strong.jpgLEGO®: The Art of the Brick (December 5, 2009-March 14, 2010) Approximately 30 whimsical, awe-inspiring works of art (giant heads, bodies, wall portraits, and more) made entirely of LEGO® bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya. The sculptural display is a prelude to, and complements, an upcoming exhibit, LEGO® Castle Adventure, opening January 23, 2010. LEGO® Castle Adventure (January 23-May 9, 2010) Kids and families are transported to a LEGO kingdom where they can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time-LEGO bricks. Explore a giant castle full of LEGO brick decorations, climb into a lookout tower to defend the castle walls, and enter the dragon's cave. Produced by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. Mindbender Mansion (May 29-September 6, 2010) Explore a quirky mansion filled with brain teasers and activities to test the problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzle-lovers. Discover challenges, hidden clues, and secret passwords scattered throughout each room. Created and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure (October 2, 2010-January 9, 2011) Become an explorer! See historical and contemporary maps, try using and making maps, and learn about real-life adventures through maps, artifacts, and interactive experiences. Created by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with National Geographic Society. Now Playing Videotopia (Extended through January 3, 2010) Grab a joystick and jump right into the action at a completely hands-on exhibit that lets you relive the thrill of playing the very first arcade video games while exploring their art, science, and history. This international touring exhibit-the largest and most comprehensive of its type-features more than 100 restored and new arcade video games-from Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to Space Invaders and Tetris. Interactive kiosks and displays trace the history and technology of video games in a way that is fun, nostalgic, and educational. Produced by The Electronics Conservancy, Inc. Permanent Exhibits American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil Meet SupermanTM, Iron ManTM, BatmanTM, and other comic-book heroes in an exhibit that explores the history of superhero comic books in America. Climb up the side of a -building,? test your skills at Super Powers School, pose for a picture with statues of famous superheroes, and more. Kids will enjoy superhero dress-up and role-playing. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. The Berenstain Bears®: Down a Sunny Dirt Road An original, permanent exhibit straight from the pages of the beloved books. Step into the playful world of the Berenstain Bears including Main Street, Bear Country School, Farmer Ben's Farm, Brother and Sister Bear's Club Houses, and the Family Tree House. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play in partnership with the Berenstain Family. Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Step onto Sesame Street and go hands-on with activities you see on television. Enter Elmo's crayon-colored television world. Experience the famous brownstone facade of 123 Sesame Street. See yourself on TV with the Muppets, -drive? Elmo around Sesame Street in a big yellow taxicab, sell movie tickets at the Circle in the Square Cinema ticket booth, and more. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play in collaboration with Sesame Workshop. Celebrating America's Favorite Doll A fabulously fashionable display of Barbie dolls from the original teenage fashion model to modern astronaut and scores of other careers. The display features more than 500 examples of Barbie and her friends-plus an array of Barbie accessories including houses, cases, clothing, horses, cars, yachts, and other toys. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden® Enjoy tropical weather year-round when you visit this glass-enclosed butterfly garden filled with live foliage, a cascading waterfall, and approximately 800 colorful, free-flying North American and tropical butterflies. (Additional admission charge of $3 for the butterfly garden. Advance purchase of timed tickets is highly recommended. Call 585-263-2700.) Field of Play Discover the power of play in human learning and development at a multimedia theater presentation. Then, unleash your playful side: walk through a giant kaleidoscope and create and view your own kaleidoscope patterns, use pulleys to power balls through a gigantic overhead ball machine, -drive? a drag racer, try to maintain your equilibrium in the slanted room, lose all perspective in the exaggerated perspective room, climb a rock wall, relax in the Jellyfish Jungle, and so much more. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. Kid to Kid Let your imagination roam freely through the world of communication. Climb aboard a giant helicopter and pilot the controls; prepare, stamp, weigh, and sort mail in the Kid to Kid post office; board a whaling ship; and so much more. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. National Toy Hall of Fame® Each November, the National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong inducts toys that have achieved longevity and national significance in the world of play and imagination. The Hall features historic examples of current toy inductees and play stations where you can race a Slinky®, build with LEGO® bricks, swivel a Hula Hoop®, and play with blocks and puzzles. One History Place Amid original artifacts and reproductions, children explore mini-environments and get a taste of life as it was a century ago. Play dress-up in the attic, plink piano keys in the parlor, -pump? water in the kitchen, and pretend to travel across the country at the train station. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. Rainbow Reef Aquarium A 1,700-gallon coral reef tank displays a dazzling array of brilliantly colored fish, corals, anemones, shrimp, crabs, and other invertebrates. Come face-to-face with living creatures of the reef and observe their fascinating behaviors and marvelous survival adaptations. Additional aquarium tanks feature a puffer fish, moray eel, clown fish, sea anemones, and more. Reading Adventureland Step into a life-sized pop-up book and follow the Yellow Brick Road into five literary landscapes from children's books: Adventure Island (explore a pirate shipwreck, scale a cliff, and crawl through cave tunnels); Mystery Mansion (discover what lies behind the secret bookcase, decipher secret codes, and scour for clues like Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown); Fairy Tale Forest (cross the Troll Bridge, step into Cinderella's pumpkin coach, visit the Fairy Tale Cottage, climb a Beanstalk to the Giant's Castle, and sit at King Arthur's Round Table); the Upside-Down Nonsense House (a topsy-turvy house filled with ridiculous rhymes, silly food-green eggs and ham anyone?