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Impact Children’s Museum future

You can influence what exhibits come to the Providence Children’s Museum in the future!

The Museum has launched its Summer of Prototyping, which involves six weeks of pop-up exhibits and programming open to the public until August 17, 2018.

The Museum will use information gathered through participant interviews, observations, and feedback to shape the final contents of its upcoming Creativity Initiative, a multifaceted three-year project designed to build creative confidence in the next generation. The Creativity Initiative is scheduled to begin in 2019.

For the Summer of Prototyping, the Museum has built new exhibit ideas out of inexpensive, easy-to-move materials and offers new, experimental hands-on activities, with projects set up in its Assembly Space (serving for summer as the Prototyping Gallery!) and in its Discovery Studio.

New pop-up exhibits will be available every week; Families can build a cardboard city, visit a forest made of pool noodles, and play with a 3-D puzzle. Visitors can also participate in new programming that ranges from using hand tools to shape wire into sculptures to making a puppet to inhabit the cardboard city to learning printmaking techniques.

With a packed schedule in place, and plenty of surprises along the way, the Summer of Prototyping is an opportunity for kids, families, caregivers, and community partners to explore their creativity, experiment with new materials, and shape the next three years at the Museum!

Summer of Prototyping at the Providence Children’s Museum Schedule

Cardboard City & Puppet Making in the Prototyping Gallery
11 am-2 pm, Tuesday, July 31 – Thursday, August 2, 2018

Build whatever suits your interest, using boxes, sheets of cardboard, tape and fasteners, and carefully supervised hand tools. Add onto what others have built or start your own world! Make a puppet and bring your creation to life in the cardboard city.

Techno Art in Discovery Studio
10 am-3 pm, Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10, 2018
Pull it apart and piece it together; use real tools to tinker with recycled bits and bytes to create something new!

Mirrored Noodle Forest in the Prototyping Gallery
11 am-2 pm, Tuesday, August 7 – Thursday, August 9, 2018

Come play in the forest made of pool noodles, and camp out among the mysterious trees.

3-D Puzzle & Print Making in the Prototyping Gallery
11 am-2 pm, Tuesday, August 14 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

5-7:30 pm, Friday, August 17
Build a large-scale three-dimensional puzzle, using shapes that slide together. Add onto a puzzle that others have started or make your own! Explore printmaking techniques and add color and patterns to your own puzzle pieces.

Providence Children’s Museum
100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903
Open 9 am-5 pm, 7 days per week and selected Fridays until 8 pm
(401) 273-5437
$12/adults and children; babies under 12 months are free; Museum members are free. See this page to learn about membership. See this page for more information about admission.

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Written by Susan