School Vacation Activities at Providence Children’s Museum

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Fun-Filled Programs and Performances Scheduled December 26 - 31

Children build with imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes at Providence Children's Museum.

Providence Children’s Museum is the best place for school vacation family fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Wednesday, December 26 - Tuesday, January 1, from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Families can explore ThinkSpace, a major new exhibit exploring spatial thinking, and enjoy special programs and performances all week long.

On Wednesday, December 26, Museum visitors join a colorful Block Party from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Kids stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more.

On Thursday, December 27, Sparky's Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. Families see playful puppet performances of funny folktales from around the globe – meet a family of mice in Japan, laugh at the antics of Anansi the Spider, a trickster from West Africa, and see a pesky goblin try to outwit a hard-working European farmer. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

On Friday, December 28, The Rhythm Room weaves together the energy and power of world percussion, horns, drums, guitars, piano and keyboard to create rich melodies while providing a visually stimulating experience for audiences of all ages. Kids feel the rhythm as they join the band and try out different percussion instruments. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

On Saturday, December 29, Rolie Polie Guacamole – a spirited trio from Brooklyn, NY – entertains audiences with high-energy interactive shows that mix funk, rock and folk music with humorous original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. The band is celebrating their third album, “Houses of the Moly,” a cover album of traditional children's songs. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

On Sunday, December 30, families build huge three-dimensional Stick Structures from wooden dowels and rubber bands from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Visitors create structures that are large enough to climb inside and construct a giant cube that stands up on its own.

On Monday, December 31, Providence Children’s Museum participates in Bright Night, Providence's arts and family-focused New Year's Eve celebration. Visitors ring in the New Year with special performances throughout the afternoon. Sparky's Puppets perform winter tales – “Stories from Snowy Lands” – at 12:30 PM. Enjoy concerts by Rock-A-Baby, an interactive and educational music experience for young children, at 1:30 & 3:30 PM. And storyteller Carolyn Martino entertains audiences at 2:30 PM. Museum admission is free for Bright Night wristband wearers from 12:00 - 6:00 PM on December 31. For more information, visit

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

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