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

Calendar

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is thought to be the most famous tap dancer of the 20th century.  His style transitioned from a soft and flat-footed shuffling motion to a delicate and precise art; making him celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Design your own tap shoes to create rhythms with our feet! 

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

EatPlayGrow™: Fabulous Fruits, 10:00am

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Tap Specialist - Omar Edwards, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Born in Brooklyn, Omar Edwards is a gifted dancer, entertainer and musician. He won 13 times - including the grand prize - on the famed T.V. show Star Search. He starred as the Sandman on the legendary T.V. show, Showtime at the Apollo for seven years, featured in the musical movie Camp and was also a featured guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He also performed with Savion Glover live at the White House.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Leaping Lily Pads!, 11:30am

4 & younger

Count to 20 with our lily pads! Pretend to be a frog as you leap from pad to pad!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, build s[a awareness, develop gross motor skills and explore creative expression.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

EatPlayGrow™: Fabulous Fruits, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression.
 

Dance the Lindy Hop (Demo) , 1:30pm

All ages

Learn to do the Lindy Hop by moving your feet to the arrangement of basic tap steps. Try to tap your feet fast or slow to a variety of rhythms or tempo. Can you create your own step combinations?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

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