Royal Ball Weekend at the National Museum of Play March 3 & 4

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

February 9, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

The Royal Ball Weekend
at the National Museum of Play
March 3 & 4

Sound the royal trumpets! The Queen of Play requests your presence at the Royal Ball at The Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come dressed in your most regal attire, meet Her Majesty, and be whisked away to a royal court with live music, pageantry, and courtly dancing.

Try on real chainmail (and see how heavy it is!), enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and receive a bejeweled gift from The Fairy Godmother.

Nonesuch Early Music Ensemble invites you to enjoy sprightly dance tunes and soaring melodies. Ensemble performers include Mitzie Collins on hammered dulcimer and percussion instruments; John Heyer on the hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and recorders; and Roxanne Ziegler on Celtic harp and small percussion instruments. 

And if you don’t have royal garb, don’t worry! You can create your own majestic attire and adornments, including crowns, scepters, shields, and family crests.

Play The Knights of the Long Table, a Fat Brain Toy memory-matching game. Improve your hand-eye coordination with Nerf “archery” in Sherwood Forest, or tend to the dragons and unicorns in the Folkmanis puppet corner. On your way, stop by Rapunzel’s Hair Salon to have your hair braided.

On Saturday only, get caught up in the magic of Empire State Lyric Theatre’s, “Beauty and the Beast,” a one-act opera for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Stage direction by Alison Moritz and music direction by Lyndon Meyer.) The production is part of the Empire State Lyric Theatre’s First Annual Chamber Opera Festival, a celebration of chamber opera featuring performances, concerts, and master classes. Visit for more information.

All Royal Ball activities are 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.

Admission Fees:General admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children (2–15) $11, Children younger than two free, Museum members free.

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

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.