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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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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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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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Summer Solstice Celebration on the Plaza! – June 22, 2013

k-plaza-solstice-posterSummer is here and so is the 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on the Plaza!

Help us kick off the season with an all day celebration in Greater Kennedy Plaza – with special musical guests Family of the Year, Gentlemen Hall and The Silks, an outdoor beer garden, food trucks and fun family programming and more!

Come early and stay late- there is something for everyone during this day of fun. This event runs from 3PM-10PM and is FREE, all ages and open the public!

Details below!

3pm-6pm – Family Fun!

Grab the kids and head to Burnside Park early. You will find amazing balloon sculptures, interactive activities, and musical performances with Providence Children’s Museum, the Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art, and Girls Rock RI.

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Feeling active? Avenue Sandwhich takes over the rink at 4PM running street-style skating, graffiti art and live DJing. And don’t miss afternoon performances by Jump! Dance Company, Girls Rock RI, and Providence Monthly’s “Most Musical Act” the Extraordinary Rendition Band in Burnside Park.

6pm-10pm Concert + Beer Garden!

At 6pm grab a refreshing drink and relax in the Trinity Beer Garden while enjoying an evening concert in Bunside Park! Blend the high-handed anthemic choruses of the Killers with the retro synth melodies of MGMT and you’ve got our 7pm band, Boston’s Gentlemen Hall. At 8pm Southern California indie rockers Family of the Year take the stage before local heroes The Silks close the night out beginning at 9pm.

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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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School vacation activities at the Providence Children’s Museum

February School Vacation at Providence Children’s Museum

February 18 – 22, 2013

Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, February 18 – Friday, February 22, 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:

Keith Munslow
Monday, February 18 • 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.

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A Spooky (but Not So Scary) Storytime Event at Burnside Park – October 27, 2012

A Spooky (but Not So Scary) Storytime Event
Burnside Park – 10:30AM-12:30PM
FREE! | ALL AGES!

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Grab your hats and tick-or-treat baskets – fall festivities have arrived in Greater Kennedy Plaza! On Saturday, October 27th we are thrilled to host the first-ever Spooky (but Not So Scary) Kidoinfo Storytime & Haunted Art in the Park in Burnside! Don’t miss a morning of family fun, spooky stories, ghostly games and Halloween art. Come in costume and get a treat!

The morning kicks off at 10:30 am with SPOOKY STORYTIME!. Meet our special guests and hear them read their books and other spooky favorites:

  • Author/illustrator Alison Paul’s The Crow: A Not So Scary Story, an ode to Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven for kids is about a girl who spies a crow outside her window – and what happens when you let your imagination run away with you!
  • Cambria Evans, author/illustrator of Bone Soup, a Halloween “Stone Soup” inspired tale about Finnigin the monster – an itinerant Eater, carrying his eating stool, spoon and, of course, “gigantic eating mouth” with him wherever he goes!
  • Jen Corace, illustrator of Gibbous Mooney Wants to Bite You!, a story about an incorrigible young vampire who cannot wait to try out his new grown-up fangs.

Other featured spooky books include Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: a Lullaby by local favorite, illustrator Kelly Murphy and our guests’ Halloween-themed favorites!

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Halloween Happenings at Providence Children’s Museum

childrens-museumSpooky Studio
Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 25 • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Children investigate slime, create spooky creatures from recycled materials, read Halloween stories, and have other frightful fun in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s art and science exploration space.


Creepy Creatures
Saturday, October 27 • Noon – 2:00 PM
Lizards, snakes and frogs, oh my! Kids come in costume and see and touch some captivating critters. Presented by Animal Experiences.


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Sunday, October 28 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Kids and families explore a host of bewitching activity stations during Providence Children’s Museum’s annual hands-on Halloween bash:

  • Step into the mad science lab to experiment with ooey-gooey slime, investigate mysterious substances, and learn about conductivity to shed light on some spooky scenes.
  • Try imaginative arts and “witch crafts” – make your own pet monster and fashion frightful costumes from repurposed materials.
  • Explore eerie environments and send ghostly creatures flying through howling air tubes.
    Play ghoulish games galore, including “Witch’s Hat Ring Toss” and “Pin the Grin on the Jack-O-Lantern.”
  • Hear spooky stories from Rhode Island’s haunted history, browse Halloween books, and compose your own terrifying tales.

