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Tuesdays (starting July 11) from 3-6pm in Burnside Park, Downtown Providence.
Free fun for all ages.
 
Kidoinfo is proud partner of Play in the Park teaming up with Jen Smith of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and company to bring family friendly activities to Burnside Park. There is something new each week!Plus Every Tuesday, from 3 – 6pm, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, in partnership with FarmFreshRI, is bringing a selection of local farmers and producers to Washington Street for the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Don’t miss you chance to stop by and pick up delicious fresh produce and foods made by local producers.Tuesday, July 11, join us in Burnside Park as we kick off our summer programming.

July 11
playSCIENCE with Miss Katie, fun music + science exploration!

July 18 
Superhero Day! and World Instruments finger painting with Heidi!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

July 25
Powerful Percussion! Join Miss Katie as we explore all of the sounds we can make on a drum! We’ll play drums big and small, and experiment with making our own shakers. We’ll test our ears and see if we can guess what’s inside Miss Katie’s Rainbow Egg Shakers. Take your shaker home and see if anyone can guess what’s inside!

August 1
Ocean fun finger painting with Heidi!

August 8
HONK! Festival Ballet Providence brings to life the delightful story of a swan who wants to be a ballerina for the Play In The Park on August 8th.  Hear the telling of HONK: The Story of a Prima Swanerina written by Pamela Duncan Edwards.  A ballerina from FBP will be there to perform an expert from the ballet Swan Lake.  FBP Director of Community Engagement will teach the children a swan dance and assist them in creating a swan craft.

August 15 
Superhero Day!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

August 22
Providence Children’s Film Festival Animation Workshop

Looking forward to seeing you in the park on Tuesday, July 11!

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

By Megan Fischer, Associate Director, Providence Children’s Museum

For a fifth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to parks across Providence, building on its commitment to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its efforts to provide unstructured play opportunities throughout the community.

Families will join the Museum to try a variety of playful open-ended activities – to build forts, blow bubbles, send rockets soaring, play parachute games, and more. Activities take place evenings in July and August from 5:00 - 8:00 PM during Celebrate Providence, the city’s Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative performances, and are free to the public.

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Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 - 8:00 PM:

Thursday, July 7 • Bucklin Park (Bucklin and Daboll Streets)

Tuesday, July 12 • Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)

Wednesday, July 13 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)

Thursday, July 21 • Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)

Wednesday, July 27 • Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)

Thursday, August 4 • Billy Taylor Park (Camp and Cypress Streets)

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Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development, and the Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families. A strong advocate for the critical importance of open-ended, child-directed play, the Museum is excited to continue partnering with Providence parks to bring creative play opportunities to kids and families in communities throughout the city.

Children’s Museum activities at the parks are part of its participation in Playful Providence – a citywide celebration commemorating Providence’s fifth consecutive designation as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, which recognizes communities commended for prioritizing play.

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There are plenty of great play opportunities at the Museum this summer, too! Get Out! for hands-on activities in the Museum’s garden on Tuesday afternoons, climb aboard a different vehicle during Wheels at Work each Wednesday morning, build with big blue Imagination Playground blocks every Friday, and much more! Learn more.

By Providence PlayCorps

Providence PlayCorps returns for a third summer of unstructured play at parks throughout the city!  An innovative collaboration between the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, the Partnership for Providence Parks and Providence Children's Museum, PlayCorps activates low-income neighborhood parks across Providence with free play, art and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Teams of trained play facilitators are a consistent presence at community parks throughout Providence.  They provide activities and materials to engage neighborhood children in physically active play, improving the overall safety of the parks while encouraging more children to take advantage of free, nutritious summer meals.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe and healthy over the summer.

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PlayCorps activities take place from July 5 to August 19, 2016 (Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM) in these parks:

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Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play.  Enjoy a free summer meal (age 18 and under) and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For updates and activity announcements, visit www.PlayCorps.org and follow PlayCorps on Facebook.

Providence PlayCorps is a collaboration of the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, the Partnership for Providence Parks and Providence Children's Museum.  PlayCorps 2016 is also supported by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health, PODS and the Rhode Island Foundation.

June is Great Outdoors Month and the eighth annual Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit is underway! All summer long, families are invited to camp, kayak, fish, hike, and shoot a bow and arrow at Rhode Island's state parks while winning great prizes!

