November 10, 2014
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New Water Ways Exhibit Now Open at

Providence Children’s Museum

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit reopened on Saturday, November 8 with a whole new look and torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play.  The dynamic environment invites visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully explore ice, mist and the swirling, whirling ways of water.

Water is intrinsically fascinating – the ultimate “loose part.”  Whether splashing in puddles and bathtubs, floating sticks in rivers, or building fountains at the Children’s Museum, water naturally invites open-ended play and exploration.  Water play is a mesmerizing sensory experience that fosters creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes problem solving for all ages and abilities.  It offers children endless possibilities to engage with science – to notice, question, experiment and develop a sense of wonder about the world around them.

“More than two million visitors have splashed and pumped water and built dams and fountains in Water Ways since it first opened in 1998,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell.  “Our water environment is such an enduring favorite – so important for kids’ discovery, and so successful at meeting our play and learning goals – that we knew it could only be replaced with an even better Water Ways.”

The reinvented Water Ways motivates kids – and grown-ups – to think, ‘What does water do?’ and ‘What can I do with water?’ by immersing visitors in engaging, interactive new water play:

  • Transform the size and shape of billowing mist and water domes by rotating valves that regulate the rush of water
  • Send boats and balls swirling and whirling through vortexes
  • Connect pipes to form fountains that funnel the flow of mist and water
  • Investigate, scoop and sculpt ice using a variety of tools
  • “Paint” watery designs on a large slate wall and watch as they slowly evaporate
  • Build mazes and dam water cascading downstream with blocks and sandbags
  • Explore an expanded play area with ramps, squeegees and spigots especially for the Museum’s youngest visitors
  • And much more!

In celebration of Water Ways, the Museum is presenting a series of special water exploration activities throughout the month:

Mad Science
November 11  •  1:00 & 2:00 PM
Experience mind-bending science experiments during an interactive show that introduces children to the scientific method, air pressure and the states of matter.  Audiences will be amazed by foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and more!  Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.

Water Art
November 15 & 16  •  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Create watercolor masterpieces, make bubble prints, and use water and lemon juice to make a secret drawing.

Ice Play
November 22 & 23  •  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Paint with colorful ice cubes, make an ice sculpture, and use shaved ice to form a frozen scene.
Boats Afloat
November 29 & 30  •  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Use everyday materials to design and race paddle boats and build a vessel strong enough to carry a load of pennies.

Exhibit and activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  For more information, visit

Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful!
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District.  September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM.  April through August, open 7 days.  Museum admission is $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.  Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit