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

Piano Music & Melodies, 10:30am

5 & younger

Explore keyboard pianos while identifying animals, singing songs, and moving together!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

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

Storytelling: Tito Puente, Mambo King, 11:00am

All ages

Dance along as Museum Educators share the vibrant life of Puerto Rican Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer Tito Puente—the Mambo King in Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez.

Making Murals, 11:00am

6 & older

Help us create a community mural at the Children’s Museum! Learn about some of New York’s most recognizable murals in East Harlem and the Bronx and explore how murals can beautify a city and bring people together.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Ball Pool Swap & Drop, 11:30am

5 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Making Murals, 12:00pm

6 & older

Help us create a community mural at the Children’s Museum! Learn about some of New York’s most recognizable murals in East Harlem and the Bronx and explore how murals can beautify a city and bring people together.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Parachute Play, 12:30pm

5 & younger

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

Making Murals, 2:00pm

6 & older

Help us create a community mural at the Children’s Museum! Learn about some of New York’s most recognizable murals in East Harlem and the Bronx and explore how murals can beautify a city and bring people together.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Funny Stories on Film with William D. Caballero , 2:00pm

6 & older

Create a funny story about your family with filmmaker and multimedia storyteller William D. Caballero. William’s film HOW YOU DOIN,’ BOY? VOICEMAILS FROM GRAN’PA, a comedy created from 3D modeled miniatures of his grandfather, led to the HBO series Gran'pa Knows Best, now on HBO and HBO GO.

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Cleanup Parade, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Pick up a broom or mop and join the Cleanup Parade! Follow our Museum Educators around PlayWorks™ as we sing songs that help get our bodies moving and our exhibit clean. 

Funny Stories on Film with William D. Caballero , 3:00pm

6 & older

Create a funny story about your family with filmmaker and multimedia storyteller William D. Caballero. William’s film HOW YOU DOIN,’ BOY? VOICEMAILS FROM GRAN’PA, a comedy created from 3D modeled miniatures of his grandfather, led to the HBO series Gran'pa Knows Best, now on HBO and HBO GO.

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

Storytelling: Tito Puente, Mambo King, 4:00pm

All ages

Dance along as Museum Educators share the vibrant life of Puerto Rican Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer Tito Puente—the Mambo King in Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez.

Ball Pool Swap & Drop, 4:30pm

5 & younger

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

Full Calendar