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

Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Messy With Art, 10:00am

5 & younger

Explore new textures and techniques as we use art materials in unusual ways!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

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

Ball Pool Swap and Drop, 11:30am

5 & younger

Collect all the balls from the Baby Steps ball pool for our daily Ball Pool Drop & Swap. Get ready to count down as we let loose new balls into the pool! 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger
Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Winter Sun Catchers, 1:00pm

5 & younger
Catch rays of winter sun to warm up your room!

Christmas Tree: Holiday Wish Ornament Design, 1:30pm

All ages

Design ornaments that express your hopes for the coming year to add them to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Christmas Tree.

S.T.E.A.M. Lab, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Watch things fizz, tinker with some toys and explore other experiments inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

Ball Pool Swap and Drop, 4:30pm

5 & younger

Collect all the balls from the Baby Steps ball pool for our daily Ball Pool Drop & Swap. Get ready to count down as we let loose new balls into the pool! 

Full Calendar