Your guide to parenting in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

This is my last blog post on Kidoinfo as publisher but not the end of Kidoinfo. As you may know from my announcement on August 28 (read full story here), I have decided to step down from running Kidoinfo after 10 years to pursue other projects and spend more time with family. Although I say goodbye to Kidoinfo, I will stay rooted to the parent community through my work as Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization that presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema.

I am pleased to announce that Kidoinfo will continue as a trusted hub for families under new ownership. After careful consideration and deliberation, I’m excited to introduce Susan Gale as the new Kidoinfo publisher. Susan has the experience to move Kidoinfo forward, having worked in journalism, marketing, advertising, and non-profit development while raising two children, ages 18 and 16, with her life partner. Two years ago, Susan founded Rhode Island Parent magazine, which moved online in September as RIPARENT.COM. (Now find their family content on the Kidoinfo website.)  Her local experience with communications and family and children’s issues makes her the right choice to lead Kidoinfo forward.

But most importantly, we share a similar vision for Kidoinfo’s future - one where the website provides you with all the information, education, inspiration, and connection you need to be the best parents you can be. Simply put, I’m confident that under Susan’s leadership, Kidoinfo will continue to be the go-to family resource in Rhode Island  and southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to carrying on many of Kidoinfo features, she has fresh new ideas and I look forward to seeing Kidoinfo grow even bigger and better! Please join her on this journey and stay connected to the Kidoinfo community.

As part of my goodbye, I thank “YOU” for being a valuable part of the Kidoinfo community from 2007-2017! With your support over the past 10 years, Kidoinfo has grown—bringing together Rhode Island families, businesses, organizations and contributing writers to form a welcoming and vibrant community. It has been an honor to be a part of this expanding circle.

A big THANK YOU to my amazing Kidoinfo family of advisors, friends and contributing writers for your wisdom, support, inspiration and collaboration over the years: Katy Killilea, Nancy King, Elyse Press Major, Ilira Steinman, Jason Thompson, Carly Baumann, Suzanne Cadge, Michelle Riggen-Ransom, Jackie Hennessey, Jennifer C. Smith, Deb Dormody, Micki Whelan, Chris Abernethy, Daniella Norwood, Jake Camara, Alex Taylor, Erin Goodman, Hannah Marcotti, Jeanine Silversmith, Jill Davidson, Kristen McClanaghan Kardos, Kathleen McGuigan, Bonnie Combs, Leah Kent, Marcia Fowler, Genie McPherson Trevor, Jacante Tougas Arnone, Lindsay Shaw, Martha Iachetta, Melissa Brusso, Megan Fischer, Janice O'Donnell, Aja Blanc, Allison Abramson, Anika Denise, Beth Curtin, Carolyn Dalgliesh, Jennifer Huntley-Corbin, Marianne Ruggiero, Alison Paul, Ricky Katowicz, Chrissy Collins, Moe Finnegan, Cynthia Greene Ragona, Elaine Beebe, Kirsten DiChiappari, Karen Krieger, Sue Ambs Azar, Eleanor Pretty Deacon…and to my husband Douglas Itkin and our sons. (Read D&Es 10 year reflection here.)

And THANK YOU to my many advertisers (big and small) and my community partners over the years, including Roger Williams Park, RISD Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, and Audubon Society of Rhode Island – your financial support and collaborations allows the entire community to enjoy Kidoinfo free of charge.

They say it takes a village, and I believe it is true. I am forever grateful for this chapter in my life.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 20, 2017: Please note that I am pleased to announce that Kidoinfo WILL CONTINUE on under new leadership before the New Year! Stay tuned for details. You may continue submitting events to the calendar, inquire about advertising, sign up for the camp guide!

I launched Kidoinfo in the spring of 2007 with a few blog posts and event listings while my boys were at Child’s Play Preschool. It was born from my need as a young mom of twins to find things to do with my kids, exchange parenting tips, and carve out a creative niche for myself. I had no idea then that Kidoinfo would become what it is today — bringing together Rhode Island families, businesses and organizations to form a welcoming and vibrant community. My life has been forever changed.

What an adventure it’s been, exploring the state and beyond with my husband and sons, meeting and working with amazing people as well as collaborating and partnering on programming and events over the years.

I am truly grateful for your company on this journey and for the lasting friendships that have formed. The path may not always have been obvious, but it was always gratifying as I grew the business while my kids navigated pre-school, then elementary, middle and now high school. Today, as they enter a new stage of their lives, it is time for me to reflect and consider what is next on the horizon.

