Providence Children’s Museum still has some spots open for April vacation week. April 19-23 at the following times: 9:30-11 am, 11:30 am – 1 pm, and 2 pm-3:30 pm.
Reserve your tickets now as spots are limited to state guidelines. Register here.
The Providence Children’s Museum will reopen its doors to visitors beginning Monday, April 19th until Friday April 23rd. PCM made the decision to focus on virtual programming and limit public access to its exhibits beginning in January of 2021. Since March of 2020, PCM has provided activities, resources, and videos online for children and their grownups.
The PCM staff could not be more thrilled to welcome back visitors. “These pop-up opportunities allow us to bring joy to families and a safe place to play during a tough year,” says Executive Director Caroline Payson. “We love to see the smiling faces.”
PCM will be open Monday through Friday with three 90-minute visitation times: 9:30-11:00, 11:30-1:00, and 2:00 –3:30. With loosened restrictions, capacity has been increased slightly, but all attendees over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask, and no food or drink will be allowed on the premises. Every visitor will be required to reserve a ticket in advance by visiting www.providencechildrensmuseum.org.
All entrants will have their temperature taken, complete a symptom checker, and sign a waiver before they are admitted.
In addition to play opportunities throughout the building, PCM is hosting special Earth Day programming on Thursday, April 22. As part of PCM’s Cultural Connections program funded by IMLS, Raffini, artist, actress, and storyteller, will perform during two sessions as well as guide attendees in planting their own flower or vegetable to take home.
Raffini is a member of the Rhode Island Black Story Tellers and Director of Youth Programs at Southside Community Land Trust. Raffini has been involved in many projects that improve the community such as beautification projects and education programs. Southside Community Land Trust owns or manages land for 21 community gardens and supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to farmer’s markets, restaurants, and CSAs.
“After a long period of isolation, it’s important to make time for connections – through the Cultural Connections program or the April Pop-Up play,” Payson added. “We’re glad to be a place that can do that for families.”
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.