Category: things to do

Family Matters: Spring Family Traditions

Family Matters: Spring Family Traditions

[ 0 ] April 6, 2012 |

We don’t always associate springtime with tradition, but every season is an opportunity. Here are 5 ways to celebrate create spring traditions with your family. Pick one of these or make your own.

1. Food. Is there something you make every spring to celebrate the season or special holiday (Passover and Easter are right here, but Mother’s Day is on the horizon, as well as May Day)? Share its origin with your children by creating a special recipe card including a photo, the recipe and where the recipe originated from (e.g. family member, friend, etc.). Ask your child to share a memory about eating the food.

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Springtime Projects with Paint Chips

Springtime Projects with Paint Chips

[ 2 ] March 29, 2012 |

Here’s a fun idea that doesn’t require many tools and the main material is not only free but provides a little field trip! These projects are made from paint chips, the free cards displayed at paint departments that show ranges of related colors available from manufacturers. The white lines that divide the colors and the sturdy card stock make them perfect candidates for crafting. And did I mention they are free?

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Edible Rhody KIDS: Grow your Favorite Foods

Edible Rhody KIDS: Grow your Favorite Foods

[ 1 ] March 26, 2012 |

Welcome Spring! Edible Rhody Kids is created in partnership with Kidoinfo. Grab this season’s copy of Edible Rhody, available at various locations around Rhode Island. Read about how kids can learn to grow their own food followed by a list of resources, activities and books to share with your kids. Click on the chef’s hat for a theme-related recipe!

Ever wonder where the tomatoes in your taco come from?

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Family Matters: 5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with the Kiddos

Family Matters: 5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with the Kiddos

[ 0 ] March 23, 2012 |

1. Take a walk in your neighborhood/park/woods and see what is starting to bloom. Identify plant species or make it a scavenger hunt.

2. Create instant works of art with sunlight and found objects. Make a sun print using construction paper or with special light sensitive photo paper (available at Utrecht or Providence Children’s Museum gift shop.)

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Make Nature Faces

Make Nature Faces

[ 0 ] March 20, 2012 |

This is a creative way to explore nature with children. Grab a bag and take a walk around your neighborhood. Collect natural materials from your yard, a local park or while hiking. Almost anything can be used to create faces – sticks, leaves, pine cones, rocks, acorns, seeds, flowers, etc. Kids can sort or count the items before they begin. Arrange your found objects into faces (or robots, aliens…) Optional: Use chalk to outline the face first. Make your nature family then take a picture to document it.

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Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

[ 0 ] March 16, 2012 |

My boys recently saw the animated film, The Lorax. They did not go in with high expectations for the film, more for the fun of seeing a movie with good friends and curious to how the beloved Dr. Seuss book with the same name would be adapted to the big screen. One of my sons liked it more than he thought (read review below), the other one not so much (review to follow).

I didn’t see the film but have read the book and love the way Dr. Seuss weaves a story that combines serious issues/conflicts and the repercussions that ensue depending on what the characters choose to do beckoning the reader to think about what they might do in the same situation…

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Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

[ 0 ] March 14, 2012 |

Here is my list of things to learn and do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite is taking the kids to the park in search of leprechauns.

Read a good book with your children first, like Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna and Lecia Balian; then find a park near you and take a hike in search of these mischievous characters. If it’s a nice day and you don’t find any, you and your kids may still enjoy the walk looking for early signs of spring. Check our events calendar for local parades and other happenings.

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Family Matters: Connecting Kids With Art

Family Matters: Connecting Kids With Art

[ 1 ] March 9, 2012 |

Visiting an art museum can be magical at any age. Sharing the experience with our kids offers the opportunity to see the world in new ways, engage our senses, share our opinions, and possibly inspire us to make our own art. I have fond childhood memories of visiting the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo with my family. I was mesmerized by Amedeo Modigliani’s portraits, I laughed at Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Cans and was intrigued by George Segal plaster life size model of himself with Cinema. I thought walking inside the Lucas Samaras’s Mirrored Room was the coolest place to be. I remember Sunday jazz on the lawn and art workshops for kids. I made art every chance I had.

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Parenting Simply:  Welcome Little Helpers

Parenting Simply: Welcome Little Helpers

[ 2 ] March 8, 2012 |

My daughters are two and four, and even at these young ages I see how much they welcome some responsibility around the house, and how proud they are when they can accomplish “grown up” tasks. Household chores provide a wonderful way for little ones to learn and practice new skills. Parents may also find that they come to appreciate the task in a new way, as you start to view it as a learning tool.

In my home, I’ve noticed how much smoother mealtimes are when I invite the children to help with some preparation and some clean up afterward. In the morning, as I put their breakfasts on the table, I fill the sink with warm soapy water and set up a sturdy stool.

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“Painting Air: Spencer Finch” Opens at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, February 24 – July 29, 2012

“Painting Air: Spencer Finch” Opens at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, February 24 – July 29, 2012

[ 1 ] March 5, 2012 |

Take your children to see “Painting Air: Spencer Finch,” the new exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design. In this two-part show, the Museum debuts a large-scale installation by Finch, shown with more than 60 pieces—from ancient objects to late-20th-century art— selected by the artist from the Museum’s collection. The show opened
Friday, February 24 and runs through July 29, 2012.

Kids will enjoy exploring his joyful colorful mixed-media work along with discovering what and pondering why Finch pulled what he did out of museum storage. The exhibition invites conversation and may lead to interesting discoveries and creations at home.

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