And so I announce that my Kidoinfo adventure is coming to a close, and I plan to wind down the website and its social media on December 1, 2017. Kidoinfo_Family_RallyBut even as I head in a new direction, I would love for Kidoinfo to continue if an interested party should step forward to take over the business. Feel free to share within the parent community and contact me with inquiries or questions here: anisa <at> kidoinfo <dot> com.

Although I say goodbye to Kidoinfo, I will stay rooted to the parent community through my work as Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization that presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema. The annual Film Festival in February and year-round programming and resources aim to inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of children and families. I feel so very lucky that this venture allows me to work with many of the same great people and institutions committed to enriching the lives of Rhode Island families.

It has been an honor to be a part of this community and I am humbled by and thankful for all of the wonderful support and encouragement you have shown me over the years.

Since this is Rhode Island, I know we will run into one another again.

With all good wishes,

Anisa Raoof
Founder, Kidoinfo.com

Thursdays (July 13 - August 17) from 10:30am - 12:30pm in Burnside Park, Downtown Providence.

Each summer Kidoinfo teams up with Jen Smith of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and company to bring Storytime + Art in the Park to Burnside Park. Through this program, DDPC and Kidoinfo invite local authors, storytellers and illustrators to bring their love of books and storytelling to the children of Providence. At this free event, parents and kids sit together under a tree, in front of the Banjotti Fountain, at the city’s only open air Storytime.

This year we have six different guests lined up to bring stories to life in their own unique way.

KidoInfo Storytime happens first on Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30, followed by Art in the Park from 11:30 – 12:30. Stay for lunch from one of the food trucks, and enjoy a picnic under the tree.

Mark your calendars, here is the 2017 Storytime schedule of storytellers:

July 13
Storyteller Valerie Tutson draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions.
At Art in the Park The Wonky World of Roald Dahl explores Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ever wanted to make your own Wonka bars? Me too! This week we’ll be making our own pretend chocolate bars. There may even be a few golden tickets somewhere…

July 20
Local author Kara LaReau debuted her brand new chapter book, The Infamous Ratso, at Storytime last year. This year she’ll be sharing some of her own books, and her kidlit favorites with the audience. In addition to Kara - we welcome Miss Katie for a sing-along, dance-along, musical performance! Our regulars may recognize Miss Katie from of playSCIENCE RI, but she can also be found out of a lab coat, wearing giant sunglasses, and playing a wide variety of instruments, often in the company of the Extraordinary Rendition Band. She’s traveled around RI performing and will be debuting songs from her new CD Candy Cane Glasses!
At Art in the Park The Wonky World of Roald Dahl explores Matilda. In the book, Matilda could make things move with her mind. Together, we can make things move with our crafty hands. Let’s make books that float!

July 27
Art in the Park cofounder author and illustrator Alison Paul joins us again this summer with local illustrator Jen Corace. Long time readers at Storytime, Jen and Alison will read a selection of their own books.
At Art in the Park The Wonky World of Roald Dahl explores Fantastic Mr. Fox. Oh no! Mr. Fox lost his tail escaping the mean old farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean! Can you help make him a new one? Maybe you can make it even better than his old one!

August 3
Internationally acclaimed RI Storyteller Len Cabral retells African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories + tales from around the world.
At Art in the Park The Wonky World of Roald Dahl explores The BFG. We can collect dreams just like the BFG with our very own Dream Jars! What kind of dreams will you collect? Some dreams will be included and others you’ll have to find! Fill up your jars with dreams.

August 10
The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show kicks off Storytime and is joined by intergalactic creature troupe Big Nazo joins us. A group of visual artists, puppeteers, and musicians, Big Nazo makes their way across Kennedy Plaza and get kids singing and dancing. It’s always a fun day in the park with Big Nazo invades!
At Art in the Park The Wonky World of Roald Dahl explores James and the Giant Peach. How big would your GIANT peach be? Let’s make some peaches that are as big as our heads, or maybe even bigger!

August 17
Keith Munslow, hilarious musician, cartoonist, storyteller will once again join us in the park. Keith always has kids and parents singing, dancing and laughing.
At Art in the Park Sail Away Summer!  A super special day of activities in the park including The Wonky World of Roald Dahl Finale: Sail Away Summer! Join artist Alison Paul making ship's captain hats with Roald Dahl storybook pages inspired by the Matilda quote: "So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."

