Category: things to do

Get Out and Play!

Get Out and Play!

[ 0 ] July 2, 2012 |

Unstructured, freely chosen play promotes children’s healthy growth and development, but many kids don’t get enough free play, especially outdoors. The warm summer months invite kids to indulge in more carefree, active, outdoor play that is not as available during the school year. This summer, Providence Children’s Museum offers an array of powerful outdoor play experiences on its grounds and well beyond.

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Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

[ 0 ] June 29, 2012 |

I’m going to take a wild guess here and bet that many of you don’t know that today, Friday, June 29, is International Mud Day.

No, seriously – it is!

In my humble opinion, it’s a genius idea. I mean, what better way to celebrate and experience the great outdoors than to get really dirty? Like, clothes-plastered-to-your-body, hair-caked-with-mud dirty. If you can let go of the clean-up anxiety that I admit is furiously coursing through this type-A mama’s blood, your kids will thank you for it. I promise! I’m reminded of my participation in the infamous mud slide incident on the “beach” (i.e. grassy field) at University of Delaware in spring of 1992… Boy, that was a LOT of fun!

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Rethinking Recycling

Rethinking Recycling

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

Recycling in Rhode Island has recently changed to encourage more people to recycle, and so that we’ll recycle more than ever before. We can now recycle additional plastics – jars, tubs, yogurt and take-out containers, egg cartons and those ubiquitous plastic cups. All plastic containers up to two gallons can be recycled, regardless of the number in the recycling symbol, and we no longer need to separate our recyclables. (See www.RecycleTogetherRI.org for complete details on recycling changes.)

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Family Matters: Brush up on Water Safety Rules!

Family Matters: Brush up on Water Safety Rules!

[ 0 ] June 25, 2012 |

Many of us will be participating in water-related activities this summer. Now is a good time to review water safety rules with your spouse, caregiver, and children. Follow these safety tips from the Red Cross whenever you are in, on or around water.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

– Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
– Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!

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Summer 2012: Kidoinfo Providence Storytime + Art in the Park

Summer 2012: Kidoinfo Providence Storytime + Art in the Park

[ 1 ] June 22, 2012 |

Every Thursday during the Summer from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Burnside Park, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island
ALL AGES. FREE.

Kidoinfo and Greater Kennedy Plaza are partnering for a 3rd year to create FREE weekly summer events for families in downtown Providence. Storytime invites families to bring a blanket and enjoy different storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park adjacent to Kennedy plaza. Kidoinfo features at least one story each Thursday morning from a local Rhode Island author, illustrator or storyteller followed by fun interactive activities for children.

This year following Storytime, the new program Art in the Park encourages children to make and participate in their own storytelling magic through art.

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how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2012 |

Erin originally posted this awesome how-to piece on her blog, exhale. return to center. I feel Erin and I are kindred spirits in how we both have many more creative ideas than we can execute in a timely manner but hopefully when we do — and as Erin demonstrates with her tire swing — worth the wait.

Erin’s How-To:

Step One: Admire tire swing at your kids’ preschool for YEARS. Think about how nice it would be to have on in your yard. Talk (a lot) about which tree it should go in and how much fun it will be.

Step Two: Hire your friend (who happens to be a very talented arborist) to hang a line from way up in the tallest oak tree at the top of the hill.

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2012 Rhode Island Summer Reading Program

2012 Rhode Island Summer Reading Program

[ 1 ] June 7, 2012 |

The library encourages children to keep reading all summer long by sharing age-appropriate book recommendations and hosting a summer full of events and programs at libraries across the state. This year’s themes…

Dream Big READ! (children’s program)
Own the Night (teen program)
Between the Covers (adult program)

The children’s program, Dream Big READ!, invites kids to discover new ideas, people, and places through books. In programs at public libraries around the state, children will: SEE magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, artists, dancers, musicians, and poets; WIN prizes, including free admission to exciting places; TALK about your favorite books; and, MEET other kids. Explore the magic and mystery of night time all summer long.

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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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