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.

January

23
Wednesday, January 23
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.​

24
Thursday, January 24
2–3:30 p.m.

Learn about The Strong's preschool and early kindergarten programs. Meet the Woodbury School teaching staff and tour the classrooms at a Woodbury School Open House. No registration necessary. Children are welcome. Enter through the museum entrance and sign in at the admissions desk. 

26
Saturday, January 26
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the majesty of castles and build a giant fortress using Builder Blox or cardboard Archiquest blocks. Create a paper castle and personalize it with doors, windows, and flags. Act out an adventure using puppets and catapult foam balls at a dragon to save the day. Visit the museum’s Build, Drive, Go exhibit to create soaring towers with king-size blocks.

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

26
Saturday, January 26

SESSION A SOLD OUT

Play and learning go hand in hand as child and adult pairs conceptualize, design, and create an original computer game. Back by popular demand—and led again by programmer, game designer, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Assistant Professor Ian Schreiber—Video Game Creation Workshop is offered in two age-specific sessions, each limited to 20 child-adult pairs. Discover exciting facets of game design through innovative, hand-on learning experiences in museum classrooms. Observe video game designers at an optional session during the Global Game Jam site at RIT. Then, for your final session, participate in an all-day Game Jam at The Strong, where pairs will construct and share their games. Video Game Creation Workshop provides a window into STEM-based career fields and encourages a lifelong love of play. Previous programming or coding experience is not required.

Register today at museumofplay.org/education/game-creation-workshop

27
Sunday, January 27
1–4 p.m.

Explore the majesty of castles and build a giant fortress using Builder Blox or cardboard Archiquest blocks. Create a paper castle and personalize it with doors, windows, and flags. Act out an adventure using puppets and catapult foam balls at a dragon to save the day. Visit the museum’s Build, Drive, Go exhibit to create soaring towers with king-size blocks.

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

27
Sunday, January 27
9 a.m.–noon

Enjoy The Strong before it opens to the public at an exclusive event designed for children with special sensory, developmental, or physical needs. Explore the museum in a comfortable and accepting environment that features fewer guests, light and sound reduction, extra visual safety signage, and designated quiet areas that include sensory friendly toys. Also enjoy story readings and a free visit to the relaxing Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden before noon. 

Learn more and register at museumofplay.org/calendar/sensory-friendly-sunday

28
Monday, January 28
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. This month: Fun in the Neighborhood. Get over the cold weather blues with tales about indoor places to visit.  

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30
Wednesday, January 30
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.​

February

2
Saturday, February 2
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Bring your sweetheart to the museum and meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Enjoy story readings of sweet tales, including Clifford’s Valentine’s Day. Play a valentine matching game and create a work of art for a loved one. Practice your aim with Cupid’s arrow and move your feet to the valentine hop.

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

 
2
Saturday, February 2

SESSION A SOLD OUT

Play and learning go hand in hand as child and adult pairs conceptualize, design, and create an original computer game. Back by popular demand—and led again by programmer, game designer, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Assistant Professor Ian Schreiber—Video Game Creation Workshop is offered in two age-specific sessions, each limited to 20 child-adult pairs. Discover exciting facets of game design through innovative, hand-on learning experiences in museum classrooms. Observe video game designers at an optional session during the Global Game Jam site at RIT. Then, for your final session, participate in an all-day Game Jam at The Strong, where pairs will construct and share their games. Video Game Creation Workshop provides a window into STEM-based career fields and encourages a lifelong love of play. Previous programming or coding experience is not required.

Register today at museumofplay.org/education/game-creation-workshop

3
Sunday, February 3

SESSION A SOLD OUT

Play and learning go hand in hand as child and adult pairs conceptualize, design, and create an original computer game. Back by popular demand—and led again by programmer, game designer, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Assistant Professor Ian Schreiber—Video Game Creation Workshop is offered in two age-specific sessions, each limited to 20 child-adult pairs. Discover exciting facets of game design through innovative, hand-on learning experiences in museum classrooms. Observe video game designers at an optional session during the Global Game Jam site at RIT. Then, for your final session, participate in an all-day Game Jam at The Strong, where pairs will construct and share their games. Video Game Creation Workshop provides a window into STEM-based career fields and encourages a lifelong love of play. Previous programming or coding experience is not required.

Register today at museumofplay.org/education/game-creation-workshop

4
Monday, February 4
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: Just One You. Celebrate what makes each person special with stories about diversity. 

Media support from 

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

6
Wednesday, February 6
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
Saturday, February 9
9–10 a.m.

Members: Delight in experiencing the Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit before the museum opens to the general public. Valid membership and photo I.D. are required. 

9
Saturday, February 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Be transported to the backyard of six-year-old Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, where she cares for broken toys and stuffed animals. Help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients, treat them in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital, perform procedures in the Operating Room, and more. Opening weekend only, make your own doctor bag and Big Book of Boo Boos. Play a game of What’s in Ned’s Head and Little Organ Annie. Learn about keeping toys in good condition from The Strong's director of conservation who acts as the museum's “toy doctor.” Bring your favorite plush toy into the Teddy Bear Clinic and learn about vital signs and medical equipment with staff from Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Services. 

