The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York starts off the new year with two special events this February.
On February 3 man’s best friend comes to The Strong for “Puppy Love”. Beginning at 11am, visitors can meet various service dogs and the younger visitors can create some dog themed crafts.
Events planned for the day include meeting Biscuit from the Alyssa Stain Caucilli book series, retired Greyhound racing dogs from Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, animals from the Pet Assisted Therapy Program at Lollypop Farm, learn about the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program that helps children with reading, the Monroe Veterinary Associates offers up some lessons on pet first aid, and visit the Puppy Play Zone for some pet themed crafts.
On February 10 and 11 The Strong presents the Royal Ball. Inviting visitors to come attired in their finest regal costumes, visitors can meet Her Majesty the Queen and travel back in time with all the pageantry fit for the Royal Court.
The Nonsuch Early Music Ensemble provides the musical entertainment with musical instruments that have been around since Medieval times. Mitzie Collins, Roxanne Ziegler, and John Heyer perform on the hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, Celtic harp, and percussion instruments.
Visitors can slay a dragon with a catapult, attend the royal “feast”, meet the Fairy Godmother and receive a gift, embark on a knightly quest, and play a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts.
Both of the special events at The Strong in February are included with a general admission ticket to The Museum. Regular admission does not include admission to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden which requires an additional fee.
Tickets to The Strong are $15 each with members and children under the age of two free. Entry to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by timed ticket only and are $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children under two are free.
The Strong is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.
photos courtesy of The Strong Museum