By Suzy Letourneau, Research & Evaluation Specialist, Providence Children’s Museum Children learn through active exploration, play and experience with the world. They are naturally curious and explore with their senses, experimenting to find out how things work and noticing when one thing causes another to happen (causal reasoning). They also learn by interacting with others, […]
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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/).
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. The Museum […]
By Megan Fischer, Providence Children’s Museum Through September 7, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, an immersive traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe. Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, My Sky invites families to investigate the sun, […]
By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum Most visitors know Providence Children’s Museums as a collection of experiences in which children and families learn through play and active exploration. One of the defining features of our exhibits is that they are rich in discoveries and stimulating for the senses. We incorporate unusual and […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]