Royal Ball Weekend at National Museum of Play April 9 & 10

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

March 10, 2011

For Immediate Release

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

Royal Ball Weekend
at the National Museum of Play
April 9 & 10

Sound the royal trumpets!

The Queen of Play requests your presence at the Royal Ball at The Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come dressed in your most regal attire, meet Her Majesty, and be whisked away to a royal court with live music, pageantry, and courtly dancing.

Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and receive a bejeweled gift from The Fairy Godmother.

Nonesuch Early Music Ensemble invites you to enjoy sprightly dance tunes and soaring melodies. Ensemble performers include Mitzie Collins on hammered dulcimer and percussion instruments; John Heyer on the hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and recorders; and Roxanne Ziegler on Celtic harp and small percussion instruments. 

And if you don’t have royal garb, don’t worry! You can create your own majestic attire and adornments, including crowns, scepters, shields, and family crests. Also check out real armor.

Improve your hand-eye coordination with Nerf “archery” in Sherwood Forest or tend to the dragons and unicorns in the Folkmanis puppet corner. On your way, stop by Rapunzel’s Hair Salon to have your hair braided.

All Royal Ball activities 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.