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

Messy with Art: Wet Marker Art, 10:00am

4 & younger

Love drawing with markers?  What do you think happens when you dip the marker in water?
 

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.

Leaping Literacy Friday: Camp Out Creations, 10:45am

4 & younger

Create a mural of a campsite with fuzzy felt. Add to the mural and create stories about the animals who live in the great outdoors!    
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Getting Creative with Art: Crabby Collages, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Get ready for a deep sea adventure! Explore the colors and shapes of crabs and create your own sea life-inspired collage.
 

Sing and Sign, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Move your body and use your hands to sing your favorite songs!

Math Wizards: Animal Sounds and Movement, 12:30pm

5 & younger

How often does a cricket chirp? How far can a kangaroo jump? How long does a bird fly? Join us as we discover early math skills by exploring the animal kingdom!

Leaping Literacy Friday: Puppet Play , 1:30pm

5 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 2:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 3:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

Construction Site Play, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Become a construction worker and help us dig, pour and build in our mini construction site!
 

Jam Band, 3:30pm

5 & younger

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

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 4:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

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