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

CMOM'S New York Treasures Scavenger Hunt, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm

Search for hidden New York treasures throughout CMOM’s five floors of interactive exhibitions in a daily scavenger hunt this summer. Learn fun facts about NYC’s most famous attractions and cultural institutions along the way. Each hidden New York treasure will give you clues to solve a secret message and win a small prize!  
 

Messy with Art: Primary Painting - Mixing Colors, 10:00am

5 & younger

Get messy as you learn how to mix colors!

Way Down Underground: Pop-up Water Science, 10:30am

All ages

10:30am – 4:00pm
Weather Permitting

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.
 

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.

The Art of Song with Claire Khodara, 11:00am

5 & younger

American Idol Season 9 contestant, Claire Khodara, shares her love of music in this interactive performance.  Claire trained at La Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and currently performs at the Pierre Hotel in New York City
 

The Art of Song with Claire Khodara, 11:00am

5 & younger

American Idol Season 9 contestant Claire Khodara shares her love of music in this interactive performance.  Claire trained at La Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and currently performs at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

The Art of Song with Claire Khodara, 12:00pm

5 & younger

American Idol Season 9 contestant, Claire Khodara, shares her love of music in this interactive performance.  Claire trained at La Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and currently performs at the Pierre Hotel in New York City
 

The Art of Song with Claire Khodara, 12:00pm

5 & younger

American Idol Season 9 contestant Claire Khodara shares her love of music in this interactive performance.  Claire trained at La Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and currently performs at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

EatPlayGrow™: My Five Senses Yoga, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Learn the importance of using all five senses through a mini yoga workshop!

EatPlayGrow™: My Five Senses Yoga, 1:00pm

5 & younger

Learn the importance of using all five senses through a mini yoga workshop!

EatPlayGrow™: Fabulous Fruits Sing-A-Long, 1:30pm

5 & younger

Sing-a-long with us and get excited about the fabulous rainbow of fruits!

Monstrous Pencil Cases, 2:00pm

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

EatPlayGrow™: My Five Senses Collage, 2:00pm

5 & younger

Using a mixture of textured collage materials, children and adults will create unique masks that help build teach and emphasize the importance of using all five senses when making food choices. Can you name all the senses?
 

Monster Pencil Cases, 2:00pm

All ages

Create a monster-inspired pencil case to prepare for the first day of school!

2:00pm – 4:30pm 

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.
 

Jam Band, 3:00pm

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!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

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