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Tuesdays (starting July 11) from 3-6pm in Burnside Park, Downtown Providence.
Free fun for all ages.
Kidoinfo is proud partner of Play in the Park teaming up with Jen Smith of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and company to bring family friendly activities to Burnside Park. There is something new each week!Plus Every Tuesday, from 3 – 6pm, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, in partnership with FarmFreshRI, is bringing a selection of local farmers and producers to Washington Street for the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Don’t miss you chance to stop by and pick up delicious fresh produce and foods made by local producers.Tuesday, July 11, join us in Burnside Park as we kick off our summer programming.

July 11
playSCIENCE with Miss Katie, fun music + science exploration!

July 18 
Superhero Day! and World Instruments finger painting with Heidi!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

July 25
Powerful Percussion! Join Miss Katie as we explore all of the sounds we can make on a drum! We’ll play drums big and small, and experiment with making our own shakers. We’ll test our ears and see if we can guess what’s inside Miss Katie’s Rainbow Egg Shakers. Take your shaker home and see if anyone can guess what’s inside!

August 1
Ocean fun finger painting with Heidi!

August 8
HONK! Festival Ballet Providence brings to life the delightful story of a swan who wants to be a ballerina for the Play In The Park on August 8th.  Hear the telling of HONK: The Story of a Prima Swanerina written by Pamela Duncan Edwards.  A ballerina from FBP will be there to perform an expert from the ballet Swan Lake.  FBP Director of Community Engagement will teach the children a swan dance and assist them in creating a swan craft.

August 15 
Superhero Day!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

August 22
Providence Children’s Film Festival Animation Workshop

Looking forward to seeing you in the park on Tuesday, July 11!

By Bonnie Epstein (RIMOSA Executive Director) & Kimberly Arcand (Popular science author & RIMOSA Board member)

The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) was founded seven years ago - by local scientists, artists, parents, and educators - as a museum without walls to create exhibits and programs at the intersections of science and art for older children and adults.  At RIMOSA, we encourage the ability to observe, the courage to experiment, the need to communicate and, above all, the path to curiosity.

Now, RIMOSA has walls! We have just launched our brand-new, conveniently located, physical site at 763 Westminster St. in Providence, where our mission remains to, above all, kindle curiosity and encourage experimentation.

Our exhibits and activities are not meant to just provide static facts and answers, but to be physically engaging and open-ended, to allow and encourage curiosity to take place, and to provide a place for you to “make.”  In short, we encourage play, whether you’re an explorer aged 10, or aged 8 times 10.   We use many inexpensive, household items in our programs – and deliberately do not try to hide how our exhibits were constructed – so that they may serve as catalysts to self-directed learning.  We consider our work a success when we get comments such as “Last summer we went to the marble coaster workshop and for two months after our house was covered in “track”. All because RIMOSA introduced it!” – J. Brown, Newport Library Patron

We will also be featuring special exhibits and events at RIMOSA.  Currently, we are hosting a NASA-funded exhibit on “Light: Beyond the Bulb,” a project that has toured the world, landing in hundreds of locations from an airport in New Zealand to town square in Bolivia.

This summer, exercise your curiosity! Wonder at the sky, be perplexed by sand, and come by our new museum (now with walls) to visit RIMOSA!

RIMOSA summer hours:
Thursdays/Fridays 1-5
Saturdays/Sundays 12-5
Mondays – Wednesdays Open only by Appointment

Location: 763 Westminster St, Providence RI 02903
Contact information:
Admission: Adults (ages 13 and up): $5 / Children (ages 2-12): $7

There is a silver lining to the post-Halloween slump of chilly days and early nights: West Side Play Space (WSPS) is reopening its doors for a 4th year of play this November!


West Side Play Space was founded by a group of parents on Providence’s West Side, transforming four classroom spaces in the former Asa Messer Elementary School Annex into a gathering space for play and community-building for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. The space includes a tumbling area, make believe/dress up area, reading nooks, and art supplies and projects. There also is a dedicated snack space, occasional special events, and opportunities for members to rent the space for birthday parties.


So how does it work? Parents and registered caregivers can drop in anytime during weekday and weekend open play hours with their children. In keeping with the vision to foster community among families, West Side Play Space operates as a co-op. Families contribute $10/month plus one volunteer shift per month. There is also an option to try out the space by paying a $10 daily drop-in. WSPS is open to all, not just Providence residents.


West Side Play Space is kicking off the 2016 November-April with a *free* Open House on Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 - 5:00pm for existing and prospective members as an opportunity to check out the space, enjoy some snacks and get to know the community.

This winter, look out for 3-week design mini-sessions offered to 6-9 year olds in collaboration with DownCity Design.


The Details:



By Megan Fischer, Providence Children’s Museum


Providence Children’s Museum introduces a playfully reimagined Coming to Rhode Island exhibit this fall, with an opening weekend celebration November 18 - 20!

