Governor Gina Raimondo shares Halloween Traditions with Kidoinfo

Governor Gina Raimondo shares Halloween Traditions with Kidoinfo

At Kidoinfo, we love to learn about and share family traditions and seasonal rituals, weaving those carried from our past with those we initiate with our own children. Today we are honored to speak with Governor Raimondo about the Halloween.

kidoinfo-governor-raimondo-family-halloweenKIDOINFO: Governor Raimondo, as October draws to its climactic close, we are wondering what Halloween traditions you enjoy celebrating with your family?

Governor Raimondo: Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and we enjoy all the traditions – costumes, candy and of course trick-or-treating. This year we’ll be handing out Milky Ways, Hershey bars and Kit Kats.

KIDOINFO: How are your kids planning to dress up this year?

Governor Raimondo: Tommy is going as James Bond; Ceci is going to be a cat.

KIDOINFO: What did you love about Halloween as a kid?

Governor Raimondo: I have really vivid Halloween memories growing up in Smithfield, of trick-or-treating with my friends for HOURS in what felt like a really big neighborhood. I’d come home with an obscene amount of candy.

KIDOINFO: Is there a memorable costume that comes to mind? How did you create it?

Governor Raimondo: When I was five or six I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, and my mother made me an awesome red cape. It was a great costume.

KIDOINFO: Finally, hungry minds want to know: what type of candy would be most likely to “disappear” first from your kids’ Halloween haul? Hypothetically speaking.

Governor Raimondo: Hypothetically speaking, Kit Kats would be the first to go.

Edible Rhody KIDS (Fall 2016): Pickle This!

Edible Rhody KIDS (Fall 2016): Pickle This!

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A pickle often refers to small cucumbers preserved in a mixture of vinegar, herbs and brine. But did you know you can “pickle” almost any vegetable following a few basic steps?
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The Basics: Vegetable + Seasoning + Vinegar + Brine = Pickles!

Refrigerator pickles: How will YOU fill your Jar?

  • Vegetables (in season): Cucumbers, carrots, radishes, cauliflower, green beans, beets
  • Spices & Seasonings: Dill and garlic is the classic combo.
    Experiment! Make your own mix, select from garlic, black peppercorns, red chili flakes, mustard seeds, coriander or cumin seeds.
  • Vinegar: Use cider, rice wine, or white wine vinegarchefhathome

For a no-cook ready-to-eat PICKLE recipe, click on the chef’s hat…

Edible Rhody Kids is created in partnership with Kidoinfo.

The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show on October 4!

The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show on October 4!

The Ricky Rainbow Beard ShowYou may know Ricky, artist-in-resident from Kidoinfo Storytime and Art in the Park summer series in Burnside Park. Happy to share and promote his creative genius and newest project: The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show. Check it out!

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What it is: a children’s variety show that includes costumed characters, puppets, video, music, dancing, crayons, and a special guest star
When: Tuesday, October 4 @ 5pm
Where: Aurora Providence – 76 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
All ages
Cost: $7 per person

 

Family Fun on the Plaza! 2016 Kidoinfo Play in the Park and Storytime + Art in the Park: Making on the Moon!

Family Fun on the Plaza! 2016 Kidoinfo Play in the Park and Storytime + Art in the Park: Making on the Moon!

Kidoinfo + Downtown Parks Conservancy present: Summer Family Fun on the Plaza in Burnside ParkKidoinfo-DDPC-Banner

Tuesdays and Thursdays (July and August). FREE. All Ages.

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Now in its 7th year, Kidoinfo has partnered with Jen Smith of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy to create FREE weekly summer events, both fun and enriching, that attracts hundreds of families to downtown Providence.

Downtown Tuesdays! Kidoinfo Play in the Park

Every Tuesday (July 5 – August 30) from 3-6pm
Music, games, educational activities, a Free-Play Mobile Playground and more for kids of all ages! Added bonus: Food trucks and Farm Fresh Rhode Island Downtown Farmer’s Market!

Designed to support and encourage children’s playtime: Music, games, educational activities and more for kids of all ages along with weekly enrichment programming from community partners. This year, Kidoinfo will be teaming up with playSCIENCE in July and August to offer hands-on fun. Miss Katie will be leading nature-oriented expeditions and musical shindigs to enlighten our little ones.

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DPPC_Storytime+ArtThursdays on the Plaza! Kidoinfo Storytime + Art in the Park: Making on the Moon!

Every Thursday (July 7 – August 18)
10:30am – 12:30pm
Families bring a blanket and enjoy different storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park followed by art-making with guest artist Ricky Katowicz.
With PVD Food Trucks @ Kennedy Plaza (11:30am-1:30pm)
And later on Thursday: Family-friendly music series and beer garden from 4:30 — 7:30pm

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  • 10:30am: Storytime IMG_5882features at least one story each Thursday morning from a local Rhode Island author, illustrator or storyteller and is accompanied by a mini-mobile playground and face-painting for little ones who have the wiggles, so the whole family can enjoy!
  • 11:30am: Art in the Park – Making on the Moon! This creative program encourages children to make and participate in their own storytelling magic through art. Our visiting artist Ricky Katowicz is back for a third year of programming to host Making on the Moon: The World of Tomi Ungerer! Tomi Ungerer’s books will be transformed into magical experiences using all of the five senses! Katowicz will be hosting several guest artists to lend their specialties to bringing the playful and curious world of Tomi Ungerer’s books to life in Burnside Park.

Open Air Reading Room and Imagination Center At Our Open Air Reading Room browse books featured in past Storytimes, as well as books from our Leave a Book – Take a Book program. Explore with our Imagination Playground and new Imagination Theatre!