And join a Halloween hunt to search for crazy costumed characters throughout the Museum.
Come in costume and have a blast at the biggest Halloween bash around!

All programs are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; free for Museum members. For more information, including a full calendar of events, visit ChildrenMuseum.org.

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Playful Providence, September 7-9

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Children’s Museum and Partners Present ‘Playful Providence’

A Citywide Celebration of Play | September 7 – 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Providence was recently honored as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The recognition, which honors cities and towns that make play a priority, was due in part to Providence Children’s Museum’s growing advocacy for children’s free play over the past four years. To commemorate the designation, the Museum collaborated with Providence parks and recreation venues to plan the first Playful Providence weekend – a citywide celebration of the power of play being held September 7 – 9.

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Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

The Providence Children’s Museum has scheduled summer playtime events at parks throughout the city through the summer.

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

Providence Children's MuseumPROVIDENCE, RI – This summer, Providence Children’s Museum launches a new initiative to bring playful hands-on activities to public parks across the city – part of its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play.

Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development. In a 2007 clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “…play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.” Through spontaneous, freely chosen play, children develop confidence and learn problem solving, self-regulation, conflict resolution and other significant skills.

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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean ROV Submarine Demo at Community Boating Center, July 7

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Community Boating Center Partners with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean for ROV Submarine Demo

July 7, 2011 • 6pm-8pm

Providence, RI – The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced that it will host a public ROV submarine demo program run by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean on 7/7/11, 6-8 pm, at CBC in India Point Park, Providence.

The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is dedicated to finding and removing trash and marine debris from the ocean and working with waterfront groups, municipalities, non-profits, individuals, sailing centers, yacht clubs and people who want to protect the water to get cleaning and spread the word about marine debris, it’s prevention and how to be part of the solution.

The Rozalia team will be in Providence to spread the word, look for and clean up trash and demonstrate how their equipment works. Join Rozalia and Community Boating Center in Providence on 7/07 from 6-8 pm to learn about marine debris and how it affects the Providence River. This live demo will allow participants to observe the ROV and sonar flying around the river bottom.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director, Community Boating Center commented “The Rozalia Project is a must-see experience. Similar to viewing a great movie or performance, its over before you are ready for it to be. The Rozalia team has an energy and welcoming presence that when combined with captivating technology like an ROV submersible or side-scan sonar produces a sure-bet winner of a program.”

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is a non-profit organization run by Rachael Z. Miller and James Lyne, both sailors who live (when not cleaning the ocean) in Vermont. Rozalia Project’s mothership is American Promise, Dodge Morgan’s famed circumnavigator, past sail training vessel for the US Naval Academy and now an ocean trash hunter. In addition to nets Rozalia uses a combination of ROV and sonar to search the sea floor for trash and debris. They are dedicated to clean oceans everywhere but are operating on the Northeast coast of the US in various public demo projects.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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February School Vacation at the Providence Children’s Museum


Julie Collier teaches families about fascinating birds of prey in “Wingmasters” at Providence Children’s Museum.

February School Vacation FUN!
at Providence Children’s Museum

February 21 – 25

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! Enjoy these special activities and performances:

  • Keith Munslow
    Monday, February 21
    11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM
    Popular children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow entertains families with a lively performance, packed with tinkling piano tunes, tongue-twisting poems and audience participation. Ages 3 – 11

  • Wingmasters
    Tuesday, February 22
    10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM
    Families learn about majestic birds of prey with licensed raptor rehabilitator Julie Collier. Meet a glorious golden eagle, a tiny owl, a red-tailed hawk, a falcon and other magnificent raptors. Ages 3 – 11