Following Storytime, local artists bring books to life at Art in the Park. Each week Ricky Katowicz or Alison Paul will bring an iconic children’s book author to life through hands on art projects. This year’s theme is: The Wonky World of Roald Dahl! Many readers will know Roald Dahl for his classic books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. With so many inspiring books to choose from, this promises to be an extra creative summer.

These events are always FREE and everyone is welcome. Let us know you’re coming on the FB events!

Follow Kidoinfo and DDPC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date on all our summer programming.

Talking about how we raise community minded kids, seems as relevant today as it was when first posted in 2011. Check out our booklists and download the PDF for for some guidance and useful suggestions.

How do we raise our children to be thinkers and doers and to care about the world around them? I invited five community-minded parents and the community to share resources and ideas at AS220 on May 25, 2011. Some of the ideas discussed; Tell stories and read to your children about people with different experiences and from different cultures, teach them to be socially responsible by being a role model–sometimes it is the simple everyday things we do such as where and what we shop and how we treat our neighbors that teaches our children to care about the world around them. If you missed the conversation, join in now. Watch the video here.

Download a PDF version of the CMK Field Guide here. *If you would like to special order a large quantity of CMK Field Guides, please contact Anisa (at) Kidoinfo (dot) com.

BOOK LISTS

I believe books are important to share with our kids at any age. Here are books recommendations from local experts that support the idea of kids learning a sense of self, diversity, tolerance, compassion for others, awareness of their sense of place in the world, and social responsibility to their community.

BOOK LIST FROM LINDSAY SHAW, children’s librarian at the Providence Athenaeum

PICTURE BOOKS: VERY YOUNG

PICTURE BOOKS: AGES 3-5 AND UP

FICTION: AGES 8-12

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BOOK LIST FROM CHERYL SPACE, youth services coordinator / library program specialist at Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services, BONNIE LILIENTHAL, Providence Public Library and AARON COUTU, Greenville Public Library

PICTURE BOOKS: VERY YOUNG

PICTURE BOOKS: 5 AND UP

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BOOK LIST FROM ANISA RAOOF, publisher of Kidoinfo

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Resource Books:

Kidoinfo Presents: Raising Community-Minded Kids Conversation from Kidoinfo on Vimeo.

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AS220's FOO FEST returns to downtown Providence on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for the annual block party of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists and organizations, DIY technology, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!
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Printmaking at Foo Fest

Also at Foo Fest, AS220 is also producing the 8th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire, featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
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Soldering at Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (photo credit Mary Johnson)

Kidoinfo is a proud partner of Foo Fest! Visit countless artist and maker demos, performances and musicians and check out these not-to-be-missed activities with Foo Fest and RI Mini Maker Faire:
The Details:
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:00PM - 6:00PM for activities (the event goes on until 1AM for grown-ups)
Where: Empire Street, Providence
Tickets: $7 in advance here. $10 day-of. Kids 10 and under are FREE!
For a full list of activities, artists, music and food vendors check out the website

Kidoinfo + Downtown Parks Conservancy present: Summer Family Fun on the Plaza in Burnside ParkKidoinfo-DDPC-Banner

Tuesdays and Thursdays (July and August). FREE. All Ages.

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Now in its 7th year, Kidoinfo has partnered with Jen Smith of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy to create FREE weekly summer events, both fun and enriching, that attracts hundreds of families to downtown Providence.

Downtown Tuesdays! Kidoinfo Play in the Park

Every Tuesday (July 5 - August 30) from 3-6pm
Music, games, educational activities, a Free-Play Mobile Playground and more for kids of all ages! Added bonus: Food trucks and Farm Fresh Rhode Island Downtown Farmer's Market!

Designed to support and encourage children’s playtime: Music, games, educational activities and more for kids of all ages along with weekly enrichment programming from community partners. This year, Kidoinfo will be teaming up with playSCIENCE in July and August to offer hands-on fun. Miss Katie will be leading nature-oriented expeditions and musical shindigs to enlighten our little ones.

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DPPC_Storytime+ArtThursdays on the Plaza! Kidoinfo Storytime + Art in the Park: Making on the Moon!

Every Thursday (July 7 - August 18)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Families bring a blanket and enjoy different storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park followed by art-making with guest artist Ricky Katowicz.
With PVD Food Trucks @ Kennedy Plaza (11:30am-1:30pm)
And later on Thursday: Family-friendly music series and beer garden from 4:30 — 7:30pm

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Open Air Reading Room and Imagination Center At Our Open Air Reading Room browse books featured in past Storytimes, as well as books from our Leave a Book - Take a Book program. Explore with our Imagination Playground and new Imagination Theatre!

