; a brand new 10-foot Emotion Glide Kayak and a two-hour lesson from BayCreek Paddling Center, Rochester’s premier paddling shop; or an explorer package from the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York. Play with adventurer gadgets and gear and animal puppets from around the world. Included with general museum admission fees.

National Geographic MAPS
Family Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, November 13 & 14

Share stories and magic about world travels with Crystal from Just Clowning Around. Make a paper airplane and fly it to one of Rochester’s 11 Sister Cities around the world; trek the world collecting apples, cinnamon, wheat, and other ingredients while enjoying the playful story How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman; enjoy geography-related activities presented by Rochester’s own Ward’s Natural Science; and play games with latitude and longitude, U.S. states, and U.S. capital cities. Included with general museum admission fees.

National Geographic MAPS School Break
Sunday, December 26–Friday, December 31

Navigate your way through a week of map-related family fun during December school-break week. Last chance to experience the thrill of exploration at the exhibit, National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, which closes January 9. Included with general museum admission fees.


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General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):
Adults $11; Seniors $10; Children (2–15) $9; Children younger than two free; Strong members free.

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General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

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