Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! Opening Weekend Celebration at The Strong Museum January 20 & 21

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

December 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails!
Opening Weekend Celebration
at The Strong® Museum
January 20 & 21

Climb aboard during the Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! Opening Weekend Celebration at The Strong museum on Saturday, January 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn about Rochester’s railroad history, make crafts of Thomas and his friends, and explore the new Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! exhibit.

Meet and pose for pictures with a railway director. Enjoy presentations from Railfan & Railroad magazine editor Otto M. Vondrak on both days at 1 p.m. and discover the rich railroad history of Rochester and learn about the 60-year restoration effort on a former Rochester subway car. Vondrak is the author of books and published articles concentrating on the historical significance of railroads in New York State. He serves as a trustee at the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum located in Rush, New York. Create a paper engineer or popsicle sticks featuring Thomas and his friends.

Then discover the new Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! exhibit. Meet favorite steam engines, such as Thomas, Percy, Gordon, and others! Explore the unique landscape of Sodor and help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of math and science-based challenges. Dress up as a conductor, guide a train around a steep curve by adjusting its speed, use rods and wrenches to fix Percy’s wobbly wheels, and more.

All Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! Opening Weekend Celebration activities are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.

© 2018 Gullane (Thomas) Limited Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M.

 

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Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14.50, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. 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, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.