Littlewoods Exhibit Reopens
Providence Children's Museum – June 17, 2008
are changes afoot in the forest! Littlewoods, the beloved
woodland environment for the Museum’s youngest visitors, has welcomed
thousands of young children and their caregivers for many magical
learning moments over the last 10 years. The exhibit reopens on
Tuesday, June 17 with brand new play areas for infants and toddlers, an
updated parent resource area, and more.
Littlewoods was designed to inspire active exploration
with adults and other children. In its new incarnation, the
exhibit features a host of fresh physical challenges as children
navigate a wavy floor, explore stepping logs at different heights and
cross a new balancing bridge. Sensory experiences abound as young
children send balls traveling through a “root” system and investigate
tubes filled with elemental materials. Infants delight in a Baby
Nest with transparent sides featuring interactives for curious babies
and toddlers to manipulate. Parents and caregivers benefit from
an expanded resource area and a comfortable nursing nook. And the
spruced up exhibit features eco-friendly carpeting and other
environmentally sensitive materials in all new additions.
Changes to Littlewoods were inspired in part by a
Early Intervention specialists from Meeting Street School, who advised
exhibit updates that serve children with developmental delays and have
benefits for all young children. The Museum is committed to
making Littlewoods an environment that is responsive to all
including those with special needs, and to creating a cozy environment
that encourages young children to explore the world around them as they
Parents and young children celebrate Littlewoods'
reopening with a
special series of Play and Learn activities in the redesigned exhibit:
Play and Learn
10:00 AM – Noon
Ages 2 – 4
Tues., June 17: Animal tales inspire children to create their
stories as they move animals around the farm.
Wed., June 18: Imaginative play in a pretend kitchen helps children
practice color and shape-matching skills.
Thurs., June 19: Children develop hand-eye coordination and counting
skills as they catch colorful paper fish.
Enhancements to Littlewoods
are made possible by generous contributions from the Carter Family
Charitable Trust, The Elms Foundation, June Rockwell Levy Foundation,
Ocean State Charities and Gina Ogden plus gifts from Museum members and