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

Messy with Art: Cloud Dough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore this fluffy dough as you make cloud-like creations that expand and contract!

EatPlayGrow™ Wednesdays: Go, Slow, Whoa Storytime, 10:00am

4 & younger

Learn the importance of healthy eating and learn new vocabulary through a storytime of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Gregory, the Terrible Eater.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

EatPlayGrow™: Go, Slow, Whoa Stoplight, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Make a food stoplight! Learn about nutrition by introducing the concept of GO, SLOW or WHOA! Then, using a selection of green, yellow and red color-coded food images, children will create a collage that helps them learn to identify healthy food choices by categorizing them as GO, SLOW, or WHOA foods.
 

CMOM Kamishibai , 2:00pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Too Cute Fashion! So Kawaii!, 2:45pm

All ages

Design your own sunglasses or armband and learn about the colorful aesthetics of kawaii (too cute), the popular, child-inspired fashion. 

2:45-4:45pm 

Laundry Day!, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us as we suds up our baby doll clothes! Don’t forget to hang them up to dry!

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