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The best exhibits at children's museums in NYC

Check out the greatest exhibits at children's museums that are happening right now! Your kids will love 'em.

Photograph: New York Hall of Science

At these amazing children's museums, your kiddos will get to see the best of the best. These exhibits can't be beat, and they include exciting stuff from the New York Hall of Science, Children's Museum of Manhattan, American Museum of Natural History and more! You'll find these fun indoor activities for kids plenty engaging; Many exhibits even offer fun accompanying workshops that families can participate in.

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Fun exhibits at children's museums in NYC

"Dinosaurs Among Us"

Learn how a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today via the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit "Dinosaurs Among Us." Expect to see life-like models (including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali) and rarely-seen dinosaur fossils. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 2 2017

"Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection"

Video game nerds rejoice! This exhibit is dedicated to 30 video games released between 1971 and 1993, including the first video arcade game Computer Space and classics like Asteroids, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-man. The best part? All of the games are playable! All ages.

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Until Sat Oct 8

Ghostbusters Experience

Immerse the family in the new Ghostbusters flick at Madame Tussaud's latest attraction, Ghostbusters Experience, where guests don proton packs and virtual reality headsets and go on the hunt for wayward ghosts. Kiddos will be thrilled to see gadgets and props from the movie, like the Ecto-2 motorcycle. All ages.

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Madame Tussauds New York , Midtown West Until Friday December 30 2016

"I Approve This Message"

Just in time for this year's election, the Children's Museum of Manhattan opens a new exhibit featuring presidential penmanship. In addition to seeing artifacts like Richard Nixon's resignation letter, a two-page legal document handwritten by Abraham Lincoln and checks signed by Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt in a 40-foot display, kiddos can practice their own signatures and participate in fun educational activities like mock elections. All ages.

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Children's Museum of Manhattan , Upper West Side Until Saturday December 31 2016

"Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World"

“Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” dives into the lives of crocodilians (the group that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials) to give families a closer look at their behaviors, biology, evolution and more! Families will also learn how to “speak croc,” see a model of Gomek, the biggest crocodile ever exhibited in the Western Hemisphere, and test their knowledge with fun facts and trivia. Visitors will encounter the (live!) Siamese crocodile, American alligator, African dwarf crocodile, African slender-snouted crocodile plus life-sized dioramas of the Australian freshwater crocodile, the Indian Gharial, the Estuarine crocodile and the Cuviers dwarf caiman. Yes…you heard us right. Live crocodilians. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 2 2017

"Adventures with Dora and Diego"

Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.

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Children's Museum of Manhattan , Upper West Side Until Sunday December 31 2017

Picture This!

The Jewish Museum kicks off a new monthly family program featuring hands-on art projects and storybook readings, all inspired by the museum's contents. Each program concludes with a live performance: FunkyMonkeys (Sep 25), Josh & the Jamtones (Oct 9), Alex & the Kaleidoscope (Nov 20) and Oran Etkin (Dec 25). Buy a series package for all four dates at thejewishmuseum.org. Ages 4 to 10.

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The Jewish Museum , Central Park Sunday December 25 2016

Archaeology Mondays

Get out your shovels! The Jewish Museum is hosting a simulated archaeological dig each third Monday of the month. Kids will get to dig for ancient or modern artifacts and learn about how these objects change over time. Each month will focus on a specific artifact and after searching for these treasures, participants will examine and sketch the object. Every kid will receive an archaeologist’s passport which they will use to collect stamps during each hunt they attend. After earning three stamps, they’ll receive a prize! Ages 3 to 10.

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The Jewish Museum , Central Park Monday December 26 2016

"Connected Worlds"

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Saturday December 31 2016

Mission to Space

Prepare your aspiring astronauts for a trip to space—no rocket required! Families can explore the cosmos in the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ new exhibit “Mission to Space,” which features artwork from famed visual artists like Thomas Broadbent, E.V Day, Masayoshi Sukita and Penelope Umbrico. You’ll see a selection of vibrant works (sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and installations) that share the common theme of space exploration, including its history and potential, and examine humankind’s role in the galaxy. All ages.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , Downtown Thursday December 8 2016 - Monday January 16 2017

Wonders of the Arctic

The American Museum of Natural History opens a new film exploring the inhabitants of the Arctic. Through stunning footage and stories from scientists and Inuit leaders, kids can learn all about how humans, polar bears, penguins, huskies and whales have adapted to life on—and under—the ice. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Thursday March 2 2017

Storm King Art Center 2016 Seasonal Exhibitions

Storm King Art Center welcomes two new exhibits this season, Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson. Kids will be wowed by the late Oppenheim's colorful interactive works and Halvorson's hand-painted sculptures resembling massive measuring tools like wooden rulers and tape measures, not to mention the beauty of Storm King itself, which comprises 500 acres of fields, hills and woodlands. All ages.

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Until Sun Nov 27

"Connected Worlds"

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Saturday December 31 2016

“Scattered Light”

As you enter NYSCI, take a look at this large art installation featuring 528 25-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape. Made by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the installation combines space, light, color and perception as guest view the different angles that change as sunlight move through the circular entrance. “Scattered Light” celebrates DIY art with its use of inexpensive materials like paper clips and metal rods. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Saturday December 31 2016
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