National Geographic MAPS Family Weekend Nov. 13 & 14

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

October 22, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure
Family Weekend November 13 & 14

Become an explorer! Put on a safari hat (FREE to each child) and delve into exciting mapping adventures at National Geographic MAPS weekend Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the National Museum of Play® at the Strong®. The weekend activities are presented in conjunction with the internationally touring exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure on view through January 9.

 On the weekend schedule:

  • Join Crystal from Just Clowning Around for tales of her adventurous world travels on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Ward’s Natural Science leads aspiring geologists and cartographers through mapping activities about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Create your own paper airplane and fly it to one of Rochester’s 11 Sister Cities around the world (including Bamako, Mali; Hamamatsu, Japan; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Rennes, France; and Caltanissetta, Italy).
  • Play games with latitude and longitude, and U.S. capital cities and states.
  • Trek the world collecting apples, cinnamon, wheat, and other ingredients while enjoying the playful story “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman.
  • Visit the National Geographic MAPS exhibit where you’ll meet world-famous explorers and experience adventures on land, in the air, in space, and at sea. Pilot Amelia Earhart’s plane, trek across the Congo, investigate life on Mars, search for Blackbeard’s ship, and discover the Great Pyramids—all with the help of maps! Interactive displays, artifacts from famous explorations, and dynamic mapping activities invite you to navigate your way through new technologies and ancient mapping techniques. The exhibit was specially designed as an engaging way to introduce school-aged kids to the excitement   and importance of maps.

All National Geographic MAPS events are included with general museum admission fees.

Natiional Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure was created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with the National Geographic Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.        


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.

 Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):Adults $11; Seniors $10; Children (2–15) $9; Children younger than two free; Strong members free.

 Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®: General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

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.