Media Calendar

Updated: April 18, 2016

 

The Strong Museum
Exhibits and Events Calendar 
April Through December 2016 

Short-Term Exhibits

Hot Wheels: Race to Win (Through April 24, 2016) 
Put the pedal to the metal and explore all that goes into the sport of racing behind-the-scenes—including the design, development, and testing of cutting-edge car technology—in a quest for record-breaking speed and precision. Become part of the race team and burn up the track in four immersive environments that simulate a racing garage and a trackside pit. Race a Hot Wheels diecast car down an adjustable track and then take the pit stop tire change challenge! View authentic racing gear, investigate the scientific process for designing super-fast cars, and more. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. HOT WHEELS and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel. © 2016 Mattel. All Rights Reserved. 

Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System (Through April 24, 2016) 
Explore the history of Nintendo and trace the evolution of its groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Learn about Nintendo’s storied past as a producer of games, toys, and other playthings by viewing unique Nintendo-produced artifacts from The Strong’s collections. See original NES hardware design documents and watch a video of Masayuki Uemura, the NES hardware designer, talk about his career and the development of the system. Jump into the action with playable original games, including Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3. Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System is an original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. 

 

Upcoming Exhibits

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (April 16, 2016–permanent)
Learn about luminaries of the video game industry and explore their award-winning creations at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) exhibit, which recognizes outstanding achievements for interactive entertainment and showcases recipients of both the Academy’s D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards and its Special Awards. Scroll through an interactive, touch-screen timeline to learn about D.I.C.E. award recipients across multiple categories, including computer and console game of the year. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. 

Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns (June 11–September 5, 2016)
Zoom into the imaginative universes of popular science-fiction series at the new, original Robots, Rockets, and Ray Guns exhibit. Learn about the ways that science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Become part of a science-fiction scene and take photographs to share with family and friends. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; a time machine; and a giant version of Space Invaders. Discover unique artifacts from the Strong’s collections, such as ray guns, toy rockets, and popular science fiction characters, from Buck Rogers to Transformers.

The Force at Play (June 11–September 5, 2016)
Explore how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including original Kenner Star Wars action figures and spaceships, LEGO sets, an original video depicting the making of the first Star Wars video games, and video game design documents. Also, play arcade video games, such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Battle Pod. Produced by The Strong.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice (September 24, 2016–January 8, 2017)
Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum.

America at Play (December 10, 2016–Permanent)
Trace the history of 300 years of play in America—from the introduction of mass-manufactured toys to the video game revolution. View rare artifacts and national treasures from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, including the first, handmade Monopoly set by Charles Darrow, who popularized the game. See what’s new in The Strong’s collections with rotating displays featuring themes such as Dungeons and Dragons, Japanese video games, and miniature rooms. Play a two-person toy trivia game, watch oral histories of play memories, and enjoy books about toys and play. Produced by The Strong.

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.

Build, Drive, Go Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to planes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). Produced by The Strong.

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 1,000 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. Play rare game such as Giant Tetris—the only machine of its kind available for play in all of North America—or gobble up opponents on Pac-Man Battle Royale, the first four-player Pac-Man game. Join in dodge ball and other games on an LED Lightspace floor. Young children will especially enjoy creating artwork with oversized pegs on a gigantic Lite Brite-like pixel wall. See a display honoring the inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame®. 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.

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.

Pinball Playfields Play your way through more than 80 years of pinball history and trace the evolution of the pinball —the surface where the ball ricochets through a maze of lights and obstacles to rack up points—from countertop games of the 1930s to the sophisticated electronic versions that remain popular today. View other unique artifacts, including playfield prototypes, original sketches by pinball-machine designers, and more from The Strong’s collections. Play some of Stern Pinball’s most exciting recent games, including X-Men Magneto: Limited Edition (2012) (one of only 250 produced), Wrestlemania (2015), Kiss (2015), and the brand-new fantasy-filled Game of Thrones: Limited Edition (2015), part of the Stern Pinball Cluster. Produced by The Strong and sponsored in part by Stern Pinball, Inc. ​

Play Pals Play house, heal a teddy bear, and save the world. Step into a life-size dollhouse; 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; and 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 others. Produced by The Strong. 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.

Toy Halls of Fame Climb the exhibit staircase and view a gallery of 21 portraits of classic toys, some that move and interact with guests in humorous ways and marvel at a digital Jack-in-the-Box that displays animated favorite toy characters. Step up to a 20-foot bubble tower and create virtual bubbles that can be moved and popped by motion-capture technology; orchestrate a dazzling music and light show with the Crayon Piano; and pose in front of an oversized Etch A Sketch for a virtual portrait that can be shared with friends and family. Use Kinect motion control to play with classic toys and Crayon easels in a 24-foot virtual play room. Marvel at a 20-foot-tall kinetic toy sculpture made up of building blocks, balls, a toy car race track, and more. Learn about inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame and toy industry luminaries recognized by the Toy Industry of America’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The Toy Halls of Fame exhibit is produced by The Strong in cooperation with the Toy Industry Association.

