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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: Lauren Spinelli

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

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday May 29 2017

"¡Cuba!"

Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Sunday August 13 2017

"Behind the Screen"

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In this one-of-a-kind experience on the museum’s third floor, guests can immerse themselves in the process of producing, promoting and presenting digital entertainment, TV shows and movies. Check out cool artifacts like historic film and TV cameras, posters, design sketches and more. All ages.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Wednesday March 29 2017 - Sunday December 31 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

New York at Its Core

The Museum of the City of New York’s new permanent exhibition “New York at Its Core” will present the full 400-year history of the city. From its beginnings as a Dutch settlement to the urban force it is today, the exhibition will guide viewers through the evolution of one of the greatest cities in the world. The attraction features three interactive galleries based on four themes - money, density, diversity, and creativity - and more than 400 significant objects from NYC icons, including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, “Boss” Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Jay-Z. The museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a weekend-long public festival Gotham Groove (Nov 19 10am - Nov 20 6pm) with 32 hours of live music, spoken word performances, films, dance, and interactive activities for the whole family. All ages. Advance registration required for Gotham Groove.

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Museum of the City of New York , East Harlem Until Sunday December 31 2017

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