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KIDS | Sesame Street 50th Anniversary 

It's hard to overstate the enduring importance of certain children's programming. The educational and compassionate "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" will rightfully always hold a special place in the hearts of a few generations of grown-up kids. And another big player of public programming that centers on the concept of a neighborhood celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. "Sesame Street" has always fed children's curiosity with the incomparable imagination of Jim Henson's creative team, and has continued to evolve its representation to include more and more nuances of the human experience. In honor of the anniversary, The Strong National Museum of Play and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to present a weekend of events, including meet and greets with Walkaround Abby Cadabby, story readings, exhibits, and more.

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 1 to 4 p.m. The Strong Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Included in museum admission: $15; free to ages 2 and younger. 263-2700; museumofplay.org.

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