Access to CMOM

Access to CMOM

Need-Based CMOM Membership

Our Community Access Membership Program is a subsidized membership program that allows low-income families enrolled through community-based organizations (CBOs) to enjoy CMOM’s premier child- and family-friendly cultural and educational resources. Since 2000, the Access Program has enabled low-income families to purchase CMOM family memberships for $5, giving them unlimited access to CMOM and our public programs. Over the past three years we've partnered with more than 50 CBOs to promote this program, welcomed more than 4,000 new visitors and enrolled more than 1,000 Access memberships.

Cool Culture and CMOM

CMOM has also partnered with Cool Culture to provide free Museum access to children and families enrolled in childcare programs. Founded in 1999, Cool Culture connects over 50,000 low-income families in New York City to more than 90 art museums, botanical gardens, historical societies, zoos and other cultural institutions with the Cool Culture Family Pass. Through the Cool Culture Family Pass program, CMOM has welcomed thousands of Cool Culture families to the Museum to take advantage of informal learning opportunities that are fundamental to lifelong learning and academic success. 

Accessibility

CMOM is a place for children of all abilities to play, explore and be themselves. The Museum offers children with disabilities the opportunity to explore a wide variety of activities that provide tactile, visual and auditory stimuation. CMOM works with an advisory board for families of children with disabilities to expand outreach efforts and to review exhibits and programs to insure that they meet the needs of all museum visitors. CMOM partners with local schools to provide guided group visits for students with learning and physical disabilities and regularly offers open houses designed to encourage parents of children with disabilities understand how they can best take advantage of the Museum and its resources.

CMOM's Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities, developed with funding from the Noble Trust and in collaboration with experts in the field of learning and special needs, helps children with disabilities and their parents/caretakers, to more fully explore and maximize learning in PlayWorks™. CMOM was recognized for its innovative work on the Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities by the Association of Children’s Museums and VSA Arts with the 2009 Universal Design for Learning Award, which identifies model programs in children’s museums that demonstrate learning standards for inclusive practice. For more information e-mail access@cmom.org

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Calendar

Little Scientist: Home Sweet Home – Animal Habitats, 10:00am

4 & younger

Come join us as we explore different habitats and the animals that live in them! Create a diorama to display your own animal home.
Kindergarten readiness skills: learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory exploration, early science skills (cause and effect).
 

Duke Ellington: Big Band Instrument Making, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Edward “Duke” Ellington was not only a talented jazz performer, but also a composer and the conductor of his own Big Band. Many of the famous pieces of jazz we know today – known as ‘standards’ – were written by Duke for his band, and for the specific talents of his musicians. Inspired by the individual style of these talented performers, build your own musical instruments similar to the ones you hear in Duke Ellington’s music.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Eid al Fitr Festival – Henna Designs, 10:00am

All ages

Explore intricate henna designs as you learn about henna’s origins and fashion and create your own decorative templates and cards.
 

10am-12pm

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Gregory Chen, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Award-winning pianist, Gregory Chen, a Manhattan School of Music alumnus, has taught music at Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, City College of New York and in various schools within the New York City Public Schools.  He’s also performed in venues such as Symphony Space in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and The Jazz Showcase in Chicago IL.
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! This program is part of our Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Live Piano Music!, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm

Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist selected by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem!
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level
 

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.

Let’s Make Playdough, 11:30am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness and explore texture.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

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

Music and Storytelling: “Cinderella: An Islamic Tale”, 12:30pm

All ages

The story of Cinderella is common in different cultures worldwide. Find similarities and differences as the story of the character Zahra unfolds in Fawzia Gilani book Cinderella: An Islamic Tale.

12:30-1pm, drop in. 

Little Scientist: Home Sweet Home – Animal Habitats, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Come join us as we explore different habitats and the animals that live in them! Create a diorama to display your own animal home.
Kindergarten readiness skills: learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory exploration, early science skills (cause and effect).
 

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Dancing Lantern Shadow Puppets Theater, 2:00pm

5 & older

Join Melissa Chernowitz, puppeteer and artistic director of Dancing Lantern Theater as she helps you bring the rich story of Eid al Fitr to life with your own shadow puppet.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

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

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Dancing Lantern Shadow Puppets Theater, 3:45pm

5 & older

Join Melissa Chernowitz, puppeteer and artistic director of Dancing Lantern Theater as she helps you bring the rich story of Eid al Fitr to life with your own shadow puppet.

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.

Let’s Make Playdough, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness and explore texture.
 

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