CMOM Philosophy

CMOM Philosophy

For more than thirty years CMOM has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

CMOM’s exhibits and programs focus on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

Early Childhood

CMOM believes that children learn best when provided with nurturing, creative environments that support play, imagination, curiosity and discovery. Our comprehensive early childhood curriculum engages all facets of your child's life by bringing together the arts, language, science, math and the humanities.

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Healthy Lifestyles

CMOM’s innovative approaches have helped families incorporate healthy living, cooking and physical fitness into healthy lives. Now, as the incidence of childhood obesity reaches epidemic levels, health experts and key local leaders have asked us to help lead the fight against childhood obesity.

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Creativity

CMOM hosts renowned artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors in our workshops, performances and exhibits. Through creativity, we encourage children and families to express their opinions, understand the views of others and build critical problem-solving skills for life-long learning.

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World Cultures

Our humanities-based exhibitions and programs promote intercultural understanding. To ensure accuracy, we present cultural traditions, customs and common beliefs based on research and collaboration with prominent scholars, educators and experts.

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Messy with Art: Sponge Painting, 10:00am

4 & younger

Make a textured painting with real sea sponges!

Jam Band, 10:30am

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Stack ‘em Up Thursdays: Block Party, 10:45am

4 & younger

Use your creativity to design structures using balance, imagination and teamwork!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Parachute Play, 11:30am

5 & younger

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

Math Wizards: Wondrous Wizard Hats, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Make a colorful collage of wizard hats! Count to make sure there’s a one for everyone in your family!
 

Math Wizards: Animal Sounds and Movement, 12:30pm

5 & younger

How often does a cricket chirp? How far can a kangaroo jump? How long does a bird fly? Join us as we discover early math skills by exploring the animal kingdom!

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Independence Day American Dream Quilt, 2:00pm

5 & older

Contribute to CMOM’s collective American Dream Quilt and express what freedom and happiness means to you.

Parachute Play, 2:30pm

5 & younger

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

Independence Day American Dream Quilt, 3:00pm

5 & older

Contribute to CMOM’s collective American Dream Quilt and express what freedom and happiness means to you.

Farmer’s Market Counting, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us for a shopping trip! Let’s count all the produce in our “Farmer’s Market!”
 

Jam Band, 3:30pm

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

Independence Day American Dream Quilt, 4:00pm

5 & older

Contribute to CMOM’s collective American Dream Quilt and express what freedom and happiness means to you.

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