History and Mission

CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, we’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. We’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum’s community partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services.

CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

  • Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.
  • Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
  • Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.
  • Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.

These priorities are met through exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances and Museum-sponsored festivals. CMOM’s programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. Professional Development programs are offered to parents, educators and childcare providers and health care professionals as a means to broaden CMOM’s influence in reaching children and their families effectively.

Every week more than 80 workshops, classes and performances are offered free with admission to the Museum, deepening the CMOM experience with related literacy-based activities, diverse cultural experiences and the performing arts. Every CMOM program is based on research, evaluation and testing.

History and Mission

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

Romare Bearden - My World as Colorful Melodies, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 2pm
Artist Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and often listened to it while making art. Listen to jazz as you create a work of art inspired by Romare Bearden’s collage techniques.

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

All ages

10am - 2pm
Use historic sheet music as your canvas and discover how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo.

EatPlayGrow™: Dem Bones Collage, 10:00am

4 & younger

Make a collage of your skeleton and learn about the importance of calcium for building strong bones.

Bubble Guppies! Special Screening, 10:30am

All ages

10:30am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special screening of Bubble Guppies! andwatch as Molly, Gil, and Bubble Puppy fight germs and get to the heart of staying healthy.

Bubble Puppy Puppets, 10:30am

All ages

10:30am - 4:00pm

Create your own Bubble Puppy puppet and prepare him for his visit to the doctor.

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.
 

Bubble Guppies Story time: The Doctor Is In!, 11:30am

All ages

It's a doctor's job to make everyone feel better. Join CMOM educators in a reading of The Doctor Is In! and learn about Avi’s visit the doctor.

EatPlayGrow™: Dem Bones Collage, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Make a collage of your skeleton and learn about the importance of calcium for building strong bones.

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while learning about pitch and experimenting with sound effects.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:45pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: HOT PSTROMI, 3:00pm

All ages

Clap along with Hot Pstromi as they create their signature fusion of klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, khasidic, world beat and Balkan music!
 

Body Puzzle Challenge , 3:30pm

4 & younger

Learn more about the bones and organs in your body! Work together with CMOM educators to piece together this unique life-sized puzzle made of fuzzy felt!  

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: HOT PSTROMI, 4:00pm

All ages

Clap along with Hot Pstromi as they create their signature fusion of klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, khasidic, world beat and Balkan music!
 

Bubble Guppies Story time: The Doctor Is In!, 4:00pm

All ages

It's a doctor's job to make everyone feel better. Join CMOM educators in a reading of The Doctor Is In! and learn about Avi’s visit the doctor.

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