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A dinosaur simulation, Betsy Ross exhibit & more

Check out what's new for families in October!

Dinosaurs come to life at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington, in a new interactive digital simulation exhibit, Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous, Oct. 2-Jan 9, 2011. Also, a new Nature Nook opens Oct. 30 in the former Discovery Room, with updated learning activities designed for kids ages 2-10. Free with admission, 5-$7.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Winterthur, DE presents Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend, Oct. 2-Jan. 2, 2011. Discover the "real" Betsy Ross in this exhibition that examines the life & work of America’s famous flagmaker. "Hands-on History Cart" on weekends offers opportunities to make your own 5-pointed stars & talk with a guide. Free with admission, $5-$18. Closed Mondays.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA premieres a new East Conservatory Plaza on Oct. 9. Inside the five-tier terrace, you can see a new vertical display that can hold more than 47,000 plants, making it the largest indoor green wall in North America. Special events & tours are planned for the opening day, 11am-4pm. Free with admission, $6-$16, ages 4 & younger free.

Montgomery Theater, Jr. in Souderton, PA presents a new take on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, Oct. 22-31. Ages 4 & up. $10.

Fossil Freeway paintingArt & science meet on the Fossil Freeway at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Phila. A new exhibit, Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll & Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, features whimsical & wacky pieces of art depicting imagined scenes with prehistoric creatures, such as the one above. Oct. 23-Jan. 2, 2011. Free with admission, $10-$12.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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