We stumbled upon the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester New York when it hosted an exhibit of Lego creations in The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya. It’s a fair drive for us – about 3 hours each way – but with an early start, it can be a fun day out. We’ve now picked up an annual membership and make the trek 3 or 4 times a year.
The museum is one of the best for children I’ve ever visited. There’s no way to really describe it succinctly, since each time we go, we tend to do some of the same things but many new ones as well. A good example of one of the clever things the museum offers is in this post’s photo. They have a camera turned sideways, pointing at a painting of a building turned on its side. When you get in a crawling position in front of the building, it looks like you are climbing! The camera is attached to a simple computer interface, so you can snap a photo and immediately e-mail it to yourself! It’s a great way to have some fun and get a free souvenir. Because it hasn’t been turned into a destination, there’s no pressure. Kids can just climb on the building set or completely skip it. The whole museum is the same way. It’s like a big sampler platter where you can just pick and choose – and even double dip! – as much as you want.
I’m looking forward to our next visit already and we only just went yesterday!