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Here's how it works: Participants register online (free!) and self-print a Pursuit Passport. At each free weekend event attended, "stamps" are earned for the Passport. Attend the finale on August 6 at Burlingame State Campground, and if you present stamps for at least 4 events, each stamp earns a raffle ticket to win prizes including bikes and camping equipment. Last year, more than 1,000 people joined the Pursuit.

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The Great Outdoors Pursuit Kick-Off is Saturday, June 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Families may also choose to stay overnight for a special camping opportunity (pre-register here) with a campfire, s’mores, outdoor movie and stargazing.

Check out the Great Outdoors Pursuit website for more information and season schedule for the rest of the terrific events through the summer, and keep in the loop on Facebook!

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By Megan Fischer, Interim Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum and Providence Children’s Film Festival proudly partner to present the Providence premiere of “The Land” – a powerful 2015 documentary short film about the nature of play and risk – on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence).

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The film is set in The Land, a Welsh adventure playground where children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails. It’s a playspace rooted in the belief that kids are empowered and understand their own capabilities and limits when they learn to manage risks on their own. The film has attracted national attention after being featured in a number of recent articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” a provocative piece in The Atlantic by Hanna Rosin that provides a look at adventure playgrounds and how “a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery – without making it safer.”

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Following the screening, join a lively conversation about the film, adventure play and the benefits of risk to kids’ physical and emotional development. Discuss ways to foster healthy risk-taking in kids’ play, and how to provide kids with opportunities for adventure play with panelists Erin Davis, “The Land” filmmaker; Michele Meek, filmmaker and educator; and Janice O’Donnell, Providence PlayCorps director.

The Land flyerThe screening and conversation are part of Providence Children’s Museum’s commitment to advocate for and raise awareness about the critical importance of self-directed play for children’s healthy growth and development.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited – click here to RSVP.

Click here to learn more about the film.

Also check out these recent articles about adventure play and the importance of risk to children's development:

By Megan Fischer, Interim Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

For a fourth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across Providence, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community.

July2015-Bubbles The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August. Families will build forts and creative contraptions, blow bubbles, and much more!

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on these dates:

Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development, and the Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make high-quality free play experiences available to all kids and families.

July2015-FortChildren’s Museum activities at the parks are free and open to the public and are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s fourth consecutive recognition as a “Playful City,” and presented in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks and the city’s Departments of Parks + Recreation and Art, Culture + Tourism.

There are plenty of great play opportunities at the Museum this summer, too! Explore My Sky, a new traveling exhibit exploring the universe, on view through Labor Day. Get Out! for hands-on activities in the Museum’s garden on Tuesday afternoons, climb aboard a different vehicle during Wheels at Work each Wednesday morning, join Big Nazo for a cosmic creature dance party, and much more! Learn more.

11393364_674444626019077_2331415972807894052_o-300x200Most know Margaret Wise Brown as author of the preeminent book about going to sleep, Goodnight Moon.  There are, however, many other reasons to celebrate Margaret Wise Brown or ‘Brownie,’ as her friends and family referred to her...  Early on, she worked as a teacher in the Bank Street School where she learned to play like a child and truly understand the needs and desires specific to children. In 1937, after selling her first book, When the Wind Blew, she spent the entire pay on a cart full of flowers, set the flowers out in her apartment, and invited her friends over for a party.  She went on to write several books a year, form the children’s book division of Scott Publishing, and buoy the careers of many talented illustrators like Leonard Weisgard, Garth Williams, and Clement Hurd.  Her life was short, but she very much enjoyed the company of her friends, especially the small furry ones…

ricky_tinyglassesThis summer as part of the Kidoinfo Storytime and Art in the Park series, Kidoinfo in partnership with Jen Smith of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy will highlight seven of Brownie’s best books in Burnside Park with crafts brought to you by a host of local artists. Curated by Ricky Katowicz, these seven art stars will each bring a unique sensibility to the seven storybooks selected:

7/9 - Runaway Bunny with Melissa Jones. Melissa is a toy designer and ceramic artist with a genuine love of all things adorable... especially bunnies. If her furry friends ever ran away, she would most certainly be right there to catch them. You can find Melissa's work in toy stores around the world.

