Media Calendar

Updated: May 18, 2017

 

The Strong® Museum
Exhibits and Events Calendar 
May Through December 2017 

Short-Term Exhibits

Raceway Arcade (Through September 4)
Play your way through the history of electronic driving games and learn about America’s long fascination with the need for speed at the original Raceway Arcade. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games in this highly interactive and artifact-rich exhibit designed for racing enthusiasts of all ages. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games®.

Upcoming Exhibits

Have a Ball (June 24–September 4)
Bounce through the history of the ball and learn about the importance of ball play as a universal social, cultural, and human experience. Explore the history and form of ball games—from baseball to ball-themed board games and video games—from around the world. Test your skills at a variety of redemption-style games such as Skee Ball and Hoop Fever. Step into the ball lab and explore how balls travel and float through pipes with the power of air. Explore the world-wide popularity of soccer and test your accuracy by aiming soccer balls in an oversized billiards game. Examine the evolution of rolling games, such as bocce and bowling. Move a robotic ball through a course of tracks, tunnels, ramps, and obstacles. Produced by The Strong. 

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer (September 16, 2017–January 1, 2018)
Transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Discover the power of team work with brothers Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello through collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles. Build a “bridge” and use creative thinking to solve problems. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, practice ninja speed and dexterity with computer games, and more! Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Nickelodeon. 

Long-Term Exhibits

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences 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.

America at Play Dive into the past and explore more than 300 years of play and pastimes. Discover hundreds of toys—both past and present—to see how play in America has changed and has stayed the same. 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. Trace the impact of World War II on toys and see a Buddy L wrecker truck made entirely out of wood. Play a three-person toy trivia game, test your memory with a touch-screen concentration game, and enjoy books about toys and play. Produced by The Strong.

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, turtles, birds, a chameleon, and other wildlife, and hundreds of colorful North American and tropical butterflies. (Additional admission charge of $5 for the butterfly garden for nonmembers and $4 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 with sand play, 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, 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.

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. Please note: One History Place is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen later in 2017.

Pinball Playfields Play your way through more than 80 years of pinball history and trace the evolution of the pinball playfield—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 one of only 250 produced X-Men Magneto: Limited Edition (2012), 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 Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The Toy Halls of Fame exhibit is produced by The Strong in cooperation with the Toy Association. This project is supported by New York State's Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Additional grant funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sponsored by Neil B. Friedman, Funrise Toy Corporation, Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc., The Hassenfeld Foundation, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., Tom & Karen Kalinske, LEGO Systems Inc., Mattel Children’s Foundation, Pressman Toy Corporation, Radio Flyer Inc., and Toys“R”Us, Inc.

DAILY EVENTS
May through December 2017

May 2017

1, 8, 15 & 22

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: Animal Pals. Go on the prowl for tales about wild animals and favorite pets. Included with general museum admission fees.

1, 8 & 15

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side. This three-hour experience for adults 55 and older includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute experience in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at museumofplay.org/visit/museum-mondays-seniors or by calling Guest Services at 585-263-2700.

4

Thursday—World Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees to the 2017 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.

6 & 7

Saturday & Sunday—World Video Game Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend. Celebrate past inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Pose for pictures with Sonic the Hedgehog, play in a real-life video game by going on an interactive quest through the museum, and craft your own 8-bit style classic video game characters using adhesive colored paper. Included with general museum admission fees.

8

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 1 listing.)

8

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See May 1 listing.)

13

Saturday—Fairy House Magic. Enjoy story readings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. with Fairy Houses book series author Tracy Kane. Meet Leafy the Fairy and receive a sprinkle of fairy dust for good luck. Delight in fairy-inspired music performed by Lyrics Arts Academy at 2 p.m. Try on a pair of wings and transform into a fairy, woodland sprite, or magical creature. Play with whimsical building blocks and fantasy-themed puppets including unicorns, dragons, and pixies. Visit the Discovery Garden to view whimsical fairy houses donated by artist Chris Pallace. Use inspiration from the magical day to build a fairy house for this year’s Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy Houses Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.

15

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 1 listing.)

15

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See May 1 listing.)

22

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 1 listing.)

