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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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WaterFire, Columbus Day on Federal Hill, RIPTA detours

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Providence is overflowing with events this weekend.

  • Through November 3rd: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo
    The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank will return this October 3 through November 3 with a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns representing regions of the U.S.A.
  • Friday: Providence Bruins opening night at the Dunk
  • Saturday: RISD Alumni Art Sale
    All artists participating in the sales are RISD alumni or current RISD students selling original work including prints, photographs, apparel, ceramics, glass, textiles, and more! 10am-4pm on Benefit Street.
  • Saturday: SoMa Autumn Fest
    The Merchants of South Main Street in Providence are having their annual Autumn Fest! That means lots of goodies: Beer Garden at Wild Colonial, Wine Tasting and tailgating party at Bin 312, Free Classes at Momentum Fitness, Designer Trunk Show at Dr. Karambelas, and Lots of Fashion Finds at Shoppe Pioneer and the Vault! Plus some of your favorite Food Trucks will be joining us. Come join the festivities! South Main Street, 11am-6pm.
  • Saturday: Providence Roller Derby
    5pm – Rhode Island Convention Center
  • Saturday: WaterFire Flames of Hope
    In collaboration with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, the bonfires in the basin will be lit at 8:15pm with a special 150 person torch salute in honor of those living with breast cancer and those lost to the disease. This event will be preceded by the lighting of the rest of the WaterFire installation at 6:30pm. The fires will remain lit until MIDNIGHT.
  • Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Federal Hill Columbus Day Festival
    Opening Ceremonies Saturday at noon in DePasquale Square. Parade Sunday at 11am. Full Schedule.
  • Sunday: Gloria Gemma 5k
  • Monday: “Super Structures” at the Providence Children’s Museum
    10am-3pm – Explore an intriguing assortment of 3-D design and construction challenges big and small! Build huge Stick Structures from wooden dowels, rubber bands, fabric and other intriguing “loose parts.” Create structures that are large enough to climb inside and construct a giant cube that stands up on its own! Also invent elaborate Confection Constructions by connecting marshmallows and toothpicks, and join together spools and sticks to tackle clever Tinker Toy creations.
  • Monday: Providence HONK Street Band Festival (PRONK)
    “Reclaim the streets with brass, beats, and feet!” – Join 15 bands from around the country for a celebration of music and community! Featuring afternoon performances at India Point Park, a parade down Wickenden Street, and evening shows on the water by the Hot Club. Monday, October 14, 2013, 3pm-10pm. Starts at India Point Park, parade down Wickenden St, ends in the Hot Club area. FREE!

Traffic is expected to be very heavy throughout the weekend, especially on Saturday for WaterFire. RIPTA will have several service deviations to accomodate events and will be running on a Holiday Schedule on Monday. Check the RIPTA website for details.

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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: “What Happened to Recess?”

What Happened to Recess?

Providence Children’s Museum and Providence Athenaeum Present Second of Three Conversations about Children’s Play

Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum, the Providence Athenaeum and Kidoinfo present “Speaking of Play,” a series of panel discussions about the critical importance of self-directed play for children’s healthy growth and development. The second conversation – What Happened to Recess? – takes place Tuesday, April 2 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Athenaeum (251 Benefit Street in Providence) and is free and open to the public.

Recess is crucial for kids, resulting in better attention span, improved classroom behavior, and important opportunities for free play, creativity and interaction with other children – yet it is increasingly limited or withheld. Join the great recess debate in a conversation moderated by Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director of Providence Children’s Museum. Panelists are Alicia Bell, Elementary art teacher and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School parent; Dr. Lauren Greve, Psychologist and Vartan Gregorian Elementary School parent; and Phyllis Penhallow, URI Lecturer and Chariho Elementary School parent.

Audience members will learn about important research in support of recess, hear about panelists’ recess efforts in their public schools, and receive tools and resources for advocating for recess in their schools and communities.

The final conversation in the Speaking of Play series – Play & Risk: How Safe is Too Safe? – will be held at the Athenaeum on Tuesday, May 7 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. RSVPs for both events are welcome to Lindsay Shaw, lshaw@provath.org or (401) 421-6970 ext. 17. Click here to download a flyer for the series.pdf

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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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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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Native American Tales at Providence Children’s Museum – November 23, 2012

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Friday, November 23 | 1:00 & 2:00 PM

In performances of Native American Tales, popular storyteller Thawn Sherente Harris shares his Narragansett culture through traditional songs, stories and dance. Harris sings, plays the cedar flute and hand drum, and invites families to join him in a customary Native American social dance. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Performances at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; included with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; free for Museum members.

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