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Family Fall Day at the Museum of the Moving Image will give kids free access to the museum and the Jim Henson Exhibition.

The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Astoria is inviting families to celebrate its “Jim Henson Exhibition” with a day full of free activities.

Fall Family Day, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, will allow kids of all ages to make puppets, watch screenings and witness a live comedy puppet show.

The exhibition, which officially opened in July thanks to funding from the community, includes more than 300 objects on display including puppets such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Big Bird and Elmo. Sketches, storyboards and scripts donated by the Jim Henson Foundation and on loan from The Jim Henson Company Archives are also display.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children 17 and younger will have free admission to the museum and can participate in a number of events. At the Moving Image studio, kids can make their own paper bag puppets, learn about puppetry on the big screen and create puppet memes.

The museum will also run a continuous loop of Muppets clips at the Bartos Screening Room for visitors to enjoy.

Every half hour, educators will lead tours through the exhibition so families can learn more about Henson and his puppet-making history.

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, the five-time Emmy-nominated performer of Abby Cadabby from “Sesame Street” will put on a live performance starting at noon with her sidekick Lolly Lardpop. “Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up” is an interactive puppet show that features “a cast of unique puppet characters dedicated to spreading joy and laughter.”

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 3 through 17 and free for children under 3.

Also on Oct. 14, MOMI will screen “The Muppets” at noon. In the movie staring Jason Segal, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, Kermit and his friends help to save the Muppet Theatre from an evil oil baron threatening to tear it down.

For more information on Family Fall Day, visit the museum’s website.

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