What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

A MIGHTY EMPIRE, DOWNSIZED

     Home  >  Articles  > Culture/Entertainment
by Judy Antell

Related:


As always at a Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) exhibit, computers facilitate the learning.  But the most compelling machine at the new Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece exhibit has no CD-ROM drive or monitor, no operating system; it’s an Antikythera Mechanism, the ‘world’s first computer’.  The artifact, behind glass, dates from 150-100 B.C.E., and was found over 100 years ago at the bottom of the ocean. The mechanical box was used in navigation — you can still see the gears.


Fun with Aristotle Animatronic at the new CMOM exhibit
Photo: Courtesy, CMOM

   While there are plenty of buttons for toddlers to push, older kids will get more out of this show; at a preview, 4th–6th graders were engaged in the activities.  The museum says the exhibit is for kids 6 and older; if you can convince your 10-year-old that he isn’t too old for a children’s museum, he will have a great time. Kids can use modern computers to examine X-rays of shipwreck finds or to reconstruct the Temple of Zeus.  They can play a variation of 20 Questions with an animatronic Aristotle, or follow “Hero Stations”, answering questions to complete Odysseus’ journey.

   But there is much more than playing via keyboard.  Kids can learn about the Trojan horse, and climb through a wooden reproduction.  There is also a siren’s cave, with the Greek version of American Idol; kids can sing along to songs like “We Will Rock You” and “We are Family”.  Cyclops’ cave has life-size sheep. There is no nude wrestling in the gymnasium, but kids can tackle mechanical arms.

   The multi-sensory experience includes Greek clothing so youngsters can dress like the ancients, and decoding sheets so they can try writing the Greek alphabet. There are Greek words along one wall, along with their English derivations and their roots, and another panel where kids can match modern images to their Greek inspirations.  There are blocks to build the Temple of Zeus, and a book area filled with books on myths and ancient Greece.  There is a short video on weaving; a large loom where kids can try it out; and a computer game, a weaving contest with Athena.

   When the activities are integrated into the myths, kids can learn that when Odysseus returned home, his wife, Penelope, wasn’t sure of his identity, so she tested him. Kids can play in twos, testing each other on such kid-friendly topics as favorite color and chocolate/vanilla preference. 

Two years in the making, Gods, Myths and Mortals, the most expensive exhibit ever at CMOM, remains until December 2008.

Info:
Where: 212 West 83rd Street

When: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

How much:  $9, children and adults; $6, seniors; free, under age one.

For more information: www.cmom.org or (212) 721-1234







Get a free whine stopper

Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Culture/Entertainment Articles

Theater Review: Broadway's 'Billy Elliot'
Manhattan Calendar Highlights: Activities for Kids and Families - November 2009
TADA!...25 Years of Theater
'Bob the Builder™' Returns with a LIVE Show for Kids!
Debi Derryberry In Concert & Book Signing

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Culture/Entertainment Sponsors


New York Tutition
New York, New York
347-403-9698 / 347-403-9NYT
New York Tuition services those in the Greater New...

Bridge For Dance
2726 Broadway, 3rd Fl
New York, NY
212-749-1165
Bridge for Dance, Inc. provides unique and excitin...

Language Workshop for Children
Manhattan, Upper East Side, and Manhasset, LI
212-628-2700
The Language Workshop for Children is the oldest a...

Imagine Works
374-878-3813
Imagine Works believes that every child can follow...

Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street
New York, New York
212-766-1104
Manhattan Youth is celebrating 26 years of caring ...
See Our Culture/Entertainment Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE