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Providence Children’s Museum Offers Affordable, Fun Interactive Activities

Getting busy at The Providence Children's Museum (photo, courtesy of the Providence Children's Museum online "Press Room"

Families with kids, ages one to 11: be sure to check out the Providence Children’s Museum in Providence, R.I., with its bright, colorful, modern setting and enough interactive activities to spend the day.

Some highlights include learning about pets and people, teeth, a walk-in kaleidoscope, Rhode Island historical displays (our favorite exhibition), a woodlands environment and a waterways room where children can discover the power and properties of water through a live exhibit. Two new displays, The Climber and The Underland offer two outdoor learning and play environments.

The Climber, as described the the Children’s Museum Web Site, is a “safe, artful and challenging climbing sculpture designed by nationally acclaimed artists and architects Tom and Spencer Luckey, The Climber takes kids to new heights as they wriggle and stretch through a colorful enclosed maze of undulating platforms at various levels.”

The Underland is “An imaginative subterranean adventure through root systems, worm tunnels and critters’ burrows featuring the work of several talented local artists, Underland encourages exploration, discovery and a deep appreciation of the natural world.”

Admission to the Providence Children’s Museum is quite reasonable at $8.50 per person (free for children under the age of 12 months).

The Providence Children’s Museum is located at 100 South St., Providence, R.I. Tel. (413) 273-KIDS.

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