Play at the Park with Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and enjoy Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative concerts all summer long.
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By Jillian Finkle, Education Programs Coordinator, Providence Children’s Museum This summer, Providence Children’s Museum debuts a new original theater production — After the Beanstalk: Jack, Jill and the Giant. The 20-minute interactive show expands upon the classic tale to explore ideas presented in the Museum’s newest exhibit, ThinkSpace. After Jack is kidnapped by the giant, […]
Last week was the second event in the Speaking of Play series presented by the Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children’s Museum and Kidoinfo: a provocative conversation about the important benefits of recess. Panelists shared stories of their recess crusades and sparked an enthusiastic and passionate audience exchange about joining together as a community to stand up […]
PAPER CAPERS Weekends in AprilÂ |Â 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Kidoinfo partners with Providence Children’s Museum to create this special series. Discover fun-filled paper folding activities! Where: Providence Children’s Museum – 100 South Street, Providence Cost: Free with museum admission. Ages: Recommended for ages 5 and up. Origami Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April […]
I recently had the privilege of watching my granddaughter, at 9 months, negotiate the positioning of her body. I could see the wheels turning as she tried to move into a sitting position, thinking â€œif I do this, this might happenâ€¦â€ As she pulled herself up into what I refer to as the â€˜majestic triangle,â€™ she brought her hands together celebrating the growing sense of herself in space. She was really thinking spatially â€”developing an intuitive understanding of shape and space, a skill that is necessary to navigate the world around us on a daily basis.
By Janice Oâ€™Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum
If youâ€™ve visited Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum in the past couple of months, you may have noticed members of the staff with clipboards lurking in the Museumâ€™s newest exhibit, ThinkSpace. Doing some lurking of my own, I spent nearly 20 minutes watching a very small visitor push big wooden beads along the wire and bead maze, watch them slip down, push them up again. Twenty minutes â€“ amazing concentration for an 18-month-old. I tracked a 7-year-old who solved one block-stacking challenge after another, translating abstract drawings into three-dimensional models, and a 9-year-old who was determined to map all of the mystery mazes. I took notes, timed how long they spent at activities, and listened for spatial language: â€œRotate it!â€ â€œI need another parallelogram.â€ A mom asked what I was doing. â€œObservations,â€ I told her.
By Providence Children’s Museum educators Since planning for and opening our new ThinkSpace exhibit, Museum educators have been thinking a lot about great spatial thinking activities.Â Spatial thinking is an important problem-solving skill, and one that is fundamental for kids’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.Â Here are some of our favorite […]
By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum
Play is important for childrenâ€™s healthy development. All too often the school day offers little or no opportunities for children to play â€“ recesses are limited or eliminated, “test prep” replaces hands-on exploration, and so on. By the time the typical child finishes 5Â½ or more hours of school, he is ready for some fun!
Think about your childhood afternoons. What were some of your favorite memories â€“ gathering with other kids at the park? Playing hoops at the local community center? Making messes in the kitchen? Doing Scouts or some other organized activity? Digging into your favorite hobby? Iâ€™ll bet that it included some time to rejuvenate as well as opportunities to engage your mind in something interesting to you.
By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator
The summer crowd has a special feel here at Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum. Visitors seem relaxed and joyful, peer excitedly around corners, anticipate what the next room or exhibit will hold, hold hands with their children, and run up the ramp, entirely open to the possibilities. The unplugged, gleeful way they experience the Museum shouts, â€œWeâ€™re on vacation!â€
The City of Providence was recently honored as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The national program recognizes cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing and healthy.
To celebrate this designation, Providence parks and other recreation venues will participate in a citywide weekend of play, beginning with a Playful Providence Kickoff Celebration held on Friday, September 7, 4:30 – 6:30 PM in Burnside Park. The celebration will feature playful activities by Providence Children’s Museum, RI Parkour, RI Museum of Science and Art and more plus lively music from the Brown University Band, collaborative art projects, and a short speaking program.
Playful Providence activities will continue throughout the weekend…