Category: things to do

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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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

[ 0 ] March 1, 2012 |

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904. We know and love him as Dr. Seuss. His whimsical rhymes and clever stories hold the same magic for my children as they did for me when I was a kid. I can remember the first Dr. Seuss books I owned – Cat in the Hat…One Fish Two Fish…Green Eggs and Ham…do you remember yours?

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The Storybook Connection

The Storybook Connection

[ 0 ] March 1, 2012 |

Have you ever watched a time-lapse video of a flower opening in the spring? I imagine that’s what a child’s brain looks like when it connects with a storybook. If you have read aloud to children, either alone or in a group, you know what I mean. While you’re reading, you can almost see the child going into a zone. At the end of the book, for a moment, she may sit and smile or ask a question. But almost every time, if she connects with the story, she will come away with something: a deeper understanding, an emotion, an inspiration, an inside giggle. That is the magic of storybooks.

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The Wonders of Freezer Paper—Really!

The Wonders of Freezer Paper—Really!

[ 1 ] February 27, 2012 |

One of the most versatile craft supplies isn’t found in any specialty store—it’s on the shelf in your local supermarket, next to the aluminum foil and plastic bags. Freezer paper! It’s almost magical, it can do so much. If you haven’t been introduced to the crafty side of freezer paper, please, allow me to take you on a little tour…

Use it to screen print your own T-shirts!

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