Kids will love the latest exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, NYC + Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple. The exhibition opened this Friday, September 25 and gives kids the opportunity to experience NYC within the confines of the museum. An interactive show, little visitors to the space have the opportunity to wear the hats of the many people who make up this city, from firefighter to construction worker.
In a space bigger than most apartments – 3000 square feet – children can drive around in police cars and taxis, put on the uniforms of bus drivers and park rangers, and build up the city on a construction site. A library of books is available so families can read together on the steps of the New York Public Library. Sock skate at the rink in Central Park, serve food from a food cart, and dance in a Times Square laser tunnel. CMOM has thought of everything NYC and transformed it into a kid-sized, Little Apple.
“NYC & Me is designed specifically to help children develop important cognitive, social, emotional and motor skills,” says executive director Andrew Ackerman. “By providing opportunities to explore the real-life context of the city, children learn to make sense of the world around them. Additionally, as children relate to one another from the perspective of their different city roles, they develop communication and language skills as well as creativity and imagination.”
Through their Gateway to the Arts initiative, CMOM partnered with arts centers around the city including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and 92Y to make this exhibition the culturally enriching space that it is. Not only do children get to try on the different hats of workers around the city, they discover the arts and even get to create their own public sculpture. Halley K. Harrisburg, chairman of CMOM’s Board of Directors, commented, “We are grateful for the generous support of The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and to Laurie Tisch for her long-standing commitment to providing access to the arts for all New York City children.”
The gallery is covered with large-scale children’s drawings of NYC, making it a true artistic space. Children will be more than comfortable at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, even if they do get the best of Manhattan with the worst in this exhibition – including cleaning up dog poop with doggie bags, writing traffic tickets, eyeing subway rats and pigeons, clearing trash from the streets, or delivering pizzas. It’s a child-sized Big Apple, all fit inside a single gallery museum space.
The exhibition continues for the next four months, and weekly programming is a major part of the fun, including a New York Treasures scavenger hunt takes place every day, giving kids the opportunity to win a small prize if they solve all the clues. Bring your little ones to CMOM and let them take over the streets, sidewalks and parks of NYC in NYC & Me.