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Explore a playfully reimagined Coming to Rhode Island exhibit! Embark on a time-traveling adventure through the exhibit’s transformed “time tunnel” to learn about Rhode Island’s immigration history. Explore an imaginative interactive environment that highlights the story of an Irish immigrant who worked on the construction of Fort Adams. And discover a new “Story Center” with an array of intriguing hands-on activities that explore culture and diversity.

Visit the Museum’s blog for stories and photos of reinventing Coming to Rhode Island.
Coming to Rhode Island is supported by The Champlin Foundations; The Children's Workshop Foundation; CollegeBound Saver; June Rockwell Levy Foundation; Murray Family Charitable Foundation; The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund; Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities; The Ryan Family Foundation; and Nancy Smith Worthen, in memory of Margaret L. Worthen.


Providence Children’s Museum will host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival from Friday, June 16 - Monday, September 4, a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture. Children and their caregivers throughout the country will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet.
Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, and developed by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine children's museums as part of a national tour.


Let's Play a Tet Game

Monday, July 3 - Sunday July 9
Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate Tet with Vietnamese games such as Choi Chuyen and Bau Cua Ca Cop! Learn how to play traditional gmaes and why they're important to families during the Tet holiday.
Underwritten by the Levy Foundation.



No Time to Waste

Mondays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31
11:30 AM, 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM

Kids and adults learn what's so funny about trash during an interactive family comedy that gives a lighthearted look at the three R's of protecting the environment- reducing, reusing, and recycling. Three 20-minute shows at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM; recommended for ages 5 and up.
Underwritten by the Dominion Foundation.


Get Out!

Tuesdays, July 4, 11, 18 & 25
Tesudays August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Get out and play in the Museum's Children's Garden each Tuesday afternoon in July and August!

Wheels at Work!

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
10:00 AM - Noon

Explore vehicles you see out in your community up close, and talk with the people that operate them.


Celebratory Arts

Tuesday, July 25 -Sunday, July 30
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Investigate the decorative arts involved in the celebration of Tet. Practice traditional and modern Vietnamese art-making and decorate our collaborative Tet Archway!
Underwritten by Hasbro Story Telling.




Imagination Playground

Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16
Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kids stack and build with big blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes, and a variety of loose parts to construct castles and forts, invent interesting sculptures and more!
Underwritten by the Dominion Foundation.



Tails and Legends

Tuesday, August 1 - Sunday August 6
Tuesday, August 8 - Sunday, August 13
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Stories and animals are important parts of Vietnamese culture- explore the Vietnamese Zodiac and the stories behind its creation, through music, drawing, and games.
Underwritten by the Levy Foundation.


Five Fruits

Tuesday, August 15 - Sunday August 20
Tuesday, August 21 - Friday, August 15
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hungry for some Vietnamese Celebrations? Explore food and its importance to the celebration of Tet through art and culinary play.
Underwritten by the Levy Foundation.




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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