Calendar

So much fun, so close to home! Unless otherwise noted, special events typically end by 4 p.m. and are included with general museum admission fees.

Programs underwritten in part by official airline of The Strong.

April

21
Sunday, April 21

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

21
Sunday, April 21

Get bendy with Tangle Creations, the twisty toys that provide a therapeutic outlet for the imagination! Go hands-on with a variety of the popular Tangle types, test your skills trying to read tricky tongue twisters, build a twisty toy masterpiece at craft tables, and turn yourself upside down in a classic game of Twister, inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

22
Monday, April 22

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

22
Monday, April 22
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus entry into the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. 

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling 585-263-2700. This program is for adults age 55 and older. Photo ID may be requested at check-in. 

22
Monday, April 22
10:30 & 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. Every first Monday of the month, check out special activities to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. This month: Welcome Spring. Learn about activities to enjoy during the spring season. April 8 only, meet Moose from the Rochester Americans. 

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Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

23
Tuesday, April 23

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

24
Wednesday, April 24

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

24
Wednesday, April 24
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

25
Thursday, April 25

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

26
Friday, April 26

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

27
Saturday, April 27

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

27
Saturday, April 27
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Discover the magic of Neverland. Get a sprinkle of fairy dust from Tinker Bell, meet Peter Pan, enjoy a story reading with Wendy Darling, and take part in a treasure hunt. Visit the Neverland play area and try on fairy wings and pirate hooks, go behind the wheel of the Jolly Roger, and more. Meet with representatives from the Corn Hill Arts Festival and learn how you can build your own fairy house and submit it to the 2019 Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

28
Sunday, April 28

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

28
Sunday, April 28
1–4 p.m.

Discover the magic of Neverland. Get a sprinkle of fairy dust from Tinker Bell, meet Peter Pan, enjoy a story reading with Wendy Darling, and take part in a treasure hunt. Visit the Neverland play area and try on fairy wings and pirate hooks, go behind the wheel of the Jolly Roger, and more. Meet with representatives from the Corn Hill Arts Festival and learn how you can build your own fairy house and submit it to the 2019 Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

28
Sunday, April 28
Noon–4 p.m.

Scout troops can flutter into the museum for a behind-the-scenes experience in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a classroom-style talk with The Strong’s biologist, who will provide fascinating facts and information about butterflies. Stroll through Upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden featuring hundreds of butterflies and tropical flowers. Design a butterfly feeder for your yard. This experience includes general museum admission to explore other exhibits, including Imagination Destination, Toy Halls of Fame, and Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit.

Registration is required. Space is limited. This program is for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in kindergarten through grade 3. Troop leaders can call 585-263-2700 to register their group. 

28
Sunday, April 28
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Purchase a toy from the museum shop and donate it to the Pirate Toy Fund to receive 20% off your entire purchase. Some exclusions apply. Please note: the museum exhibits opens at noon. 

29
Monday, April 29

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

30
Tuesday, April 30

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

May

1
Wednesday, May 1

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

1
Wednesday, May 1
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

2
Thursday, May 2

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

2
Thursday, May 2
10:30 a.m.

Be part of the excitement when the 2019 video game honorees are revealed in a public ceremony. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

3
Friday, May 3

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

4
Saturday, May 4

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

4
Saturday, May 4
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate the newest inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Dance to live music performed by three-man band Glitch from 1 to 4 p.m. as they feature music and trivia from classic video games. Take pictures with costumed members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cosplay Group. Saturday only, enjoy a family-friendly performance of Story Quest: Escape from Video Game Land at 2 p.m. presented by the College at Brockport and Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

5
Sunday, May 5

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

5
Sunday, May 5
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the newest inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Dance to live music performed by three-man band Glitch from 1 to 4 p.m. as they feature music and trivia from classic video games. Take pictures with costumed members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cosplay Group.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

6
Monday, May 6

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

6
Monday, May 6
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus a 20-minute guided tour beginning at 11:30 a.m. about museum founder and philanthropist Margaret Woodbury Strong.

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling 585-263-2700. This program is for adults age 55 and older. Photo ID may be requested at check-in. 

6
Monday, May 6
10:30 & 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. Every first Monday of the month, check out special activities to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. This month: Baby Animals. Uncover facts about animals and how they grow up. 

