Parent and Child Classes

Welcome to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Early Childhood Program

Your child belongs in a museum! The Children’s Museum Early Childhood Program will introduce your child to New York City’s cultural resources through our dynamic, award-winning exhibits; guest artists; and brain-boosting experiences in art, science, math, culture and more. Our classes are engaging and developmentally appropriate for children from twelve months to 4 years. All classes align with Pre-K learning standards.


As a place committed to joyful inspiration and discovery, the Children’s Museum offers an enticing entry point to lifelong learning. We believe that children develop and learn best in nurturing creative environments that support play, curiosity and discovery. As a children’s museum, our five floors of innovative, hands-on exhibits and learning spaces are designed to support the development of young minds.

Enroll now for Summer!

Early Explorers Ages 14 – 24 months

This Parent/Child class offers a first museum experience, gently exposing children to new ideas and expanding their understanding of their community and of the larger world, preparing them for success in school and beyond. Each class includes open exploration, art activities, and group circle time which includes movement, music, and storytelling.  Each child must be accompanied by a grown-up.

See the schedule below for our current offerings and click “enroll” to register

Spring 2017 Age Dates Day & Time Fee Enroll
Early Explorers 14 months – 2 years February 1 - June 7 Wednesday 10 - 11am $680 member, $800 non-member Full
Early Explorers 14 months – 2 years February 1 - June 7 Wednesday 11:15am - 12:15pm $680 member, $800 non-member Enroll


4-week Summer Class Age Dates Day & Time Fee Enroll
New! Tiny Movers 6 – 12 months July 5 – 26 and/or August 2 – 23    

Wednesdays 9 – 9:45am or 10 – 10:45am

$160 members, $200 non-member

Early Explorers 12 – 24 months July 7 – 28 and/or August 4 – 25   

Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30am

$280 member, $320 non-member Enroll


Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Messy With Art, 10:00am

5 & younger
Explore new textures and techniques as we use art materials in unusual ways!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

Dance along, sing fun songs and read some special stories! 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall

Kamishibai Storytelling, 12:30pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.

Lovely Ladybugs, 1:00pm

5 & younger
Celebrate spring by creating a ladybug from recycled materials! How many does your ladybug have?

S.T.E.A.M Lab, 3:00pm

5 & younger
Watch things fizz, tinker with some toys and explore other experiments inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

Dance along, sing fun songs and read some special stories! 

Full Calendar