CMOM Philosophy

CMOM Philosophy

For more than thirty years CMOM has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

CMOM’s exhibits and programs focus on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

Early Childhood

CMOM believes that children learn best when provided with nurturing, creative environments that support play, imagination, curiosity and discovery. Our comprehensive early childhood curriculum engages all facets of your child's life by bringing together the arts, language, science, math and the humanities.

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Healthy Lifestyles

CMOM’s innovative approaches have helped families incorporate healthy living, cooking and physical fitness into healthy lives. Now, as the incidence of childhood obesity reaches epidemic levels, health experts and key local leaders have asked us to help lead the fight against childhood obesity.

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Creativity

CMOM hosts renowned artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors in our workshops, performances and exhibits. Through creativity, we encourage children and families to express their opinions, understand the views of others and build critical problem-solving skills for life-long learning.

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World Cultures

Our humanities-based exhibitions and programs promote intercultural understanding. To ensure accuracy, we present cultural traditions, customs and common beliefs based on research and collaboration with prominent scholars, educators and experts.

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

littleBits™ Inventions, 10:00am

6 & older

10am - 4:45pm
Brainstorm an invention and use littleBits™ electronic blocks to make your idea come to life. Experiment with connecting batteries, light and sound sensors to your invention to see what will happen!

Chain Reaction Contraption, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Work in a group to build contraptions that create energy input and output that can lift a golf ball. Then, we’ll connect each contraption together to make one large chain reaction! How far will the golf ball go?
 

Little Scientists: Urban Gardening , 10:00am

4 & younger

Where does food comes from? How do plants grow? Learn about all this and more while you create your own herb garden to take home!  
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, explore nature and sensory exploration.    
 

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.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

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

Little Scientists: Urban Gardening , 1:00pm

4 & younger

Where does food comes from? How do plants grow? Learn about all this and more while you create your own herb garden to take home!  
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, explore nature and sensory exploration.    
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

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

Meet the Maker: Parsons The New School for Design, 2:30pm

All ages

2:30-4:30pm
Our Parsons Design and Technology team believes that for sustained inquiry, under-served or under-resourced youth best engage through their own interests, especially in the context of STEM learning.
 

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.

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