June 2017

3

Saturday—Fit Kids Day. Run, hop, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun! Get active in the Fit Kids Fun Zone and get your muscles moving with four square and hopscotch. Discover areas to exercise from the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services. Find out where the Foodlink Curbside Market will be this summer, uncover the sugar levels in popular beverages, and learn about the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness program and enjoy a healthy snack courtesy of Wegmans. Included with general museum admission fees.

5

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: Fun in the Sun. Bask in summer-themed stories about seasonal activities and outdoor fun. Included with general museum admission fees.

15–25

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park. Swing in and test your strength on an indoor, action-packed adventure. Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges. This experience is for children ages four through 14. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members in addition to general museum admission fees.

24 & 25

Saturday & Sunday—Have a Ball! Exhibit Opening Celebration. Bounce through the history of the ball and learn about the importance of play as a universal, social, cultural, and human experience. Explore the history and form of ball games—from baseball and bocce to ball-themed board games and video games—from around the world. Opening weekend only, join Flower City Vaudeville for interactive juggling shows and demonstrations, use pipes to send a ball through a maze, and build a cup-and-ball toy to take home. Included with general museum admission fees.

July 2017

July 8 & 9–August 26 & 27

Saturdays & Sundays—New York State Summer of Fun. Play your way through the diverse regions of New York state. Create souvenirs, snap photos, and experience activities unique to each region. Discover the diverse regions in New York state with photo opportunities and interactive activities. Included with general museum admission fees.

12–24

Corn Hill 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 & 16

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

22 & 23

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

29 & 30

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

August 2017

5 & 6

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

12 & 13

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

19 & 20

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

26 & 27

Saturday & Sunday—New York State Summer of Fun. (See July 8 & 9 listing.)

September 2017

11, 18 & 25

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: Colors and Shapes. Explore books about fascinating hues and unique shapes.​ Included with general museum admission fees. 

16 & 17

Saturday & Sunday— Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer Exhibit Opening. Transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in a new exhibit. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, and more. Opening weekend only, take pictures with Michelangelo and Raphael. Included with general museum admission fees.

18

Monday—Storytime Club. (See September 11 listing.)

25

Monday—Storytime Club. (See September 11 listing.)

October 2017

1

Sunday—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 18th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees.

2, 16, 23 & 30

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: Magical Music. Groove to the beat with stories filled with rhythms and rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.

6

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

6

Friday—Play Ball. 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.

9

Monday (Columbus Day )—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Event. Meet a famous turtle and enjoy activities in conjunction with the Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

16

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

23

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

28 & 29

Saturday & Sunday—Family Halloween Event. Stop by the museum for Halloween activities for the whole family. Included with general museum admission fees.

30

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

31

Tuesday—Toddler Trick-or-Treat. The littlest ghosts and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come in costume and trick-or-treat for goodies—including crayons, gold coins, and temporary tattoos—with favorite storybook characters such as Little Bo Peep, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. Dance to Halloween music, play party games, decorate a treat bag, check out books at the Spooky Story Station, and make a scary craft.

November 2017

6, 13, 20 & 27

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: Giving Thanks. Delight in heartwarming tales about being thankful and showing gratitude. Included with general museum admission fees.

9

Thursday— National Toy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The 2017 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

TBD

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.

11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday— National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend. Honor the newly inducted toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Join Rochester LEGO Group and the community in a group build with thousands of LEGO pieces in the museum. Included with general museum admission fees.

13

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

18 & 19

Saturday & Sunday—In Another Galaxy Weekend. Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. Included with general museum admission fees.

20

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

23

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

27

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

December 2017

4, 11 & 18

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: Friends and Family. Celebrate the holiday season with stories about friendships and family. Included with general museum admission fees.

9 & 10

Saturday & Sunday—Frosty and Friends Weekend. Pose for pictures with favorite winter characters and princesses. Included with general museum admission fees.

11

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

18

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

23–January 1

December School Break. Stop into The Strong for activities centered on construction and building. Included with general museum admission fees.

24

Sunday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum closes at 4 p.m. for Christmas Eve.

25

Monday—Museum Closed. Museum closed for the Christmas holiday.

31

Sunday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum closes at 4 p.m. for New Year’s 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, the 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:

  • Holds 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
  • Provides more than 100,000 square-feet of dynamic, hands-on exhibits and displays of artifacts of play
  • Is home to 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 2017, the museum is closed only on October 6 (Play Ball Gala), November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day). The museum will close at 4 p.m. on July 4, 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 $14.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 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.