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Keep the kids busy at the Providence Children’s Museum during school vacation

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February School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

February 17 – 21

Providence Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, with special activities all week long:

Keith Munslow
Monday, February 17 • 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Popular children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow entertains families with a lively participatory performance packed with tinkling piano tunes, tongue-twisting poems and funny fast-paced rhymes. Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.
Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

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Mayoral Candidate Jorge Elorza statement on Providence Public School’s busing policies

Following an article posted yesterday on Rhode Island’s Future, Candidate for Providence Mayor, Jorge Elorza released the following statement on the matter.

Jorge Elorza, Democratic candidate for Mayor of Providence, issued the following statement on Providence Public School Department’s busing policy.

jorge-elorza-002Our city’s public high school students are not eligible for bus passes unless they live more than three miles from school. Students that fall into the far end of that range could be walking for as long as 45 minutes to an hour just to make it to their first period classes.

As a community, we have to do everything in our power to make sure our students are in their classrooms and learning. Our students face too many challenges for us to be creating additional institutional barriers for them. Denying students who live between 2-3 miles away from school bus passes impacts learning, impacts health, and impacts safety, and our low-income communities are disproportionately affected.

When I was a child growing up on Cranston Street, my Mother acted as the school bus for many kids in the neighborhood. Although we were lucky to have her there to bring us to school, not every student is as lucky as we were.

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New Year’s Eve events in Providence

From the City’s Department of Art, Culture, + Tourism:


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Photo (cc) Anders Adermark

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island’s Capital City

City of Providence, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Launch Special Website for New Year’s Eve Activities

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau have launched a website to showcase the many great events happening on New Year’s Eve in Providence.

Residents and visitors can go online at GoProvidence.com/NYE to find celebratory activities fit for every age group. The new site features a host of resources for ringing in the New Year, from daytime family fun to the hottest nightlife. Choose from categories including: Hotel Getaway Packages, Events, and Dining Specials.

Visitors to the website can also enter to win a number of passes to New Year’s Eve events. These prizes include entrance to the Providence Children’s Museum and RISD Museum, skating passes to the Providence Rink, tickets to that evening’s Providence College basketball game and more. Deadline for entry is December 27, 2013.

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Providence Children’s Museum school vacation activities

The Providence Children’s Museum has activities planned to keep your kids occupied throughout school vacation.

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Families enjoy energetic musical performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole on December 28.

School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

December 26 – 31

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Thursday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, with special activities all week long:

Block Party

Thursday, December 26 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kids mix and match the Museum’s massive collection of colorful building materials! Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more.

Sparky’s Puppets

Friday, December 27 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Sparky’s Puppets perform favorite fairy tales with a funny twist! Meet Mother Goose and Little Red Riding Hood, laugh at the antics of the Three Little Pigs, and follow the adventures of the Gingerbread Man. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up. – Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

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News & Notes

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Campus Martius in Detroit – Photo (cc) Per Verdonk

→ The New York Times: Small-Scale Developers, Big Dreams

These activist microdevelopers are different from the slumlords and absentee owners who buy properties in bulk, rent them to vulnerable communities and spend nothing on refurbishment or services, compounding Buffalo’s woes.

Recently, Mr. Abell, who grew up in Buffalo but left after high school, recalled what brought him home a few years ago and has kept him enthralled. “What’s drawn me in deeper,” he said, “is the D.I.Y., roll-up-your-sleeves community-building ethos that has taken over the entire city. Everyone has three charities they’re working on. I’ve never seen a group of people who give more of themselves.”


→ Project for Public Spaces: Detroiters Work: The Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Regeneration of a Great American City

Detroiters aren’t taking their city’s decline lying down—and a determinedly “can-do” attitude is driving everyone from individual activists to the community development groups, private investors, and philanthropic organizations that are reshaping the city. “Detroit is the type of city where you have to jump in and roll up your sleeves and do work,” says Community Development Advocates of Detroit Director Sarida Scott-Montgomery, a lifelong resident who will proudly tell you that she and her family chose to stay. “This is not an ‘easy’ city. But that, to me, has almost become an inherent part of being a Detroiter. Detroiters work. We are resilient.”


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Ribbon-Cutting of Burnside Park ‘Imagination Station’ – August 22, 2013

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Ribbon-Cutting by Mayor Taveras of the new ‘Imagination Station’ in Burnside Park kicks off a day of events.

Mayor Angel Taveras, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and Southwest Airlines will unveil and open a new ‘Imagination Center’ in Burnside Park on Thursday, August 22. The Imagination Center, created with a grant from Southwest Airlines, will serve as a new place for children’s activities within Burnside Park.

The Imagination Center is a fun destination for arts and crafts, interactive play and more, bringing the local community together and enriching the current activities in Burnside Park. The Center will be surrounded by picnic tables, beanbags and a wood deck, and will also include book carts, planting beds, and an Imagination playground play set.

Mayor Angel Taveras and representatives of Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy will hold a ribbon-cutting for the new Center at 10 a.m., kicking off a day of scheduled activities at Burnside Park.

Activities include:

  • 10am–10:30am: Official ribbon-cutting
  • 10:30am–11:30am: Join Kidoinfo Storytime with Mayor Taveras, who will read his book, How to Do Well in School, along with guests local illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul
  • 11:30am–12:30pm: Participate in a Kidoinfo Art in the Park project based on Dr. Suess’ Yertle the Turtle
  • 12:30pm–1pm: Enjoy complimentary PVD Pops popsicles for participating children, participate in additional art projects and receive complimentary blank books and instructions for how to make your own book
  • 1pm–2pm: Experience the Imagination Playground with free play and table games for children
  • 4:30pm–7:30pm: Listen to a musical performance at the Burnside Park Music Series and Beer Garden, while enjoying beverages from Trinity Brewhouse

Full disclosure, I am a member of the Board of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy.