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Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

7
Tuesday, May 7

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

8
Wednesday, May 8

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

8
Wednesday, May 8
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

9
Thursday, May 9

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

10
Friday, May 10

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

10
Friday, May 10

Explore the evolution of Sesame Street in a new display in the America at Play exhibit. Check out design concepts and illustrations from American artist, inventor, and designer Bonnie Erickson, who developed toys and other products for Sesame Street. View artifacts donated by the family of Jim Henson, who created the puppet cast for the show, including iconic characters Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and more.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

11
Saturday, May 11

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

12
Sunday, May 12

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

13
Monday, May 13

Marvel at more than 150 orchids on display in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Enjoy a rare opportunity to get up close to a variety of colorful orchids from all over the world, including Central and South America and Asia, and take pictures as butterflies rest on the flowers. Garden admission fees apply. Presented in memory of Carol D. Simmons.

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

13
Monday, May 13
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus entry into the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. 

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling 585-263-2700. This program is for adults age 55 and older. Photo ID may be requested at check-in. 

13
Monday, May 13
10:30 & 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. Every first Monday of the month, check out special activities to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. This month: Baby Animals. Uncover facts about animals and how they grow up. 

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Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

15
Wednesday, May 15
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

18
Saturday, May 18
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Join The Strong in celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street! Meet with walkaround Abby Cadabby from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Pose for a picture with the fairy-in-training at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the museum’s Adams Atrium the day of the event, while supplies last. All weekend long, take part in an active reading of The Monster at the End of this Book, get pumped up with activities that keep you moving such as flying into a game of Super Grover Says, and work with museum guests to create a pretend chocolate chip cookie cake to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Act out your favorite scenes from Sesame Street television episodes in the puppet play area and create a magic wand inspired by Abby Cadabby.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

19
Sunday, May 19
1–4 p.m.

Join The Strong in celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street! Meet with walkaround Abby Cadabby from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Pose for a picture with the fairy-in-training at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the museum’s Adams Atrium the day of the event, while supplies last. All weekend long, take part in an active reading of The Monster at the End of this Book, get pumped up with activities that keep you moving such as flying into a game of Super Grover Says, and work with museum guests to create a pretend chocolate chip cookie cake to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Act out your favorite scenes from Sesame Street television episodes in the puppet play area and create a magic wand inspired by Abby Cadabby.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

20
Monday, May 20
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet history’s playful side at The Strong. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus entry into the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. 

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling 585-263-2700. This program is for adults age 55 and older. Photo ID may be requested at check-in. 

20
Monday, May 20
10:30 & 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. Every first Monday of the month, check out special activities to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. This month: Baby Animals. Uncover facts about animals and how they grow up. 

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Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

22
Wednesday, May 22
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

27
Monday, May 27

Don’t miss your last chance to explore Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit at The Strong. Be magically transported to the backyard of Doc McStuffins and help her diagnose her toy patients and fix problems, such as loose stitching and low batteries. Groom toy pets at the Pet Vet, feed baby toys in the Nursery, put your pets through a CAT scan machine, and more.

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

29
Wednesday, May 29
Noon

Visit Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for a special presentation with butterfly garden staff. Learn about the creatures that call the garden their home.  

Purchase general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​

June

3
Monday, June 3
10:30 & 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. Every first Monday of the month, check out special activities to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. This month: Summer Adventures. Enjoy books about traveling to new places and exploring the outdoors. 

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Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

8
Saturday, June 8
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Swim in for the kickoff of Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! Dive into an underwater world and explore ocean habitats, meet fascinating creatures, and use the powers of science and teamwork to help brother Chris and Martin Kratt solve problems, help animals, and fend off villains. Opening weekend only, discover fascinating facts about the fish in The Strong’s Rainbow Reef from a museum biologist and watch fish feedings. Learn about scuba diving with staff from the Aquatic Center of Rochester, make a life-sized drawing of yourself as a marine explorer or sea creature, and share a story of an underwater adventure in the puppet play area. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

8
Saturday, June 8
9–10 a.m.

Members: Delight in experiencing the Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! before the museum opens to the general public. Valid membership and photo I.D. are required. 

9
Sunday, June 9
1–4 p.m.

Swim in for the kickoff of Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! Dive into an underwater world and explore ocean habitats, meet fascinating creatures, and use the powers of science and teamwork to help brother Chris and Martin Kratt solve problems, help animals, and fend off villains. Opening weekend only, discover fascinating facts about the fish in The Strong’s Rainbow Reef from a museum biologist and watch fish feedings. Learn about scuba diving with staff from the Aquatic Center of Rochester, make a life-sized drawing of yourself as a marine explorer or sea creature, and share a story of an underwater adventure in the puppet play area. 

Purchase general museum or general museum admission with butterfly garden tickets now.​​

9
Sunday, June 9
11 a.m.–noon

Members: Delight in experiencing the Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure! before the museum opens to the general public. Valid membership and photo I.D. are required.