Busloads of schoolchildren streamed into the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to see the film “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” a first thanks to a partnership with National Geographic Society.

The Cradle of Aviation was one of seven museums nationwide chosen for this partnership, which allows the participating museums access to National Geographic films, exhibits and speakers.

“It’s an exciting day in Nassau County as we announce a new and unique partnership with National Geographic Society and the Cradle of Aviation Museum,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told reporters at a news conference inside the museum’s IMAX dome theater.

“Sea Monsters” is about marine dinosaurs during the late Cretaceous period, which was 81.9 million years ago.

“How many of you like dinosaurs?” Andrew Parton, the museum’s Executive Director, asked the children from Westbury, Copiague, Elmont and Uniondale, who cheered with approval.

“We launched this program because the future is about partnerships and relationships, and we’re just so excited to be part of a new relationship here on Long Island,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

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