Tinker with Toys School-Break Week at National Museum of Play

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

March 23, 2011

For Immediate Release


Contact: Shane Rhinewald, srhinewald@thestrong.org 585-410-6365

Susan Trien, strien@thestrong.org 585-410-6359 

Tinker with Toys School-Break Week
at the National Museum of Play®
April 16–24

(The Dancing Spider Performance April 16)

(Note to Calendar Editors: Rochester Children’s Theatre will present a preview of Alice in Wonderland at the National Museum of Play on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. (The museum is open until 8 p.m.) Follow the White Rabbit and journey to Wonderland in this classic children’s fairy tale. Included with general museum admission fees.)


Celebrate the art of building during Tinker with Toys School-Break Week at the National Museum of Play at The Strong®, Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24. The week-long build fest is held in conjunction with the TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit.  

Let your imagination run wild at more than half a dozen play zones filled with building materials, including TINKERTOYS, No Ends, DUPLOS, BuilderBLOX, ZOOBS, Dado Cubes, and more.  

Enjoy additional opportunities to invent and build in the new TINKERTOY: Build Your Imagination exhibit. Giant replicas of the classic wooden construction set form a colorful backdrop for nine unique activity stations that explore contemporary topics such as renewable energy and clean water technology. The exhibit remains on view at the National Museum of Play through May 29.  

The week of family activities kicks off with a performance of The Dancing Spider in the museum theater on Saturday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Inspired by West African folktales and presented by the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program at the College of Brockport, The Dancing Spider tells the story of the trickster Ananse who spends his days dreaming up ways to get others to do his work, and winds up in some hilarious predicaments.


TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with PLAYSKOOL® and GE. TINKERTOY is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. and is used with permission. © 2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.


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.