A Summer of Discovery

[ 0 ] July 4, 2011 |

On July 7, Providence Children’s Museum debuts Discovery Studio, a vibrant new space for hands-on art and science exploration, where rotating programs inspire children’s open-ended investigation and creative expression.

An extension of the Museum’s exhibits, programs provide imaginative play and learning experiences that invite children to experiment with interesting materials, try new things, test their ideas, and make their own choices.  Each week in Discovery Studio, families delve into a different theme with multiple activity stations and an intriguing selection of materials.  Children use magnifying glasses to examine natural objects, investigate sand and water, explore the art and science of light and color, and much more.  Challenges and ideas for further exploration foster kids’ creativity, encouraging them to use their imaginations, experiment with new ideas and forms of expression, and develop and test their own theories.

Part art studio and part nature lab, Discovery Studio’s beautiful environment is designed to inspire wonder, surrounding visitors with children’s work and artful objects — shells, prisms, gears and living things — plus earthy colors and abundant natural light, creating a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere.

A documentation wall allows Museum staff and visitors to capture, reflect on and share what children are doing and learning in Discovery Studio.  The Museum has often documented a child’s work and his or her process through stories and photos, but the Studio offers an opportunity to document more often, to be more deliberate about recording and communicating what’s happening, and to prompt parents and caregivers to notice and appreciate children’s creative endeavors.  A selection of resources and take-home materials will encourage families to make time for imaginative exploration at home.

Discovery Studio will also help Providence Children’s Museum raise awareness about the importance of creative play for children’s healthy development.  “We need to nurture childhood creativity and ensure it extends into adulthood,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell.  “One important way to do this is to provide plenty of opportunities for open-ended play and exploration.  Discovery Studio is designed to do just that.”

This Summer in Discovery Studio

Discovery Studio is open for self-guided exploration each Thursday through Monday, with some facilitated activities.  Each week, try out a different theme with activities appropriate for a wide range of ages.

July 7 – 11 – Opening Celebration! Sample a selection of imaginative activities that will be offered in Discovery Studio.  Build with colorful blocks and prisms, create crafts that catch the sun’s rays, and explore the art and science of water, color and light.

July 14 – 18 – Nature Investigators Create with and examine objects from the natural world.

July 21 – 25 – Block Builders Tackle engineering challenges with an assortment of interesting blocks.

July 28 ­- August 1 – Earth and Water Investigate the movement of water, scoop sand and sculpt clay.

August 4 – 8 – Animal Adventures Create critters, craft wild habitats and encounter live animals.

August 11 – 15 – Light and Color Experiment with the art and science of color mixing. 

August 18 – 24 – Texture Trace Experience sensory explorations from mild to messy. 

August 25 – 31 – Re-Constructors Sculpt and build with an artful array of recycled materials.



Providence Children’s Museum is the best place for summer fun, inside AND out!  In addition to Discovery Studio explorations, also Get Out! for hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden on Tuesday afternoons, and climb aboard a different vehicle during Wheels at Work each Wednesday morning.  Click here <http://childrenmuseum.org/calendar.asp> for program details.  And learn about the inspiration for Discovery Studio on the Museum’s blog. <http://providencechildrensmuseum.blogspot.com/>


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The mission of Providence Children's Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum creates and presents interactive play and learning environments and hands-on programs for children ages 1 - 11 and their families. Located in Providence's Jewelry District. Museum educators and other staff contribute monthly articles about topics related to children's play and learning. Articles advocate for the importance of play to children's healthy development and are full of great ideas and resources, activities to try at home, and much more. For additional ideas and resources, visit the Museum's website and blog. Also join the conversation about the need for play on the Museum-hosted PlayWatch listserv (http://www.playwatch.org/).

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