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

littleBits™ Inventions, 10:00am

6 & older

10am - 4:45pm
Brainstorm an invention and use littleBits™ electronic blocks to make your idea come to life. Experiment with connecting batteries, light and sound sensors to your invention to see what will happen!

Chain Reaction Contraption, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Work in a group to build contraptions that create energy input and output that can lift a golf ball. Then, we’ll connect each contraption together to make one large chain reaction! How far will the golf ball go?
 

Little Scientists: Urban Gardening , 10:00am

4 & younger

Where does food comes from? How do plants grow? Learn about all this and more while you create your own herb garden to take home!  
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, explore nature and sensory exploration.    
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall with your friends.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Little Scientists: Urban Gardening , 1:00pm

4 & younger

Where does food comes from? How do plants grow? Learn about all this and more while you create your own herb garden to take home!  
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, explore nature and sensory exploration.    
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall with your friends.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Meet the Maker: Parsons The New School for Design, 2:30pm

All ages

2:30-4:30pm
Our Parsons Design and Technology team believes that for sustained inquiry, under-served or under-resourced youth best engage through their own interests, especially in the context of STEM learning.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

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