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2015 News

New exhibit at Children's Museum of Manhattan shows NYC through a toddler's eyes.


Ever wonder what New York looks like through a toddler's eyes? A brand new interactive experience at the children's Museum of Manhattan is giving visitors just that. PIX 11's Lisa Mateo takes us on a tour with some very cute guides. View video » For more information on the NYC & Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple view » more »

NYC & Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple


The New York Times: Spare Times BY Laurel Graber (Through Jan. 18) There’s one place where little citizens can safely run loose on the streets of New York: the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. This new interactive 3,000-square-foot gallery is a city microcosm for small visitors, allowing them to pretend to be taxi drivers, bus drivers, construction workers, street performers and, most impressively, the mayor. Activities include directing traffic, erecting a skys... more »

NYC Public Schools Close to Observe Muslim Holiday for First Time


BY Ben Chapman, Lisa L. Colangelo Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the city has to understand and respect everyone's religion. City schools boss Carmen Fariña joined elected officials and Muslim leaders Thursday to mark the first time public schools were closed for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. City officials changed the school calendar in March to recognize the holiday, observed by 1 million Muslims across the city. In her speech at the Childre... more »

New York City Public Schools Close For Muslim Holy Day For First Time


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City public schools were closed Thursday in observance of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. This was the first time the school system that serves 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced public schools would close to observe the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The decision made New York City the largest the largest school district in the nation to recognize t... more »

CMOM Brings Education Program to Kids Who Live in the City's Family Shelters


Children's Museum of Manhattan is bringing education program to kids who live in the city’s family shelters By Clodagh McGowan Jamiaca Queens View video » more »

PRESS RELEASE: Children’s Museum of Manhattan Announces Opening of “NYC + Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple”


New Interactive Gallery Puts Children in the Center of the Hustle and Bustle of NYC’s Urban Landscape NYC + ME also launches CMOM’s “Gateway to the Arts” NEW YORK, NY – Only in New York, kids! The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) today announced the opening of NYC + Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple, a new interactive gallery that captures the quintessential sights, sounds, flavors and spirit of New York. In this immersive exper... more »

Outside Water Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan


WCBS-TV Critical Mention The place for children to beat the heat this summer is at the Children's Museum of Manhattan located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The City Splash outdoor water exhibit is a cool place for kids to learn about the environment. View video » more »

Parenting: Where To Go 7/24/15


  NY1 Parenting Correspondent Shelley Goldberg recommends some places to go with parenting news you can use.   View video »     more »

“Shake Rattle and Roll”


Thirteen/WNET NYC-ARTS Full Episode: July 23, 2015 Christina Ha reports on the arts and culture news including CMOM’s Frolic! exhibit. View video »   more »

5 Best Summer Activities For Kids In NYC


By Carly Petrone. There’s a lot going on at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan this summer! Stop by and check out Frolic!, a new interactive rock ‘n’ roll-themed pop-up play space that offers children ages 0-5 a unique set of music, movement, and imaginative play experiences that support emotional and physical development. Kids can enjoy a replica of a paint-splattered 1970’s Volkswagen minivan, a Rolling Stones-inspired tongue slide, a mini-... more »

The rockin’ new joint where toddlers can move like Jagger


By MACKENZIE DAWSON An expectant crowd waits in the lobby, ready to stream in and take their places before the rock concert starts. There are no seats at this gig — it’s standing/sitting-room only. “OK, WHO KNOWS THEIR ABCs?” someone shouts. Hardly the usual question asked of concertgoers, but then, this group is composed of toddlers and their parents and caretakers. Sure, they’re ready to rock — but first, shoes off, juice boxes out an... more »


A new pop-up space for kids, that just ROCK! » more »

Playspace Lets Kids Rock Out


'Frolic,' a new playspace at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, lets babies and toddlers find their inner-rock stars. »   more »

PRESS RELEASE: Children's Museum of Manhattan Announces Opening of "Frolic!" Rock 'n' Roll-themed Pop-up Play Space Focused on Early Chilhood Learning


