Private Functions

Let CMOM Host Your Next Event!

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan provides an energetic background for your special events and is the perfect venue for a corporate event, business meeting, private party or media event.

CMOM offers great visibility for product launches, press events, photo shoots, corporate meetings and important announcements.

After Hours
CMOM is perfect for cocktail parties, family holiday parties and corporate receptions. We can customize and provide tailored programming for art, educational and interactive workshops led by our experienced educators, book Broadway performers for a theater performance, arrange audio/visual/lighting, coordinate themed events and promote your event through CMOM’s media relations.

CMOM’s unique and lively interactive exhibition areas are spread over five floors and are bursting with an array of cozy nooks and grand spaces. The Museum is designed to delight and intrigue children and adults of all ages.

For further details, please consult our complete list of available spaces, which includes information such as specifications, occupancy information, rental fees and more. To book your event, please contact Annabel Barnes at 212 721-1223 ext. 227 or

CMOM Rental Information

First Floor and Main Lobby 
The Lobby, equipped with a handicapped accessible ramp, is where your guests will be delighted at the ease and convenience with which they are welcomed and their coats, bags and strollers checked. With its grand foyer and 20' ceiling height, The Lobby is the perfect welcoming site in which to mingle and greet your guests, completed by hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music.

The Main Exhibition Hall, located at entry level, houses EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day!

The Sussman Environmental Center is a unique outdoor urban courtyard, with a tri-level structure designed by Ivan Chermayeff. Currently home to City Splash, an outdoor exhibit with water-themed interactive activities, the Sussman Environmental Center is a popular escape from the heat and makes a great addition to any party looking for a little room to breathe. Available (weather permitting) April through October, this outdoor area accommodates up to 70 people.

Lower Level Gallery
The Lower Level Gallery and Performance Space is a flexible gallery and performance space that can accommodate up to 150 people for a performance, media event, product launch or corporate presentation. (1,800 sq. ft.)

Second Floor
Located on our second floor mezzanine directly overlooking the Main Exhibition Hall, this exhibition space accommodates up to 150 people and is accessible from our wrap-around catwalk overlooking the main lobby entrance. In this colorful and playful exhibition based upon the popular Nickelodeon television shows, Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! the adventurous Latina heroine and her cousin guide children and adults through a series of hands-on adventures. Children can play “hide and seek” in the rainforest, help Diego care for rainforest animals, build a Rainbow Bridge, drive Tico’s car and join the fiesta at Dora’s House. At the end of your adventure, sing the “We Did It!” song with Dora and Boots! At the same time, adults are guided by informative panels which explain what and how their children are learning. (1,800 sq. ft.)

Third Floor
PlayWorks™ is an immersive, child-sized early childhood environment that accommodates up to 250 people. Feed alphabet letters to a talking baby dragon, drive a New York City fire truck, paint on a six-foot art wall, make your way through a crawling challenge course, and connect an air tube puzzle. PlayWorks™ helps build the skills, attitudes and behaviors children will need for kindergarten and later on throughout life. (3,500 sq. ft.)

The PlayWorks™ Classroom is a room designed for play and exploration. Tables for educator-led activities, reading nooks and a fantastic slide are all part of the fun. Accommodates 25 people. (400 sq. ft.)

The Discovery Classroom is a fully functional computer lab and classroom with WiFi capabilities. Accommodates up to 25 people. (400 sq. ft.) An adjoining reviewers room (connected by a 2-way mirror) is fully equipped for conducting focus groups and market research.

Fourth Floor
The Russell Berrie Creativity Lab home to The Little West Side is where imagination and celebration join together for hands-on art workshops and book-making activities. A brightly colored, well-lit environment surrounds participants as they dive into participatory “make and take” art classes. Accommodates up to 25 people. (500 sq. ft.)

The Helena Rubinstein Literacy Room, houses temporary exhibits, is a bright, inviting space adjacent to The Russell Berrie Creativity Lab.

Rental Fees

Rental prices range from $5,000 – $50,000 and are based upon specific requirements. Rentals are typically for a minimum 3-hour event with an hour for set-up and an hour for breakdown (a total of 5 hours). Additional hours are $375 per hour. A 10% discount is available for CMOM Corporate Members and non-profit organizations.

What’s Included

The rental fee includes an event manager, maintenance staff, security guards, basic audio/visual package, furniture, set-up and clean-up fees. Also included: 

  • 6-8 standard 6 ft tables (No linens provided)
  • 125 blue folding chairs
  • Standard lecture microphones with podium
  • Surround sound system
  • CD player
  • 50" plasma screen TV with a DVD player is available (additional cost)

Note: If additional audio/visual needs are required, we work with two exceptional companies to which we can refer you.

What’s Possible

If children are on your guest list, our event planners can (for an additional programming fee) tailor your event with custom options from New York’s best artists, including musicians, storytellers, face-painters, arts and crafts activities, complete hands-on programming and much more!

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Jazz Lyric Scramble , 10:00am

All ages

Writers like Langston Hughes shaped the path of jazz and the Harlem Renaissance. He played with patterns in stories and poetry, incorporating rhythm and repetition. Explore ways to think about sound and music as you create your own unique story using Jazz artist biographies and songs.

Record Cover Design , 10:00am

All ages

Explore Jazz Culture during the Harlem Renaissance through jazz record covers. Find inspiration on the cover of historic Jazz albums while you create your own design for a jazz record.


Duke Ellington: Big Band Instrument Making, 10:00am

All ages

Many of the famous pieces of jazz we know today were written by Edward “Duke” Ellington for his Big Band, and for the specific talents of his musicians. Build your own musical instruments just like the ones you hear in Duke Ellington’s music.


Getting Creative with Art: Wacky Witch’s Hats, 10:00am

4 & younger

Celebrate the spooky season and design your own wacky witch’s hat.

Thinking Like a Composer (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Match the sounds that you hear with notes on paper as you design your own musical score. Use historic sheet music by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. 

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: Wacky Witch’s Hats, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Celebrate the spooky season and design your own wacky witch’s hat.

Dance the Lindy Hop , 1:30pm

All ages

Learn to do the Lindy Hop by moving your feet to fun and easy tap steps. 

Now You're Cooking! Pumpkin Wraps with The Creative Kitchen™ , 2:00pm

All ages

2pm - 4pm
Create your own Halloween-inspired lunch with chef and author Cricket Azima, founder of The Creative Kitchen™.

Justin the Magician , 3:00pm

All ages

Discover funny and unexpected surprises during this Halloween-inspired magic show!

Parachute Play, 3:30pm

4 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

Justin the Magician , 4:00pm

All ages

Discover funny and unexpected surprises during this Halloween-inspired magic show!

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