FAQs

General Information

Does it cost extra for performances, workshops or special exhibits?

  • No, admission price includes all daily programs, performances, workshops and hands-on exhibits.

May I bring food and drinks into the Museum?

  • No; because CMOM does not offer a cafeteria and many children have food allergies, CMOM does not allow any food or beverages inside the Museum. There are several child-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood. The stamp you receive at admissions entitles you to leave for a meal and return to CMOM as many times as you like during the day. We have water fountains on the 3rd Floor and Lower Level. Babies and children under 4 may use bottles and sippy cups.

May I drop my child off?

  • No, children must be accompanied at all times by an adult age 18 or older. If you are looking for a fun and educational place to drop your child off, CMOM offers several drop-off enrollment classes.

Is there a children’s park or playground nearby?

  • CMOM is located between two great parks. Two blocks west is Riverside Park. Riverside Park’s entrance on 83rd Street has a beautiful playground and ample benches for picnics. Three blocks east of the Museum is Central Park where there are ball fields, fountains, playgrounds and plenty of space for picnicing.

Are there days when the Museum is open late?

  • We are open until 7pm on Saturdays. We are also open from 5 - 8pm on the first Friday of every month for Target First Free Friday Nights.

Is there a mailing list?

Comfort and Safety Issues

Can my family visit the Museum if my child has not received the MMR vaccination?

  • CMOM strongly supports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health (DOH) recommendations that all children receive the MMR vaccination. CMOM requests but does not require that guests are vaccinated; proof of vaccination is not needed to gain entry.

Please review these notes on MMR from the NYC DOH:

  • Currently, there is no outbreak of measles in NYC.
  • NYC does have cases of measles from time to time, as we have this year, because a traveler acquired the infection in another state or country. However, even if there were an outbreak of measles, the DOH would not recommend that unvaccinated people be excluded from all or even most public activities. Rather, they would encourage them strongly to be vaccinated. This approach was quite successful in halting an outbreak of measles in spring 2014 in New York City.
  • The DOH has never excluded unvaccinated persons from public activities during any of NYC’s past outbreaks.
  • State law authorizes the Health Department to exclude unvaccinated children from attending school and daycare settings. Schools and daycares have a legal mandate to enforce the school immunization requirements, which a museum does not.

What are the Museum’s building and exhibition cleaning procedures?

Museum Cleaning Procedures:

  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff are on-site during Museum operating hours to sanitize and clean the restrooms, common areas and exhibit galleries including frequent cleaning of surfaces that hands touch to eliminate the spread of germs. We disinfect all hands-on items (i.e. door knobs, light switches, handles, etc.), and manipulatives such as plastic food, balls, etc. We use Green Cleaning Wipes, a non-toxic product commonly used in children's museums. These wipes are also available on the floor for the general public to use at their discretion.
  • Deep cleaning by a professional cleaning service takes place when the Museum is closed. The floors are mopped and vacuumed, restrooms are cleaned and all surfaces are sanitized.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located on each floor.
  • Staff is required to consistently wash their hands.
  • Our guests are welcome and encouraged to notify Museum staff if an area or object needs attention.

Exhibition Cleaning and Repair Procedures:

  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff clean exhibition areas regularly throughout the day.
  • Guests are provided with "Yucky Toy Bins.”
  • Dirty toys are regularly replaced with clean toys throughout the day.
  • All hands-on items (stuffed animals, plastic food and balls, etc.) are sanitized regularly in a sanitizing machine. All surfaces that hands touch are cleaned to eliminate the spread of germs.
  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff routinely inspect exhibit displays and interactives to insure the safe condition and durability of all elements.
  • Our guests are welcome and encouraged to notify Museum staff if an area or object needs attention.

Are there doctors or nurses available at the Museum?

  • There are nearby doctors on call for the Museum every day in case of an emergency.

Do you have a lost and found?

  • Most lost and found items are brought to the Admissions Desk. Items of worth such as cell phones and cameras are brought to the fourth floor administrative offices for safe keeping.

Is there a diaper changing area in the building?

  • CMOM has changing tables in all its restrooms. Restrooms are located on the lower level and on the third floor. Health regulations require that diaper changing be done in restrooms. Parents may not change their children outside of these areas.

Where may I nurse my child?

