We go to the Providence Children’s Museum and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s been a few months since we’ve gone and they have a new exhibit called Think Space. It’s really cool and great for all ages. I have a 9 year old boy, an 8 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. They had a blast and didn’t want to leave. Puzzles that they had to recreate from pictures on the wall. Monkeys were created and a cute little dog. It took some work as the blocks to recreate the puzzles had pictures on all four sides and you had to match the shapes to solve the puzzle.
Magnetic shape blocks made for some fun city making. At first shapes just became other shapes. Trapezoids, Octagons and Squares were made. Then they realized they could make a mini city and so began the little magnetic town. First a pyramid was made. I was impressed that all 3 kids enjoyed it so much. We have blocks at home of course but magnetic shapes- cool beans!
The outside space never gets old at the Providence Children’s Museum. Now that they are older they can go climb often assisting a more timid child make it though the climbing tower. They feel empowered to show them how to get up and get down and that its really okay as they are totally enclosed up there. They are learning how to maneuver on a busy day and manners are in full swing. There are tunnels to climb in, animal cards to learn from and even costumes to wear. The musical wooden sets at the beginning of the tunnel are my daughters favorite.
The time tunnel is also a fun place to stop and learn. The many rooms you can enter provide a lot of learning. There are role-playing stations in each room where you can get a costume on and relive the year you are in. From learning to churn butter, to learning that Devon Cattle were brought to Rhode Island by boat, what type of schooners traveled to Rhode Island, and more. It’s a great place to play, learn and make new friends.
This visit we had a lot of fun in the store. From learning how to set up the store and organize the stock of goods, to setting up the dining counter as well as utilize the cash register. Fun was had by all.
We even learned some Portuguese as the signs for the fruit were all in Portuguese and we had to learn the names in order to put away and play with all the pretend food. It involved math as well since the prices were on the signs as well and my kids wanted to know how much they spent when they got to the counter to ring up their order. Although the cash register is authentic it is not functional but quickly the kids were able to add up the amounts in their heads. Learning can be fun!
The Providence Children’s Museum is a great place to visit. We were able to attend for free. Why? We are a family of five and the best museum pass for us to get is the Museum of Science pass- we pay $120/year for a 5 person pass. We go to the Museum of Science at least 6 times a year. The pass gets us into other museums as well. So consider a pass to a place that has reciprocal membership. It makes going on excursions more affordable. I am a frugal homeschooler and don’t have a lot of money to go around. The MOS pass will also get us into the Roger Williams Zoo as well (however since I have 3 kids I do have to pay for one child as their policy states the pass is reciprocal for 2 adults and 2 children). So get out there, enjoy our museums and learn and have fun!