National Museum of Play Rochester New York
If you're looking for a place to bring your kids in Rochester, The Strong National Museum of Play is a great bet. The museum is often named to national lists of family-friendly museums; FamilyFun named it to its list of the Top 12 Family Vacation Destinations in 2014. The Strong includes the National Toy Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and a number of interactive exhibits. The museum also contains more than 400, 000 items related to play, including toys, dolls, games and electronic games.
What to expect
Wegmans Super Kids Market: One of the museum's most popular exhibits, Wegmans Super Kids Market is a child-sized Wegmans supermarket. Children can use mini-shopping carts to buy boxes of cereal and fake meats and other items from the store. Other children can act as the butcher or baker or work the checkout line. It also includes the WKID-TV station, where visitors can produce their own commercials or cooking show.
Game Time!: Located on the museum's second level, Game Time! is a great place to check out some of the thousands of items that make up the museum's collection of games and puzzles. In addition to learning more about games through an interactive timeline, Game Time! also offers a number of interactive elements to hold visitors' interests. Visitors can try a giant Perplexus, a larger version of a handheld ball maze game once played by President Benjamin Harrison.
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: The only indoor butterfly garden open year-round in Upstate New York, Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is a separate exhibit at The Strong with an additional entrance fee. Don't let that deter you from making a visit. The garden features about 1, 000 butterflies, both tropical and native, that fly freely. Entry is timed for 20 minute intervals and the garden has separate hours from the museum.
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
The museum is closed on September 19, November 27, and December 25.
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden:
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last timed entry at 4:40 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last timed entry at 6:40 p.m.
Saturday: 10:20 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last timed entry at 6:40 p.m.
Sunday: 12:20 to 5 p.m. with the last timed entry at 4:40 p.m
Age 2 and older: .50
Under age 2: Free
Matinee pricing is available on general admission from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year. Matinee admission is not available on Fridays, weekends, holidays, during school breaks or from July 1 through Labor Day.
Age 2 and older: $8.50
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden admission
Limited free parking is available at the museum for visitors. Other parking is available nearby at municipal garages for a fee.
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