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GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Donations for our “Leave a Book — Take a Book” bin are sought for the series. Your donations can make it possible for any child who needs or wants a book to take one home with them and keep the excitement about stories and books going! If you want information about how you can get involved and support this free, high-quality & accessible family programming, email: jen@kennedyplaza.org.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: City of Providence, The Dept. of Arts Culture & Tourism, Dept. of Parks + Recreation, Greater Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, Providence Foundation, Providence Tourism Council, RISCA, Hasbro, Inc., Kidoinfo, Books on the Square.

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Family Fun on the Plaza Schedule:

Burnside Park, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island

Week 1 :
Tuesday, July 5: Play in the Park

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Thursday, July 7: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 2 :
Tuesday, July 12: Play in the Park

Thursday, July 14: Storytime and Art in the ParkKidoinfo-Storytime-BurnsidePark
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 3:
Tuesday, July 19: Play in the Park

Thursday, July 21: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 4:
Tuesday, July 26: Play in the Park

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Thursday, July 28: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 5:
Tuesday, August 2: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 4: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

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Week 6:
Tuesday, August 9: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 11: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 7:
Tuesday, August 16: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 18: Storytime and Art in the Park Closing Event
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 8:
Tuesday, August 23: Play in the Park

Week 9:
Tuesday, August 30: Play in the Park

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NUTS ‘n BOLTS:

Location: Under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza
Rain/Heat location: Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Parking: Metered street parking. Park in the mall parking lot. $2 for up to 3 hours. Or check RIPTA.com for schedules.
Food: Bring a picnic or buy food from an array of local food trucks.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free event

Story hours are a great way to discover new books with your child. Oftentimes kids love to hear their favorites over and over. Find them at the local library. When we want to a buy a copy for our own personal collection, we love to support local bookstores.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Books on the Square: 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
- Barrington Books — 184 County Rd. Barrington, RI, 02806
- Myopic Books — 5 South Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
- Symposium Books — 240 Westminster Street, Providencea

Brown University and Kidoinfo team up for the return of Summer Movie Nights! Films are family-friendly, free, and open to the public.

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BYO-blanket or low chairs for the lawn and Brown will treat you to free popcorn and other treats!

Both events are outdoors at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  For more information, including weather cancellations, contact community@brown.edu or 401-863-3717. Please check the Brown website for rescheduling details

With PVDFest quickly approaching, you may be wondering how family friendly is this big, free celebration in Downtown Providence happening Saturday, June 4?!? Thanks to this great round up from FirstWorks, the answer is easy: Plenty! There will be enough family-friendly fun to keep festival-goers of all ages entertained all day! - Anisa

6133d6fb-849c-45ef-a608-8e6099c518ddWe know how much goes into planning your day when the kids are in tow, so we’ve devised this simple family fun checklist for you. As you can see, we’ve covered all the bases that any kid could want.

*All festival programming—including performers, locations and times—is subject to change. Be sure to check pvdfest.com for updates, maps and schedules.

Play

No family fun day is complete without a chance for the little ones to get active and engaged. The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy has a whole day of fun and festivities planned at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza. Miss Katie from playSCIENCE will show kids how to make their own “up-cycled” musical instruments and lead a parade around the park. Master drummer Sidy Maiga (who will close out the FirstWorks Plaza Stage later that night) will lead an all-ages open drum circle. The Imagination Playground will be open so kids can play and build with Big Blue Blocks. The Imagination Play Project will invite people of all ages to create interactive sculptures using found objects and colorful sculptural materials. Performers Ricky Rainbow Beard and Dr. Sound will host a celebration of color, sound, play, and outfits, along with an interactive family activity featuring a visual digital sound booth. And down along the Washington Street corridor, AS220 Industries will demonstrate “The Giant Spirograph” along with interactive children’s programming.

Dance

c48c315c-76dd-415a-9f32-432fbb6debc2What’s a party without dancing? In addition to enough live music to keep everyone moving all day long, PVDFest will include a number of dance performances and workshops that kids will love. Down at Burnside Park, the RI Kung Fu Club will perform a traditional Chinese lion dance to cultivate positive energy and ward off the negative. Eleanor Borge of Ocean State Soul will teach line-dancing to get everyone from novices to experienced dancers stepping. Napua O’Polynesia will bring some Pacific flair to the festival with their Polynesian dance routines. Meanwhile, over at Grant’s Block, Project 401/Case Closed will show off some head-spinning breakdance moves.

