Kidoinfo Play in the Park 2017 Schedule

Kidoinfo Play in the Park 2017 Schedule

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!

Law and Order Party: The Dorry Awards Give Kudos to Local Arts and Culture

Law and Order Party: The Dorry Awards Give Kudos to Local Arts and Culture

Anisa Raoof accepts a Dorry on behalf of Providence Children's Film Festival

Anisa Raoof accepts a Dorry on behalf of Providence Children’s Film Festival

In recognition of the region’s “best, most interesting art and culture” The Law and Order Party held its first annual award celebration, the Dorrys, on September 27. Matthew Lawrence’s  Law and Order Party: 365 Things To Do In Rhode Island This Year is a website, event calendar, and weekly newsletter that highlights one local cultural event for every day of the year (some suitable for kids, others events are the perfect break from parental duties), in addition to guides and features including “movie lounge” and “restaurant madness”. Fun fact: “Law and Order Party” and the “Dorrys” are a throwback to the Rhode Island political party of the 1840’s at the time of the Dorr Rebellion, not embracing any affiliation but simply the quirkiness that weaves through the Rhode Island identity.

The Dorry award winners represent the best of local creative forces, from the trailblazers to the enduring in categories of art, books, drama, film, music and performance. We’ve assembled a handful of noteworthy winners that have been particularly impactful on kids and families in the Ocean State including the non-profit organizations Manton Avenue Project, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and Everett, working directly with Rhode Island youth to nurture creative expression and skills.

Visit the Law and Order Party: 365 Things To Do In Rhode Island This Year to view the calendar and subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter of artful and interesting Rhode Island happenings to explore.

Make Some Music!

Make Some Music!

By Providence Children’s Museum

This summer, kids and adults can explore beats and rhythm and make some joyful noise on two vibrant interactive sound sculptures recently installed in The Children’s Garden at Providence Children’s Museum.

Whether banging on drums or ringing bells, children inherently respond to making and sharing music. Designed to accommodate a range of physical abilities and skills, the sound sculptures invite children of all ages to play a variety of inventive percussion instruments in their own ways and create meaningful interactions with music and with each other. Making music together promotes confidence and social skills, as well as the development of language, mathematical and spatial thinking – and it’s just plain fun!

PCM-Music MakingBy incorporating a variety of intriguing reclaimed objects and new materials, the playful sound sculptures offer kids a hands-on musical experience with both usual and unusual instruments, including bells and tongue drums fashioned from steel propane tanks, triangles and large wooden and metal chimes.

The captivating musical components have infused The Children’s Garden with even more creative exploration, and inspire families to express themselves while discovering ways that everyday items can be playfully repurposed. Feel the beat!

There are plenty of other great play opportunities at the Museum this summer, too! Get Out! for hands-on activities in The Children’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.

Ukuleles for Peace

Ukuleles for Peace

The Ukuleles for Peace group, a coexistence project between Israeli Jews and Arabs, will be performing one show in Rhode Island on July 12th as they tour New England and then fly out to Hawaii!

UFP Flyer - webThis musical group was founded eleven years ago by Paul Moore while living in Israel. I heard about this project via David Wasser (local Rhode Island dad)—longtime friend of Paul, webmaster, and a principle supporter of Ukuleles for Peace.

The core of the project is the Ukuleles for Peace orchestra, a group of about 15 kids ages 13 and up, that performs in Israel along with some gigs in Europe as well. Starting with ukulele lessons in the schools, the kids grow up working on music together, traveling together, attending family picnics and celebrating one another’s holidays and special events. So it really brings the larger communities into contact with each other, as well.

What a treat, for the UFP kids and our community to experience this exciting blend of musical collaboration!

