CMOM Philosophy

For more than thirty years, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has been an exciting destination for play, fun and learning-by-doing. Through theme-based exhibits, hands-on activities, interactive programs and larger-than-life environments, CMOM helps young visitors discover new ideas and stretch their imaginations.

Featured Programs

Preschool Fun at CMOM

4 & younger
CMOM’s PlayWorks™ Lab hosts a variety of hands on programs, giving children the freedom to discover their own interests and develop their unique learning style. Highlighting a different topic every day, children have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials as well as subjects such as literacy, math, art, health and science. More »

Featured Exhibit

NYC + Me:

A Little Bite of the Big Apple

All Ages
Inside this 3,000-square-foot immersive experience, children can take over the Big Apple’s sidewalks, streets, parks, plazas, public transportation, air rights and underground world as they playfully explore the city that never sleeps! More »


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