Access to CMOM

Access to CMOM

Need-Based CMOM Membership

Our Community Access Membership Program is a subsidized membership program that allows low-income families enrolled through community-based organizations (CBOs) to enjoy CMOM’s premier child- and family-friendly cultural and educational resources. Since 2000, the Access Program has enabled low-income families to purchase CMOM family memberships for $5, giving them unlimited access to CMOM and our public programs. Over the past three years we've partnered with more than 50 CBOs to promote this program, welcomed more than 4,000 new visitors and enrolled more than 1,000 Access memberships.

Cool Culture and CMOM

CMOM has also partnered with Cool Culture to provide free Museum access to children and families enrolled in childcare programs. Founded in 1999, Cool Culture connects over 50,000 low-income families in New York City to more than 90 art museums, botanical gardens, historical societies, zoos and other cultural institutions with the Cool Culture Family Pass. Through the Cool Culture Family Pass program, CMOM has welcomed thousands of Cool Culture families to the Museum to take advantage of informal learning opportunities that are fundamental to lifelong learning and academic success. 


CMOM is a place for children of all abilities to play, explore and be themselves. The Museum offers children with disabilities the opportunity to explore a wide variety of activities that provide tactile, visual and auditory stimuation. CMOM works with an advisory board for families of children with disabilities to expand outreach efforts and to review exhibits and programs to insure that they meet the needs of all museum visitors. CMOM partners with local schools to provide guided group visits for students with learning and physical disabilities and regularly offers open houses designed to encourage parents of children with disabilities understand how they can best take advantage of the Museum and its resources.

CMOM's Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities, developed with funding from the Noble Trust and in collaboration with experts in the field of learning and special needs, helps children with disabilities and their parents/caretakers, to more fully explore and maximize learning in PlayWorks™. CMOM was recognized for its innovative work on the Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities by the Association of Children’s Museums and VSA Arts with the 2009 Universal Design for Learning Award, which identifies model programs in children’s museums that demonstrate learning standards for inclusive practice. For more information e-mail

A little play goes a long way!

Support CMOM »

You May Also be Interested:

Eat Sleep Play: A CMOM Health Initiative »
CMOM's Blog »

CMOM In the Community:

Eat Sleep Play »
Early Childhood
Creativity »

Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Mud Painting, 10:00am

5 & younger

Create paint made of mud and design vibrant artwork inspired by the Earth!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

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

NYC Souvenir Design Studio Start time, 11:00am

6 & older

Design amazing memorable souvenirs using real NYC MTA Subway maps and MetroCards, or turn hilarious “only in NY” moments into plush stuffed animal keychains.

Dynamic H2O Science Labs, 11:00am

6 & older

Engineer a miniature aqueduct system, clean water through natural filtration, search for pollutants and other chemicals in water or create prints to explore the diverse sea life found in New York City’s rivers.

Parachute Play, 11:30am

5 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Blooming Blossoms , 1:00pm

5 & younger

Blossoms are blooming! Get inspired by the spring season and create a colorful paper flower bouquet.

Beach Ball Play, 1:00pm

5 & younger

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

Camp Out Creations, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Create a mural of a campsite with fuzzy felt. Add to the mural and create stories about the animals who live in the great outdoors!    

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

Full Calendar