  • Block Builders
    Wednesday, February 23 “¢ Friday, February 25
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Experiment with building challenges using an array of blocks of all shapes and sizes! Kids engineer giant towers, construct cities and build bridges. Ages 3 – 11

  • The Hoopoe Show
    Thursday, February 24
    11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM
    Hilarious mime Chris Yerlig gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with his silent pantomime comedy, magic tricks and balloon wizardry in this funny, imaginative show. Ages 3 – 11

Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful! The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District. September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM. April through August, open 7 days. Unless indicated, programs are free with Museum admission of $8.50 per person; admission is always free for Museum members. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit childrenmuseum.org.

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Providence Children’s Museum Celebrates National Engineers Week


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Providence Children’s Museum Celebrates National Engineers Week

Providence Children’s Museum offers a series of special activities in celebration of National Engineers Week (February 20 – 26). Explore fun hands-on building and engineering challenges and more!

  • Be An Engineer
    Saturday, February 19
    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Kids investigate the world of engineering at five hands-on activity stations with members of the Society of Women Engineers. Experiment with electrical conductivity and discover how well different materials conduct; mix up gooey oobleck to learn about the properties of liquids and solids; investigate the power of pulley systems; and more! Families can also browse a display of books on engineering and technology. Ages 5 – 11
    Presented by the Society of Women Engineers, New England Shoreline Section

  • Block Builders
    Wednesday, February 23 and Friday, February 25
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Experiment with building challenges using an array of blocks of all shapes and sizes! Kids engineer giant towers, construct cities and build bridges. Ages 3 – 11

  • Young Engineers
    Saturday, February 26
    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Meet civil engineers and try challenges to learn how they plan roads, buildings and bridges. Create structures using marshmallows and toothpicks, figure out how to stabilize a tall tower, build penny bridges, and more. Ages 5 – 11
    Presented by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Younger Member Group

Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful! The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District. September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM. April through August, open 7 days. Unless indicated, programs are free with Museum admission of $8.50 per person; admission is always free for Museum members. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit childrenmuseum.org.

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Skating Center February Events

While the Skating Center closed at 2pm to clear snow, they do have some great events coming up next month.

Check out our spectacular events!

Saturday, February 12th, 5-8pm – Hearts + Scars: An Evening with Providence Roller Derby – Hot chocolate, treats, games and contests with the derby girls on ice skates!

Plus, La Strada Wood Fired Pizza straight out of their mobile wood fired pizza oven to you!

Sunday, February 13th 5-8pm – FUNny Valentine Weekend continues! Bring a CD and dedicate a song to your sweetheart! La Strada Wood Fired Pizza – hot pies with fresh local ingredients for you at the rink!

Monday, February 14th 5:30-7pm – PROVIDENCE BRUINS scrimmage! Watch the Providence Bruins practice for an upcoming outdoor game, and then skate with some players after!

Sunday, February 20th, 10am-1pm – To celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America, Lite Rock 105 will host youth hockey clinics with hockey heroes from all over Rhode Island, as well the chance for youth players from all over the state to compete in different events like a fastest skater competition, or a mini “Winter Classic” Mite tournament for prizes! So lace up your skates, and come help celebrate Youth Hockey in Rhode Island with this free, family-friendly event hosted by Lite Rock 105’s Heather Gersten and Tony Bristol!

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Meet Zozo

Streetfilms has launched a new website aimed at teaching kids about car-free transportation. Meet Zozo:

Today we are happy to announce that Zozo, our purple, livable streets mascot finally has his own website! Just go to meetzozo.com to check out all ten of the Zozo shorts – including films about walking, biking, car sharing and transit as Zozo walks the streets of Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.

It’s very educational for the youngest ones in your home, but it’s also about Zozo being his Zozo fun self and there’s lots in here that will make the adults smile too. Our staff here at Streetfilms shot & edited all of these and here we present you with a funny montage featuring outtakes and other fun moments that didn’t make the cut. As you will see, Zozo is a charmer.

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