By Janice Oâ€™Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum When I describe the adventure playgrounds I explored in England and Wales to Americans, they might be delighted or appalled, but theyâ€™re always surprised. Adventure playgrounds are places absolutely committed to kidsâ€™ free self-directed play. Children build (and destroy) their own play structures, often using hammers and […]
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The mission of Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum creates and presents interactive play and learning environments and hands-on programs for children ages 1 - 11 and their families. Located in Providence's Jewelry District. Museum hours: September - March, open Tuesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 6 PM. April - August, open daily, 9 AM - 6 PM. Open during public school vacations, Monday holidays and until 8 PM on selected Fridays.
Museum educators and other staff contribute monthly articles about topics related to children's play and learning. Articles advocate for the importance of play to children's healthy development and are full of great ideas and resources, activities to try at home, and much more. For additional ideas and resources, visit the Museum's website (http://childrenmuseum.org/) and blog (http://providencechildrensmuseum.blogspot.com/ ). Also join the conversation about the need for play on the Museum-hosted PlayWatch listserv (http://www.playwatch.org/).
By Suzy Letourneau, Project Researcher, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum is collaborating with Brown University on a major National Science Foundation-funded project (award #1223777) to study how children develop scientific thinking skills and understand their own learning processes. In particular, Museum researchers are investigating how to make kidsâ€™ learning through play visible and are […]
By Megan Fischer, Director of Communications, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum For a third summer, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across the city, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of childrenâ€™s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community. Families […]
By Janice Oâ€™Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum Some children are digging in the sandpit in the Childrenâ€™s Museumâ€™s garden and uncover the mastodon bones. â€œAre these real fossils?,â€ one asks. Kids press their faces to the glass to examine an absolutely still lizard at the zoo. The lizard blinks. â€œIt is real!â€ the kids […]
Saturday, June 21 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Roger Williams Park. FREE and open to the public. Providenceâ€™s second annual Pop-Up Play Day takes place at Roger Williams Park on Saturday, June 21, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum, the City of Providence, East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Kidoinfo and […]
Fairy Houses at Providence Childrenâ€™s MuseumÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 â€¢ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum invites kids and families to craft imaginative fairy houses during a special weekend activity presented in partnership with Kidoinfo. Children use a variety of natural and found materials to create whimsical dwellings for […]
By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a â€œhands-onâ€ society. Toys are bought, not made by hand, and are not designed to be fixed if they break. Classroom time is more focused on test preparation and less on project-based learning […]
Providence Childrenâ€™s Museum is celebrating Engineers Week (February 16-22, 2014) with engaging design and building challenges that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.Â STEM explorations â€“ particularly hands-on â€“ are essential for developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities, and for encouraging kidsâ€™ future interest in math and science fields. On February 15, […]