 

 

DAILY EVENTS
April through December 2016
April 2016

1–30

Best of the Fest. Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaboration with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children and screened at the museum in support of the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

4, 18 & 25

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: New Beginnings. Delight in vibrant stories that celebrate the beginning of spring. Included with general museum admission fees. 

8

Muppets, Fraggles, and Beyond: The Jim Henson Collection. Explore the creative legacy of Jim Henson, legendary puppeteer and Hollywood icon. View dozens of licensed products donated by the Henson family, such as coloring books, activity books, board games, card games, video games, stuffed animals, puppets, jigsaw puzzles, play sets, music boxes, collecting cards, hats, calendars, and household decorations. The artifacts showcase many of Henson’s popular characters such as Big Bird and Grover from Sesame Street and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Included with general museum admission fees.

9 & 10

Saturday & Sunday—Superheroes Weekend. Do-gooders unite for a hero-filled weekend that includes heroic characters, superhero training, and a variety of other superhero-themed activities. Meet two of Marvel Comic’s official superheroes—Spider-Man swings in on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 to 5 p.m. and Iron Man rockets in on Sunday from 12:15 to 5 p.m. New this year: timed superhero meet and greets! Pose for a picture with a superhero at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the Caterpillar Atrium the day of the event. Tickets are available one hour prior to designated superhero appearance times while supplies last. Both days, visit with PBS Kids’ Super Why until 4 p.m. and celebrate with finalists from The Strong Facebook comic book costume contest. Receive drawing and writing tips from professional artists, check out original art, and view an engaging display of comic books spanning nearly 50 years created by Alfred University. Included with general museum admission fees.

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: Things that Go. Fly, ride, or zoom in for a day of movement activities, stories, and imaginative play related to transportation. Included with general museum admission fees.

16

Saturday—A Midsummer Night’s Dream Preview. In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing, the New York State Ballet performs selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at noon and 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

16

Saturday—Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Exhibit Opening. Learn about luminaries in the video game industry and explore their award-winning creations at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) exhibit, which recognizes outstanding achievements within interactive entertainment and showcases recipients of both the Academy’s D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards and its Special Awards. Scroll through an interactive, touch-screen timeline to learn about D.I.C.E. award recipients across multiple categories, including computer and console game of the year. Included with general museum admission fees.

 

18

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

22

Friday—Earth Day with the ScrapKins. Join Brian Yanish, creator of the Recycled Arts Program ScrapKins, for a pop-up recycling workshop and book signing. Rethink the way you see “junk” and learn how to turn ordinary household items into fun interactive art. Celebrate the release of Brian’s new book ScrapKins Junk Re-thunk and meet Itcher, one of six characters in the ScrapKins book series who build their world out of the things we throw away. Included with general museum admission fees.

23 & 24

Saturday & Sunday—Soccer Smash Weekend. Bounce into The Strong for a weekend full of soccer fun! See the Rochester premiere of the full-length, family-friendly animated film Seleccion Canina (K9 World Cup). Discover how a soccer team made up of canines learns how the road to glory depends on teamwork. Enjoy the Spanish-language version of the film at 12:30 p.m. and the English-language version at 3 p.m. each day. Award-winning director Ricardo Arnaiz, who visited The Strong in 2014 to premiere his El Americano film, will return to introduce each screening and speak to guests about the film-making and translation processes that helped bring Seleccion Canina (K9 World Cup) to life. Seating for the full-length movie screenings is limited. Included with general museum admission fees.

24

Sunday—Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit Closing. Last chance to enjoy hands-on experiences with Hot Wheels diecast cars and view authentic race gear. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of racing and investigate the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. HOT WHEELS and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel. © 2015 Mattel. All Rights Reserved. Included with general museum admission fees.

24

Sunday—Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment Sytem Exhibit Closing. Don’t miss your last chance to explore the history of Nintendo and trace the evolution of its groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Included with general museum admission fees.

25

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

May 2016

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: Pet Tales. Enjoy books about pets of all kinds including dogs, cats, and birds. Included with general museum admission fees. 

5

Thursday—World Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees to second class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame will be announced at a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees. 

