The Newsletter of Providence Children’s Museum Fall 2013 Volume 16 Number 4 Learning About Learning For more than a decade, Providence Children’s Museum has opened its doors to developmental psychologists who study what young visitors know and how their understanding develops and changes as they grow. Researchers from Brown University and Providence College conduct studies in the Museum’s Mind Lab each week to explore how children think, learn and develop. In late 2012, the Museum expanded its work with researchers when it began a major three-year research project in collaboration with Brown University professor Dr. David Sobel, funded by a $713,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, to study how children develop scientific thinking skills and understand their own learning processes. The Museum is examining what children, caregivers, and informal educators understand about learning through play in its exhibits and how to support children’s metacognition – the ability to notice and reflect on their own thinking – and adults’ awareness of kids’ thinking and learning through play. The Museum brought on Project Researcher Dr. Suzy Letourneau, who began by reviewing existing knowledge of how children learn through play, how they develop an awareness of their own thinking, and how peers and adults can support playful learning. Drawing from fields including developmental psychology, informal education, museum visitor studies and early learning, she looked at studies about types of learning that naturally occur through play, when children start to become aware of their own thinking, and how the design of museum environments encourages visitors to reflect on their learning. Over the summer, the research team conducted observations of play and learning in three exhibits – Play Power , ThinkSpace and Water Ways – and documented how children interacted with exhibit materials and the people around them. They looked for indicators of children’s learning through play, such as critical thinking and problem solving. Next, Suzy interviewed parents and caregivers about what they notice children doing in the exhibits, asking them to reflect on their children’s thinking. The ultimate goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the methods the Museum currently uses to make children’s learning visible, like exhibit signage and resource materials. Beginning in the fall, the Museum will use this information to test and develop new tools to encourage children and adults to notice and appreciate the learning that takes place through play, and that caregivers can use to document their children’s learning. And before the project comes to a close in 2015, the Museum will share its findings, creating a model for other informal learning institutions. Though this important project is all about making kids’ learning through play visible, it’s also making the Museum’s learning visible to visitors in the process. In order to study how children learn, we must understand what they know about learning and what we as parents can do to help them learn. It’s critical to take what we know from the lab and apply it to environments with vast learning opportunities, like the Children’s Museum. – Dr. David Sobel This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (award #1223777). More about making learning visible in this issue: From the Director PlayWatch Talking Back Museum Information From the Director Adults are an important part of the Children’s Museum audience. By sheer numbers, nearly half of all our visitors are adults. We want adults to want to come to the Museum and to enjoy themselves here. When the grown-ups are relaxed and engaged, kids are able to explore whatever interests them for as long as they want. So, our answer to the question “What are grown-ups supposed to do here?” is “Have fun!” Look through your child’s eyes. It’s fascinating to find out what she’s drawn to, what she’s learning, what she knows how to do. You can learn a lot about your child by carefully observing her. Does she do the same activity over and over until she has it mastered? What perseverance! Does he charm adults and connect with other kids? Great social skills! Does she silently watch what other kids do and then try it herself? Good learning strategy! Even if putting the scarves through the air tubes again isn’t that interesting, your kid sure is. Follow your children’s lead. Let go of any agenda and follow their whims. It’s less important to get to every exhibit than to share a good experience. It looks like he might stay in The Climber for the rest of the day? Fine – you can enjoy some leisurely time in the garden. Providence Children’s Museum 100 South Street Providence, RI 02903 www.ChildrenMuseum.org (401) 273-KIDS (5437) Fall Hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and select Fridays until 8:00 PM. Admission: $9.00 per person 12 months and older. Members are always free. For more information: General Information, Birthday Parties & Group Visits Reception ext. 234 [email protected] Membership Stacy Greenberg ext. 221 [email protected] Join in the fun. It’s not only okay for grown-ups to play, it’s good for you and an important way to interact with your children. So play! Climb up on the packet ship and obey your captain’s order to raise the sail. When the kids are intent on engineering a series of dams and streams, roll up your sleeves and get involved – just don’t take over! Volunteer Opportunities Have some