Educational experiences at the National Museum of Play® are available for students in pre-K through grade 12. See individual lesson descriptions or Theme Day options for specific dates and times. School visits to the museum are by reservation only.
Call 585-263-2700 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. to register or inquire about your school visit.
- Funding assistance
- Adult chaperons required
- Lunch reservations
- Before your trip
- Museum guidelines
- Special needs
- Homeschool students
- In case of emergency
Students in pre-K through grade 12 can learn ALL DAY for one great low fee!
- $5 per student ............. School lesson only (does not include full-day museum admission and excludes Theme Days, Monday Kicks, and the Advanced Placement History Conference)
- $7 per student ............. Theme Day or Monday Kicks program with full-day museum admission
- $8 per student ............. School lesson or Advanced Placement History Conference with full-day museum admission
- $9 per student ............. Independent Study with full-day museum admission
Add $1 per student if you add a train or carousel ride.
Chaperons beyond those required in the 1:3 (pre-K), 1:5 (kindergarten through grade eight), and 1:8 (grades nine through 12) adult-to-student ratio pay full admission.
Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the visiting school. The museum is close to many downtown bus routes.
There are three ways to apply for funding assistance:
- Transportation funding of $125 per bus is available to a limited number of classes in Monroe County through the Ruth D. Maurer Memorial Fund, established in memory of long-time museum volunteer Ruth Maurer. Demonstration of need is required. Complete the funding request form online or call 585-263-2700 for more information.
- If your school participates in the BOCES Arts in Education program, your lesson costs may be eligible for state aid. Please contact Young Audiences of Rochester at 585-530-2060 for more information.
- Schools with a Title I schoolwide program may be eligible for a 20% discount on school lesson fees. Call 585-263-2700 for more information.
Adult chaperons are required to accompany students on museum visits. Adult chaperons must be at least 18 years of age. Pre-K classes may bring one chaperon for every three students (1:3 adult-to-child ratio). For kindergarten through grade eight, one adult chaperon is required for every five students (1:5 adult-to-child ratio). High school classes may have one chaperon for every eight students (1:8 adult-to-child ratio). Classroom teachers are admitted free with each class. Chaperons fulfilling the required adult-to-child ratios are admitted to the museum free of charge and may enter the butterfly garden with the students if the class is scheduled for a butterfly lesson.
Adults beyond the required 1:3, 1:5, and 1:8 ratios, who are not members, pay full admission. Both member and nonmember adults beyond the 1:3, 1:5, and 1:8 ratios have the option of entering the butterfly garden with students for an additional fee.
Chaperons may not bring children other than the students they are supervising on the school visit. While in the museum, chaperons are responsible for the behavior of the children in their care.
Join us for lunch! Advance reservations for lunch seating are required for all school groups planning to eat at the museum. Lunches may be brought by students or ordered in advance from food court vendors on a menu designed specifically for school groups. Lunches ordered from the food court will be delivered to a space reserved for your students in the school lunch room. Groups of 10 or more planning to order from the food court must preorder their lunches at least two weeks prior to their scheduled visit. Please note that groups not registered for a school program may not reserve lunch space.
Download a lunch menu or call 585-263-2700 for more information.
Cash, check (made payable to The Strong), money order, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card) may be used to pay for the entire group when you arrive for your lesson. Please consolidate payments for lessons into a single transaction. If you prefer to be billed, you must provide the museum with a copy of your purchase order.
Payment for pre-ordered school lunches must be made separately from payment for school lesson fees and may not be billed. If not paying with cash, please consolidate payment for your group’s lunch order into a single check or charge transaction. Please put lunch payment into a separate transaction and submit with lunch order form; do not combine with lesson payment.
- Discuss your plans and schedule with all chaperons and students prior to your visit. This helps everyone know what to expect.
- Create name tags. This will help personalize your visit.
- Review museum guidelines.
Please review these guidelines before your visit.
- Chaperons must stay with their group of children while at the museum and are responsible for the safety and behavior of those children.
- Chaperons must immediately report any emergency or child separated from their group to a museum staff member.
- Be considerate of other guests in the museum.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibits. They can damage exhibits and artifacts.
The museum encourages requests from schools and organizations serving individuals with special needs. Museum educators will adapt lessons to create a tailored experience for students. For more information, please call 585-263-2700 x335.
Homeschool students are encouraged to register for school lessons, Theme Days, and independent study programs. Museum educators will adapt educational offerings to suit homeschool student needs. For more information, please call 585-263-2700.
All school buses must enter the museum campus through the school group entrance located off Pitkin Street. After unloading, buses will be directed to the designated bus parking area. Parking is free.
All school groups arriving by car or on foot must enter the museum through the main public entrance. Parking is free.
Please print out a map with driving directions.
Museum security staff is certified in First Aid and CPR. If you need assistance, please notify a host (identified by their guest relations shirts, black pants, and museum name tags) or a security officer.