strong.jpgSaturdays at Strong just got bigger and better! We’re now open Saturdays (as well as our usual Friday nights) until 8:00 p.m.

To celebrate, the museum has launched Saturday Night Family Play Dates, a series of evening events for kids and families presented the first Saturday of each month from from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., March through June. Bring the entire family and enjoy nightly story readings and themed activities. All of the exhibits (as well as the Food Court and museum shops) are open late EVERY Friday and Saturday evening throughout the year. 

March 7: Saturday Night Family Play Date—Pajamarama.

Dress the kids in their PJs and get ready for a dreamy evening of performances, activities, and bedtime stories. Stages Youth Theatre performs scenes from "Once Upon a Mattress" (the Broadway musical adaption of The Princess and the Pea) at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Create a paper frog and collect an autograph from the prince or princess. Listen to readings of The Princess and the Pea and other fantasy stories at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

April 4: Saturday Night Family Play Date—Berenstain Bear Celebration

Have a honey of an evening celebrating the first anniversary of the museum’s original exhibit, The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road. Meet one of the Berenstain Bears "in person," play party games, and dance to some beary delightful music. Hear Berenstain Bear stories at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

May 2: Saturday Night Family Play Date—Butterfly Bonanza

Let your imagination take flight. Say hello to Marti the Monarch, Strong’s butterfly mascot, create butterfly crafts, and listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other buggy stories at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

June 6: Saturday Night Family Play Date—Summer Splash!

Get ready for summer and dive into some fun at Strong! Join a Saturday evening "beach" party featuring beach-themed crafts and activities. Hear sunny stories at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

All Saturday Night Family Play Dates are included with general museum admission fees.


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). Susan TrienDirector of Public Relations and AdvertisingStrong National Museum of Play®One Manhattan SquareRochester, NY 14607Direct Line: 585-410-6359Fax: 585-263-2612Email: strien@museumofplay.orgWebsite: