Category: things to do

We all benefit from a little help from our friends: Partnership for Providence Parks

We all benefit from a little help from our friends: Partnership for Providence Parks

[ 0 ] August 29, 2012 |

I am so excited to introduce you all to the Partnership for Providence Parks (The Partnership), a new city-wide non-profit geared toward helping the people and community partners that help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places. We have over 100 Parks in Providence, at least one within a ½ mile of every resident. Some of these places are nature conservancies, with hiking trails and wild animals (nice ones of course), others are community hubs for arts, fitness, play, or all of the above.

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Hidden Gem: Apple Valley Minerals

Hidden Gem: Apple Valley Minerals

[ 3 ] August 23, 2012 |

When my boys were toddlers, it seemed a bit easier to turn a nothing day into a something day. At two and four years old, even a trip to the pet store to look at parakeets and hamsters was enough to wow them but now at nine and eleven, sometimes it takes a bit more … or does it?

The other afternoon we stopped by our local library and there was a display case filled with rocks, minerals and even petrified poop courtesy of Apple Valley Minerals. Many afternoons the boys and I have passed that small business, housed in a quaint slate blue cottage with a hanging sign on 7 Homestead Avenue in Smithfield. We decided to investigate.

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Fun for the Whole Family…?

Fun for the Whole Family…?

[ 0 ] August 17, 2012 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

Do you like kids’ movies – the ones with great animation, a good story and a little adult-level humor mixed in? How about really well-written children’s books with beautiful illustrations? Me too. How much do you like them when you’re watching them for a fourth time or reading them for the tenth ­– this month?

Just as with a movie or book, we adults can get bored visiting the children’s museum or zoo long before kids do. A recent national study surveyed over 8,400 adults who visit children’s museums frequently. The typical respondent was a 30-something, college-educated mother of a child or children under 6. Why does this mom go to the museum so often? She does it for the kids. She knows the kids love it and it’s good for them. But she’s not having much fun herself. Oh dear. Children’s museums are meant to be fun and engaging for the whole family. We know it’s our job to come up with better ways – activities, signage, staffing, seating – to engage adults so they’re having fun too, but visitors can make some changes themselves.

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camp tinker: sandscape terrarium

camp tinker: sandscape terrarium

[ 0 ] August 8, 2012 |

Welcome back to Camp Tinker! As mentioned in my previous post, Camp Tinker aims to be a series of summertime posts featuring simple and enjoyable craft projects. It also serves as a little “craft lab” for me to try out new ideas and twists. This post’s project is a sort of no-fail terrarium.

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Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

[ 0 ] August 6, 2012 |

During a recent visit with their grandparents, my daughters had a blast running, jumping, crawling, and splashing their way through a backyard obstacle course. It was so simple to create, and it kept children and adults playing- and laughing- together for hours.

We created the course with things we had around the house, and set up toys as challenges along the course.

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Watching the Olympics With Kids

Watching the Olympics With Kids

[ 0 ] July 27, 2012 |

The 2012 Summer Olympics start this evening, July 27th with the opening ceremonies and finishes with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 12th. It’s easy these days to stay connected to the Olympics using Social Media and watch your favorite sports and follow athlete highlights at your convenience. Check the guide below to find the best Olympics sites for families.

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Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

[ 0 ] July 27, 2012 |

Having some free time without friends or siblings to play with and time away from digital devices provides can children an opportunity to play solo and have fun while trying something new without the fear of what others may think of their skills or time to play at their own pace. Here’s a list of 10 ways for kids to play from Kids Health.

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Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul: Stop, Drop, and Read!

Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul: Stop, Drop, and Read!

[ 0 ] July 25, 2012 |

Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island author/illustrator Alison Paul read on June 28, 2012.

Special Safety Theme Day: Stop, Drop, and Read. Alison Paul’s book selection.

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camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

[ 1 ] July 23, 2012 |

Elyse is always full of fabulous clever crafty ideas. This summer, she created Camp Tinker – a series of projects you can do with (or without) your children. – Anisa

As you probably know, I enjoy putting a shabby-style spin on simple craft projects. This summer while between book deadlines, I thought my blog would be the perfect sunny location to try out some ideas.

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Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

[ 0 ] July 19, 2012 |

Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul read on July 12, 2012.

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