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Providence Children’s Museum closing during RI’s “pause”

The Providence Children’s Museum will pause operations, in accordance with RI state
guidelines, on November 30 until December 17, 2020. PCM reopened on October 1 with limited
attendance and timed tickets after having closed on March 13th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PCM has provided online activities, resources, and videos for children and their grownups throughout the pandemic closure and the new restrictions. PCM continues to be supportive of public health measures.

“We knew the COVID-19 pandemic was a marathon and not a sprint,” says Executive Director, Caroline Payson. “Over the last 6 weeks, we have loved having families and children back in the building exploring, learning, and creating. But we know that we have to follow to state guidelines.”

As a result of the Governor’s recent pause and acting with an abundance of caution, the Providence Children’s Museum will close to the public at the close of business Sunday, November 29. The next scheduled day to open after the two-week pause is Thursday, December 17. Tickets that were purchased during the closure will be refunded for use another day. Memberships will be extended to cover this closure as well.

“We are proud of our safety protocols for visitors and know that the risk of exposure in structured environments is low. However, we each have a responsibility to follow public health guidelines to do what we can to end the pandemic,” says Payson. “We hope this pause works to bring Rhode Island numbers down so we can reopen on December 17.”

With the short-term closure, staff will continue to provide digital programming, work on future program development, and how to stay deeply connected to our communities.
Visitors who have traveled to Rhode Island within the last 14 days from any location except Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, or Vermont should plan to visit PCM once they have quarantined for 14 days or received a negative test result in accordance with state guidelines.

The Providence Children’s Museum serves children and adults of all backgrounds and from all
communities. Its focus is on children, ages 1 to 11, and the adults who care for them by presenting hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs that explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math; fostering children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development; embracing a wide range of abilities, learning styles and forms of creative expression, creating safe and welcoming environments in which visitors and staff share with and learn from one another; being accessible and responsive to all families – culturally, physically and economically; working in partnership with other organizations to meet
the needs of children and families; and increasing awareness and knowledge of the ways in which children and families learn.

PCM can be found on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @pvdchildmuseum.

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