strong1.jpg'Tis the season for holiday fun! Enjoy time with the family at the many December holiday events and special displays at Strong National Museum of Play.  Happy Holidays! Family Weekends: Saturdays, December 12 & 19 and Sundays, December 13 & 20. Join the woodland animals in an interactive performance of The Mitten, a hilarious 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 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., and on Sundays at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Also, make a holiday card or mini paper gift basket, and don‘t forget to mail a letter for Santa in the -North Pole mailbox! Guests are invited to drop off knitted or new mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks at the museum through December 18 to benefit Hillside Children‘s Center‘s Special Santas Program (part of a collaborative effort with the Monroe County Public Library System). Miller Manor Farmhouse: Check out a gigantic 19th-century-style dollhouse with 24 rooms, 5 stories, and 12 fireplaces decorated for the holidays and displayed in Strong‘s Caterpillar Atrium from November 23 through January 1. This seven-foot-long, four-foot-high dollhouse (one of the biggest in the museum‘s collection) is festively decorated with twinkling electric lights, tiny Christmas wreaths, and other dazzling holiday ornaments. And don‘t miss two additional new displays that have been installed on the museum‘s second floor, just in time for the holidays: Rosenfeld Miniature Rooms: Enjoy the artistry of more than a dozen elaborate, miniature rooms, ranging from a meticulously detailed replica of a Shaker living room to the inside of a Buddhist monastery and a Victorian-style parlor. Rochester native Ruth Rosenfeld created these recently donated miniatures to record her travels to more than one hundred countries. The rest of her collection includes about three dozen additional rooms, an array of souvenirs, and three massive dollhouses that the museum hopes to display in the future. Raggedy Ann & Andy: Marvel at a dramatic, six-foot-tall version of the iconic mop-head and more than one hundred additional Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls and related paraphernalia. This display is merely a sample of a collection of more than 1,000 items-from Raggedy Ann cups and silverware to snow globes and board games-that the museum acquired this summer from the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum in Arcola, Illinois (the birthplace of their creator, Johnny Gruelle), which recently closed its doors. All December events and displays are included with general admission fees. Note: The museum closes at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and is closed on Christmas Day (December 25).


Strong National Museum of Play®, located in downtown Rochester, New York, is the only museum in the world devoted solely to the study of play as it illuminates American culture. Museum Hours:Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission Fees:General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $10.00; Seniors $9.00; Children (2-15) $8.00; Children younger than two free; Strong members free. Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®:General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3.00 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, you will be directed to additional parking at neighboring municipal garages (fees may apply). Note to Calendar Editors, Two additional children's performances have been added to the Strong December schedule: Sunday, December 6, Madeline's Christmas Preview, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.A preview of the children‘s musical adapted from the beloved book presented by Cara D‘Emanuele Productions (Included with general museum admission fees.) Monday, December 7, The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington, 1:30 p.m. The classic story of the little bear found in a train station and adopted by the Browns. Presented by Children‘s Theatre Tour of Finger Lakes Community College. (Included with general museum admission fees.) Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359