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Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

By Megan Fischer, Interim Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

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

July2015-Bubbles The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August. Families will build forts and creative contraptions, blow bubbles, and much more!

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on these dates:

  • Tuesday, July 7 • Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)
    • Music by Sidy Maiga + band (West African drumming)
  • Wednesday, July 15 • Brown Street Park (Brown and Creighton Streets)
    • Music by Roz and the Rice Cakes
  • Thursday, July 23 • Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)
    • Music by Sally Rogers and the Last Time String Band
  • Thursday, August 6 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
    • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Thursday, August 13 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
    • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Tuesday, August 18 • Roger Williams Park (Broad Street entrance)
    • Performance by ECAS Theater

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 high-quality free play experiences available to all kids and families.

July2015-FortChildren’s Museum activities at the parks are free and open to the public and are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s fourth consecutive recognition as a “Playful City,” and presented in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks and the city’s Departments of Parks + Recreation and Art, Culture + Tourism.

There are plenty of great play opportunities at the Museum this summer, too! Explore My Sky, a new traveling exhibit exploring the universe, on view through Labor Day. 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, join Big Nazo for a cosmic creature dance party, and much more! Learn more.

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