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

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist during the Harlem Renaissance best known for her unique style of improvisation known as ‘scat’. Experiment with improvisation and record your unique sounds on an iPad to download at home!

 10:00am-4:45pm 

In the Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

Use historic sheet music as your canvas and discover how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo.

10:00am-4:45pm 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Messy with Art: Let’s Make Playdough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
 

Leaping Literacy Friday: SCENTsory Jars, 10:45am

4 & younger

What’s that smell?! Did you know that scent memories are stored in our brains? Join us as we test our nose and brain by smelling various mystery items!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix colors together on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Getting Creative with Art: Diwali Rangoli (Sandart), 12:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 1:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Exploring Science: Ice Age - Excavating Fossils, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist to help us excavate and dig through ice to find dinosaur “fossils!” 

Ice Age: Excavating Fossils, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist and study dinosaur bones that have been frozen!  Join us as we excavate and dig through ice to discover dinosaur “fossils!”
 

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them. 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

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