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The Museum’s extremely popular Water Ways exhibit has a whole new look!  Splash, discover and playfully explore ice, mist and the swirling, whirling ways of water. Transform billowing mist and water domes, send objects spiraling and twisting through vortexes, investigate and sculpt ice, form fountains that funnel the flow of mist, “paint” watery designs on a large slate wall, and much more! Learn more about the new exhibit.

April School Vacation FUN!

Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24, from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Join special activities all week long:

Mad Science: Marvels of Motion

Monday, April 20 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM

Witness mesmerizing experiments exploring the laws of motion in this mind-bending interactive show. Discover the science of gravity and balance, see mad scientists experiment with kinetic beads, and watch as a tablecloth is removed without clearing the table! Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.


Tuesday, April 21 • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tinker, build and invent creative contraptions with an innovative large-scale building kit featuring wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, rope, and nuts and bolts.

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 22 • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

In celebration of Earth Day, see No Time to Waste, an interactive family comedy about trash and recycling. This humorous performance gives a lighthearted look at the three R's of protecting the environment – reducing, reusing and recycling. Four 20-minute shows at 10:30 & 11:30 AM and 12:30 & 1:30 PM; recommended for ages 5 and up. Also try activities exploring conservation – play a recycle sorting game, create sprout necklaces, and make other recycled crafts.

Animal Experiences

Thursday, April 23 • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Meet an awesome assortment of live animals! Children have close encounters with furry friends, slithering snakes and other incredible creatures and learn fascinating facts about them from animal expert Dave Marchetti of Animal Experiences. Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

Farm Friends

Friday, April 24 • 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Encounter a soft sheep from Maybe Tomorrow Farm (Chepachet, RI), a lively llama from Lladyllove Llamas (Foster, RI), rabbits and chicks from Paine Farm (Foster, RI), and goats from Beltane Farms (Lebanon, CT) in the Museum’s Children’s Garden. Get a close look at these creatures and meet experts who demonstrate washing, carding, dying and spinning animals’ fleece into yarn.

All school vacation activities are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.  For more information, visit

Program sponsors: Mad Science, Animal Experiences and Farm Friends underwritten by Providence Tourism Council; Rigamajig underwritten by National Grid, No Time to Waste underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

Mythical Creatures

Most days in April • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

In celebration of the Museum's role in Unicorns in Residence: Providence, an interactive citywide art experience, children explore a variety of mythical creatures from unicorns to dragons in Discovery Studio. Decorate unicorn horns and dragon scales, draw with unicorn dust, play a unicorn-shoe toss game, and more.

Discovery Studio

Discovery Studio

Drop into the Museum's vibrant art and science exploration space to discover a changing schedule of imaginative activities.  Create with natural and recycled materials, investigate the power of air and the movement of water, tackle creative construction challenges, and much more. Try a different theme each week! Click here for upcoming activities.

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