Over this past weekend I took my family to the National Museum of Play, formerly the Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, NY. It’s about an hour and 45 minutes from where I live. This was the second time I have been. The place is an amazing place filled with everything a kid and a a big kid love. There is a mini Wegman’s Grocery store, kids get to fill their mini carts up with groceries and then cash out at the mini registers. It’s all fake food but they have a bakery, deli, fish and meat market, and a cafe where the kids can roll play at. There is a Sesame Street Neighborhood, a Berenstein Bears town, a fairy tale town, a full size Doll house exhibit, a play train, a complete Post Office including a USPS plane and Helicopter, there are several areas where kids can dress up and go out on stage and give their parents a show. The Hall of Heroes, one of personal favorites is filled with Super Hero Goodness, and of course there is the National Toy Hall of Fame and a Video Game Hall of Fame upstairs.
We spent a good 3 and 1/2 hours there and if my kids were younger it’d be easy to spend 6-8 hours there. It was a wonderful day spending it with the family, my son and I especially liked the Hall of Heroes and seeing all of the vintage action figures, Gi Joe, Captain Action, Star Wars, Star Trek, Mego, Marx, and many others were there.
There is a little something for everyone and especially every child at this place. Rochester is a nice little city also, especially when it’s not winter!