Media Calendar

Last Updated December 12, 2014

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The Strong Museum Exhibits and Events Calendar December 2014 through June 2015

Short-Term Exhibit
 

LEGO® Castle Adventure (Through February 1, 2015)

Hear ye, hear ye! Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO® bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Admire regal furnishings, including the family portrait and a decorative suit of armor—made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Take a tour of the king’s secret treasure room, dress in royal garb, build a LEGO brick topiary for the courtyard, and more. The exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in conjunction with LEGO Systems, Inc.

Upcoming Exhibits

 

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure (February 14–May 10, 2015)

Jump into the game and explore the culture and history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations at Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure. Travel from coast to coast learning about historical sites, iconic tourist destinations, and popular recreation and sports venues through hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and games, and a blend of classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions. Each section of the exhibit brims with activities specific to the customs and geography of regions across the country.

The Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit®, the associated logo, the distinctive design of the game board, trivia cards, game tokens, and scoring wedges are all trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. 1981, 2013 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.    

Boardwalk Arcade (May 30–September 7, 2015)

Step right up. This favorite summertime exhibit is back and better than ever! Celebrate seaside amusements in all their beeping, blipping, and vibrant glory. Stroll through a scene that evokes the heyday of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans flocked from around the country for good old summertime fun. Learn about the history of these popular amusements and their impact on American culture. Try your skill at arcade and redemption games, snap a photo with beach props and cut-outs, and much more. An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit (October 3, 2015–January 24, 2016)

This exciting exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids can step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school–in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through hands-on activities, kids use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! created by The Magic House® in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company

Long-Term Exhibits
 

American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil Meet Superman, Iron Man, Batman, and other comic book heroes in an exhibit that explores the history of superhero comic books in America. Climb up the side of a “building,” test your skills at Super Powers School, “fly” through the air like a superhero, and more. Kids will enjoy superhero dress up and role-play. Produced by The Strong.

The Berenstain Bears®: Down a Sunny Dirt Road An original exhibit straight from the pages of the beloved books. Step into the playful world of the Berenstain Bears including Main Street, Farmer Ben’s Farm, and Brother and Sister Bear’s Club Houses. Mama’s Quilt Shop, and Papa’s Workshop. Produced by The Strong in partnership with the Berenstain Family.

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Step onto Sesame Street and go hands-on with activities you see on television. Enter Elmo’s crayon-colored television world, experience the famous brownstone facade of 123 Sesame Street, see yourself on television with the Muppets, “drive” around Sesame Street in a big yellow taxicab, sell movie tickets at the Circle in the Square Cinema ticket booth, and more. Produced by The Strong in collaboration with Sesame Workshop.

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®  Enjoy tropical weather year-round when you visit this glass-enclosed butterfly garden filled with live foliage, a cascading waterfall, birds and other wildlife, and approximately 800 colorful North American and tropical butterflies. (Additional admission charge of $4 for the butterfly garden for nonmembers and $3 for members. Prices subject to change.)

eGameRevolution® Play your way through the history of video games from pioneer Ralph Baer’s first Brown Box game to today’s high-tech Xbox 360. Enter a recreated, old-fashioned video arcade featuring more than two dozen operating historic video games, or visit one of several emulator stations around the gallery and challenge yourself to more than 40 classic and contemporary PC and console games. You can also play Giant Tetris, Pac-Man Battle Royale, Boom Blox on Wii, and step lively on an LED Lightspace floor. Show off your pinball powers on classic machines such as TRON: Legacy and The Addams Family. Young children will especially enjoy creating artwork with oversized translucent pegs on a gigantic Lite Brite-like wall. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Field of Play Discover the power of play in human learning and development at a multimedia theater presentation. Then unleash your playful side: walk through a giant kaleidoscope and create and view your own kaleidoscope patterns, use pulleys to power balls through a gigantic overhead ball machine, “drive” a drag racer, lose all perspective in the exaggerated perspective room, climb a rock wall, relax in the Jellyfish Jungle, and so much more. Produced by The Strong.