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GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Donations for our “Leave a Book — Take a Book” bin are sought for the series. Your donations can make it possible for any child who needs or wants a book to take one home with them and keep the excitement about stories and books going! If you want information about how you can get involved and support this free, high-quality & accessible family programming, email: jen@kennedyplaza.org.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: City of Providence, The Dept. of Arts Culture & Tourism, Dept. of Parks + Recreation, Greater Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, Providence Foundation, Providence Tourism Council, RISCA, Hasbro, Inc., Kidoinfo, Books on the Square.

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Family Fun on the Plaza Schedule:

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Week 1 :
Tuesday, July 5: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Super Seeds with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: This week we’ll explore the amazing science of SEEDS! We’ll look at seeds large and small, make a mural using fruit as our paintbrushes and every child will plant their very own seed to take home and grow.

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Thursday, July 7: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Storyteller and re enactor John Mcniff, with Tales of the Gaspee
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure: We’ll make treasure maps to find our buried treasures!

Week 2 :
Tuesday, July 12: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Marching Music with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: Let’s make a parade! We’ll need drums, horns and musicians! Build your own rainbow horn to play in the parade. Miss Katie will bring her drooling horn (gross) and we’ll explore how horns turn our breath into music!

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10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Len Cabral
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: The Three Robbers: In this classic story, the children all wear red caps and red capes and live happily ever after. Together we’ll all get a chance to make our own caps and capes!

Week 3:
Tuesday, July 19: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Radical Rainbows with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: We’re going to make our own rainbow concoctions while we explore what happens when we mix different colors together. We’ll collaborate on an epic chalk mural of the park’s walkways AND make a colorful piece of art using rainbow BUBBLES!Kidoinfo-Storytime-BigNazo-500x373

Thursday, July 21: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Intergalactic creature troupe BIG NAZO
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: Moon Man: Let’s make spaceships so we can go visit the Moon Man!

Week 4:
Tuesday, July 26: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Open Drum Circle with master percussionist Sidy Maiga, 5-6pm!

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Thursday, July 28: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Kara LaReau, Gaia Cornwall, Anika Denise + Christina Rodriguez from Kid Lit!
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: Fog Island: The pictures in this book all have this wonderful misty quality that really make you feel the fog. We’ll make our own fog pictures using chalk!

Week 5:
Tuesday, August 2: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
  • Featured Activity: Wondrous Water with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: Let’s explore the power of water! What disappears in water and what doesn’t? How can we make frozen water melt faster? We’ll make our own floating vessels and then try and sink them.

Thursday, August 4: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Keith Munslow
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: The Beast of Monsieur Racine: You might think this is a story about a mysterious creature but really it’s about disguises and acceptance. This week we’ll make ourselves into little beasts and capture our newfound forms in photographs!

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Week 6:
Tuesday, August 9: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Wriggling Reeds with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: What makes a kazoo buzz and a saxophone sing? Let’s find out! We’ll make our own kazoos and explore the source of the saxophone’s smooth sound.

Thursday, August 11: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storyteller: Valerie Tutson
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: Crictor: Reading this book will give us a chance to make our own little pet snakes on a leash so we can take them for a walk around the park!

Week 7:
Tuesday, August 16: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Amazing Air with Miss Katie from playSCIENCE RI: Bubbles, balloons, and crystal balls, oh my!

Thursday, August 18: Storytime and Art in the Park Closing Event
10:30am — 12:30pm

  • Storytime with featured storytellers: Jen Corace & Alison Paul
  • Art in the Park: Making on the Moon! (following Storytime) with guest artist Ricky Katowicz
    Featured AIP Activity: Snail, Where Are You?: We’ll make our own new characters using snails, shoes, leaves, and many other found objects!

Week 8:
Tuesday, August 23: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: Join us for the second Cape Day lead by Kalie & Patch – this time including book-making with superhero stories!

Week 9:
Tuesday, August 30: Play in the Park

  • 3:00 — 6:00pm
    Family friendly activities and Playspace at the Imagination Center
    Featured Activity: 3rd Cape Day with more costume and book-making, a season end show of Cape Day projects, and from 5-6pm Open Drum Circle with master percussionist Sidy Maiga!

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NUTS ‘n BOLTS:

Location: Under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza
Rain/Heat location: Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Parking: Metered street parking. Park in the mall parking lot. $2 for up to 3 hours. Or check RIPTA.com for schedules.
Food: Bring a picnic or buy food from an array of local food trucks.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free event

Story hours are a great way to discover new books with your child. Oftentimes kids love to hear their favorites over and over. Find them at the local library. When we want to a buy a copy for our own personal collection, we love to support local bookstores.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
– Books on the Square: 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
– Barrington Books — 184 County Rd. Barrington, RI, 02806
– Myopic Books — 5 South Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
– Symposium Books — 240 Westminster Street, Providencea

Edible Rhody KIDS (Spring 2016): Berry Good Turnovers

Edible Rhody KIDS (Spring 2016): Berry Good Turnovers

edibleRhodyKIDS-logoThese handheld treats, filled with yummy berries, are simple to make and delicious to eat-at home or on the go. No forks or plates needed. They’re good for breakfast, snack time or dessert!

Pick your own berries!

  • Strawberries: June
  • Wild Gooseberries: June I July I August
  • Raspberries: June I July I August I September
  • Blueberries: July I August

Click on the chef's hat for more recipes!Blueberry Turnovers (click here for recipe)

Handy Tip: To enjoy a taste of summer all year round, store extra uncooked turnovers in zippered bags in the freezer.

 

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For a list of where to pick your own berries and find a recipe for blueberry turnovers, click on the chef’s hat at EdibleRhody.com

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Edible Rhody Kids is created in partnership with Kidoinfo.com, the family guide for Rhode Island and beyond.