Other Kids

Kids won’t just be in the audience at PVDFest – they’ll be showcasing their talents up on stage, too. See the next generation of Rhode Island jazz as the RI Philharmonic Music School’s Paul Murphy Touring Ensemble takes the Festival Rink Stage. Some of the best high school talents from around the state will perform a mix of contemporary jazz and originals.

Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts (TAPA) will pop up in several places throughout the festival. They’ll team up with students from the JMW School for the Performing & Visual Arts on the Festival Rink Stage for student dance performances. TAPA’s music program will show their stuff at Grant’s Block, where they’ll also be screening student films. The TAPA musical ensemble will also collaborate with internationally renowned performer/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain for his acclaimed “Redemption Songs” program at the Festival Rink Stage. These flourishing young students are participants in the FirstWorks Arts Learning program. This initiative by the PVDFest Founding Creative Partner brings world-class artists into Rhode Island schools to help students experience the arts, develop broader world-perspective, better collaboration skills, and an expanded vision for their futures.

Girls Rock! RI, a nonprofit music camp for women and girls, will rock out at Burnside Park for a Camper Spotlight, featuring performances by alumni from their music education program.

Stories

Everybody loves a good story, whether it’s on a page, spoken aloud, or just in our imaginations. PVDFest offers all kinds of stories to captivate the kids. At Burnside Park, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Open Air Reading Room will feature five years of books from KidoInfo Storytime for those who’d rather curl up with a book than dance in the streets. They’ll also be opening up their Story Rooms, allowing kids to step into life-sized recreations of pages from Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Acclaimed local storytellers/performers Valerie Tutson and Sylvia Ann Soares will be on hand to tell tales and sing songs reflecting Rhode Island’s multicultural traditions. The Association of Rhode Island Writers will bring together local authors to share poetry, prose, and kids’ stories. And Elizabeth Keiser will host Family Fairy Tale Theater, where fairy tales are told from different angles and have surprise endings.

Puppets

The fantastical creatures of our imaginations (or ancient history) will come to life on the streets of Providence. The Big Nazo Intergalactic Creature Band will create an “extraterrestrial creature spectacle/space-funk dance party” at the Fulton Street Stage, featuring appearances by alien go-go dancers, rowdy robots and a cast of bizarre and unusual beings. Those who prefer to create rather than spectate can head over to Burnside Park for a puppet-making workshop with Mark Koher. Of course, the can’t-miss puppets of the whole festival will be Close-Act Theatre’s “Saurus” – and we mean that you literally can’t miss is them, as three 18-foot dinosaurs will be roaming Kennedy Plaza in search of food. But don’t worry, these dinosaurs are vegetarians.

Parade

The Procession is your turn to be a part of the celebration as PVDFest culminates with a parade through the heart of Downtown. Community groups, cultural organizations, artists, performers, dancers, neighbors and you are invited to help us showcase our PVD Pride with music, dance, floats, and all kinds of carnival flair.

Activities for Teens

Kids who are too old (or too cool) to hang out with mom and dad will find plenty to keep them occupied throughout the festival. The Dean Hotel will host an all-day outdoor party in their parking lot featuring music, food, and interactive pop-up installations from Shelter Arcade Bar and AS220 Industries. Over at Adrian Hall Way (next to Trinity Rep), there will be outdoor screenings of skateboarding films. And all along the Washington Street corridor there will be interactive art installations, pop-up theater performances, and DJ dance parties to explore.

Phew… That’s a lot of options for a fun Saturday. Of course, there will be plenty of amenities to get you through the day, too: dozens of food trucks, info booths, restrooms, first aid tents, and everything you might need for a family outing. See you at the festival.

2015 Peace Postcard final copyKidoinfo (and me personally) are pleased to promote and support such an amazing project. The Peace Flag Project invites you to join in its 12th annual celebration of the International Day of Peace. The Peace Flag Project is a pro-peace nonprofit based here in Rhode Island, its work is focused on imagining peace, understanding peace, creating peace and being peace. Ginny Fox and The Peace Flag Project team work with people (year-round) to create Peace Flags that reflect positive wishes for the world and organizes an annual celebration of the UN International Day of Peace. For more information about the UN International Day of Peace visit www.un.org/en/events/peaceday.

