Private Functions

Let CMOM Host Your Next Event!

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan provides an energetic background for your special events and is the perfect venue for a corporate event, business meeting, private party or media event.

Daytime
CMOM offers great visibility for product launches, press events, photo shoots, corporate meetings and important announcements.

After Hours
CMOM is perfect for cocktail parties, family holiday parties and corporate receptions. We can customize and provide tailored programming for art, educational and interactive workshops led by our experienced educators, book Broadway performers for a theater performance, arrange audio/visual/lighting, coordinate themed events and promote your event through CMOM’s media relations.

CMOM’s unique and lively interactive exhibition areas are spread over five floors and are bursting with an array of cozy nooks and grand spaces. The Museum is designed to delight and intrigue children and adults of all ages.

For further details, please consult our complete list of available spaces, which includes information such as specifications, occupancy information, rental fees and more. To book your event, please contact Annabel Barnes at 212 721-1223 ext. 227 or abarnes@cmom.org.

CMOM Rental Information

First Floor and Main Lobby 
The Lobby, equipped with a handicapped accessible ramp, is where your guests will be delighted at the ease and convenience with which they are welcomed and their coats, bags and strollers checked. With its grand foyer and 20' ceiling height, The Lobby is the perfect welcoming site in which to mingle and greet your guests, completed by hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music.

The Main Exhibition Hall, located at entry level, houses EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day!

The Sussman Environmental Center is a unique outdoor urban courtyard, with a tri-level structure designed by Ivan Chermayeff. Currently home to City Splash, an outdoor exhibit with water-themed interactive activities, the Sussman Environmental Center is a popular escape from the heat and makes a great addition to any party looking for a little room to breathe. Available (weather permitting) April through October, this outdoor area accommodates up to 70 people.

Lower Level Gallery
The Lower Level Gallery and Performance Space is a flexible gallery and performance space that can accommodate up to 150 people for a performance, media event, product launch or corporate presentation. (1,800 sq. ft.)

Second Floor
Located on our second floor mezzanine directly overlooking the Main Exhibition Hall, this exhibition space accommodates up to 150 people and is accessible from our wrap-around catwalk overlooking the main lobby entrance. In this colorful and playful exhibition based upon the popular Nickelodeon television shows, Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! the adventurous Latina heroine and her cousin guide children and adults through a series of hands-on adventures. Children can play “hide and seek” in the rainforest, help Diego care for rainforest animals, build a Rainbow Bridge, drive Tico’s car and join the fiesta at Dora’s House. At the end of your adventure, sing the “We Did It!” song with Dora and Boots! At the same time, adults are guided by informative panels which explain what and how their children are learning. (1,800 sq. ft.)

Third Floor
PlayWorks™ is an immersive, child-sized early childhood environment that accommodates up to 250 people. Feed alphabet letters to a talking baby dragon, drive a New York City fire truck, paint on a six-foot art wall, make your way through a crawling challenge course, and connect an air tube puzzle. PlayWorks™ helps build the skills, attitudes and behaviors children will need for kindergarten and later on throughout life. (3,500 sq. ft.)

The PlayWorks™ Classroom is a room designed for play and exploration. Tables for educator-led activities, reading nooks and a fantastic slide are all part of the fun. Accommodates 25 people. (400 sq. ft.)

The Discovery Classroom is a fully functional computer lab and classroom with WiFi capabilities. Accommodates up to 25 people. (400 sq. ft.) An adjoining reviewers room (connected by a 2-way mirror) is fully equipped for conducting focus groups and market research.

Fourth Floor
The Russell Berrie Creativity Lab home to The Little West Side is where imagination and celebration join together for hands-on art workshops and book-making activities. A brightly colored, well-lit environment surrounds participants as they dive into participatory “make and take” art classes. Accommodates up to 25 people. (500 sq. ft.)

The Helena Rubinstein Literacy Room, houses temporary exhibits, is a bright, inviting space adjacent to The Russell Berrie Creativity Lab.

Rental Fees

Rental prices range from $5,000 – $50,000 and are based upon specific requirements. Rentals are typically for a minimum 3-hour event with an hour for set-up and an hour for breakdown (a total of 5 hours). Additional hours are $375 per hour. A 10% discount is available for CMOM Corporate Members and non-profit organizations.

What’s Included

The rental fee includes an event manager, maintenance staff, security guards, basic audio/visual package, furniture, set-up and clean-up fees. Also included: 

  • 6-8 standard 6 ft tables (No linens provided)
  • 125 blue folding chairs
  • Standard lecture microphones with podium
  • Surround sound system
  • CD player
  • 50" plasma screen TV with a DVD player is available (additional cost)

Note: If additional audio/visual needs are required, we work with two exceptional companies to which we can refer you.

What’s Possible

If children are on your guest list, our event planners can (for an additional programming fee) tailor your event with custom options from New York’s best artists, including musicians, storytellers, face-painters, arts and crafts activities, complete hands-on programming and much more!

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Calendar

Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist, known during the Harlem Renaissance for her impressive vocal range and her unique style of sung improvisation known as ‘scat’. Learn how music is a form of self expression, from performance to post-production. Sing along with Lady Ella in your own style to experiment with improvisation. Record your unique rendition on an iPad, and use technology to alter the way your voice sounds. Save your finished product to our sound cloud and download it at home!
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.

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 10:00am

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, creative expression.
 

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

All ages

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.

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Mathis Picard, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! 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.

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).

Getting Creative with Art: Shake and Paint!, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Dip wooden balls into paint, toss them into a shoe box lined with paper and shake! Open the box to reveal a one of a kind design.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, 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.

Fields of Felt, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Use felt images of trees, lakes, and mountains to create a large mural together.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, explore texture, early math skills.
 

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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