7/16 - Seven Little Postmen with Jess Rosenkranz. Jess is a graphic designer and maker of all things tiny... especially mossy dioramas and flat terrariums. She finds magic in the details and loves to receive mail but especially when the mail is fun mail… Find out more here: rosenkranzandco.com

7/23 - The Noisy Book with Bevin Kelley (aka Blevin Blectum). Bevin is an electronic musician and multimedia composer who appreciates sounds and noises of all shapes and sizes - especially those of her fabulous tropical birds... Find out more about Bevin’s work here: www.blevinblectum.com

1978858_10152848605520776_7555678523820562774_n7/30 - The Color Kittens with Wendi Wing. Wendi is a graphic designer and illustrator who loves bright colors and kittens and puns, but especially puns about kittens... Trust me, I'm not kitten. Find more of her colors here: wendiwing.carbonmade.com

8/6 - Little Fur Family with Lindsay Metivier. Lindsay is a photographer and gallery owner and photography teacher who shows children of all ages how to look and how to see. She also has a little fur family of her own at home... Find out more about Lindsay here: www.lindsaymetivier.com

8/13 - The Important Book with Rachel Blumberg. Rachel is a musician and stop-motion maker and illustrator and teacher and she is excited about making, especially with the hands. But the important thing about Rachel is that she is a star of stage and of page. Find out more here: rachelblumberg.com

8/20 - Goodnight Moon with Lily DaMota. Lily is a toy designer and professional funny person. She knows how to laugh and she knows all about littlest pets and their littlest things - combs, brushes, bowls full of mushes… but probably not the mush so much... Find more of Lily's work here: www.coroflot.com/lilydamota

Click here for complete schedule summer family fun in Burnside Park.

Kidoinfo + Greater Kennedy Plaza present: Summer Family Fun on the Plaza in Burnside Park

Kidoinfo-DDPC-BannerTuesdays and Thursdays (July and August). FREE. All Ages.

1978858_10152848605520776_7555678523820562774_nNow in its 6th 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.

Kidoinfo-playinthepark-2104Downtown Tuesdays! Kidoinfo Play in the Park

Every Tuesday (July 7 - October 27) from 3-6pm
Music, games, educational activities, a Free-Play Mobile Playground and more for kids of all ages! Added bonus: Food trucks!

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.

Storytime-ArtinParkThursdays on the Plaza! Kidoinfo Storytime + Art in the Park: The Great Green Room!

Every Thursday (July 9 - August 20)
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
The Imagination Center is currently getting spiffed up for the season and will be reopening in mid-July. Look forward to browsing books featured in past Storytimes and books from our Leave a Book - Take a Book program.

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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.

Big Nazo-Kidoinfo-StorytimeTHANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: City of Providence, The Dept. of Arts Culture & Tourism, Greater Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, Providence Tourism Council, RISCA, Providence Phoenix, RISCA, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Department of Park and Recreation, Books on the Square.

Family Fun on the Plaza Schedule:

Burnside Park, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island

Week 1 :
Tuesday, July 7: Play in the Park

Thursday, July 9: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 2 :
Tuesday, July 14: Play in the Park

Thursday, July 16: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 3:
Tuesday, July 21: Play in the Park

Thursday, July 23: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 4:
Tuesday, July 28: Play in the Park

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

Week 5:
Tuesday, August 4: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 6: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 6:
Tuesday, August 11: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 13: Storytime and Art in the Park
10:30am — 12:30pm

Week 7:
Tuesday, August 18: Play in the Park

Thursday, August 20: Storytime and Art in the Park Closing Event
10:30am — 12:30pm

GKP-Storytime-Kickoff-July-12-2012-28Week 8:
Tuesday, August 25: Play in the Park

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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

PlayCorpsSummer PlayCorps Oppurtinities

PlayCorpsThe Partnership for Providence Parks is teaming up with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for a second exciting summer of play in Providence parks. The Partnership is seeking energetic summer PlayCorps Leaders and Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth at parks across the city.

They are still hiring for summer 2015. They are looking for creative, playful, energetic kid-people for play leader and intern (paid!) positions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

More information here: http://providenceparks.org/playcorpsjobs/

Janice O'Donnell, former Executive Director of Providence Children's Museum
is directing the PlayCorps program. They are training and deploying teams of play facilitators in low-income neighborhood parks throughout the city to activate the parks with free play and creative exploration. They piloted this program last summer and it was an amazing success.  Janice says. "Wonderful to see the kids - who might otherwise have been stuck inside and in front of screens - creating and playing with cardboard box "forts", tire swings, super hero costumes and much much more."

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