  • You may nurse anywhere in the Museum. For a quieter space, we suggest the fourth floor.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

  • CMOM has a ramp entrance and open lobby for free movement. The Museum is wheelchair accessible in all locations except the lower level of the City Splash exhibition. The elevator in the lobby allows for at least two wheelchairs, and can be locked off for multiple uses by a school group, etc. We are constantly striving to make CMOM as accessible as possible for children with disabilities and their families. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s specific needs, please contact us at info@cmom.org.

Why do I have to check my stroller?

  • A large number of strollers in the building would prevent a safe fire evacuation. The only strollers allowed are for children with special needs. Any stroller left in the lobby or found in the building without a special tag will be confiscated by the Museum. All strollers should be collapsible, and should be checked upon entry. If the stroller cannot be collapsed, CMOM reserves the right to store it in a safe outdoor area, weather permitting. For a more enjoyable visit, skip the check line by leaving your strollers at home.

When is the least crowded time to visit CMOM?

  • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the school year tend to be our quietest times. 

Where can I find a Museum Directory?

  • Museum Directories are posted next to and inside both elevators.

Fees and Member Benefits

May I re-enter the Museum after I leave?

  • Yes, at admission guests are given a hand stamp that entitles them to re-entry for the day.

What special benefits do Museum members receive?

  • Museum members may visit CMOM free, as many times as they like, over the course of their membership. Members receive invitations to exclusive events and discounts for birthday parties, CMOM store purchases and enrollment classes and at numerous area establishments. We have several membership levels. Learn more about CMOM membership »

Can my child have a birthday party at the Museum?

  • Yes! CMOM has a popular Birthday Party plan offering several options. Generally, parents should contact the Museum two to three months in advance to find out if their desired date is available. Day parties are held on the Lower Level and are coordinated with one of our exhibitions. After-hour parties also include exclusive access to an exhibit space. Learn more about birthday parties »

Will CMOM donate a membership or free passes for my school’s fundraiser?

  • CMOM recognizes that there are many wonderful organizations supporting children in the tri-state area. We are happy to donate a limited number of complimentary memberships and museum passes for fundraising purposes to local organizations each month, as per our Donation Request Guide. Download the Guide »

Programs and Classes

May I bring my child’s class in for a tour during school hours?

  • Yes. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays so that school groups of 15 or more may receive guided tours of one exhibit plus enjoy a hands-on workshop. Groups of 15 or more wishing to visit the Museum Tuesday through Friday must make reservations and tour the Museum along with the public. Learn more about guided group tours »

Do I have to make reservations for a group?

  • Yes, groups of 15 or more must make a reservation. Ninety minute guided tours for these groups are arranged through the School Programs department. The reservation includes a tour of one exhibit and a hands-on workshop lead by a CMOM educator.

Are there classes for children?

  • There are popular parent-child classes available for Member children 6 months to 3 years old. These classes emphasize art, music and early childhood development. After-school classes are available to older children (ages 4 and older) in various subjects such as biology, art, theater, health and nutrition. Learn more about classes »

What types of outreach does CMOM provide?

  • CMOM educators conduct programs focusing on biology, health, nutrition, art, literacy and conflict resolution. View more about CMOM in the Community »

Can I volunteer at CMOM?

  • CMOM has volunteer intern opportunities for college students. Undergraduate and graduate students may intern in the Education, Development or Exhibits Departments. Learn more about internships »

What is there to do at the Children’s Museum?

 

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Schedule of Programs

Getting Creative with Art: Sandy Shores, 10:00am

4 & younger

Use sand and seashells to create a textured piece of artwork inspired by the beach!
 

Messy with Art: Wet Chalk Drawing, 10:00am

4 & younger

Love chalk drawing?  What do you think happens when you dip the chalk in water?
 

Jam Band, 10:30am

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 & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Colorful Ribbon Dancing, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Use brightly colored ribbon sticks to make designs in the air. Move your body as you listen to music and follow its rhythm.

Mystery Mondays: Beach Ball Play, 1:30pm

5 & younger

Join us for some beach-time fun! Toss, roll or catch one of our over-sized beach balls!
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience, 2:00pm

5 & older

Embark on a 3D journey to explore the art and architecture of mosques from around the world.

CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience, 3:00pm

5 & older

Embark on a 3D journey to explore the art and architecture of mosques from around the world.

Does it Dissolve?, 3:15pm

4 & younger

What happens when you mix sugar in water? Find out what substances dissolve, or melt into liquid, when we perform an experiment!
 

Jam Band, 3:30pm

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 & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience, 4:00pm

5 & older

Embark on a 3D journey to explore the art and architecture of mosques from around the world.

Full Calendar