Pop-up stores, puppets and The Lion King: These are a few of my favorite things. So imagine my glee when I discovered there's a new exhibit in NYC that combines all three. (Squee!)

"Inside The Lion King" is a pop-up exhibit currently taking over the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, near Bryant Park. Inside there are 86 museum-quality "artifacts" from the Broadway production of The Lion King, which is celebrating 15 years in NYC. You can get up close and personal with a giant elephant puppet, take a photo in a 5' wildebeest mask, and participate in special workshops that delve into the musical's choreography, design and storytelling. It is, in short, totally awesome.

The exhibit is free and open from 10 am - 8 pm, but only until December 16. So you might want to take a break from your holiday shopping to check it out. (Hakuna matata—you'll get it all done!)

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