Little Builders Only through January 5

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

December 2, 2013

For Immediate Release

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

Little Buiilders press kit with images

Little Builders Open Only through January 5

at the National Museum of Play®

Time to get building! Slip on a construction vest, grab some orange cones, and head for the Little Builders exhibit at the National Museum of Play at The Strong before it continues on its national tour. The exhibit remains at The Strong only through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Explore concepts of construction, motion, and simple machines at more than 20 interactive stations designed especially for budding builders.

Construction Site:  Discover the physics of movement and cause and effect as you climb in, out, over, and under the four levels of the Construction Site; transport objects using a hand-operated pulley; build patterns in a brick wall; and “paint” a wall with rollers.

Structures: Explore the concepts involved in building including size, weight, shape, balance, gravity, and stability. Create houses and other structures using blocks, LEGO Duplo® bricks, and PVC pipes.

Aerodynamics: Experiment with the characteristics of moving air by inserting balls into vertical air chutes and watching them whiz through clear pipes and pop into a basket.

Cranes: Learn about mechanical physics by moving block cargo to a waiting flatbed car using a gantry crane. Rotate a miniature crane and raise and lower its hook to move blocks.

Simple Machines: Use plastic hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches at the Tool Wall. Drop plastic balls into a series of clear pipes and watch as they travel down a twisty path. Work together to move materials on a hand-operated conveyor belt.

Additional zones brimming with colorful, open-ended construction materials offer unique hands-

on building experiences for builders of all ages. Use BuilderBLOX to create mammoth structures; 

build with gigantic foam Imagination Playground cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders; and get creative with NoEnds hinged beams, perfect for building space rockets, forts, planes, boats, and whatever you can imagine!

Little Builders remains on view through January 5, 2014. The exhibit was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon.  


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.

General 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.