Game Time! Move like a piece on a giant game board through three centuries of American games, puzzles, and public amusements at Game Time! Check out oversized versions of Connect Four, Rush Hour, and Battleship; and a flashing, electronic, big-screen toy bingo. Challenge yourself to a gaggle of games including Jenga, air hockey, dome hockey, paper football, pinball, word search games, tangrams, puzzles, and dominoes. Trace the history of board-, card-, and role-playing games through a multimedia timeline showcasing historic artifacts, photographs, advertisements, and videos. Produced by The Strong.

Kid to Kid Let your imagination roam freely through the world of communication. Climb aboard a giant helicopter and pilot the controls; prepare, stamp, weigh, and sort mail in the Kid to Kid post office; board a whaling ship; and so much more. Produced by The Strong.

Monopoly: An American Icon Discover the surprising story of one of America’s favorite games in this display of rare and historic versions of Monopoly never before gathered in one place. On view are significant landmark games including a 1913 John Heap Monopoly set, which was a key piece of evidence in a Monopoly copyright dispute, and two hand-made Monopoly sets by Charles Darrow (1933), who is credited with marketing and popularizing the game fans have come to know and love. Produced by
The Strong.

One History Place Amid original artifacts and reproductions, children explore mini-environments and get a taste of life as it was a century ago. Play dress up in the attic, plink piano keys in the parlor, “pump” water in the kitchen, and pretend to travel across the country at the train station. Produced by The Strong.

Play Pals Play house, heal a teddy bear, and save the world. Play Pals traces the evolution of dolls, action figures, toy soldiers, and plush animals through three centuries of American history. Step into a life-size dollhouse complete with kitchen, nursery, garden, and family car. Measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Steady your hand and test your reflexes with a teddy bear operation game. Create stories at the action adventure table with toy soldiers, superhero action figures, and ferocious dinosaurs. View unique artifacts from The Strong’s collections including an early G.I. Joe prototype, a 1930s velvet Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, and the German Bild Lilli doll—a doll that dramatically inspired the creation of Barbie. An original exhibit produced by The Strong. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area is generously sponsored by GUND®. Newborn Nursery baby dolls and clothing courtesy of the Madame Alexander Doll Company.

Rainbow Reef aquarium A 1,700-gallon coral reef tank displays a dazzling array of brilliantly colored fish, corals, anemones, shrimp, crabs, and other invertebrates. Come face-to-face with living creatures of the reef and observe their fascinating behaviors and marvelous survival adaptations. Additional aquarium tanks feature salt and fresh water fish environments.

Reading Adventureland Step into a life-sized pop-up book and follow the Yellow Brick Road into five literary landscapes from children’s books: Adventure Island (explore a pirate shipwreck, scale a cliff, and crawl through cave tunnels); Mystery Mansion (discover what lies behind the secret bookcase, decipher secret codes, and scour for clues like Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown); Fairy Tale Forest (cross the Troll Bridge, step into Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, visit the Fairy Tale Cottage, climb a Beanstalk to the Giant’s Castle, and sit at King Arthur’s Round Table); the Upside-Down Nonsense House (a topsy-turvy house filled with ridiculous rhymes, silly food—green eggs and ham anyone?—tongue twisters, and mirror illusions); and the Wizard’s Workshop (mix up a magic potion and make a wand, wizard hat, or playful puppet). Produced by The Strong.

Wegmans Super Kids Market In this exhibit kids run the store. Cruise the aisles and fill your cart with a selection of colorful produce that looks so real, you can almost taste it. Check out the kid-sized Market Café—complete with organic foods, prepared foods, a coffee bar, and sushi bar. A special themed toddler area features a miniature organic farm; and deli, meat, seafood, and bakery departments are filled with highly interactive stations for dramatic role-playing. Make a “brick oven” pizza, run the bakery, scan bar-coded products at six working check-out counters, and much more! Nearby, kids produce their own commercials and cooking shows in the WKID-TV station. Produced by The Strong in collaboration with Wegmans Food Markets.

TimeLab Travel through time as you explore changing American trends in food, fashion, music, and more. This learning laboratory brims with playful objects from America’s past and present including sports gear, photographs, shoes, and clothing. Enter TimeLab on the only operating time-travel machine in North America. Visit DanceLab where you can cast shadow patterns as you dance to music through the decades. Produced by The Strong.

