All-New Water Ways – A Flurry of Fun!

[ 0 ] November 9, 2014 |

Kidoinfo had a blast playing in the newly renovated Water Ways exhibit during our sneak peek visit! Among our favorites was the mist dome and the vortexes. – Anisa

By Megan Fischer, Director of Communications, Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit has a whole new look and torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play! The dynamic environment invites visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully explore ice, mist and the swirling, whirling ways of water.

Nov2014-WaterWaysWater is inherently fun and absolutely captivating – it naturally invites open-ended play and exploration. Water play is a mesmerizing sensory experience that fosters creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes problem solving for all ages and abilities. It offers children endless possibilities to engage with science – to notice, question, experiment and develop a sense of wonder about the world around them.

Water Ways motivates kids – and grown-ups – to think, ‘What does water do?’ and ‘What can I do with water?’ by immersing visitors in engaging, interactive new water play:

  • Transform the size and shape of billowing mist and water domes
  • Send boats and balls spiraling and twisting through vortexes
  • Form fountains that funnel the flow of mist and water
  • Investigate, scoop and sculpt crushed ice using a variety of tools
  • “Paint” watery designs on a large slate wall
  • Build mazes and dam water cascading downstream with blocks and sandbags
  • Explore an expanded play area with ramps, squeegees and spigots especially for the Museum’s youngest visitors
  • And much more!

The Water Ways opening celebration is November 8 and 9, and the Museum also offers a series of special water exploration activities throughout the month:

  • Mad Science • November 11 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
    Experience enthralling science experiments exploring the scientific method, air pressure and the states of matter.
  • Water Art • November 15 & 16 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Create watercolor masterpieces, make bubble prints, and use water and lemon juice to make a secret drawing.
  • Ice Play • November 22 & 23 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Paint with colorful ice cubes, make an ice sculpture, and use shaved ice to form a frozen scene.
  • Boats Afloat • November 29 & 30 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Design and race paddle boats and build a penny boat.

Water Ways and related activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  For more information, visit

Get a peek at the process of creating Water Ways on the Museum’s blog.


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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 (

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