Facility Rentals

Facility Rentals

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The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is the perfect New York City venue for your next event!

Better yet, when you rent our facilities, 100% of your rental fee supports the general operating expenses of the Museum, allowing us to better serve all families, every day.


What kind of events can I hold at CMOM?

1. Private
e.g. a Corporate Holiday Party

2. Semi-private
e.g. a Product Launch, where a number of the Museum’s general public are invited to join.

3. Public
e.g. a Workshop designed around your product/brand, with exposure to CMOM’s family audience.


What kind of events aren't suitable for CMOM?
 

  • The Museum does not have an events kitchen or large quantities of open-plan floor space, which usually means that sit-down dinners (e.g. weddings) are not possible.
  • Buy-outs of the whole Museum (requiring closure during normal operating hours) are not usually possible.


What spaces do you have available?

The Children’s Museum contains 5 floors of exhibits, with a single exhibit on each floor, and 4 classrooms. The Museum is open 7 days a week in Summer and Tues - Sun in Fall, Winter and Spring.

The most popular spaces for rentals are listed below:


1 - Lower Level Function Area: Frolic!

Currently themed as a rock ‘n’ roll play space, the lower level of the Museum can be entirely closed off from the rest of the Museum, and components can be rearranged to accomodate a wide range of events. The floor contains both male and female restrooms, as well as a staffroom and storage area that can be utilized by clients upon request.

Capacity: up to 180 (mix of adults and children) or 100 (all adults)
Best pick for: Media Events, Corporate Functions, Large Private Parties
How much? Depending on a number of factors including time of day and length of event, the Lower Level is typically rented for $6,500 - $8,500 for 5 hours including security and maintenance staff, complimentary rental of available Museum furniture, a day-of events coordinator, tax and admin fee..


2 - PlayWorks Lab

Host your event in NYC's premier Early Childhood exhibit! This open classroom is perfect for semi-public events where you would like to welcome the Museum’s general public to attend or view the action taking place.

Capacity: up to 40 (spill over can be accomodated in the exhibit, with certain restrictions)
Best pick for: Product Launches & Sampling, Book Launches, Market Research
How much? Depending on a number of factors including time of day and length of event, the PlayWorks Lab is typically rented for $7,500 - $9,500 for 5 hours including security and maintenance staff, complimentary rental of available Museum furniture, a day-of events coordinator, tax and admin fee.

 

3 - Classrooms

The Museum contains 4 classrooms that can also be rented for private use for single events. Please note: our classrooms are often fully booked on weekday mornings, when the Museum runs Enrollment Classes and School Programs. Due to high demand, the Museum cannot rent classrooms on a weekly basis to external class providers.

Capacity: up to 25
Best pick for: Meetings, Professional Development, Filming
How much? Classroom rentals begin at $650 for 3 hours, including security and maintenance staff, complimentary rental of available Museum furniture, tax and admin fee. Due to high demand we are not able to accommodate rentals for less than 3 hours.

 

4 - Museum Exhibits

The Museum contains 5 floors of fascinating family exhibits including PlayWorks, EatSleepPlay, The Adventures of Dora and Diego and CitySplash, all available for rental outside of museum operating hours (Sun – Fri after 5pm and before 10am, Sat after 7pm and before 10am). During the cooler months, from approximately Labor Day through Memorial Day, the Museum is closed for school groups on Mondays, and exhibits may also be rented during that time (for example, for corporate holiday events.)

Please note: CMOM’s mission is to serve the community, and as such, exhibits are rarely closed to the public during opening hours unless it is deemed that the funds raised will more than offset public disappointment and inconvenience. The cost of closing an exhibit during public opening hours is priced to accommodate a reduction in admission and the need to notify the public in advance, and is likely to be higher than $10,000.

Capacity: up to 300
Best pick for: Family Events for children 0 - 10
How much? After-hours events start at $7,500 including security and maintenance staff, complimentary rental of available Museum furniture, a day-of events coordinator, tax and admin fee.

 

5 - The Lobby

For after-hours events, the Museum's double-height lobby space balances elegant architecture within a family-friendly setting. Spilling into the first floor exhibit, this area can accomodate a large number of guests. Coat-check and Admissions can function as per normal for your guests, or be transformed into bar/food service areas. Please note that, due to the layout of the lobby and adjacent exhibit, seating your guests at tables for food service is not possible.

Capacity: up to 300
Best pick for: Cocktail events
How much? After-hours rentals start at $8,500 and typically include complimentary access to all Museum exhibits. Fees include security and maintenance staff, complimentary rental of available Museum furniture, a day-of events coordinator, tax and admin fee.

 

SUPER SAVER MONDAYS!


During the cooler months, from approximately Labor Day through Memorial Day, the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays to accommodate group visits. All Museum floors and exhibits are also available for private rental, at prices up to 40% lower than on days when the Museum is open to the public. Inquire today about our fantastic Monday rates!

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Schedule of Programs

Historical Figures Scavenger Hunt, 10:00am

All ages

Come to the Children’s Museum for a living scavenger hunt! Search the museum for costumed historical figures, first ladies and former presidents like Thomas Jefferson, the first American president to celebrate the Muslim month of Ramadan at the White House.

10:00-4:45pm

Movement & Melodies, 10:30am

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

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

Turkish Ceramics, 11:00am

6 & older

Explore examples of traditional Turkish ceramics – bowls, jugs, vases and tiles! Mold your own clay plate and use paint to adorn it with intricate floral patterns inspired by real examples of Turkish masterpieces!

* 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, 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.

Turkish Ceramics, 12:00pm

6 & older

Explore examples of traditional Turkish ceramics – bowls, jugs, vases and tiles! Mold your own clay plate and use paint to adorn it with intricate floral patterns inspired by real examples of Turkish masterpieces!

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Dance Party, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Dance to a variety of musical style including Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Latin, Classical and some of our favorite children’s bands.

Storytelling: The Swirling Hijaab, 12:30pm

All ages

Explore movement and dance with CMOM educators in a reading of the colorful picture book The Swirling Hijaab by Na'ima bint Robert.

Move to the Beat Drum Circle , 1:30pm

5 & younger

The whole family gets physical as they play in our heartbeat drum circle.

Valentine’s Day Dance Workshop with Jersey City Ballet Theater, 2:00pm

6 & older

Dance ballet on Valentine’s Day as the Jersey City Ballet Theater and their youth ensemble share their love of this graceful dance form. 

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Jam Band, 2:30pm

5 & younger

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

Valentine’s Day Dance Workshop with Jersey City Ballet Theater, 3:00pm

6 & older

Dance ballet on Valentine’s Day as the Jersey City Ballet Theater and their youth ensemble share their love of this graceful dance form. 

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Movement & Melodies, 3:30pm

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

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

Full Calendar