Toy Halls of Fame (September 18, 2015—Permanent) The new, cutting-edge Toy Halls of Fame exhibit features five themed areas—imagine, create, build, move, and compete—where guests go hands-on with the toys beloved by generations. Displays featuring The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame inductees pair with displays featuring toy industry luminaries recognized by the Toy Industry of America’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

 

DAILY EVENTS
December 2014 through June 2015

DECEMBER 2014

 Dec. 20

Saturday—Reindeer Run. Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes kids’ race series. To register, please visit http://yellowjacketracing.com/events/reindeer-run/. Proceeds to benefit The Strong. Fees apply.

 Dec. 22–31

Monday–Wednesday—LEGO® Castle Adventure School–Break Week. Explore the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit, featuring LEGO® models of real-world castles created by LEGO Master Builders. Train like a knight in the Jousting Field, construct a virtual castle wall using 3-D computer technology, and admire royal furnishings including a decorative suit of armor—made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Get creative and construct your own paper building brick to take home. Try your hand at strategy games that have challenged people for centuries including Red Dragon, Nine Men’s Morris, puzzles, and an oversized game of chess. Included with general museum admission fees.

January 2015

Jan. 1–4

Thursday–Sunday—LEGO® Castle Adventure School–Break Week. Explore the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit, featuring LEGO® models of real-world castles created by LEGO Master Builders. Train like a knight in the Jousting Field, construct a virtual castle wall using 3-D computer technology, and admire royal furnishings including a decorative suit of armor—made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Get creative and construct your own paper building brick to take home. Try your hand at strategy games that have challenged people for centuries including Red Dragon, Nine Men’s Morris, puzzles, and an oversized game of chess. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 5 & 26

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Frosty Fun. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 10 & 11

Saturday & Sunday—Sprice: An Explosively Good Time! Get ready for some explosive fun with Sprice, a Rube Goldberg machine builder from Michigan and quarterfinalist from season eight of America’s Got Talent. Be amazed as he creates an enormous chain-reaction structure featuring a variety of materials and detonates them at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Then construct your own chain-reaction creation using everyday objects. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 12

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month: Fun with Storytelling. Create your own puppet for storytelling and take part in imaginative play using props and costumes.  Hear favorite stories including Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and retell them by acting them out. Tell stories using story stones and animal figures as characters. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 15

Thursday—Monster Truck & Driver Appearance. Stop by and see a monster truck, meet a professional monster truck driver, more. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 19

Monday—Celebrating Diversity. Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoy the interactive show “Championing Equality through the Power of Creativity” by Alfred University’s Art Force Five at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. See how creativity can help with problem-solving and encourage fairness and earn an Art Force badge. Leave a symbol of peace by creating a paper dove to hang in the museum. View a special comic book display by Art Force Five that illustrates America’s journey toward civil rights. This unique display includes more than 25 significant comic books, and tackles questions such as “Was Superman created to fight bullies?” and “Was Marvel’s Black Panther part of the Black Panther party?” Included with general museum admission fees.

 Jan. 21

Wednesday—Science of Living Things Homeschool Day. Participants will explore the wonder of living things as they observe and sketch plants and animals, act out the life cycle of a butterfly, meet real scientists, visit The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, and more. Advanced registration is required. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but participants may come and go at anytime during that timeframe. The fee for this program is $10 per student.

 Jan. 24 & 25

Saturday & Sunday—Under the Sea. Swim with mermaids, but keep an eye out for the Creature from the Black Lagoon! Meet the Pout-Pout Fish and enjoy story readings of The Pout-Pout Fish and Pout-Pout Fish and the Big, Big Dark. Groove to the sounds of steel drums by members of Alfred St. John’s Trinidad and Tobago Steel band, meet real underwater explorers and shipwreck hunters from Shipwreck World, and search for shells at the Kinetic Sand indoor beach. Create a life-sized drawing of yourself as a fanciful mermaid or sea creature; and make a delightful paper jellyfish, crab, or sea turtle to take home. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for the Kinetic Sand beach generously provided by Spin Master.

 Jan. 26

Monday—Storytime Club. (See January 5 listing.)

