Buggy Bonanza at The Strong May 16

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

April 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325, kdellaporta@museumofplay.org

Buggy Bonanza
at The Strong Museum
May 16

Unearth the fascinating world of bugs and plants during Buggy Bonanza at The Strong museum on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy nature-related educational talks, hands-on play, and more.

View bug specimens and unusual flora such as a “resurrection plant,” which curls into a tight ball during dry weather and turns green and uncurls when exposed to moisture. Guests may also view carnivorous plants and a “living stone,” a plant that avoids being eaten by blending in with surrounding rocks.

Learn about bees with experts from Sweet Beez, try on beekeeper gear, and view an observation hive that houses more than 15,000 live bees. Located in Rochester, SweetBeez is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a stronger honeybee population, while educating and empowering local communities.

Meet representatives from the Lost Ladybug Project whose goal is to explore how the North American ladybug species composition is changing.  To find out more, visit www.lostladybug.org.

Did you know that The Strong is a certified monarch butterfly way station? The museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden provides essential resources for butterflies and other wildlife. The garden is filled with trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and ground cover selected specifically to attract butterflies, birds, and other creatures. Wander down twisting paths, find hidden nooks, and discover more than 300 varieties and species of plants. Inside the museum, try on butterfly and insect wings in the dress up area, make a bug-inspired craft, and play with a variety of delightful insect and animal toys in the Bug Zone Play Area.

Also, enjoy half-price admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. (Limited quantity. Timed tickets available for purchase at the museum admissions desk.)

All other Buggy Bonanza activities are included with general admission fees.

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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.

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 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.