-tongue twisters, and mirror illusions); and the Wizard's Workshop (mix up a magic potion and sit between a giant dragon's paws). Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. Super Kids Market Here kids run the store. Cruise the aisles and fill your cart with a selection of colorful produce that looks so real, you can almost taste it. Deli, Meat, Seafood, and Bakery departments are filled with highly interactive stations for dramatic role-playing. Make a -brick oven? pizza; run the bakery; scan bar-coded products at six working check-out counters; and much more! Kids produce their own commercials and cooking shows in the WKID-TV station. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play in collaboration with Wegmans Food Markets. TimeLab Travel through time as you explore changing American trends in food, fashion, music, and more. This learning laboratory brims with playful objects from America's past and present including sports gear, photographs, shoes, and clothing. Enter TimeLab on the only operating time-travel machine in North America. Visit DanceLab where you can cast shadow patterns as you dance to music through the decades. Produced by Strong National Museum of Play. Wii Play Station The wildly popular Nintendo Wii lets players do more than just press buttons on a joystick. Instead they wave, swing, chop, throw, push, twist, lift, and move using a special controller. Try playing it solo against a computerized partner, or compete with a real-life partner. It's great fun and good exercise! New Wii games will be featured periodically. Collection Highlights Toy Collection Thousands of objects from Strong's world-renowned collection of dolls, toys, games, and other play-related objects can be found on display on the museum's second floor. Lady Liberty See likenesses galore of Lady Liberty-more than 250 Statue of Liberty-related objects, including jigsaw puzzles, dolls, teddy bears, plates, lamps, rugs, wristwatches, radios, and even statues that dance, glow, or play music! The objects are part of a collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Statue of Liberty memorabilia donated to the museum by Mort and Iris November of Cleveland, Ohio, in honor of Iris November's mother, Celeste Coriene Flaxman. The Stephen and Diane Olin Toy Catalog Collection A sampling of the more than 11,000 toy catalogs from the Stephen and Diane Olin Toy Catalog Collection donation and examples of the toys they represent. The collection spans the years from 1960 to 2005 and provides documentary evidence for every aspect of the toy trade industry from development and distribution through sales and consumption.
National Center for the History of Electronic Games The Center's collections-approximately 20,000 items-encompass games and game platforms, and a wide variety of other materials such as packaging, advertising, publications, electronic-game-inspired consumer products, literary and popular inspirations of electronic-games imagery, historical records, personal and business papers, and other associated artifacts and documents that represent or illustrate the impact of electronic games on American life. 4DAILY EVENTS December 2009 through December 2010
DECEMBER 2009
4 Friday-Eastman School Performance, What Is Brass Sound? From Ore to Art. 6 p.m. A special evening performance for the whole family presented by the Eastman School of Music. Included with general museum admission fees.
5 & 6 Saturday & Sunday-Exhibit Opening, The Art of the Brick. Approximately 30 whimsical, awe-inspiring works of art (giant heads, bodies, wall portraits and more) made entirely of LEGO® bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya. The sculptural display is a prelude to, and complements, an upcoming exhibit, LEGO® Castle Adventure, opening January 23, 2010.
5 Saturday-News10 NBC Pirate Toy Fund Drive Celebration. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gary the Happy Pirate performs at 2:15 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children in need. Included with general museum admission fees.
6 Sunday-Madeline's Christmas, 1, 2, & 3 p.m. Musical selections from the stage play starring acting students from area schools. Included with general museum admission fees.
7, 14, & 21 Mondays-Toddler Book Club. Readings of classic children's tales at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. followed by music, movement, or nature activities. This month: Forest Animals. Included with general museum admission fees.
7 Monday-The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington. 1:30 p.m. Presented by Children's Theatre Tour of Finger Lakes Community College. The classic story of the little bear that was found in a train station and adopted by the Browns. Included with general museum admission fees.
12 & 13 Saturday & Sunday-Happy Holidays! Weekend. Enjoy holiday displays and crafts and take part in an original, interactive performance of The Mitten-an old Ukrainian tale of a boy who loses his white mitten in the snow. Join the many woodland creatures that crawl into the missing mitten and be part of the hilarious climax! Included with general museum admission fees.
14 Monday-Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month. This month: Wintry Woods. Join in an original, interactive performance of The Mitten, an interactive Ukrainian tale of a boy who loses his white mitten in the snow. Make a forest craft. Included with general museum admission fees.
14 Monday-Toddler Book Club. (see December 7 listing.)
19 & 20 Saturday & Sunday-Happy Holidays! Weekend. Enjoy holiday displays and crafts and an interactive performance of The Mitten-an old Ukrainian tale of a boy who loses his white mitten in the snow. Included with general museum admission fees.
21 Monday-Toddler Book Club. (see December 7 listing.)
24 Thursday-Museum closes early at 4 p.m.
Contact: Susan Trien (585) 410-6359 Fax: (585) 263-2493 Publicity photos available: email requests to strien@museumofplay.org