For hundreds of years and continuing today, people have come from all over the world to what is now Rhode Island, and everyone has stories about where their families are from and how and why they came. Coming to Rhode Island is designed to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion by sharing actual stories of the history of immigration to RI – how people lived, what they left behind, the challenges they met, the solutions they found. The exhibit’s goals are for children and adults to develop tolerance and respect for the diversity of individuals that make up their world, understand that diversity makes our communities stronger, and build empathy for others by making personal connections to their stories.

Discover these exciting exhibit updates:

While there are a lot of changes in store, the new Irish gallery will replace only the French Canadian mill gallery – so no worries, the beloved English farmhouse, Cape Verdean packet ship and Dominican bodega will return!

Curious how the Museum makes new exhibits?  Visit the Museum's blog for a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of reinventing Coming to Rhode Island!


Coming to Rhode Island is supported by The Children's Workshop Foundation; CollegeBound Saver; June Rockwell Levy Foundation; Murray Family Charitable Foundation; The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund; Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities; The Ryan Family Foundation; and Nancy Smith Worthen, in memory of Margaret L. Worthen (as of October 11). The Irish gallery was developed in collaboration with The Museum of Newport Irish History and the Fort Adams Trust.

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


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.


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


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:

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

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

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

Thursday, July 14: Storytime and Art in the ParkKidoinfo-Storytime-BurnsidePark
10:30am — 12:30pm

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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

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

For a fifth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to parks across Providence, building on its commitment to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its efforts to provide unstructured play opportunities throughout the community.

Families will join the Museum to try a variety of playful open-ended activities – to build forts, blow bubbles, send rockets soaring, play parachute games, and more. Activities take place evenings in July and August from 5:00 - 8:00 PM during Celebrate Providence, the city’s Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative performances, and are free to the public.


Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 - 8:00 PM:

Thursday, July 7 • Bucklin Park (Bucklin and Daboll Streets)

Tuesday, July 12 • Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)

Wednesday, July 13 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)

Thursday, July 21 • Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)

Wednesday, July 27 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)

Thursday, August 4 • Billy Taylor Park (Camp and Cypress Streets)


Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development, and the Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families. A strong advocate for the critical importance of open-ended, child-directed play, the Museum is excited to continue partnering with Providence parks to bring creative play opportunities to kids and families in communities throughout the city.

Children’s Museum activities at the parks are part of its participation in Playful Providence – a citywide celebration commemorating Providence’s fifth consecutive designation as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, which recognizes communities commended for prioritizing play.


There are plenty of great play opportunities at the Museum this summer, too! Get Out! for hands-on activities in the Museum’s garden on Tuesday afternoons, climb aboard a different vehicle during Wheels at Work each Wednesday morning, build with big blue Imagination Playground blocks every Friday, and much more! Learn more.

By Providence PlayCorps

Providence PlayCorps returns for a third summer of unstructured play at parks throughout the city!  An innovative collaboration between the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, the Partnership for Providence Parks and Providence Children's Museum, PlayCorps activates low-income neighborhood parks across Providence with free play, art and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Teams of trained play facilitators are a consistent presence at community parks throughout Providence.  They provide activities and materials to engage neighborhood children in physically active play, improving the overall safety of the parks while encouraging more children to take advantage of free, nutritious summer meals.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe and healthy over the summer.


PlayCorps activities take place from July 5 to August 19, 2016 (Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM) in these parks:


Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play.  Enjoy a free summer meal (age 18 and under) and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For updates and activity announcements, visit and follow PlayCorps on Facebook.

Providence PlayCorps is a collaboration of the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, the Partnership for Providence Parks and Providence Children's Museum.  PlayCorps 2016 is also supported by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health, PODS and the Rhode Island Foundation.

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.


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:


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.
For more information: Website  | Facebook

By Providence Children’s Museum      

Kids think, experiment and problem solve as they try different hands-on activities investigating water in a winter series especially for homeschool families. Build boats, dams and water wheels, create water art, and have time to explore Providence Children’s Museum's interactive exhibits each week.Homeschool Water Exploration-Jan2015PCM

Wednesdays, January 13, February 10 and March 9
12:00 - 1:30 PM for ages 8 - 11 and caregivers
2:00 - 3:30 PM for ages 5 - 8 and caregivers

January 13: Construct penny boats, paddle boats, soda bottle boats and more, and explore the concepts of weight, load and surface tension.

February 10: Build dams of different shapes and sizes and create water wheels to explore hydropower.

March 9: Investigate ice balloons, print with bubbles, paint secret messages, and experiment with other water art.

Registration for each weekly session is $20 per child with attending caregiver; $15 for current Providence Children's Museum members.

SAVE BIG! Register by January 8 and the full three-session series is only $45 per child; $30 for current Museum members.

Click here for full details and registration. For more information, email or call (401) 273-5437 ext. 234. is published by Gale Force Communications

Mailing address:
57 Rolfe Square, PO Box 10094
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920


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