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Young Readers Invited to Kick-Off Summer Reading 2012 at RI State House on June 16th!

Young Readers Invited to Kick-Off Summer Reading 2012 at RI State House on June 16th!

[ 0 ] June 6, 2012 |

Rhode Island third through sixth graders and their families are invited to the kick-off of the third annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island event on Saturday, June 16 at the Rhode Island State House, 1 pm – 4 pm. The event marks the beginning of 2012 summer reading activities coming to libraries statewide. This year’s […]

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A rare moment to share with your kids: Venus to move across the Sun June 5

A rare moment to share with your kids: Venus to move across the Sun June 5

[ 0 ] June 3, 2012 |

Brown University astronomers and historians will help the community mark the historic transit of Venus across the Sun during the late afternoon of June 5 with historical lectures, viewing opportunities and home-viewing advice. The celestial event will not happen again until 2117.

Venus will transit the Sun beginning just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, and the event will only be visible until sunset, from Providence. Members of the public are invited to join Ladd Observatory staff and members of the Skyscrapers Amateur Astronomical Society from 5 to 8 p.m. on the roof of the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, which will provide the best view.
A limited supply of special safe solar viewing glasses will be available. A suggested donation of $1 is welcome to offset the cost. Brown’s Ladd Observatory cannot accommodate the large crowd that is expected, and trees or buildings will obscure the view for most of the event, so the public viewing has been planned for the athletic center. The Ladd Observatory itself will be open to members of the media (see below for how to access a live TV feed).

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Loosen Up!

Loosen Up!

[ 1 ] May 21, 2012 |

In my business we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about loose parts. (We spend a lot of time picking them up, too.) Loose parts play has certainly been around for as long as childhood, but the term was coined in the early seventies by British architect Simon Nicholson.

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Exclusive Free Film Screenings of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Only Yesterday,  with Special Q&A with Producer Toshio Suzuki

Exclusive Free Film Screenings of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Only Yesterday, with Special Q&A with Producer Toshio Suzuki

[ 0 ] May 17, 2012 |

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 AT 5:30PM, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in partnership with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, will present two exclusive screenings of Studio Ghibli films, as well as a very special conversation with producer Toshio Suzuki. Spirited Away and Only Yesterday will be screened in the RISD Auditorium in their original Japanese, with English subtitles. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are available through EventBrite. Spirited Away (suitable for children ages 10 and up) will kick the evening off from 5:30 to 7:30PM, followed by the Q&A with Suzuki from 7:30 to 8:30PM. Only Yesterday (suitable for children ages 14 and up) will play from 9:00 to 11:00PM.

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Road Trip: 2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Road Trip: 2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

[ 0 ] May 8, 2012 |

We recently spent our April Vacation in Toronto attending the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.

TIFF Kids offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about cultural perspectives from around the world through the power of the moving image. More than just a day at the movies, TIFF Kids includes two public weekends for ages three and up and a two week long School Program for students in elementary schools. Featuring the best of Canadian and international cinema for children and youth, TIFF Kids offers a compelling selection of features and shorts on diverse subjects in a variety of genres and styles. It provides a rare opportunity to watch films that kids around the world are lining up to see and that in many cases may not be available again in Toronto.

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Kidoinfo Presents Toddler Art at Providence Children’s Museum!

Kidoinfo Presents Toddler Art at Providence Children’s Museum!

[ 0 ] May 1, 2012 |

Kidoinfo is pleased to partner with Providence Children’s Museum to present the new program Toddler Art.

Join Toddler Art on Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21 from 10:00 AM – Noon. Young children, ages 18 months to 3 years, use real tools and embrace the creative process as they delve into a different art exploration each week…

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Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

[ 0 ] April 27, 2012 |

It’s time for Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2012), the national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life. It’s a time, as the organizers say, “to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.”

Are you up for the challenge. Here’s how it works in our family…

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Aardman’s new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits is fun for the whole family!

Aardman’s new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits is fun for the whole family!

[ 0 ] April 26, 2012 |

Aardman Studios’ new movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits based on Gideon Defoe’s book, The Pirates! opens Friday, April 27th. We had a sneak peak of the film during the recent TIFF Kids International Film Festival. This stop-motion animation film combines swashbuckling comedy with science. Family-friendly with themes of loyalty and friendship mixed with adventure and British humor. Lots of fun gags without the bathroom humor, drinking, or scantily clad women.

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Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

[ 0 ] April 16, 2012 |

Just wanted to let you know that Kidoinfo will be taking a break from posting this week. We are taking a road trip to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival — first time attending a festival other than our beloved Providence Children’s Film Festival. Part vacation (fueling our family’s film passion) and part work as we will be interviewing people in the industry and previewing films for the 2013 Providence Children’s Film Festival.

While we’re gone, check out…

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My Favorite Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

My Favorite Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

[ 0 ] April 15, 2012 |

Earth Day is just around the corner and in my house, the excitement almost reaches that of the December holiday season. April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the big day and whether or not you consider yourself a Greenie, a Once-ler, or more likely something in between, Earth Day is a wonderful time to engage your family in healthy, fun, and meaningful activities.

My favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day:

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