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Pop-Up Play Day! – May 11, 2013

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Photo: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop-Up Play Day!

Saturday, May 11 | India Point Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence’s first Pop-Up Play Day takes place at India Point Park on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 5 PM, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence, Kidoinfo and other partners.

The event is a free public celebration of child-directed free play that kicks off Playful Providence 2013 – a citywide celebration of play. It will feature a Pop-Up Adventure Playground – an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials, with which kids and families can build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more. The celebration also includes playful activity stations like weaving, wood working and instrument making, plus lively music and a short speaking program at 3:30 PM, featuring Mayor Angel Taveras and Janice O’Donnell, executive director, Providence Children’s Museum.

Playful Providence and Pop-Up Play Day are planned to highlight the critical importance of children’s unstructured, self-directed play for their healthy development. Research shows that play is essential for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, yet kids’ time and opportunities for play are increasingly limited.

The second annual Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City. This recognition from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority. The celebration has expanded from 2012, which featured 32 play events presented by 35 park groups and community partners and enjoyed by 1,800 participants over a single weekend.

Playful Providence events held from May through September 2013 will engage kids and families across the city in play, plus promote the Partnership for Providence Parks and draw attention to the important role that volunteer parks groups and community partners have in making great places to play. To learn more about the Partnership for Providence Parks and for announcements of other events, visit ProvidenceParks.org.

Pop-Up Play Day and Playful Providence 2013 are planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability) Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Friends of India Point Park and other partners.

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April vacation at the Providence Children’s Museum

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Fleecy Friends: Kids meet goats, lambs, ponies and bunnies on April 15.

April Vacation Activities at Providence Children’s Museum

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19

Providence Children’s Museum is open for April school vacation, daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday, April 19 until 8:00 PM, with special programs and performances all week long.

Fleecy Friends
Monday, April 15 • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Families meet baby goats and lambs, take a pony ride, pet a bunny, and see how fleece is spun into yarn. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Imagination Playground
Tuesday, April 16 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Using big blue foam blocks, wheels, spools and tubes, kids construct castles and cities, create artful sculptures, design whimsical creatures, and much more – the possibilities are endless.

Animal Experiences
Wednesday, April 17 • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Families meet an awesome assortment of live animals! Children have close encounters with furry friends, slithering snakes and other incredible creatures and learn fascinating facts about them from animal expert Dave Marchetti of Animal Experiences. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Pumpernickel Puppets
Thursday, April 18 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM

The Pumpernickel Puppets present a colorful cast of characters and invite audience participation in playful performances of “Peter Rabbit.” Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

Imagination Playground
Friday, April 19 • 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Using big blue foam blocks, wheels, spools and tubes, kids construct castles and cities, create artful sculptures, design whimsical creatures, and much more – the possibilities are endless.

MetLife Family Friday
ALSO Friday, April 19 • 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Providence Children’s Museum is open free of charge from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for “MetLife Family Friday – Free at Five!,” sponsored by MetLife Foundation. Stay out late and splash, play, explore and discover!

School vacation programs and performances are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members. For more information, visit ChildrenMuseum.org
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Providence Children’s Museum celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 21, 2013

A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Providence Children’s Museum
Monday, January 21, 2013 • 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Providence Children’s Museum presents a powerful celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21. The event features a live performance with songs and stories, an exhibit and anti-discrimination activities and is free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person.

Providence Children's MuseumThe Civil Rights movement comes to life in provocative performances of “M.L.K: Amazing Grace” at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Actors Rochel Coleman, Jackie Davis and Rafini portray Civil Rights activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and more in this moving show. Coleman wrote and directs the show and has performed it at schools and other venues throughout the country. He emphasizes that, despite its serious subject, “M.L.K.” is not all grave and solemn; the production includes a number of light moments of repartee and song with its important message.

“In the case of the Civil Rights Movement, what has to be remembered is that everyone participated, black, white, brown, Asian and Native American,” said Coleman. “When you apply that to today, it only makes sense that the nature of race relations would focus on what was essentially Dr. King’s dream, to unite all people, to become one nation.”

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School vacation events at the Providence Children’s Museum

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during school vacation week? The Providence Children’s Museum has got you covered:


School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

December 26 – 31

Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Wednesday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Families can explore ThinkSpace, a major new exhibit exploring spatial thinking, and enjoy these special programs and performances:

Block Party
Wednesday, December 26 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kids mix and match the Museum’s massive collection of colorful building materials! Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more.

Sparky’s Puppets
Thursday, December 27 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. See playful puppet performances of funny folktales from around the globe that feature clever critters and magical happenings. Meet a family of mice in Japan, laugh at the antics of Anansi the Spider, a trickster from West Africa, and see a pesky goblin try to outwit a hard-working European farmer. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

The Rhythm Room
Friday, December 28 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
The Rhythm Room weaves together the energy and power of world percussion, horns, drums, guitars, piano and keyboard to create rich melodies while providing a visually stimulating experience for audiences of all ages. Kids feel the rhythm as they join the band and try out different percussion instruments. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

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