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Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City

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Opening February 14, 2020

Parents, Caregivers, and Children ages 0-6 Lower Level

Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City™ is a hands-on, interactive, and colorfully, immersive exhibition where you are the heroes!  Step into a playful, comic book version of New York City where a lively team of pigeons, Zip, Zap, and Zoom, serve as your guides to superpowered fun and learning.

This highly interactive exhibit opening February 14, 2020秒速快3, at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan helps to build the brainpower of the city, one child at a time!

The 1,500 square-foot exhibit invites children from birth to 6 and their grown-ups to feel like heroes, building their superpowered early learning brain skills together. These skills, known as executive functions, include self-control, working memory, and mental flexibility. Children practice these learning “superpowers” with Zip, Zap, and Zoom, who guide families on a series of NYC adventures exploring the subways, parks, music, travel, treehouses, and more.

  • Climb to the top of a magical two-story Treehouse Headquarters equipped with a map, telescope, periscope, and slide to plan your adventures
  • Navigate colorful tunnels, tracks, and waterways at a multi-level Supercharged NYC Train Table
  • Create original city sounds with one-of-a-kind instruments in the Musical Subway Car
  • Chase the floating scarves at the Whimsical Wind Blowing Fountain
  • Get a call from Zip, Zap, and Zoom at the Superpowered Phone Booth and head out on a Metropolis mission
  • Enter Baby Central Station, a mini learning hub inspired by Grand Central Station and specially designed for birth to 2 year-olds with climb-on trains, a starry sky, and sensory stations
  • Play three digital Brain Building Games designed by NYU’s CREATE Lab
  • Explore the sounds and smells of NYC while driving in the Pigeon Mobile

The exhibit is designed to help children develop, enhance, and practice their executive function skills, which are critical for the early development of both cognitive and social capacities。 Executive functions are essential for social-emotional well-being and academic success。 Every child is born with the ability to strengthen these skills, and it is the daily interactions with adults that help the skills develop。 The exhibit shares tips, games, and activities for the adults and children to play together at the Museum, at home, and around the city。

秒速快3Stepping into the comic-book-inspired NYC world, families meet the team of Superpowered Pigeons™ that embody the learning superpowers:

  • ZIP, Self-Control Champion – A calm coach who encourages ‘power pauses’ before acting, thinking things through, resisting distractions, following directions, and taking turns.
  • ZAP, Working Memory Master – A witty thinker who juggles information in mind, and is always at the ready, remembering instructions, and skillfully organizing and sorting information.
  • ZOOM, Mental Flexibility Guru – A curious inventor who sees things from multiple perspectives, switches gears easily and solves problems creatively.

Support for Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City is provided by the Bezos Family Foundation and its early learning program, Vroom, which provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

Inside Art


Opening January 18, 2020

Ages 3 -10 First Floor

Get up close and personal as you assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through one of a kind sculptures and installations in this exhibit opening January 18, 2020.

Featuring the work of eleven contemporary artists, Inside Art will help you connect with art, space, and design in a whole new way. Explore larger-than-life art installations and giant sculptures by visual artists including Adrienne Elise Tarver, Borinquen Gallo, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Damien Davis, Joiri Minaya, Julie Ann Nagle, Leah Tinari, Roberto Visani, Tamara Kostianovsky,  and Yeju & Chat.

In addition to engaging with works of art you’ll also:

  • Meet CMOM’s newest artists‐in‐residence in their studios located in the gallery
  • Create your own sculptures and installations in our Maker Space and Family Art Studios with our lead visual arts educators
  • Connect to place and your community through pop‐up performances in dance, theater, and music performed directly in the gallery.

Inside Art featured interactive artworks include:

  • A cylindrical sculpture by Adrienne Elise Tarver that encourages pint-sized visitors to crawl under and peek through a panorama of three-dimensional leaves
  • A hanging imaginary beehive by Borinquen Gallo that asks kids to think about how they can better care for our environment
  • A new mural by Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez that draws upon techniques in graffiti art and painting while incorporating elements of his identity as a Dominican-Puerto Rican, a New Yorker, a dad, an artist and an educator
  • A massive tabletop mystery puzzle that challenges kids to decode icons, shapes and patterns by artist Damien Davis
  • Joiri Minaya’s installation encourages children to break through, stretch through and jump through holes in her spandex wall of tropical patterns that challenge preconceived ideas of the Caribbean
  • A sculpture that invites children to move like a groundhog as they dwell in one of two burrows built to human scale by artist Julie Ann Nagle
  • Leah Tinari’s over 30 illustrative portraits will inspire visitors to remember the impact made by extraordinary U.S. women of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
  • An assembly of die-cut figures by Roberto Visani encourages you to explore community, color and reflection with an opportunity to build a life-sized replica in the exhibit
  • An enormous fallen tree stump made of fabric by Tamara Kostianovsky invites children to crawl beneath it and explore its textures, surfaces and its scale
  • Giant clusters of colorful cylinders that encourage peeks into mirrored tunnels of light, rainbows and reflections by artist duo Yeju & Chat

Members Get Early Access!
Join today to receive an invitation to Inside Art Opening and Reception on Friday, January 17 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a first look, mingle with artists, participate in art activities, and more.

