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NYC museums to take your kids to this winter break

School will soon be out for winter recess. And if you're looking for some fun -- and enriching -- activities to plan for the kids over the next two weeks, we've rounded up some current museum shows that children and adults alike will enjoy.

"Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder"

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"Sesame Street" fans young and old will get a kick out of this exhibition, organized by Sesame Workshop in honor of its 45th season at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the enduring children's show with more than 250 items on display, from Muppet favorites such as Elmo, Oscar, Bert, Ernie and Grover and props and costumes to blueprints of the show's New York set and original sketches of the characters. Beyond the displays, which are installed at a lower, kid-friendly height, there are also interactive elements including a reading area, photo booth and chalk wall. Now through Jan. 31, 2015 (closed Sundays, Dec. 25 and 31), FREE; 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, (917) 275-6975,

"Robot Swarm"

The Museum of Mathematics newest attraction is one
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The Museum of Mathematics newest attraction is one of its most interactive. In its permanent exhibit "Robot Swarm," kids and adults can interact with two dozen robots that come to life thanks to advances in motion control and positioning systems that use, of course, mathematical rules. As you move, the small, glowing bots chase or you or zip away. The younger set will have fun chasing the bots, while robotics fans of will surely geek out over seeing swarm technology in action. Admission $15 adults, $9 children, students and seniors, free for toddlers; 11 E. 26th St., 212-542-0566,

"What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones"

Kids most likely know Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
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Kids most likely know Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and other cartoon characters. But now, they can get to know the man behind the animation. The Museum of the Moving Image exhibition explores the work of artist Chuck Jones, who directed more than 300 animated films in his lifetime, including "One Froggy Evening," "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "What's Up, Doc?" Kids can watch 23 of his animated films and pour over more than 130 original sketches and drawings, storyboards and more and gain an understanding of his influences and creative process. You'll never look at a Looney Tunes cartoon the same way again. Now through Jan. 19, 2015 (closed Dec. 24 and 25), admission $12 adults, $9 students and seniors, $6 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3; 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 718-777-6888,

"Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters"

Natural forces can be both awe-inspiring and terrifying.
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Natural forces can be both awe-inspiring and terrifying. In this new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, visitors can gain an understanding of the causes of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes and tornadoes and how science can assess their risk. An interactive map of New York City during Hurricane Sandy that shows how the storm affect different parts of the city will surely hit close to home, while other highlights of the hands-on exhibit including tools that enable visitors to generate a virtual volcano, stand in the center of a tornado and track earthquakes in real time. Now through Aug. 9, 2015 (closed Dec. 25), admission $27 adults, $22 students and seniors, $16 children (timed entry only); Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100,


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