Winter Wonderland Weekends Dec. 11 & 12 and 18 & 19

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

November 23, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

Winter Wonderland Weekends at the National Museum of Play® December 11 & 12 and 18 & 19

‘Tis the season for holiday fun at the National Museum of Play at the Strong™ during Winter Wonderland Weekends on Saturdays & Sundays, December 11 & 12 and 18 & 19.

Join the “woodland animals” in an interactive performance of The Mitten, a Ukrainian tall tale about a boy who loses his white mitten in the snow. Performances take place on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m., and on Sundays at 1 and 2:30 p.m. While at the museum, make a holiday card or mini paper gift basket, and mail a letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox!

Check out Miller Manor, a gigantic 19th-century-style dollhouse with 24 rooms, five stories, and 12 fireplaces decorated for the holidays and displayed in the museum’s Caterpillar Atrium from November 22 through January 3. This seven-foot-long, four-foot-high dollhouse (one of the biggest in the museum‘s collection) is festively decorated with electric lights, tiny Christmas wreaths, and other holiday ornaments. And don’t miss two displays featuring Chanukah-themed play sets and whimsical menorahs.  

Guests are invited to drop off new mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks at the museum through December 20 to benefit Hillside Children’s Center’s Special Santas Program (part of a collaborative effort with the Monroe County Public Library System).

 Note: The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and is closed on Christmas Day (December 25).


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.