Details about the event:
July 12 from 7 – 8:30pm
Location: Torat Yisrael – 1251 Middle Road, East Greenwich, RI
Cost: $5 /person suggested donation
Event website: www.toratyisrael.org/ukes-for-peace.html

For more information about Ukuleles for Peace: www.ukulelesforpeace.com

Open Call for Chorus Singers

Open Call for Chorus Singers

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RI Sounding Voices are inviting all singers, experienced or not, to   participate in a statewide chorus being created to perform ONE VOICE at the Providence International Arts Festival in downtown Providence on June 13th. This will be the culmination of the work which began over a year ago.  This work was created in preparation for the festival that was to take place in September 2014, but needed to be moved to the spring due to construction on Kennedy Plaza.  The festival now has the full backing of Mayor Elorza and has been renamed The Providence International Arts Festival, produced by the City of Providence and FirstWorks.  A parade and the ONE VOICE performance by RI-Sounding Voices will serve as opening ceremonies for the event.

On September 20, 2014  RI-Sounding Voices came together and performed on at Urban Carnevale.  This performance was a preview to the upcoming event in June. We are continuing to join together choruses from across the Ocean State – and Rhode Islanders who just like to sing – in a unique musical melting pot of Rhode Island voices. The group will perform an arranged musical work called ONE VOICE, together as one choral unit that embodies the vast diversity of the Ocean State on June.

From the four corners of our state, we want you to be a member of RI-Sounding Voices! From the shores of Newport to the streams of the Blackstone Valley, we want you! From the urban magic of the Creative Capital to the succulent flavors harvested by South County farms, we want you! By lifting our community’s voices together, we will create a united resounding voice for Rhode Island: RI-SOUNDING VOICES!

ONE VOICE is a choral work arranged and directed by Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson (Musicologist, Composer/Arranger & Artistic Director of RI-Sounding Voices). ONE VOICE is under the leadership of Shaunne N. Thomas (Production Producer & Moderator) and Cheryl S. Lopes (Managing Administrative Director), all three of RPM Voices of Rhode Island.

To join RI-Sounding Voices and participate in the ONE VOICE program, please go to the link below and complete the interest form by March 20, 2015:
https://rpmvoices.wufoo.com/forms/one-voice-open-call-for-singers-spring-2015/

For more information, click the link above or go to www.RPMVOICES.com.

Musical Youth

Musical Youth

There are such a variety of amazing children’s music classes available in our little state.  Here follows a round-up of some of the most popular options for you and your littles.

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Music Together classes can be found in Providence, Barrington, Newport, Warwick, Cranston and North Kingstown. Class prices range from $150-$180 for 8-9 week sessions.  Classes are also available for older children K-2. The Music Together program philosophy allows your child to learn in a playful environment that is musically rich and always supportive of their learning style and stage of development.

Music for Children is hosted by Miss Lindsay – a wonderful, nurturing teacher.  Theses classes are based on the Mary Ann Hall music curriculum and are held on the East Side of Providence. Cost is $425 for 24 weeks. A musical theatre group for older children is also offered.

Kindermusik at Bellani Maternity in Warwick. Pricing is $140 for 8 weeks. In a Kindermusik class, children explore songs, stories, recordings of many musical genres, instruments and props.

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Rock a Baby in Barrington, Providence and Warwick.  Pricing is $155 for 8 weeks. Rock a Baby is an interactive music program for infants and toddlers. Every week a new theme is introduced through music and dance and children experience everything from Beethoven and Bach to rap and rock.

RI Philharmonic – Soundplay and Music Together in East Providence.  Classes cost $175 for 10 weeks. This class introduces children to a wide variety of musical sounds. Children will begin to build a rich listening vocabulary, the foundation for future music singing and chanting, creating, reading and writing.

Rhody Center – The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance offers a drop-in music circle for toddlers based on a wide variety of traditions.  Classes can be purchased as singles, 6 pack or 12 pack.  12 classes being $6 each.

Local Libraries also offer free story times mixed with some musical elements.  We take our 15 month old daughter to a Mother Goose class in Barrington which is super low-key and fun with singing and instruments and costs nothing.