Category: things to do

Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

[ 1 ] January 12, 2012 |

Providence Children’s Museum will feature performances of M.L.K.: Amazing Grace by Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson and present a special exhibit about the American Civil Rights Movement and King’s work. Families can also browse an exhibit of photographs, text and a selection of carefully chosen books about the American Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. Visitors can choose to participate in a thought-provoking interactive exploration of the negative power of discrimination, during which they encounter “red only” and “green only” labels throughout the Museum. Educators will be on hand to talk to families following this provocative exercise and invite them to record their responses.

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Mark Your Calendar! Third Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival Set for February 16-21, 2012

Mark Your Calendar! Third Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival Set for February 16-21, 2012

[ 0 ] January 4, 2012 |

Six days of films and workshops in the Creative Capital

Now entering its third year, Rhode Island’s first and only festival dedicated to children’s films returns to Providence February 16-21, 2012. The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) expands this year to six days and three venues, offering families and film fans shared theatrical experiences of even more high-quality, independent and international films, animation, documentaries, film-making workshops and presentations. The Festival features films for children and youth between ages 3-18, with provided guidance for content and age appropriateness.

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Telling the Story of Play

Telling the Story of Play

[ 1 ] December 20, 2011 |

At Providence Children’s Museum, we know that the child at play is often the child at work. And for some time now, we have been documenting children’s play, trying to capture that “aha” moment when, after interacting with materials and experimenting in different ways, he or she suddenly understands something new. In this process, which belongs entirely to the child, he or she is learning.

Special events planned at Providence Children’s Museum during school vacation. See Sparky’s Puppets perform favorite tales from Aesop’s Fables. Sing and dance to funny original songs from rock ‘n roll trio Rolie Polie Guacamole. Join The Rhythm Room for rollicking world percussion, horns, drums, guitars and piano. And it’s a Block Party when kids build cities and create towering structures!

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Afterschool Special: Make Comics! Workshops

Afterschool Special: Make Comics! Workshops

[ 1 ] December 19, 2011 |

Make Comics! is run by the Providence Comics Consortium, a group founded by educator/comic enthusiasts Walker Mettling and Andrew Oesch. Sessions held at library program rooms take place two afternoons per week, two hours per session. As a former art student and crafty mom, I was impressed by all facets of the classes: the obvious planning, the materials offered, the instruction of using panels for storytelling, inking and using details such as facial expression to succinctly convey emotion; there was even a healthy snack! To close the session our instructor Walker presented each child with a bound anthology of student work from both sessions, assembled with great care.

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Kidoinfo Top 12 Things To Do During Winter Vacation

Kidoinfo Top 12 Things To Do During Winter Vacation

[ 3 ] December 16, 2011 |

Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Here’s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do – many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.

1. Play with toys. Pick one from our Top 10 Favorite Toys for Kids. (Free / Cheap)

2. Host a crafternoon. Have kids (and parent) bring a shoebox filled with stickers, magazines, ribbons, rubber stamps, glue sticks and scissors. (Crafty ideas: Make books, paper bead necklaces, collage bookmarks, puppets, treasure box, and more.) (Free / Cheap)

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Great Cookbooks for Families: They Draw & Cook

Great Cookbooks for Families: They Draw & Cook

[ 0 ] December 14, 2011 |

The totally fun blog They Draw & Cook is now a book!

If you like to draw and cook, you are probably familiar with this international site of cookies, carrots, and quirk. Much snugglier than a screen, the sturdy book version features illustrated recipes (107 of them) from cook-artists who live all over the world. As on the blog, each cook-artist has a distinct style—some pages look like favorite children’s book illustrations, others more like beautifully designed packaging; some are silly, some are graceful, others are bizarre—to clue you in to the mood of the dish.

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Just in time for the holidays: Women Who Rock Coloring Book!

Just in time for the holidays: Women Who Rock Coloring Book!

[ 1 ] December 14, 2011 |

Girls Rock! Rhode Island is pleased to present the Women Who Rock Coloring Book! The book celebrates a variety of female musicians, from those who paved the way to the ladies who are influencing today’s vibrant music scene. An eclectic mix of performers are represented in its pages, including Cyndi Lauper, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Yoko Ono, Joan Jett, Esperanza Spaulding and many more. This first edition features 22 original works of art by local artists, who donated their time and their art.

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Taking Chances During Play

Taking Chances During Play

[ 2 ] December 14, 2011 |

It’s a windy but sunny day in early fall, and my son and I slowly approach the gigantic spider web climbing net at Tuckertown Park in South Kingstown. My three year old is the tentative sort, and the conversation goes something like this:

“Come on, Devin. Let’s climb the spider web!”

“No, no, Mommy. I too little.”

“Nah, you’re not too little. You can do it.”

“I too scared, Mommy.”

“What are you scared of?”

“I scared I gonna fall.”

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Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

[ 2 ] December 7, 2011 |

Sometimes as parents, we are granted wonderful moments of true clarity. For me, one such moment came after an afternoon walk with my daughters. Our walk led to the discovery of an abundant supply of tiny pinecones at the end of our street, which immediately needed to be gathered, stowed in the back of a tricycle, and brought home to make pinecone soup. With nothing else on my calendar, no where else to be but right here, I carried pinecones and tiny dishes and sat down to share in the meal. It was delicious…

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Join us! Caroling on the East Side and West Side of Providence!!

Join us! Caroling on the East Side and West Side of Providence!!

[ 1 ] December 5, 2011 |

2 nights of Holiday cheer. Different location each night.
Spread warmth and merriment during one of the coldest times of the year. Join us as we joyfully carol through Providence’s West Side and East Side neighborhoods.
Kidoinfo is looking forward to partnering again this year, inviting families to carol through historic streets in Providence’s Armory District on Sunday, December 18th and leading a similar caroling event in the Summit Neighborhood on the East Side on Wednesday, December 21st!

Everyone is invited to this free event, regardless of religious or non-religious beliefs.

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