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Disney character live appearances are not part of the exhibit. © Disney

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

10
Sunday, February 10
11 a.m.–noon

Members: Delight in experiencing the Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit before the museum opens to the general public. Valid membership and photo I.D. are required. 

10
Sunday, February 10
1–4 p.m.

Be transported to the backyard of six-year-old Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, where she cares for broken toys and stuffed animals. Help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients, treat them in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital, perform procedures in the Operating Room, and more. Opening weekend only, make your own doctor bag and Big Book of Boo Boos. Play a game of What’s in Ned’s Head and Little Organ Annie. Learn about keeping toys in good condition from The Strong's director of conservation who acts as the museum's “toy doctor.” Bring your favorite plush toy into the Teddy Bear Clinic and learn about vital signs and medical equipment with staff from Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Services. 

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Disney character live appearances are not part of the exhibit. © Disney

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

11
Monday, February 11
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. This month: Just One You. Celebrate what makes each person special with stories about diversity. 

Media support from 

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

13
Wednesday, February 13
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.​

16
Saturday, February 16

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

17
Sunday, February 17

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

18
Monday, February 18

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

18
Monday, February 18
11 a.m.

Learn about world cultures, literature, and the art of interactive storytelling with a special performance of African Folktales presented by Bright Star Theatre. Based in North Carolina, Bright Star Theatre is a nationally recognized touring company that brings educational and historical plays to a variety of venues.

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

19
Tuesday, February 19

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

20
Wednesday, February 20

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

21
Thursday, February 21

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

22
Friday, February 22

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

23
Saturday, February 23

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

24
Sunday, February 24

Take a test to see how much you know about healthy habits, try your hand at exercises such as frog jumps and lunges, and design a Healthy Hero badge. Visit the Play Pals exhibit and measure, weigh, and test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area. Then use your new skills in Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

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

25
Monday, February 25
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. This month: Just One You. Celebrate what makes each person special with stories about diversity. 

Media support from 

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

27
Wednesday, February 27
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.​

March

2
Saturday, March 2
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Slide, run, or skip into the museum for activities that keep you moving. Join staff from the YMCA of Greater Rochester to learn about their summer camp offerings and enjoy demonstrations of martial arts and hip-hop dance. Test your hockey skills with staff from Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, join in a game of pickleball with Rochester Accessible Adventures and learn where to play from the City of Rochester recreation department. Check out the flavors of the Rochester Public Market and discover healthy foods from Wegmans. Take pictures with the Tooth Fairy, Finley from the Rochester Razorsharks, Spikes from the Rochester Red Wings, and Moose from the Rochester Americans.

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

4
Monday, March 4
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: Silly Stories. Enjoy books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. 

Media support from 

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

6
Wednesday, March 6
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
Saturday, March 9
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Have a play date with your favorite princesses! Create a personalized crown with the Latina Princess, enjoy a tea party with Belle, and help the Frog Princess create recipes. Take aim at dragons with the Scottish Princess, build a tower with Rapunzel, and play with Sleeping Beauty’s forest friends. Create your own magical microphone with Cinderella and use it to sing with the Snow Princess.

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

10
Sunday, March 10
1–4 p.m.

Have a play date with your favorite princesses! Create a personalized crown with the Latina Princess, enjoy a tea party with Belle, and help the Frog Princess create recipes. Take aim at dragons with the Scottish Princess, build a tower with Rapunzel, and play with Sleeping Beauty’s forest friends. Create your own magical microphone with Cinderella and use it to sing with the Snow Princess.

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

11
Monday, March 11
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. This month: Silly Stories. Enjoy books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. 

Media support from 

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

13
Wednesday, March 13
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
Monday, March 18
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. This month: Silly Stories. Enjoy books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. 

Media support from 

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

20
Wednesday, March 20
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.​

23
Saturday, March 23
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet Marvel Comic's official Black Panther. Pose for a picture at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the museum's Adams Atrium the day of the event while supplies last. (Timed tickets for superhero meet and greets must be picked up one hour before designated meeting times.) All weekend long, come in costume and test out your superhero skills at Hero Training Camp in the American Comic Book Heroes exhibit. Meet professional comic book artists and learn about local comic book conventions such as Flower City Comic Con and Roc Con. Create crime-fighting accessories such as masks and cuffs to transform into your favorite superhero. 

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

24
Sunday, March 24
1–4 p.m.

From noon to 4 p.m., meet Marvel Comic's official Spider-Man. Pose for a picture at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the museum's Adams Atrium the day of the event while supplies last. (Timed tickets for superhero meet and greets must be picked up one hour before designated meeting times.) All weekend long, come in costume and test out your superhero skills at Hero Training Camp in the American Comic Book Heroes exhibit. Meet professional comic book artists and learn about local comic book conventions such as Flower City Comic Con and Roc Con. Create crime-fighting accessories such as masks and cuffs to transform into your favorite superhero. 

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

25
Monday, March 25
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. This month: Silly Stories. Enjoy books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. 

Media support from 

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

27
Wednesday, March 27
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.​