EatSleepPlay™

EatSleepPlay™

“I am thrilled that the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is working on the Eat Sleep Play initiative, and I want to thank you for your commitment to improving the health of our Nation’s children. . .” —Michelle Obama

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Making sure children eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise is one of the biggest struggles facing parents. With obesity rates skyrocketing – and its tremendous impact on healthcare costs – the health and well-being of our children has never been more important. But getting kids to eat healthier foods, turn off the TV, engage in more physical activity and ensure they get the right amount of sleep can be a challenge.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has a long history of engaging families, caregivers, teachers and researchers through our exhibits, programming, cultural events and community outreach.

EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative is a national, comprehensive, arts & literacy health-based project that uses creative and fun ways to engage children and their parents. CMOM supports families in making simple changes in the area of nutrition, sleep and active play to build a healthy mindset and positive, lifelong habits.

EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative includes a new permanent health exhibit at CMOM, and exhibit replication plans for national distribution with small museums and community centers; a new early childhood obesity prevention curriculum; family health programs at the Museum; obesity prevention outreach programs in high-need communities; professional development programs for childcare providers, health professionals and teachers; and evaluation findings that will help inform policy and practice.

The Initiative is guided by an esteemed national committee of medical experts, researchers, health and museum professionals, and community-based educators.

EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative is funded, in part, by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Goldman Sachs Gives; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the United Way of New York City; the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.

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