Family Fun

It’s scandalous, but sometimes meeting attendees have families that just aren’t that interested in birds.  Fortunately, there are lots of activities in Rochester to keep both adults and children amused.

Kid-centric Activities

Luke & Kids enjoy MaineThe Songbird Trail at Mendon Ponds Park offers an easy walk through a woodland. While the walk is nice, most visitors are there to hand-feed chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and even woodpeckers.  Bring a small bag of black-oil sunflower seed, head out on the trail, and when you find birds . . . just stand quietly with some seed on an outstretched hand.  Even the bird-ambivalent are awed by how light and brave these birds are.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center includes a science museum and planetarium.  Interactive exhibits include an AdventureZone, Light and Optics, and building with Keva Planks.

The Seneca Park Zoo participates in species survival plans for a variety of animals including Amur Tiger, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, White Rhino, African Penguin, Spotted Dikkop, African Pancake Tortoise, and 14 others.

The Strong National Museum of Play is a children’s museum featuring interactive exhibits including American Comic Book Heroes, the Berenstain Bears, a Butterfly Garden, the Wegman’s SuperKids Market, and many more.  The museum is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

For more activities, check out Kids Out and About, a local newsletter with an extensive listing of events.

Adult and Kid-friendly Activities

The Eastman School of Music offers numerous concerts and recitals, many of which are free and all of which are open to the public.

The George Eastman House is devoted to photography and film.  Located in the Eastman mansion, visitors can peruse the restored living spaces and then explore exhibits that feature both their historical collections and that showcase contemporary artists.

The Memorial Art Gallery features a permanent collection of more than 12,000 items which it supplements with traveling and temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and family activities.  The MAG is $5 on Fridays after 5:00 PM.

The Susan B. Anthony Museum & House was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1972.  Visitors can tour the house, and learn about the many reforms Anthony championed, her friendship with Frederick Douglass, and her trial for voting in 1872.