Rockin’ New Interactive Tot Spot Designed Exclusively for Children Five and Under and Their Parents Features Daily Programs, Live Performances and Hands-on Music Education Workshops New York, NY – May 11, 2015 Rock on, kids! The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) today announced the opening of Frolic! a new interactive rock ‘n’ roll-themed pop-up play space that offers children ages 0-5 a unique set of music, movement and imaginative play ex... more »

New York City Museums Offer Growing Number of STEM Education Programs for Children


By MERAL AGIS From the New York Transit Museum's 'Get Kinetic!' workshop to the Brooklyn Historical Society's educational series with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a growing number of city museums are offering hands-on learning for children. The STEM-focused programming emphasizes the basics of science, technology, engineering and math. For an hour on Saturday afternoon, Emily Raimist and her sister Victoria were engineering superstars. With speed and determin... more »

Spare Times for Children for Jan. 30-Feb. 5


‘Hello From Japan!’ By LAUREL GRAEBER Poor Godzilla. He didn’t make the cut. “Hello From Japan!,” the latest exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, crams a lot of culture into one room. While it doesn’t include movie monsters — perhaps too scary? — it has other fanciful Japanese creatures: dragons, beckoning white cats (they’re good luck) and yuru-kyara, odd mascots representing places, sports teams, b... more »

Children's Museum Offers Kids Glimpse at Life in Japan


New York 1 by TARA LYNN WAGNER View video » Japan may be half way around the world, but a new exhibit in Manhattan is bringing the country's culture to city kids. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed this report. Consider it a trip to Japan without the long flight. A bright and bubbly new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is called Hello from Japan! Having already explored Greece and China in their culture series, museum officials thought Jap... more »

PRESS RELEASE: Hello from Japan! A New Exhibition and Program Series, Opens Today at The Children's Museum of Manhattan


Hello from Japan! is the Third in a Series of Major Cultural Exhibitions by CMOMNew York, NY – January 16, 2015 – The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) today announced the opening of Hello from Japan!, an interactive traveling exhibit that will transport families to a present-day setting in Tokyo. The multimedia exhibit and program series will run through May 17, 2015. The 1,500-square-foot exhibition, funded by The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhi... more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Children’s Museum of Manhattan to Celebrate Opening of Hello from Japan! at CMOM on January 15


New Interactive Exhibit Transports Families to a Present-Day Setting in Tokyo, Hello from Japan! is the Third in a Series of Major Cultural Exhibitions by CMOM The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will celebrate the opening of Hello from Japan!, a new interactive exhibit that enables families to experience and learn about Tokyo’s vibrant culture and present-day life in Japan, on Thursday, January 15 from 10am-noon at CMOM (212 West 83rd Street). The multimedia e... more »

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Icicle Painting, 10:00am

5 & younger

Use frozen cubes of to create a chilly picture. Watch as the paint melts and changes texture.

Movement & Melodies, 10:30am

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Way Down Underground: Pop-up Water Science- City Splash , 10:30am

All ages

With support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, join CMOM educators for some pop-up water experiments and story times in CMOM’s outdoor water exhibit City Splash. Learn about where your water comes from and where it goes as we explore NYC way down underground.

Parachute Play, 11:30am

5 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Bubble Painting, 1:00pm

5 & older

Create a work of art using water colors, bubble solution, paintbrushes and bubble wands!

Leaping Lily Pads, 1:30pm

5 & younger

Color your own lily pad. Then, count to 20 as you pretend to be a frog leaping from pad to pad!

Fire Prevention Day: Meet a Fireman!, 2:00pm

5 & older

Meet a real fireman! Learn how to help your family prevent fires in your home as we meet a fireman from Hook and Ladder Engine Company 74.

Fire Prevention Day: Poster Design, 2:00pm

5 & younger

Help prevent fires by designing a poster that helps remind you and your family how to keep your home safe.

Jam Band, 2:30pm

5 & younger

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

Cardboard Creations, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Join us we make large scale creations using cardboard boxes!

Movement & Melodies, 3:30pm

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Full Calendar