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West Side Play Space Reopens in November!

There is a silver lining to the post-Halloween slump of chilly days and early nights: West Side Play Space (WSPS) is reopening its doors for a 4th year of play this November!


West Side Play Space was founded by a group of parents on Providence’s West Side, transforming four classroom spaces in the former Asa Messer Elementary School Annex into a gathering space for play and community-building for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. The space includes a tumbling area, make believe/dress up area, reading nooks, and art supplies and projects. There also is a dedicated snack space, occasional special events, and opportunities for members to rent the space for birthday parties.


So how does it work? Parents and registered caregivers can drop in anytime during weekday and weekend open play hours with their children. In keeping with the vision to foster community among families, West Side Play Space operates as a co-op. Families contribute $10/month plus one volunteer shift per month. There is also an option to try out the space by paying a $10 daily drop-in. WSPS is open to all, not just Providence residents.


West Side Play Space is kicking off the 2016 November-April with a *free* Open House on Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 – 5:00pm for existing and prospective members as an opportunity to check out the space, enjoy some snacks and get to know the community.

This winter, look out for 3-week design mini-sessions offered to 6-9 year olds in collaboration with DownCity Design.


The Details:


  • Address: West Side Play Space, 245 Althea Street, Providence
  • Email: info@westsideplayspace.com
  • For more information visit westsideplayspace.com. Learn more about membership and visiting WSPS, check hours, and sign up for mailing list.
  • Cost: $60 for November-April season (or $10/month) plus 1 volunteer shift/month


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  • Yay! My family and I are so excited to be joining for a 2nd year! One thing to add is that the WSPS welcomes all families regardless of their ability to pay. We look forward to welcoming you in at whatever level you can. please email or just drop by at any of our open hours! The first time you drop in is free!