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

Calendar

Being Green Family Festival, 10:00am

All ages

Celebrate our precious mother earth at CMOM! Learn what it means to be green as you meet live animals, plant a garden, and listen to stories. You’ll learn what you can do to make earth a cleaner and greener place!

Being Green: Mud Painting, 10:45am

4 & younger

Create paint made of mud and design vibrant artwork inspired by Earth Day!
 

Being Green: Mud Painting, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Create paint made of mud and design vibrant artwork inspired by Earth Day!
 

Meet the Author: What Does it Mean to be Green? with Rana DiOrio, 2:00pm

5 & older

What steps can you take to protect the earth’s precious resources? Rana DiOrio’s book What Does it Mean to be Green? has the answers! Listen as she reads the story aloud.

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:15pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Movement & Circle Time, 2:15pm

4 & younger

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

Tin Planter Design with A Small Green Space, 2:30pm

5 & older

Transform tin cans into working planters of your own design with A Small Green Space. This New Jersey-based urban landscape design firm is committed to teaching children the value of plants and beautifying our green spaces.

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Parachute Play, 3:30pm

4 & younger

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

Tin Planter Design with A Small Green Space, 4:00pm

5 & older

Transform tin cans into working planters of your own design with A Small Green Space. This New Jersey-based urban landscape design firm is committed to teaching children the value of plants and beautifying our green spaces.

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

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