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

Messy with Art: Cloud Dough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore this fluffy dough as you make cloud-like creations that expand and contract!
 

Messy with Art: Sand Paper Drawing, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore texture while drawing with colorful crayons on rough, bumpy sandpaper!
 

Messy with Art: Textured Mural, 10:00am

4 & younger

Use ordinary household items to create textured artwork!

Leaping Literacy Friday: Puppet Play , 10:45am

4 & younger

Use your imagination to make our puppets come to life! What will their names be? What will their voices sound like?
 

EatPlayGrow™ Wednesdays: I Love My Veggies Sing-A-Long, 10:45am

4 & younger

Sing-a-long with us and get excited about the fabulous rainbow of veggies!

Stack ‘em Up Thursdays: Farmer’s Market Counting, 10:45am

4 & younger

Join us for a shopping trip! Let’s count all the produce in our “Farmer’s Market!”

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

EatPlayGrow™: I Love My Veggies Basket, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Families learn the importance of eating vegetables every day as they explore color, textures, and patterns, and learn new vocabulary.
 

Math Wizards: Winter Sun Catchers, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Catch rays of winter sun to warm up your room!

Getting Creative with Art: Winter Wonderland Sculpture, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Sculpt your own winter wonderland ornament!

CMOM Kamishibai , 2:00pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories.

2-2:30pm 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

3D Mascot Maker, 3:00pm

All ages

In Tokyo, the child-inspired phenomenon of kawaii has influenced corporations and local governments to create their own “too cute” mascots. Create a 3D mascot of your own to represent your family, school or sports team!

3-4:45pm

Bubble Party Tuesdays: Baby Bath Time, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Don’t forget to wash behind their ears! Join us as we give our baby dolls a sweet-smelling bubble bath!
 

Bubble Party Tuesdays: Car Wash, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Suds up those wheels! Join us as we give our toy cars a strong scrub!

Laundry Day!, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us as we suds up our baby doll clothes! Don’t forget to hang them up to dry!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

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