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

Schedule of Programs

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.

Turkish Ceramics, 11:00am

6 & older

Explore examples of traditional Turkish ceramics – bowls, jugs, vases and tiles! Mold your own clay plate and use paint to adorn it with intricate floral patterns inspired by real examples of Turkish masterpieces!

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the 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.

Turkish Ceramics, 12:00pm

6 & older

Explore examples of traditional Turkish ceramics – bowls, jugs, vases and tiles! Mold your own clay plate and use paint to adorn it with intricate floral patterns inspired by real examples of Turkish masterpieces!

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the 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.

Storytelling: The Swirling Hijaab, 12:30pm

All ages

Explore movement and dance with CMOM educators in a reading of the colorful picture book The Swirling Hijaab by Na'ima bint Robert.

Move to the Beat Drum Circle , 1:30pm

5 & younger

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

Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage Dance Theater Ensemble, 2:00pm

All ages

Journey into the ancestral culture and tradition of the southern Philippines with dancers of Kinding Sindaw. 

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!

Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage Dance Theater Ensemble, 3:30pm

All ages

Journey into the ancestral culture and tradition of the southern Philippines with dancers of Kinding Sindaw. 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

STEAM Cart, 5:30pm

All ages

Keep an eye out for CMOM’s new STEAM Cart! This pop-up program will travel throughout the museum.  Explore a variety of demonstrations inspired by science, technology, engineering, art and math!

STEAM Cart, 6:30pm

All ages

Keep an eye out for CMOM’s new STEAM Cart! This pop-up program will travel throughout the museum.  Explore a variety of demonstrations inspired by science, technology, engineering, art and math!

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