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

Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist during the Harlem Renaissance best known for her unique style of improvisation known as ‘scat’. Experiment with improvisation and record your unique sounds on an iPad to download at home!

 10:00am-4:45pm 

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

All ages

Use historic sheet music as your canvas and discover how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo.

10:00am-4:45pm 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Messy with Art: Let’s Make Playdough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
 

Leaping Literacy Friday: SCENTsory Jars, 10:45am

4 & younger

What’s that smell?! Did you know that scent memories are stored in our brains? Join us as we test our nose and brain by smelling various mystery items!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix colors together on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Getting Creative with Art: Diwali Rangoli (Sandart), 12:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 1:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Exploring Science: Ice Age - Excavating Fossils, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist to help us excavate and dig through ice to find dinosaur “fossils!” 

Ice Age: Excavating Fossils, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist and study dinosaur bones that have been frozen!  Join us as we excavate and dig through ice to discover dinosaur “fossils!”
 

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. 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

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