New York, NY,
12
November
2021
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17:30 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

December at CMOM: Treats, Toys, Tchaikovsky, and More

Every month at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, visitors of all ages can get creative and participate in a range of different art-making activities, workshops, dance, music and read-alouds.

This December, grab your cup of cheer at CMOM with traditions new and old, from far and near! From engineering and decorating a life-size Gingerbread City, to exploring the history of the dreidel, to creating light-filled designs inspired by Colombian, Filipino, and Greek customs, CMOM is activating critical early learning skills in holiday style all month long.

To keep little minds active while school is out, the museum will also offer special extended hours for December Break Week, opening to the public on Monday, Dec 27, and Tuesday, Dec 28, 10am – 5pm. A full lineup of programs, all of which are free with admission, follows below:

THEMEPROGRAMDATE & LOCATION
Hanukkah Celebration

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!

Design your very own dreidel and learn the storied history of one of the world's oldest games.

On Saturday and Sunday (Dec 4 & 5), bring your creation down to our 1st-floor exhibit Inside Art and compete to see whose dreidel comes out on top!

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Storytelling: Latke the Lucky Dog

Join us as we read Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer, which is a Hanukkah holiday favorite!

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

CMOM’s Gingerbread City

Join CMOM all month long for a sweet new holiday tradition! Help us build a decadent life-size city by designing dessert-inspired homes, stores, and structures.

Wednesday – Thursday, December 1 – 30

1st Floor | Inside Art

Gingerbread City Dreidel Competition

After visiting our 3rd-floor PlayWorks exhibit to design your very own dreidel, bring your creation down to Gingerbread City and compete to see whose dreidel comes out on top.

Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5
1st Floor | Inside Art

Gingerbread People Puppets
Design your Gingerbread City avatar by personalizing a felt gingerbread doll.

Wednesday – Sunday, December 8 – 12
3rd floor | PlayWorks

Gingerbread City Christmas Tree

Share your sweetest memories or cook up some new ones this holiday season as you create ornaments to adorn CMOM’s Christmas tree!

Wednesday – Sunday, December 8 – 12
1st Floor | Inside Art

Planes Trains and Automobiles

Engineering meets art as we design our own mechanized masterpieces. Use cardboard to create trains, trucks, or planes to get around Gingerbread City!

Wednesday – Friday, December 15 – 17 & Sunday, December 19
1st Floor | Inside Art

Gingerbread Nutcrackers

The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale told in the form of a ballet. Listen to the timeless story of Clara and her nutcracker and then, get cracking to create a colorful nutcracker puppet.

Wednesday – Sunday, December 15 – 19
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Toy Factory

Gingerbread City needs your help to make enough toys this holiday season. Tap into your inner innovator as you design and create the toy of your dreams!

Wednesday – Friday, December 22 – 24
1st Floor | Inside Art

Hand-Painted Puzzles

Piece together that last-minute holiday gift box by making a personalized puzzle for someone you love!

Wednesday – Friday, December 22 – 24
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Seasonal Sweets

Pretzel Wands with The Creative Kitchen

Feed your imagination this holiday season with sweet and silly Pretzel Wands! Kids enjoy making their own “wand," topped with marshmallows, fruit, and other fun and festive favorites!

2 – 4pm, Saturday, December 18
1st floor | Inside Art

Customs, Colors, Lights, and Lore Around the World

With special December Break Week hours, CMOM invites you on a festive journey across the globe. Explore holiday traditions from near and far, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Dec 26–29), 10am–5pm.

USA: Kwanzaa Drum Making

Kwanzaa celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, and storytelling. Honor the principle of kuumba (creativity) this Kwanzaa as you create a drum to play for your family.

Sunday & Monday, December 26 & 27
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Colombia: Día de las Velitas Lanterns

Día de las Velitas or Day of the Little Candles is celebrated in Colombia where you’ll find tiny lights illuminating buildings and homes across the country. Create a paper bag lantern inspired by designs found in this Colombian tradition.

Monday, December 27
1st Floor | Inside Art

Mexico: Papeles Picados

The Mexican art form of papel picado is a cut paper decoration commonly displayed on occasions like Christmas. Design a brightly colored tissue paper banner using different techniques to create an intricate pattern.

Tuesday, December 28
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

The Philippines: Parol Making

The parol is a lantern displayed during the holiday season in the Philippines. Parols are made of bamboo and paper and are illuminated with candles. Make your own parol to light up your window using tissue paper and popsicle sticks.

Tuesday, December 28
1st Floor | Inside Art

Bahamas: Junkanoo Costumes

Junkanoo is a four-day celebration in the Bahamas that runs between December 26 and New Year’s Day. Learn more about the colorful costumes worn for this event and design your own costume creations.

Wednesday,
December 29

3rd Floor | PlayWorks

Greece: Boats of Light

Design a boat adorned with glitter and light inspired by a decorative tradition found in Greece.

Wednesday,
December 29

1st Floor | Inside Art

Sweet New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Gumball Maker

Craft a gumball-inspired ball to drop in celebration of the new year!

Thursday & Friday, December 30 & 31
1st Floor | Inside Art

Candy Coated New Year’s Eve Hats

Find inspiration from your favorite candy and decorate a delicious party hat to welcome 2022 in style!

Thursday & Friday, December 30 & 31
3rd Floor | PlayWorks

New Year’s Eve Gumball Drop & Party

Ring in the new year all day long at our annual New Year’s Eve ball drop and dance party!

11am, 12, 2, 3, & 4pm,
Friday, December 31
1st Floor | Inside Art

 

About CMOM: Hours, Admissions, and Exhibition Programs
A steward of early childhood education and development, CMOM offers imaginative and enriching programs that support, challenge, and inspire. Children and their caretakers are invited to explore all their favorite installations across the four-floor museum, from long-term displays, including PlayWorks and Adventures with Dora and Diego, to special exhibitions Inside Art, Superpowered Metropolis, and Right to Vote.

CMOM is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am – 5pm, with timed entry throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets online in advance. Admission is free for all members and $15 for non-members, and provides entry to all CMOM programs and exhibitions.

For more information about CMOM, visit www.cmom.org.

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