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Family Entertainment: Art picks

CHOCOLATE: AN EXHIBITION How sweet it is! The tempting morsel is also a cultural phenomenon. Learn about the rain forests where cacao grows, the chocolate Mayans drank, the history of slavery in chocolate production, and today’s efforts to produce it sustainably. Through May 7. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org

DEEP CUTS: CONTEMPORARY PAPER CUTTING Paper: Every kid knows the miraculous things you can do with scissors. More than 30 artists show what you can achieve when you knit it, roll it, stack it, and glue it. Through May 21. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

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HANNA-BARBERA: THE ARCHITECTS OF SATURDAY MORNING Meet the Flintstones. And Scooby Doo. And the Smurfs. Animation art and more from cartoon powerhouses William Hanna and Joseph Barbera — the team “60 Minutes” once called “The General Motors of animation.” Through May 29. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road/Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

HERE COMES THE SUN Along with more ordinary materials such as leather sneakers, sculptor Federico Uribe repurposes bullets and shotgun casings to make a large-scale installation of fantastical animals, turning the stuff of nightmares into happy dreams. Through May 29. MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

WOW® WORLD OF WEARABLEART™ Wild and splendiferous outfits that look like a bug, a car, a castle, and more were created for a New Zealand design contest. Made of materials such as fiberglass and taxidermy, these costumes are nonetheless wearable. Through June 11. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

HIDEOUT We all know what a fort looks like: It is made of pillows, blankets, and sofa cushions. Sculptor Amy Archambault used fort blueprints designed by kids to create an interactive installation where they can climb, hide in cubbies, and get cozy. Through June 18. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

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MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS: THE ART OF ROBERT McCLOSKEY Come see the author/illustrator’s fluid, adroit sketches and drawings for the legendary tale of a mother duck leading her youngsters to water in the Public Garden — and other classic books. Through June 18. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

ERIC CARLE AND FRIENDS: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? Carle, who has penned dozens of children’s books, invited 15 other kids’ book artists to respond to the age-old question. Here are their answers. Through Aug. 27. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300, www.carlemuseum.org

TURTLE POWER! TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES & SAMURAI HEROES The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles abide by a samurai-era code of honor. Compare original illustrations of the heroes in half shells with samurai armor and art. Through Sept. 3. George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 413-263-6800, www.springfieldmuseums.org/

LISTEN HEAR: THE ART OF SOUND This show is like a treasure hunt of surprising sounds through the museum and the surrounding neighborhood, from the chirp of crickets in the cricketless courtyard to the creep of a turtle’s crawl in the Fens. Through Sept. 5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

CATE McQUAID