Nutcracker, Christmas Carol, and More in November

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

October 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

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

The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol
Meet Little Red Riding Hood
at the National Museum of Play® November 12 (Veterans Day)

Note to Editors: November 2: Eastman School Performance: Join Eastman School of Music students for a family concert followed by Q&A on Friday, November 2 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. (The museum is open until 8 p.m. every Friday evening, so there is ample time to visit museum exhibits—including the new Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit—before or after the concert.) The Eastman School performance is included with general museum admission fees.


ROCHESTER, New York—The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol meet Little Red Riding Hood in a day filled with music, dance, and storytelling at the National Museum of Play at The Strong on Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Get Ready for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol: Preview two magical holiday favorites featuring performers from Rochester City Ballet and Geva Theatre Center. Check out an excerpt from The Nutcracker performed by costumed dancers from Rochester City Ballet. The dance excerpt is presented in conjunction with six upcoming performances of Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet, brought to life by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rochester City Ballet at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25. A costumed cast member from Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol will be on hand to read selections from the Charles Dickens’ classic about a man rediscovering the true spirit of the holiday season. The appearance is presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center from Friday, November 23, to Sunday, December 23.
    • Meet Nancy Wiley, the artist behind the Little Red Riding Hood storybook display at the National Museum of Play: View original, three-dimensional artwork from Wiley’s lavishly illustrated book, Little Red Riding Hood, and check out fairy-tale items from The Strong’s renowned collection of toys and artifacts, including historic versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Kids can grab a cape, picnic basket, hunter’s vest and other colorful costumes and act out the tale using puppets in the museum’s Kid to Kid theater. Embellish your own Red Riding Hood or Wolf paper dolls (designed by the author). The Little Red Riding Hood display is open through January 5, 2013. Learn more about Wiley at:

All Veteran's Day activities are included with general museum admission fees.



Note to Calendar Editors: General museum admission fees to National Museum of Play change as of November 1, 2012.

Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13, 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.