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Saturday, April 12–Sunday, April 20

April School-Break Week

Celebrate the art of animation in conjunction with the Animation exhibit—open only through April 27. Get up close with animation sketches and movie cels from The Strong’s collections that include Disney classics such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, and Steamboat Willy. Challenge family members to guess popular cartoon characters by their silhouette only and match well-known quotes and phrases to the characters that coined them. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, April 21

Storytime Club: Celebrating Heroes

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, April 28

Storytime Club: Celebrating Heroes

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Celebrating Heroes. Included with general museum admission fees.

Sunday, May 4

Animation Exhibit Closing

Noon to 5 p.m.

Last chance to explore the science behind the art of animation amid colorful, larger-than-life graphics of popular characters from Cartoon Network. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, May 5

Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6: Spring Into Action

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month: Spring into Action. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday, May 10

Hometown Heroes

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet an EMT, firefighter, and police officer. See a performance by Allendale Columbia students celebrating the hero in everyone. Included with general museum admission fees.

 

 

 

Monday, May 12

Storytime Club: Spring Fling

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30. and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Spring Fling. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, May 19

Storytime Club: Spring Fling

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30. and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Spring Fling. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday, May 24

Boardwalk Arcade & Pinball Playfields Exhibit Opening

11 a.m. to 4 p.m

Step right up! Celebrate seaside amusements in all their beeping, blipping, vibrant glory. Stroll through a scene that evokes the heyday of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, and play your way through an all-new gallery of pinball machines. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, June 2

Storytime Club: Summertime Tales

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Summertime Tales. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8

Fairy House Magic

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

 

Meet Fairy Houses author Tracy Kane, learn how to build a fairy house, dress up like a pixie, and more. Enjoy an ethereal musical performance by Hochstein Scholarship Flute Choir on Saturday at 1 p.m. and be charmed by Hochstein Little Singers on Sunday at 1 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, June 9

Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6: Let's Move, Let's Play

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month: Let’s Move, Let’s Play. Included with general museum admission fees.

Thursday, June 19

Museum Closes at 3 p.m.

The museum closes at 3 p.m. today.

Friday, July 4–Monday, September 1

Summer of Farewell Parades

Join in a festive musical march through the museum galleries. Included with general museum admission fees.

Tuesday, July 15–Sunday, July 27

Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy Houses Display

Flutter over to see a whimsical display of the 10 winning fairy houses from the Corn Hill Arts Festival. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, July 28

Rochester Red Wings Meet and Greet

11 a.m.–noon.

Meet a player from the Rochester Red Wings and receive his autograph. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14

Over the Rainbow Weekend

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Skip down the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy and friends, create rainbow works of art, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, September 15

Storytime Club: Making Friends

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, September 22

Storytime Club: Making Friends

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, September 29

Storytime Club: Making Friends

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

Wednesday, October 1

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 15th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5

LEGO Castle Adventure Exhibit Opening

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Opening weekend only, make LEGO-inspired crafts and enjoy an amazing display of LEGO trains, buildings, and detailed scenes by the LEGO Users of Central New York. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, October 6

Storytime Club: Autumn Adventures

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, October 13

Columbus Day Celebration

Construct a castle using oversized cardboard blocks in conjunction with the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, October 20

Storytime Club: Autumn Adventures

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26

Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Calling all witches, princesses, and superheroes! Come dressed in your Halloween costume, dance to Halloween tunes, make a spooky craft, and enjoy performances by Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, October 27

Storytime Club: Autumn Adventures

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Autumn Adventures. Included with general museum admission fees.

Friday, October 31

Toddler Trick-or-Treat Party

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Halloween activities and prizes for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, November 3

Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

Thursday, November 6

National Toy Hall of Fame Induction

10:30 a.m.

The 2014 toy honorees are revealed at a public ceremony that takes place in the National Toy Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9

National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

A weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, November 10

Storytime Club

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

Tuesday, November 11

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.

Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16

In Another Galaxy Weekend

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction movie character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. or Disney. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, November 17

Storytime Club

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

Monday, November 24

Storytime Club

10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.