PVD Fest 2017 for Kidos and Families

PVD Fest 2017 for Kidos and Families

PVD Fest takes over Providence for its third year, infusing our downtown city streets and parks with music, dance, food, art and play. The Fest is a 4 day series of free events around the city spanning June 1 through June 4 with the big bash taking place from noon into night on Saturday, June 3. Check out the full festival schedule online to plan your day, or simply show up and wander the spaces and stages – everything is in walking distance. Printed programs will be available at Kennedy Plaza and additional information booths. Visit the PVD Fest FAQ page for information including parking, detours, and food.

Saturday is jam-packed with amazing performances to be seen and experiences to be had. Here are a few highlights to share with kids, teens and families in mind:

PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 282 North Main Street

PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park is a family-fun block party of music, art, activities, performance, playtime, and food, curated by poet Christopher Johnson. Enjoy stage performances by: the Manton Avenue Project, Puppeteer Marc Kohler, Magnolia Cajun Band, and Runa Culture. Activities include hula-hooping, comic book creations, balloon animal sculptures, poetry and face painting.

Family Activities and Performances at Burnside Park
12:30 PM – 7:00 PM, 2 Kennedy Plaza

A celebration of local arts, culture and play for all ages unfolds at Burnside Park courtesy of The Downtown Parks Conservatory, Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, and FirstWorks. Grab a scavenger hunt and a Burnside Passport and earn stamps at activities throughout the park for prizes. Check out performances with Girls Rock! Rhode Island, Ricky Rainbow Beard, Miss Katie of playSCIENCE RI. Also, storytelling with Raffini, drum circle with Sidy Maiga, and a lion dance parade. Build with the Imagination Playground “big blue blocks”, play with bubbles, and draw with sidewalk chalk.

Scott Lapham Remix Collage Workshop at Burnside Park (Photo by James Lastowski

PVD Fest Parade
4:00 PM, down Washington Street to Kennedy Plaza

Dress crazy and colorful and bring noisemakers to march the streets of Providence or simply cheer on the parade from the sidewalk and take in the music, dance and floats of local artists and organizations.

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Washington Street between Mathewson and Clemence Street

Maker Faire is a “gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.” Meet the makers (engineers, artists, scientists, crafters) of 3D Printing PVD, RI Computer Museum, AS220 Labs, and TRACIMOC repurposed comic book art.

AS220 Labs at RI Mini Maker Faire

Performances and Screenings at Grant’s Block
12:00 PM – 10:30 PM, corner of Westminster and Union Streets

Awesome acts take the stage from Classical Gasoline, the Classical High School Band (12:00 PM), the silly songs of Keith Munslow (1:00 PM), hip hop dancers Project 401 (7:00 PM), theater and dance with Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts (8:30 PM – also at 12:00 PM at 63 Snow Street) and a series of short films with Providence Children’s Film Festival (9:00 PM).

Bike Fest RI
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mathewson Street Stage lot

BMX stunt riders, live entertainment, repair and safety demonstrations, and a bike expo.

Big Nazo take a ride at PVD Fest (photo by John Simonetti)

And More!

There are oodles more art, dance, music and genre-defying happenings for families around the city in the complete schedule.

Soaring in September: Audubon Raptor Weekend 2016

Soaring in September: Audubon Raptor Weekend 2016

Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 10 and 11, 2016. These rulers of the avian world have razor-sharp talons, highly developed eyesight and hooked beaks that rip and tear. They are also strikingly beautiful.

These birds of prey will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2016. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Amazing and formidable birds of prey will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.

Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.

European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

Presenter Highlights

Eyes on the sky! Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on September 10 & 11. Coming from Hamilton, New York, Ms. Schumaker highlights aerial agility in this popular program focusing on falconry, raptor biology and conservation. A European Eagle Owl, Saker Falcon and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.

Returning this year is Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitator Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings. On Saturday, September 10 she will be presenting a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and more.

On Sunday, September 11, ever-popular presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world. The Wilsons will also explore the protection of owls and their habitats. Also speaking on Sunday will be well-known Maine wildlife rehabilitator Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings.

Entertaining and educational games and activities for families will be featured both days. Admission also provides access to the award-winning Audubon Environmental Education Center and entrance to the Center’s 28-acre wildlife refuge, including the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.

Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

The Details:

  • Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
  • When: September 10 & 11, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult: $12/member, $15/non-member; Child (ages 4 – 12): $8/member, $10/non-member; Children Under 3 are free; Family Four Pack: $35/member, $45/non-member; discounted Two Day Passes also available
  • For more information on Raptor Weekend, visit www.asri.org
Foo Fest: AS220’s Family-Friendly Block Party Returns August 13, 2016

Foo Fest: AS220’s Family-Friendly Block Party Returns August 13, 2016

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AS220’s FOO FEST returns to downtown Providence on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for the annual block party of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists and organizations, DIY technology, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!
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Printmaking at Foo Fest

Also at Foo Fest, AS220 is also producing the 8th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire, featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
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Soldering at Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (photo credit Mary Johnson)

Kidoinfo is a proud partner of Foo Fest! Visit countless artist and maker demos, performances and musicians and check out these not-to-be-missed activities with Foo Fest and RI Mini Maker Faire:
  • Make crowns and masks with local artist Carmel Dundon, a Kidoinfo sponsored activity
  • Create hands-on art-making activities with The AS220 Industries including screenprinting, mask-making, a DIY photobooth, and much more
  • Learn to solder with AS220 Labs and make a blinky labs badge
  • Fabricate a straw rocket and learn how to build an “asteroid field” with a science fiction author
The Details:
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:00PM – 6:00PM for activities (the event goes on until 1AM for grown-ups)
Where: Empire Street, Providence
Tickets: $7 in advance here. $10 day-of. Kids 10 and under are FREE!
For a full list of activities, artists, music and food vendors check out the website
Born to Breastfeed: A Community Event at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Born to Breastfeed: A Community Event at Roger Williams Park Zoo

flier with text merged 2016In celebration of WHO/UNICEF World Breastfeeding Week, the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting the 4th annual Born to Breastfeed event at Roger Williams Park Zoo. This event invites the community for a unique opportunity to explore the zoo by night and makes  breastfeeding information and other family health resources available. In addition to the zoo exhibits and dozens of vendors, there will be music, performances, raffles, concessions, and more!

The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit coalition of community organizations and groups dedicated to supporting breastfeeding in Rhode Island. By hosting events to promote breastfeeding best practices, RIBC hopes to increase rates of breastfeeding in the state and improve the health and well-being of Rhode Island women and children.

The RIBC website is brimming with breastfeeding information for families including local resources and groups for support, and details about state laws for breastfeeding in public and in the workplace.

The Details:

  • Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI
  • When: Friday, August 5, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tickets: Adults and children ages 5 and up – $5.00, Children under 5 – FREE
    Tickets include admission to zoo and the event. Concession stands and face painting are at additional cost. Purchase tickets at the door or to purchase in advance visit www.RIBreastfeeding.org
  • For more information: email ribreastfeedinginfo@gmail.com or call Melisa at (401) 603-7475
  • Facebook event page here

 

 

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:

Burnside Park, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island

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!

Thursday, July 14: Storytime and Art in the ParkKidoinfo-Storytime-BurnsidePark
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

Play – Not Just for Kids!

Play – Not Just for Kids!

By Megan Fischer, Associate Director, Providence Children’s Museum

The need for play doesn’t end with the childhood years – it’s also important for grown-ups to have time to slow down, explore their interests, be creative, be silly and have fun with their friends! That’s one of the reasons that Providence Children’s Museum is presenting its third annual PLAY ON! event on Saturday, June 11 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. This night out just for “big kids” provides adults with a playful after-hours adventure at the Children’s Museum – an opportunity to build tall block towers, investigate the power of air, construct water and mist fountains, solve puzzles and design challenges, and a whole lot more.

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Research shows that playing for the pure joy of it – not with any goal or intended outcome – is good for all of us, and in so many different ways. Play promotes creativity and imagination, boosts brain function, and is a tool for problem solving. Play can relieve stress and foster resiliency. Play can keep us active and healthy, and help improve our relationships with others. According to this Boston Globe article about grown-up play, “People who exhibit high levels of playfulness – those who are predisposed to being spontaneous, outgoing, creative, fun-loving, and lighthearted – appear to be better at coping with stress, more likely to report leading active lifestyles, and more likely to succeed academically.”

Yes, play is critically important for children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development – but let’s not overlook its significance in helping us become happy, healthy adults as well!

For more ideas and info about why grown-ups need to play, too:

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PLAY ON! event details:
When: Saturday, June 11 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Where: Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence)
Ages: Just for grown-ups, ages 21+
Cost: Advance tickets are $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members, available online until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 10. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $25.
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