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

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: Textured Printmaking, 10:00am

5 & younger

Use ordinary household items to create textured artwork!

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.

Wendy & DB, 11:00am

5 & younger

Dance along with Wendy & DB’s new CD - It’s A Doo Da Day! Let your imagination soar with their fun melodies and positive lyrics!
 

Wendy & DB, 11:00am

5 & younger

Dance along with Wendy & DB’s new CD - It’s A Doo Da Day! Let your imagination soar with their fun melodies and positive lyrics! 

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.

Wendy & DB, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Dance along with Wendy & DB’s new CD - It’s A Doo Da Day! Let your imagination soar with their fun melodies and positive lyrics!
 

Wendy & DB, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Dance along with Wendy & DB’s new CD - It’s A Doo Da Day! Let your imagination soar with their fun melodies and positive lyrics! 

Sing and Sign, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Move your body and use your hands to sing your favorite songs!

Fabric Doll House, 1:00pm

5 & younger

Help CMOM educators create a dollhouse made of felt! Add to the mural by creating stories about the family who lives in the house!
 

Puppet Play, 1:30pm

5 & younger

Use your imagination to make our puppets come to life! What will their names be? What will their voices sound like?
 

Monstrous Pencil Cases, 2:00pm

All ages

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

First Day of School Picture Frames, 2:00pm

5 & younger

Create a picture frame to commemorate the first day of school.

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.
 

Stack ‘em Up!, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Use colorful, transparent blocks to build your own structures and explore balance. What can you design and build out of geometric shapes?
 

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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