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The mission of Providence Children'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 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 and blog. Also join the conversation about the need for play on the Museum-hosted PlayWatch listserv (http://www.playwatch.org/).

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What-a-majig? Rigamajig!

What-a-majig? Rigamajig!

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

By Megan Fischer, Interim Director, Providence Children’s Museum This month at Providence Children’s Museum, invent creative contraptions with Rigamajig, an intriguing large-scale building kit featuring wooden planks, wheels and pulleys plus rope, nuts and bolts. Conceived by our friend and RISD Industrial Design professor Cas Holman, Rigamajig inspires kids’ imaginative hands-on play, encourages engineering exploration, […]

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Scouts as Stewards

Scouts as Stewards

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

By Samantha Polon, Learning Programs Developer, Providence Children’s Museum Scouting is often a springboard for youth to learn how to be stewards of their communities. Learning about teamwork, problem solving and even meeting workers from fireman to teachers to find out about their professions are all common and enriching activities Scouts participate in. But what […]

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Learning from the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learning from the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

[ 1 ] January 14, 2015 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum I started school in the early 70s, a white child in a Boston suburban school that had integrated busing. I wondered what it would be like to have an hour-long bus ride to school, but I gave no thought to why other students traveled so far […]

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Unbranded!

Unbranded!

[ 0 ] December 22, 2014 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum A recent Wall Street Journal article – “Children’s Museums Brand Exhibits with Corporate Sponsorships”– discussed the prevalence of commercial identities in museums, especially children’s museums, across the country. Visitors to children’s museums in many cities make pizza in a replica of a chain pizza parlor, shop in […]

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All-New Water Ways – A Flurry of Fun!

All-New Water Ways – A Flurry of Fun!

[ 0 ] November 9, 2014 |

Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit has a whole new look and torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play!

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Just Add Water

Just Add Water

[ 0 ] November 3, 2014 |

By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum Splashing in puddles and bathtubs, floating sticks in rivers, building fountains at the Children’s Museum, water motivates engagement and learning for children of all ages. With no one right way to interact with it, water affords a variety of options for purposeful play – play that […]

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Beach Adventure Play

Beach Adventure Play

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum When I describe the adventure playgrounds I explored in England and Wales to Americans, they might be delighted or appalled, but they’re always surprised. Adventure playgrounds are places absolutely committed to kids’ free self-directed play. Children build (and destroy) their own play structures, often using hammers and […]

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What does learning through play look like?

What does learning through play look like?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

By Suzy Letourneau, Project Researcher, Providence Children’s Museum Providence Children’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 kids’ learning through play visible and are […]

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Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

By Megan Fischer, Director of Communications, Providence Children’s Museum For a third summer, Providence Children’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 children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community. Families […]

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It’s the Real Thing

It’s the Real Thing

[ 0 ] June 30, 2014 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Some children are digging in the sandpit in the Children’s Museum’s garden and uncover the mastodon bones. “Are these real fossils?,” one asks. Kids press their faces to the glass to examine an absolutely still lizard at the zoo. The lizard blinks. “It is real!” the kids […]

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