By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a “hands-on” 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 […]
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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/).
Providence Children’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. STEM explorations – particularly hands-on – are essential for developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities, and for encouraging kids’ future interest in math and science fields. On February 15, […]
By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum For more than a decade, Providence Children’s Museum has opened its doors to developmental psychologists who explore how children think, learn and develop. Each week, researchers from The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University and Kid Think at Providence College conduct controlled studies in the […]
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 […]
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.