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Come to Peace Fest RI, the highlight of the RI Month of Peace, and join the global celebration of peace on September 19, 2015 in Burnside Park and Kennedy Plaza, Providence from 1:00-4:30.2015 Peace Postcard final -photos

1:00-3:00 Activities for Peace

Make Peace Flags, Peace Pinwheels, Peace Cranes, Peace T-shirts, tie-dye and more. There will also be a large interactive art project with Cathren Housley, stories with Len Cabral, Rolling Puppet Machines with Dan Butterworth, food trucks (Rhode Rage, Presto Strange O, Gotta Q BBQ) and other entertainment. A number of RI's hard-working nonprofits and community organizations will have tables to provide information and activities. The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies (URI), Center for Southeast Asians, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Kidoinfo, One World Un Mundo, Moms Demand Action, Mt. Hope Learning Center, Project Night Vision, Providence Books Through Bars, Providence Lady Project, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI for Community and Justice, URI Master Gardeners, and more will provide information about their organization, how to be involved, and an activity for all to enjoy.

3:00-3:30 Dance in Peace

All are invited to learn, and join in, the Peace Dance. Rachel Balaban -- teacher at Brown, dancer, movement specialist for individuals with Parkinson's Disease-- choreographed the Peace Dance. Her choreography has been recorded and will be on Youtube for all to learn. It will be posted on the Peace Flag Project Facebook Page.2015 Peace Postcard schedule

3:30-4:30 Walk in Peace

The Peace Walk has been the traditional ending to our Peace Day festivities for each of our Peace Day events. Led by interfaith clergy and community leaders, we walk slowly and in silence, each step a step for peace. At the end of the Walk, we close Peace Day with interfaith prayers for peace.

RI Month of Peace Special Events, September 2015

There are many other events happening during the RI Month of Peace this September:

“The Peace Month is about coming together in peace, to experience and celebrate peace. Creating peace is a job for us, all of us, not something we wait for someone else to do. Each of us as individuals can create more peace by how we live our lives each day. Celebrating UN Peace Day along with millions of people around the world unites us with people of all nations, background, ages, and religions. We are all one, and these peace celebrations help us to acknowledge that,” says Fox, Director and Founder of the The Peace Flag Project.

Join the Peace Flag Project for one, or all of the events, to commemorate the International Day of Peace and help create a more peaceful, just, and unified Rhode Island.

For more information please visit the Peace Flag Project Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Peace-Flag-Project/213692355314025 and Website: http://thepeaceflagproject.org/2015-month-of-peace-ri-peacefest/.

1436299590_c731 Foo Fest, AS220's annual summertime block party bash, returns to Empire Street in downtown Providence on Saturday, August 8th, from 1pm to 1am, bringing you 12 hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, local food and drink, and much more! Kidoinfo is proud to sponsor such a cool creative happening that inspires kids of all ages to make and experience art in the heart of the city.

All Ages activities planned outside! (Plus visit Mini Make Faire in the AS220 Black Box Theater!) Check out the fun here:

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Art Car! For the second year in a row, The Avenue Concept will have a car……yes, a REAL car, out on the street at Foo Fest. So what, you say? Well, I’ll tell you what….you can PAINT and DRAW on this car! ALL OVER this car! LEGALLY, I might add!

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Flight Tube allows visitors to experiment with the movement of items in turbulent air.  The vertical air stream is generated by a large –carefully screened in- fan at the base of the exhibit, and directed upwards through a large, clear plastic tube.   A variety of objects may be tossed in bottom and watched as they spin, float, sink or fly in the wind.  Visitors can also alter their materials with scissors, by folding or by joining pieces together to continuously experiment with different shapes, weights or sizes.

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Crown making! Spice up your life and / or outfit with a Foo Fest Crown! Use paper, gems, markers, and doodads to make the crown of your dreams.

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Advice Comics! Come get advice from a PCC character! Last year’s famous advice booth returns! Stop by our booth outside of 95 Empire Street and ask your question, which will then be typed up and pneumatically rocketed upstairs to our professional staff. They are waiting to illustrate advice for you (and pneumatically rocket it back down!)!

Partnership for Providence Parks
Unicorns in Residence: Providence! We have missing unicorn flyers that need to be colored and filled out by our most imaginative and creative residents. Our Missing Unicorn flyers come with a blank space for children to draw their own unicorn, as well as fliers that need text about the unicorn that is missing. We will provide markers and crayons for And

The Details:

Where: Empire Street, downtown Providence.
When: 1pm - 1am. Kids activities officially end @6pm - to make way for more bands and other events.
Cost: Tickets for Foo Fest 2015 are $10 at the gate on the day of….Buy in advance below and pay only $7! And, HEY PARENTS! Kids 10 and under get in for FREE, so bring the whole family!
Visit the FooFest website for full details!

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