Category: activities: outdoor

Letterboxing with Kids: A natural adventure

Letterboxing with Kids: A natural adventure

[ 2 ] November 14, 2009 |

Letterboxing mixes treasure hunting, art, and navigation while exploring the great outdoors and out-of-the-way places. Here’s the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere outside; it should contain at least a notebook and a carved rubber stamp (it may also include a pen, stamp pad or other small treasures). The hider writes directions to the […]

read full story

Get outside: Make a simple pine cone bird feeder

Get outside: Make a simple pine cone bird feeder

[ 14 ] November 14, 2009 |

By Elyse Major I have always liked pine cones. To me, they are like wooden roses in constant bloom. Because my backyard abuts a wooded area, it often looks very much like an autumnal wonderland. One would never know that just days ago, my family and I spent the day collecting fifteen bags of fallen […]

read full story

The Benefits of Boredom

The Benefits of Boredom

[ 8 ] November 10, 2009 |

By Jeanine Silversmith No, I don’t have a DVD player in my car. Yes, there are times when I really wish I did. Like on my way to my parents’ house a few weeks ago. My husband was working, so just the kids and I made the two-hour trek, smack in the middle of the […]

read full story

Get Real!

Get Real!

[ 1 ] October 28, 2009 |

By Megan Fischer, Providence Children’s Museum Not long ago, I heard a story on the radio about kids spending their time playing Wii soccer. And I thought, what about real soccer? Outdoors, with real balls? And real kids? And then I thought about kids playing Guitar Hero instead of real instruments. And the fact that, […]

read full story

Fall Leaves Fall

Fall Leaves Fall

[ 0 ] October 26, 2009 |

By Kristen Swanberg, Senior Director of Education Illustrations by Mary Lamb Greene Each fall a transformation takes place across our state in forests, in parks, and even in your own backyard. Trees turn from green to yellow, orange, red, and even purple – all in just a few weeks. Why does this happen? And more […]

read full story

What time is it, Mr. Fox?

What time is it, Mr. Fox?

[ 1 ] October 21, 2009 |

By Erin Barrette Goodman All parents and caregivers know how valuable it is to have easy, fun, prop-free games in their repertoire for moments of transition or unexpected delays. “What time is it Mr. Fox?” is one of our family’s favorites. This game works best outdoors where you have plenty of room to run. To […]

read full story

Going Batty for Bats

Going Batty for Bats

[ 0 ] October 16, 2009 |

By Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Education Department Nearly synonymous with Halloween, bats are seldom seen but often misunderstood.  Test your bat IQ by guessing if the statements below are truth or myth.  Then, use the hints and tips below to search for bats in your backyard – wild or at the zoo! Bats are the […]

read full story

rhode trip: Picking an Orchard for Apple Picking

rhode trip: Picking an Orchard for Apple Picking

[ 13 ] September 29, 2009 |

Apple season is in full swing: crisp, local apples are available even at the most ho-hum grocery store. When you want to get closer to the essence of the apple than the supermarket/farmer’s market/roadside stand, it’s time to head for an orchard. But which one? New England is rich in apple orchards; it’s almost impossible […]

read full story

Build a Squirrel Feeder for Fall Fun

Build a Squirrel Feeder for Fall Fun

[ 0 ] September 10, 2009 |

By Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Education Department Fall is a fun time to observe back yard animals. When the days get shorter and the temperature cools, there is a lot of hustle and bustle as wildlife gets ready for the cold New England winter. One of the most entertaining animals to watch is the grey […]

read full story

September Art Festivals

September Art Festivals

[ 1 ] September 3, 2009 |

September has always been one of my favorite months for art festivals.  While weather cools a bit, it is still nice enough to get out and enjoy great activities and art.  So, don’t miss these opportunities to get out with the family! The Providence Open Market September 12, 19, 26, from 10 AM to 4 PM Lippitt […]

read full story