February 2015

 Feb. 2 & 23

Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Love Is in the Air. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 7 & 8

Saturday & Sunday—Abracadabra Weekend. Be amazed as Rochester’s premier comedic magician Bill Gormont performs astounding illusions and fantastical sleight-of-hand feats. Learn tricks of the trade—such as a vanishing coin and disappearing pencil—in the Magic Lab. Put on a magic show in the Kid to Kid theater, create a personalized magic wand and other magical props, and make and take home your own bag of tricks. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 9

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month: Playing With Math. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 14 & 15

Saturday & Sunday—Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure Exhibit Opening Weekend. Travel from coast to coast learning about historical sites, iconic tourist destinations, and popular recreation and sports venues through unique hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and games, and a blend of classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions. Discover unique customs and activities specific to each region of the United States. Learn about the 50 states with themed puzzles, games, and books. Mark your dream vacation destination on a map, play a game of Rochester trivia, and create a paper craft featuring two well known Rochester icons–white hots and lilacs. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 14­–22

Saturday–Sunday—Trivial Pursuit® School–Break Week. Jump into the game and explore history of the United States through dozens of interactive stations and classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions at the Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit. Play a game of Rochester trivia and guess the identity of local landmarks, people, and more. Craft a paper white hot and lilac, Rochester's famous food and flower. Then add a miniature magic carpet to a giant map to show which U.S. cities you would love to visit. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 16 Monday—Rochester Americans Meet and Greet. Meet a player from the Rochester Americans and the team mascot from 1 to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Feb. 23

Monday—Storytime Club. (See February 2 listing.)

March 2015

 Mar. 2, 16 & 23

Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Silly Seuss Stories. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Mar. 7 & 8

Saturday & Sunday—Royal Ball. Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, The Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Mar. 9

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Fairy-Tale Fun. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Mar. 14

Saturday—Shrek The Musical Jr. Preview. Enjoy a whimsical journey to a faraway kingdom as Allendale Columbia Middle School students perform selections from their spring musical Shrek The Musical Jr. Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the spotlight in this fun and funny musical based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Mar. 16

Monday—Storytime Club. (See March 2 listing.)

 Mar. 21

Saturday—Fit Kids Day. Jump, run, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun! Improve agility and coordination with oversized sports balls, learn how to turn plastic grocery bags into a jump rope, and perfect your aim in the Sport Zone. Join other museum guests for an indoor snowball fight and get snowboarding tips from experts from Bristol Mountain. Pick up a Passport to Family Wellness booklet and taste healthy snacks from Wegmans. Fit Kids Day is presented in cooperation with the Lets Move! Museum and Gardens initiative. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Mar. 23

Monday—Storytime Club. (See March 2 listing.)

 Mar. 28­–31

Saturday–Tuesday—Klutz® School–Break Week. Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

April 2015

 Apr. 1–5

Wednesday–Sunday—Klutz School–Break Week. Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz.

 Apr. 6, 20 & 27

Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Apr. 11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday—Superheroes Weekend. Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes seeing heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Swing in to meet Spider-Man on April 11 and fly over to see Iron Man on April 12. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Apr. 13

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Animal Pals. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Apr. 20

Monday—Storytime Club. (See April 6 listing.)

 Apr. 25 & 26

Saturday & Sunday—Discover the Digital Sandbox. Imagine, design and construct during a weekend inspired by online virtual communities such as Minecraft and Terraria, popular with school-age children. Come in costume, make a craft, and attend theatrical performances by Allendale Columbia School students. Included with general museum admission fees.

 Apr. 27

Monday—Storytime Club. (See April 6 listing.)

May 2015

 May 4 & 18

Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: In Bloom. Included with general museum admission fees.

 May 11

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Garden Science. Included with general museum admission fees.

 May 18

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 4 listing.)

 May 30 & 31

Saturday & Sunday—Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening. Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

June 2015

 June 1

Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Summertime Fun. Included with general museum admission fees.

 June 8

Monday—Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Month: Let’s Move, Let’s Play. Included with general museum admission fees.

 June 13 & 14

Saturday & Sunday—Fairy House Magic. Explore the mysterious miniature world of fairies, create magical dwellings, meet a woodland fairy, dress up like a pixie, and more. 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. Closed October 2, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day).

Admission Fees: (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

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.