PlayWorks™

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Follow your child’s lead. Observe your child, what activities keep their attention the longest. These observations help you to understand how your child likes to learn.

PlayWorks™

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Ages birth – 4 years

We’ve designed every aspect of PlayWorks™ to help families prepare children to enter school ready to learn and grow. By combining play and learning, PlayWorks™ creates a fun and rewarding experience for children.

As children explore PlayWorks™ and participate in daily Art Lab programs, they build their physical, social, math, art, science, literacy and problem-solving abilities—as well as the self-confidence, independence and awareness necessary for them to become life-long learners.

For adults, PlayWorks™ provides an opportunity to observe each child’s unique learning style and appreciate how play creates a strong foundation for later learning. This innovative 4,000 square foot environment includes Alphie—a giant talking dragon who “eats” letters, a deli, a fire truck, MTA bus, sand play, giant lite brite, soft space for crawlers and more!

Resources:

Family Guide »

Children with Disabilities Guide

English (PDF) »
En Español (PDF) »

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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