7

Saturday—Little Red Robin Hood and Xylophone Performances. Enjoy performances of Little Red Robin Hood presented by Genesee Community College Forum Player Theatre Ensemble at 1 and 3 p.m. The College at Brockport Xylophone Ensemble performs live at noon and 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. 

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: Let’s Move. Get moving with activities and games that promote healthy play and eating. Included with general museum admission fees.

14 & 15

Saturday & Sunday— Supercalifragilistic Weekend. Fly in and celebrate beloved nanny Mary Poppins! Meet and take photos with Mary Poppins, make a mini kite to take home, and decorate your own unique Mary Poppins hat. See what is stowed in Mary Poppins’ carpetbag. Create sidewalk chalk drawings (outdoor activity, weather permitting). Enjoy a fanciful carousel ride—free with paid admission—just like Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael enjoyed in the Mary Poppins movie. Included with general museum admission fees.

16

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

23

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

June 2016

4

Saturday—Rochester Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day is a community-wide educational program that introduces youth to the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start, own, and operate their own business—a lemonade stand. The Strong will host a lemonade stand run by a group of Monroe County youth who participated in the Rochester Lemonade Day program organized by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE). All proceeds from the stand go back to the youth who developed and run the stand. Fees apply.

6

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. Explore the wonders of nature through stories and engaging hands-on activities about plants and seeds. Included with general museum admission fees.

6

Monday—Adult Program: Collector’s Corner. 1 p.m. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the life and dreams of one of Rochester’s foremost collectors. Who was Margaret Woodbury Strong, and how did her life and collections inspire The Strong museum? A museum archivist introduces you to the museum’s founder through documents, photographs, and other archival materials. Discover how Margaret set the wheels in motion for what would become the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, and other historic materials related to play at The Strong—the largest museum in the world dedicated to the study and exploration of play. $15 per person; registration required. Call 585-263-2700 to register.

11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday—Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns Exhibit Opening. Learn about the ways that science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; a time machine; and a giant version of Space Invaders. Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia, and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Come in costume or visit the alien dress-up area to transform into a creature from a faraway planet. Included with general museum admission fees.

11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday—The Force at Play Exhibit Opening. Learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including original Kenner Star Wars action figures and spaceships, LEGO sets, an original video depicting the making of the first Star Wars video games, and video game design documents. Also, play arcade video games, such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Battle Pod. Opening weekend only, meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum in full Star Wars regalia and say “nuqneh” (hi in Klingon) to popular characters from other well-known science-fiction universes. Included with general museum admission fees.

13, 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: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Included with general museum admission fees. 

20

Monday—Storytime Club. (See June 13 listing.)

27

Monday—Storytime Club. (See June 13 listing.)

July 2016

9 & 10

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

12–29

Tuesday–Sunday—Cornhill Arts Festival Fairy House Display. View an award-winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees. 

15

Koo Koo Kanga Roo Concert. Join interactive dance party duo, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, for a colorful interactive performance of silly sing-a-long songs. Koo Koo Kanga Roo partners with GoNoodle, a brain break website for teachers and parents, providing short fun videos that engage kids in physical activity aiming to help kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

16 & 17

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

23 & 24

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

30 & 31

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

August 2016

6 & 7

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

13 & 14

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

20 & 21

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

27 & 28

Saturday & Sunday—Sci-fi Summer Weekend. Zoom into the imaginative universes of science-fiction at the new, original Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit and enjoy sci-fi activities most weekends all summer long. Included with general museum admission fees.

September 2016

5

Monday—Rockets, Robots & Ray Guns Exhibit Closing. Last chance to learn about the ways that science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key themes such as space heroes, robots, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Become part of a science-fiction scene and take photographs to share with family and friends. Try your hand at interactive elements, including science-fiction arcade games, such as Tron, Johnny Mnemonic, and Terminator 2; magnetic puzzles; an alien art gallery; a time machine; and a giant version of Space Invaders. Discover unique artifacts from the Strong’s collections, such as ray guns, toy rockets, and popular science fiction characters, from Buck Rogers to Transformers. Included with general museum admission fees.

5

Monday—The Force at Play Exhibit Closing. Last chance to learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including original Kenner Star Wars action figures and spaceships, LEGO sets, an original video from the making of the first Star Wars video games, and video game design documents. Also, play arcade video games, such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Battle Pod. Included with general museum admission fees.

12, 19 & 26

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: New Beginnings. Enjoy heartwarming tales about trying new things and making friends. Included with general museum admission fees. 

17 & 18

Saturday & Sunday—Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Celebration. Meet and pose for pictures with iconic video game character Sonic the Hedgehog and celebrate his 25th anniversary with related activities and crafts. Included with general museum admission fees.

