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A message from the Providence Children’s Museum and online book readings

Hi Friends!

As the Executive Director at the Providence Children’s Museum, my favorite part of the day is seeing all of you playing and creating at the Museum.

I’ve missed you – and can’t wait until we can be back together again.

Although our building is closed, we are still working hard to be there for you – sharing activities and providing ideas to help you play every day at home.

For the month of April, we will be helping the children of Rhode Island meet Governor Raimondo’s challenge to read every day by sharing some of our favorite books. You know, we have lots of books at the Museum – and we love to read!

We have collected a list of books we think you would enjoy and will even have some guest readers to read them to you!

We would also love it if you would share your favorite books with us. Just ask a grownup to submit a video of you reading together using this link, post to our Facebook page, or tag #PCMreads in a photo on Instagram!

We’ll link each of the titles in our posts to local bookstores who offer shipping or curbside pickup so you can bring home a book for yourself.

Someday soon, we’ll all be back together again. Until then, we can get lost, discover new places, meet new friends and find adventures – all in a book!

See the first story of April below, and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of our stories – and thanks so much for watching.

Take care of yourself and one another.

And keep reading!

Caroline Payson
Executive Director

Here is the first episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwsoCzSrze4

Squeeze in your workout or meditation
  • In a time like this, it’s important to reduce stress as much as possible, so your workout routine is as important as ever. Anticipating that gyms and group fitness classes may not be an option, turn to YouTube for free exercise videos.
  • Incorporate your exercise into your child’s outdoor time! Play a game of tag or hide and seek to get your heart pumping. Have a basketball hoop? Play a little one-on-one or a game of knock-out or teach your tiny wobbler how to kick a soccer ball.
  • Meditation is a fun practice which we focus on prior to rest times here at The Coggeshall Club, this is a great chance for you to spend 5 minutes resetting your own mind and helping your little one control their body and mind prior to rest time. We love the Savasana app and their Yoga Nidra practices.
There is a silver lining!
  • Yes, there is a very scary virus looming over all of this, but your home is your safe space and your people are your people. This is a great opportunity to bond, respectfully and gratefully.
  • Try to look at it as an opportunity to spend time with your partner or kids in a way you don’t normally get to.
  • You might have lunch as a family every day, and that might be just kind of the coolest thing! PB and J for lunch instead of dinner when you are all exhausted on most nights, conversation is very different when it is over lunch instead of dinner – energy and mindsets are too.
  • Try and frame it in a positive way, which is that you can work together as a team, plan the things you can plan, and spend this time together. There aren’t too many opportunities for partners to work together and get a peek into each other’s day-to-day, and that can be a spark for some…your cute coworker just happens to be your partner! Witnessing and admiring each other’s professionalism is a great way to create or deepen a bond.

Britt Riley is the co-founder of Coggeshall Club in Middletown — the country’s first fully-licensed daycare to offer unlimited co-working and fitness space.

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