Curated by David Rios, Director, Public Programs & Curator of Contemporary Art.

Funding for Inside Art and programs is provided by the Ford Foundation and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

EatSleepPlay: Building Health Every Day


4th Floor

All Ages

Step into the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day exhibit and experience interactive ways for families to create a healthier lifestyle together. All activities and information are based on the latest medical and behavioral research and are linked to most important elements of a child’s day. Learn the essential facts and skills to make simple changes to build a strong and healthy future. EatSleepPlay™ offers fun, tried and true solutions to help get your child to eat fruits and vegetables, prevent your child’s bedtime from getting later and later, and to help increase your child’s level of physical activity.

Learn by doing

  • Crawl through a digestive system, follow nutrients into the body and pretend balls are blood cells traveling through the amazing circulatory system.
  • Explore the power of play while pedaling, running, balance and jumping together as a family.
  • Meet the Super Sprowtz™, a team of super-powered vegetable heroes and explore the benefits of fruits and vegetables at a NYC Green Cart.
  • Pretend to drive a NYC bus to a city park or greenmarket!

Find out More

The Children’s Museum is pleased to welcome NewYork-Presbyterian as a supporter of the EatSleepPlay exhibit and as a partner in its important efforts to help New York children and families make healthy choices every day. Get 秒速快3toddler-friendly recipes and other tips on: 秒速快3Healthy Beverage Portions, 秒速快3Healthy Snacks, More Healthy Snacks, Reading Labels, 秒速快3Lightening up on Liquids, Picky Eating, Building Sleep HabitsMisconceptions about the Flu, Pediatric EmergenciesBullying, and Concussions.

EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day is funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Goldman Sachs Gives and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust.


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3rd Floor

Ages birth – 4 years

We’ve designed every aspect of PlayWorks™ to help families prepare children to enter school ready to learn and grow. By combining play and learning, PlayWorks™ creates a fun and rewarding experience for children.

As children explore PlayWorks™ and participate in free, daily, drop-in Art Lab programs, they build their physical, social, math, art, science, literacy and problem-solving abilities—as well as the self-confidence, independence and awareness necessary for them to become life-long learners.

For adults, PlayWorks™ provides an opportunity to observe each child’s unique learning style and appreciate how play creates a strong foundation for later learning。 This innovative 4,000 square foot environment includes Alphie—a giant talking dragon who “eats” letters, a deli, a fire truck, an MTA bus, sand area, giant 6 ft。 mural painting wall, soft space for crawlers and more!

Get more resources to support your child’s language development with CMOM’s All the Way to K and Beyond!

Find fun tips and activities to support your child’s brain development at 。

Download the Family Learning Guide

Adventures With Dora and Diego

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2nd Floor

Ages 2 – 6 years

Join Diego on a series of high stakes animal rescue missions。 Learn facts about animals and their habitats by helping Diego rescue animals in trouble。 Explore a cave, a beach and the rainforest, or rub animal footprints, even build a Spectacled Bear’s nest!

Get ready for a fabulous fiesta at Dora’s house! Drive Tico’s car, build the walls of Rainbow Bridge or jump across the lake to arrive at Dora’s house to play drums and pretend to cook Latin American foods.

By helping Dora and her friends get to the fiesta, your child will learn problem-solving skills, develop math and language abilities, and gain a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture. ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!

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Dynamic H₂O

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In the Sussman Environmental Center

All Ages

Closed for the season

This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition, in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off! With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.

An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects.

Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.

This project was made possible in part by Carolyn Tisch Blodgett and Will Blodgett, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Additional support for education programs provided by the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

It's About Time

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Fourth Floor Stairway Landing

Opens Sunday, November 4, 2018

“It’s About Time,” is a timely new installation that explores the art and science of horology (timekeeping), which will open on Sunday, November 4, the day that Daylight Saving Time ends and we turn the clocks back one hour!

秒速快3The exhibit is designed to help children and their adults explore time and the different ways it is measured. Visitors can:

  • Practice telling time by manipulating three clocks with moving hands.
  • Pretend to be a clock. Children can insert their face in a cut-out and use their arms as the “hands” of an over-size clock.
  • View a watch broken into pieces that reveal its inner workings
  • Turn a dial and experiment with how gears work together and move at different speeds.
  • View a video that shows a renowned horologist at work.


CMOM would like to thank the and their support of this installation.


Past Exhibitions