19

Monday—Storytime Club. (See September 12 listing.)

24 & 25

Saturday & Sunday—Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Exhibit Opening. Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum. Included with general museum admission fees.

26

Monday—Storytime Club. (See September 12 listing.)

October 2016

3, 17 & 24

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: Autumn Adventures. Delight in stories about outdoor play and the changing seasons. Included with general museum admission fees. 

5

Wednesday—Balloons Around the World. Be amazed as local balloon artists, including Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, create a large balloon sculpture to help celebrate the 17th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees.

10

Saturday—Columbus Day: Explore New Worlds. In the tradition of exploration, discover the folklore and culture of China with Aurora Over the Silk Road and other activities. Included with general museum admission fees.

17

Monday—Storytime Club. (See October 3 listing.)

24

Monday—Storytime Club. (See October 3 listing.)

21

Friday—Play Ball Gala. Attend Rochester’s most playful gala for grown-ups only—the Play Ball! Explore the museum while enjoying great entertainment, live and silent auctions, delicious food, and creative cocktails. Proceeds from The Play Ball benefit The Strong’s educational mission. Fees apply.

21

Friday— Museum Closed. Museum is closed for the Play Ball Gala.

24

Monday—Storytime Club. (See October 3 listing.)

29 & 30

Saturday & Sunday—M is For Monster. Say hello to the Furry Red Monster and other lovable creatures. Included with general museum admission fees.

31

Monday—Toddler Trick-or-Treat. Halloween activities and prizes for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

November 2016

5 & 6

Saturday & Sunday—Dinosaur Event. Enjoy special activities in conjunction with the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit. Go back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land and get up close with touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes—including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Uncover fossils with brushes, create drawings of dinosaur environments, venture into a volcano with oozing lava, try on prehistoric insect costumes, and more. Produced by the Discovery Children’s Museum. Included with general museum admission fees.

7, 14 & 21

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: Fun with Food. Gather around for stories about healthy eating and family cooking. Included with general museum admission fees. 

10

Thursday—National Toy Hall of Fame Induction. The 2016 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony that takes place at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

11

Friday (Veteran’s Day)—Get Ready for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Storytelling, dance, and theater presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of The Nutcracker, featuring members of the Rochester City Ballet, and A Christmas Carol, featuring actors from Geva Theatre Center. Included with general museum admission fees.

12–13

Saturday & Sunday—National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration. Honor the toys newly inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Included with general museum admission fees.

14

Monday—Storytime Club. (See November 7 listing.)

21

Monday—Storytime Club. (See November 7 listing.)

24

Thursday—Museum Closed. Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 2016

3

Saturday—Fit Kids Day. Jump, run, or slide into the museum for fitness fun! Perfect your aim in the Let’s Move! Sports Zone, learn about healthy food choices and creative ways to get moving. Fit Kids Day is presented in cooperation with the Lets Move! Museum and Gardens initiative. Included with general museum admission fees

5 & 12

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: Holiday Joy. Celebrate the season with tales about traditions and treats. Included with general museum admission fees.

10

Saturday—America at Play Exhibit Opening. Trace the history of 300 years of play in America—from the introduction of mass-manufactured toys to the video game revolution. View rare artifacts and national treasures from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, including the first, handmade Monopoly set by Charles Darrow, who popularized the game. See what’s new in The Strong’s collections with rotating displays featuring themes such as Dungeons and Dragons, Japanese video games, and miniature rooms. Play a two-person toy trivia game, watch oral histories of play memories, and enjoy books about toys and play. Included with general museum admission fees.

12

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

TBD

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

24

Saturday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum is closing at 4 p.m. for Christmas Eve.

25

Sunday—Museum Closed. Museum is closed for the Christmas holiday.

26–31

Dinosaurs School Break Week. Enjoy dinosaur-themed activities in conjunction with the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

31

Saturday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum is closing at 4 p.m. for New Years Eve.

 

 

About The Strong

 

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.

Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

Facts about The Strong: 

  • Has the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, electronic games, and other historical materials related to play—more than 450,000 items
  • Is the largest cultural attraction in all of Western New York
  • Occupies a 285,000-square-foot facility on 13.5 acres
  • Has more than 100,000 square-feet of dynamic, hands-on exhibits and displays of artifacts of play
  • Has upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden

For more information about the museum, please visit museumofplay.org. Public programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong. 

 

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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. The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. During 2016, the museum is closed only on October 21 (Play Ball Gala), November 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and December 25 (Christmas Day). The museum will close at 4 p.m. on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Years Eve) and will open at noon on January 1 (New Years Day).

Admission Fees: (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14, 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 during regular museum hours. 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.