Here are some links to resources and fun activities for families in the Rochester area.

Strong National Museum of Play

“The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families.”

Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo is a fantastic place to visit in the Rochester area. Featuring a wide variety of animals from elephants to rattlesnakes, there is always something amazing to see.

Rochester Museum and Science Center

“Through 200 hands-on exhibits, spectacular shows, and authentic collections, you’ll uncover the wonders of our region, our world, and beyond. Make family memories through themed programs that spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Climb a wall, build robots, zap lasers, launch a catapult, and zoom through space — there’s so much to experience”

Memorial Art Gallery 

“A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, MAG offers a panorama of the world’s art. Our 14-acre campus is a spectacular public art space that is a popular destination for Rochesterians and out-of-town visitors alike.”

Cummings Nature Center 

“Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits.”

Tinker Park and Hansen Nature Center 

“A 68-acre park with exercise & nature trails, plus a center with natural history exhibits & classes.”

Monroe County Public Library System

“The Monroe County Library System is an association of independent public libraries working together to improve library services for residents of Monroe County.”

Monroe County Department of Parks and Recreation 

“The Monroe County Parks Department is comprised of dedicated staff working with community partners in effectively and efficiently providing an array of park services. This ensures that everyone may enjoy recreational and educational opportunities while treasuring the natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological features of the Monroe County Parks System.”

New York State Parks and Recreation

“From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York’s 180 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience exciting new adventures. Beaches, boat launches, hiking trails, campsites, and golf courses all await you!”

Toy Library

“Imagine a place filled to the ceiling with thousands of toys of every variety, a veritable Wonka’s Factory of playthings. Imagine your children freely exploring this seemingly endless collection and then walking away with armloads of new toys. Imagine that it’s completely free.  Now open your eyes and get excited because this is no dream, this is the Toy Library at the Lincoln Branch of the Monroe County Library System. It’s located on Joseph Ave in the city of Rochester.”

Ontario Cafe and Play

“Ontario Play & Cafe – a Rochester based family business – was created WITH LOVE for children 10 years and younger and their parents.
We designed a place we AND our children would love to go to, where we would feel welcome, comfortable and safe, all while having fun – all year long. “

Irene Mckenna Coaching

“Mom and Parenting Coach passionate about helping you be the parent you dream about, to handle any parenting situation with calm, and create families that get along.”

Laughing Gull

“Laughing Gull Chocolates combines chocolate – the food of the Gods- with the community in order to truly make a difference in our community and in the communities that produce our beloved chocolate.” They also have a playroom for children.

Climbing Vines

“Meet for play-dates, schedule a party, or attend our classes! The goal of Climbing Vines Café & Play is to become a hub for local families to come together and connect. Our intimate space makes it a breeze to mind your children while still relaxing and enjoying some of our delicious drink specialties.”

Leap N’ Laugh

“If you could somehow harness the energy of your kids, you’d never have to pay for electricity again! Since that’s not happening any time soon, why not take them to Leap N’ Laugh where they can safely burn off that excess energy without breaking the bank. With over 14,500 square feet of fun, Leap N’ Laugh has a lot to offer your high energy kids. “

Bounce it Out

“Bounce-It-Out is Rochester’s premier destination for children 10 and under. Nine huge inflatables, a Visual Sports simulator, and Rochester’s largest indoor playground will keep your kids jumping, sliding and climbing for hours. All of this in the cleanest and safest environment which will make you happy too.”

Mother Goose on the Loose

“Mother Goose on the Loose offers workshops with information about baby brain development and school readiness, as well as a hands-on Mother Goose on the Loose session.”

Sea Breeze

“Give your family all the fun and excitement of more than 70 great attractions. You’ll find thrilling adult rides and classic family rides – plus some cool kiddie rides too. Make a splash in the waterpark, play great games, enjoy classic summertime food, and attend live shows as part of the ultimate family fun experience in Upstate New York.”

Spray Parks in Rochester

“Across the City you can find water spray parks to help you keep cool during the hottest days of Rochester’s summers! The spray parks also serve as a gathering spot for neighbors, and a place to meet new neighbors and make new friends.The City’s water spray parks can be found at the following locations. These spray parks are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week beginning the Friday before Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day.”

Ladybugs Play

“Two moms on a mission to offer caregivers and their children a fun, safe, and engaging environment where kids can explore, and caregivers can enjoy the change of pace. As moms ourselves, we understand the need for adventure and we hope you and your children will find LADYBUGS Play to be your play place of choice.


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