NYC & COMPANY NAMES THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN ITS CULTURE SPOT FOR DECEMBER 2012

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NYC & COMPANY NAMES THE
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN ITS
CULTURE SPOT FOR DECEMBER 2012

—The Learning Center Offers $1 Off Admission for
Adults and Seniors and 10% Off in the Museum’s Store

All Month Long—

New York City (December 3, 2012) — NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today named the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) its Culture Spot pick for December. The Museum will offer adults and seniors $1 off general admission and a 10% discount in their museum store all month long. Designating the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as one of NYC & Company’s Culture Spots offers New Yorkers and visitors an opportunity to explore the unique learning center at a discounted price. A monthly program that spotlights cultural organizations across the five boroughs, Culture Spot elevates the City’s art community and encourages local and visitor exploration.

“The family-friendly Children’s Museum of Manhattan provides New Yorkers and visitors an opportunity to have fun while learning about world cultures, art, science, technology and more,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “We encourage families to take advantage of December’s Culture Spot offer and experience CMOM’s unique interactive exhibitions and programs that both children and adults will enjoy.”

Located on the Upper West Side, CMOM has encouraged and inspired children and adults to learn and play for almost 40 years.

“Along with the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, the store windows on Fifth Avenue and a trip to see Santa at Macy’s, CMOM is a great holiday destination for families,” said Andrew Ackerman, Executive Director of CMOM.  “Whether you come to meet the Grinch or to experience our Hanukkah or Kwanzaa celebrations, you will experience the breadth of diversity that makes New York City such a vibrant and unique place.”

Throughout December, CMOM celebrates the holiday season with The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop exhibition, which runs through January 6. The exhibit includes an interactive sleigh ride to Who-ville, special readings of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, hands-on art projects, and opportunities to meet the Grinch.

Reflecting the book’s message of the importance of community, CMOM is co-sponsoring a book drive with Madison Square Garden Entertainment.  Patrons who attend The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop are encouraged to bring an unused book to be donated to Garden of Dreams Foundation. Bins are located at admissions.

CMOM’s permanent exhibitions include EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day, an interactive opportunity for families to create healthier lifestyles together; Adventures with Dora and Diego, which encourages a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture; and PlayWorks™, an exhibition designed to help families prepare children to enter school, ready to learn and grow.

To learn more about December’s Culture Spot pick, Annie Bergen will host a podcast with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s executive director, Andy Ackerman. To listen to the podcast and learn more about the Culture Spot program, visit nycgo.com/culturespot.

About the Children’s Museum of Manhattan:
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, located in The Tisch Building at 212 West 83rd Street, is open Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm. On Saturdays, the Museum is open 10am–7pm, and the museum store opens daily at 11am. Admission is $11 for children and adults and $7 for seniors. Children under the age of 12 months and members can enter the museum free of charge. The museum is closed on December 25. To plan your trip, visit cmom.org or call 212-721-1223.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.

About the NYC & Company Foundation:
The NYC & Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization whose mission is to support tourism to New York City by promoting the arts and cultural organizations that make visiting New York City a special and exciting experience. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has focused on educating domestic and international audiences about the vibrant and diverse cultural community throughout New York City.

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Contact: NYC & Company/ Kimberly Spell 212-484-1270
              NYC & Company/ Emily Mayrath 212-484-1270