History and Mission

CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, we’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. We’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum’s community partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services.

CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

  • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
  • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
  • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
  • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.

These priorities are met through exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances and Museum-sponsored festivals. CMOM’s programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. Professional Development programs are offered to parents, educators and childcare providers and health care professionals as a means to broaden CMOM’s influence in reaching children and their families effectively.

Every week more than 80 workshops, classes and performances are offered free with admission to the Museum, deepening the CMOM experience with related literacy-based activities, diverse cultural experiences and the performing arts. Every CMOM program is based on research, evaluation and testing.

History and Mission

Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Memorial Day Flags & Flowers, 10:00am

5 & younger

Create poppies and American flags in honor of Memorial Day.

Jam Band, 10:30am

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Free Fall Fun: Parachute Design , 10:30am

6 & older

Parachutes use air resistance to change the speed of an object as it falls. Learn more about gravity and air resistance by designing your own parachute model. Test out your parachute with our very own wind tunnel and watch your parachute fly and fall.

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Uniform Evolution Design, 11:00am

6 & older

Explore how the styles of American uniforms have changed from the time of the American Revolution to today. Design your own uniform using different fabrics, zippers, and buttons.

Parachute Play, 11:30am

5 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix Paint on the PlayworksTM Mural Wall

Uniform Evolution Design, 12:00pm

6 & older

Explore how the styles of American uniforms have changed from the time of the American Revolution to today. Design your own uniform using different fabrics, zippers, and buttons.

Dance Party, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Dance to a variety of musical style including Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Latin, Classical and some of our favorite children’s bands. 

Memorial Day Flags & Flowers, 1:00pm

5 & younger

Create poppies and American flags in honor of Memorial Day.

Free Fall Fun: Parachute Design , 2:00pm

6 & older

Parachutes use air resistance to change the speed of an object as it falls. Learn more about gravity and air resistance by designing your own parachute model. Test out your parachute with our very own wind tunnel and watch your parachute fly and fall.

Measure Up!, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Explore measuring tools like cups, tape and rulers to learn how different materials are measured.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Full Calendar