Spend the day at Battleship Cove maritime museum. Fun for the whole family!
Last week was the second event in the Speaking of Play series presented by the Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children’s Museum and Kidoinfo: a provocative conversation about the important benefits of recess. Panelists shared stories of their recess crusades and sparked an enthusiastic and passionate audience exchange about joining together as a community to stand up [...]
PAPER CAPERS Weekends in April | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Kidoinfo partners with Providence Children’s Museum to create this special series. Discover fun-filled paper folding activities! Where: Providence Children’s Museum – 100 South Street, Providence Cost: Free with museum admission. Ages: Recommended for ages 5 and up. Origami Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April [...]
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.
By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum
If you’ve visited Providence Children’s Museum in the past couple of months, you may have noticed members of the staff with clipboards lurking in the Museum’s newest exhibit, ThinkSpace. Doing some lurking of my own, I spent nearly 20 minutes watching a very small visitor push big wooden beads along the wire and bead maze, watch them slip down, push them up again. Twenty minutes – amazing concentration for an 18-month-old. I tracked a 7-year-old who solved one block-stacking challenge after another, translating abstract drawings into three-dimensional models, and a 9-year-old who was determined to map all of the mystery mazes. I took notes, timed how long they spent at activities, and listened for spatial language: “Rotate it!” “I need another parallelogram.” A mom asked what I was doing. “Observations,” I told her.
By Providence Children’s Museum educators Since planning for and opening our new ThinkSpace exhibit, Museum educators have been thinking a lot about great spatial thinking activities. Spatial thinking is an important problem-solving skill, and one that is fundamental for kids’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Here are some of our favorite [...]
Visit Making Art Together: CityArts Celebrates Collaboration, an exhibition of works by Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, at Providence Gallery at City Hall. Artists’ Reception December 19, 2012 from 5pm – 7pm.
Each year, Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth chooses an annual theme to guide their programming. In 2012, CityArts programs explored the theme of ‘Collaboration’ by working with a number of community partners in Providence and beyond. Making Art Together: CityArts Celebrates Collaboration highlights some of these projects and celebrates the opportunities these partnerships have given CityArts students to learn from and engage meaningfully with many unique organizations and talented individuals around the city of Providence, at the same time, the collaborations gave CityArts the chance to share the young artists’ work with new and unexpected audiences.
Celebrate the season with a step back in time during a visit to one of Rhode Island’s unique, historic places this year. More than a dozen participants in the Rhody Ramble, a family adventure to explore Rhode Island, are hosting holiday programs and seasonal tours during December. Families can visit handsomely decorated mansions, enjoy music concerts, meet Santa Claus or even do Christmas eve chores on the farm. A cartoon rooster named Rhody the Rambler serves as the program’s ambassador.
By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum
Play is important for children’s healthy development. All too often the school day offers little or no opportunities for children to play – recesses are limited or eliminated, “test prep” replaces hands-on exploration, and so on. By the time the typical child finishes 5½ or more hours of school, he is ready for some fun!
Think about your childhood afternoons. What were some of your favorite memories – gathering with other kids at the park? Playing hoops at the local community center? Making messes in the kitchen? Doing Scouts or some other organized activity? Digging into your favorite hobby? I’ll bet that it included some time to rejuvenate as well as opportunities to engage your mind in something interesting to you.