For Immediate Release: June 4, 2008
Contact: Megan Fischer
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
(401) 273-5437, ext. 126
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Littlewoods Exhibit Reopens

Providence Children's Museum – June 17, 2008

There 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 and interaction 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 partnership with 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 visitors, including those with special needs, and to creating a cozy environment that encourages young children to explore the world around them as they play together.

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 own 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 donors.




Providence Children's Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence's Jewelry District.
Hours: September - March, open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM; April - August, open 7 days, 9 AM to 6 PM.
Open during school vacations, Monday holidays and selected Fridays until 8 PM.
Museum admission is $6.50 per person; always free for children under one and Museum members.
Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.childrenmuseum.org