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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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