By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum At the beginning of a visit to Providence Children’s Museum, many adults ask, “What is there to do here?” Or more specifically, “What is there for my toddler (or my 6 year old or my 10 year old) to do here?” Typically, kids don’t wait for […]
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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 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 Providence Children’s Museum This weekend, Providence Children’s Museum invites kids and families to design and build original creations using cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations. They’ll collaborate to invent and construct games, gadgets, robots, rocket ships and much more! The event is part of the Global Cardboard Challenge, the second annual worldwide celebration of […]
Playworkers understand that all children need to play, that play is an innate impulse and is critical for healthy development. They provide open-ended environments and loose parts – elements that encourage children to choose their own play activities and narratives – and see risk taking as a positive and necessary part of kids’ play.
By Jillian Finkle, Education Programs Coordinator, Providence Children’s Museum This summer, Providence Children’s Museum debuts a new original theater production – After the Beanstalk: Jack, Jill and the Giant. The 20-minute interactive show expands upon the classic tale to explore ideas presented in the Museum’s newest exhibit, ThinkSpace. After Jack is kidnapped by the giant, […]
Providence’s first Pop-Up Play Day takes place at India Point Park on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 5 PM, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence, Kidoinfo and other partners. The event is a free public celebration of child-directed free play that kicks off Playful Providence 2013 […]
By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Research indicates that today’s children play outside less than any previous generation. Yet, studies also show that parents know that active outdoor free play is really good for kids. What’s the problem? There are a bunch of problems actually: busy families with highly structured schedules, the lure […]
I recently had the privilege of watching my granddaughter, at 9 months, negotiate the positioning of her body. I could see the wheels turning as she tried to move into a sitting position, thinking “if I do this, this might happen…” As she pulled herself up into what I refer to as the ‘majestic triangle,’ she brought her hands together celebrating the growing sense of herself in space. She was really thinking spatially —developing an intuitive understanding of shape and space, a skill that is necessary to navigate the world around us on a daily basis.