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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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Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

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 […]

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Investigating My Sky: New Exhibit Now Open at Providence Children’s Museum

Investigating My Sky: New Exhibit Now Open at Providence Children’s Museum

[ 0 ] June 11, 2015 |

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, […]

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Cultivating Collections

Cultivating Collections

[ 0 ] May 1, 2015 |

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 […]

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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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