Tips for Your Visit

Come to CMOM ready to play! Because we don’t allow eating in the museum, we suggest that you feed your child before your visit. Save your admission stickers for same-day free re-entry should you need to leave the museum for lunch or a snack. Check here for nearby dining options.

CMOM is bursting with fun, but short on stroller space. Please bring a stroller that folds or leave it at home to avoid the stroller check line and get straight to the fun!

Membership is a great way to save! It gives you a whole year of fun! If you plan to visit the Museum three or four times in the next twelve months, a membership is the way to go! Learn more about membership at CMOM.

Stop by the CMOM Store to find exhibit-related toys, books, games and puzzles to extend your CMOM experience. The fun and learning will continue long after your visit.

Learning can be messy, gooey and wet sometimes! Wear comfortable clothes and consider bringing an extra change of clothes. CMOM provides waterproof smocks for children engaged in wet and messy activities.

You and your child can participate in fun workshops and activities FREE with admission. Stop at the yellow Visitor Information Desk in the 1st floor lobby to learn about drop-in programs, pick up tickets for weekend performances and sign up for special workshops. Performance tickets are available one hour before each show, on a first-come basis.

CMOM maintains rigorous cleaning and sanitizing standards to help our visitors stay healthy. Hand sanitizers are located throughout the Museum. We encourage our visitors to practice good habits to stay healthy: wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve, and stay home if you or your child are not feeling well. For more information about H1N1 Flu (swine flu) and how to prevent it, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/ or http://www.nyc.gov/flu.

All of our bathrooms (including the Men's rooms) are equipped with diaper changing tables.

Museum Policies

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.
  • Strollers must be left at Coat Check. For a more enjoyable visit, we suggest you leave your stroller at home.
  • CMOM reserves the right to store strollers in a safe outdoor storage area.
  • No food or beverages are permitted in the Museum.
  • All groups larger than 15 children must have a reservation.
Tips for Your Visit

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Calendar

Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist, known during the Harlem Renaissance for her impressive vocal range and her unique style of sung improvisation known as ‘scat’. Learn how music is a form of self expression, from performance to post-production. Sing along with Lady Ella in your own style to experiment with improvisation. Record your unique rendition on an iPad, and use technology to alter the way your voice sounds. Save your finished product to our sound cloud and download it at home!
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 10:00am

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, creative expression.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

All ages

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

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

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Mathis Picard, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! This program is part of our Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, creative expression.
 

Dance the Lindy Hop (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Learn to do the Lindy Hop by moving your feet to the arrangement of basic tap steps. Try to tap your feet fast or slow to a variety of rhythms or tempo. Can you create your own step combinations?
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Fields of Felt, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Use felt images of trees, lakes, and mountains to create a large mural together.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, explore texture, early math skills.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

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