Creativity

Creativity

Hospital Arts Outreach

CMOM helps children living with cancer and their families explore, heal and learn through art. Every week, we send our leading educators to the children’s ward of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Treatment Center. Equipped with a creative curriculum and a sterile selection of supplies, our educators invite patients, their siblings and parents to participate in free, innovative art activities that are fun and educational. By combining an academic focus with fun art activities, the art-making program makes the hospital setting more livable, stimulating and fun for kids coping with illness and allows them to feel like a “normal” kid for a while.

After-School Programs

CMOM provides after-school enrichment programs to more than 35,000 children. Each week CMOM runs 50-80 different programs off-site, mostly in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Over the last eight years, CMOM has developed a unique curriculum and educational approach that compliments and enriches the work of schools to meet performance standards in science, art and literacy.

PlayHelps

In response to Hurricane Katrina, CMOM created Play Helps™, a program that brought relief in the form of play to children and families in New Orleans impacted by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Based on CMOM’s PlayWorks™ curriculum and launched in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Museum in December 2006, Play Helps™ was conducted within two large geodesic domes filled with wonderful play and learning opportunities. The domes were set up on the grounds of the Andrew Jackson School in St. Bernard Parish. Classes from the elementary school regularly visited the Play Helps™ domes over the course of a three-month period. On weekends and holidays, community groups visited Play Helps™ free of charge at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Families were encouraged to participate in open-ended play, a toy-making workshop and special activities in the Art Studio.

Play Helps™ was presented through the support of the Toy Industry Foundation, designed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and coordinated by the Association of Children’s Museums.

A modified, locally-run and supported version called Play Power continues to be transformative for the Louisiana Children’s Museum and greater New Orleans community, delivering programs on a daily basis to five school sites.

A little play goes a long way!

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

CMOM'S New York Treasures Scavenger Hunt, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm

Search for hidden New York treasures throughout CMOM’s five floors of interactive exhibitions in a daily scavenger hunt this summer. Learn fun facts about NYC’s most famous attractions and cultural institutions along the way. Each hidden New York treasure will give you clues to solve a secret message and win a small prize!  
 

Monstrous Pencil Cases, 10:00am

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

First Day of School Picture Frames, 10:00am

5 & younger

Create a picture frame to commemorate the first day of school.

Monster Pencil Cases, 10:00am

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm 

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

All ages

10:30am – 4:00pm
Weather Permitting

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.
 

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!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

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

Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney, 11:00am

5 & younger

Have a rocking good time with Nicola McEldowney and her band of musical puppets. Sing songs, play games and tell stories at this one-of-a-kind puppet playtime event.
 

Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney, 11:00am

5 & younger

Have a rocking good time with Nicola McEldowney and her band of musical puppets. Sing songs, play games and tell stories at this one-of-a-kind puppet playtime event.

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.

Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Have a rocking good time with Nicola McEldowney and her band of musical puppets. Sing songs, play games and tell stories at this one-of-a-kind puppet playtime event.
 

Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Have a rocking good time with Nicola McEldowney and her band of musical puppets. Sing songs, play games and tell stories at this one-of-a-kind puppet playtime event.

Dance Party, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Dance to a variety of musical style including Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Latin, Classical and some of our favorite children’s bands.
 

First Day of School Picture Frames, 1:00pm

5 & younger

Create a picture frame to commemorate the first day of school.

Move to the Beat Drum Circle , 1:30pm

5 & younger

The whole family gets physical as they play in our heartbeat drum circle.

Monstrous Pencil Cases, 2:00pm

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

Monster Pencil Cases, 2:00pm

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm 

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.
 

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!
 

Parachute Play, 3:30pm

5 & younger

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

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

Full Calendar