fun of your own. Your child is building an elaborate block structure. Sit down and build one yourself. Share building strategies. Or get engrossed in something you like to do while your child is busy doing her own thing nearby. We love to see adults happily creating kaleidoscopic designs while the kids are off playing with the trucks and rocks. Development We’re glad to see adults enjoying their Museum visit because they’re more likely to come back, but much more significantly, we love that they are doing something really important for their families. Parents are learning about their kids and kids are feeling paid attention to and cared for. Together, they’re creating happy family memories. The American Academy of Pediatrics says play strengthens parent-child relationships, offering “opportunities for parents to fully engage with their children.” On your next Museum visit – have some fun! Julie Burkhard ext. 144 [email protected] Education Cathy Saunders ext. 136 Jennifer Laurelli ext. 120 Fundraising Events Sara Clarke ext. 121 Communications & Media Relations Megan Fischer ext. 126 To contact staff members by email, use last name @ChildrenMuseum.org. For a full staff phone directory, visit the Museum’s website. – Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director Stay Connected A Whole New Look The Museum lobby is getting a makeover this fall! Changes to be completed as of midOctober include a new birthday party space, which replaces the current gift shop; a selection of merchandise will still be available. Also look for an expanded coatroom, just in time for cooler weather! Another new lobby addition is a parent resource board, offering guides for using the Museum with different age groups – toddler, preschool, ages 5 to 8, ages 9 and up. A resource sheet just for grown-ups shares ideas for adults’ roles and encourages them to notice, appreciate and support their kids’ play and learning throughout the Museum. The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. Join the conversation with Providence Children’s Museum and others who care about kids’ play and learning: PlayWatch community discussion listserv www.PlayWatch.org Sign up for the Museum’s monthly e-newsletter (at www.ChildrenMuseum.org) to keep up with the latest news and events! Editor: Megan Fischer Designer: Valerie Haggerty-Silva Stories about the power of children’s play, observed by Museum staff and volunteers An 8-year-old girl settled in at the new magnetic drawing station in Play Power and began using the pieces of colorful metal chain to create a grid of perpendicular lines, one vertical and two horizontal. She formed a circle around their intersection and, as she began adding other details, it became clear that she was creating a figure, carefully adjusting the lines to ensure symmetry. Explaining that she’d learned the technique in art class, she circled green strands to create an eye on either side of her vertical line. After completing all of the facial features, she moved her horizontal guides downward, outlined a torso, and added appendages in varying hues. Her final step was to fill in the torso, deliberately spiraling strands in alternating colors until her masterpiece was complete. She worked slowly but with tremendous focus and determination, and it was fascinating to see her make a connection to something she’d learned to do with paper and pencil and apply it to a different medium. Her parents watched from across the room and checked in with her periodically but mostly gave this strategic artist the time and space she needed to carry out her plan and vision. – Megan Fischer, Communications & Marketing Director Museum News Building a Movement for Play Museum staff were part of a team invited to participate in a Playful City USA Leader Summit presented by KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play. The summit brought together communities from across the country, using Providence as a case study of partners working together to raise public awareness of the need for play – a recognition that grew from the Museum’s play advocacy efforts over the past five years. Playing Across Providence This spring and summer, the Museum brought unstructured play to Providence parks for a second year, taking Imagination Playground blocks, fort building and other open-ended fun with loose parts to neighborhoods throughout the city. The Museum provided creative play experiences for 930 kids and family members, thanks to the support of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation and the Partnership for Providence Parks. Supporting Summer Learning The Museum’s AmeriCorps Museum Educators facilitated engaging summer enrichment activities for 250 children at nine sites in Providence and Pawtucket. Programs for elementary school-age kids were designed to combat summer learning loss – an average of two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and three months in reading. As part of a new pilot program through Providence’s Children and Youth Cabinet, the Museum supported literacy with play-based art and science for rising kindergartners at Asa Messer Elementary School. Exploration: Museum Art One of Providence Children’s Museum’s defining features is the quality and beauty of its learning environment. Since opening in 1977, the Museum has commissioned or accepted donations of work by artists – many of them local – for its exhibits and public spaces. These vibrant murals and paintings, intricate sculptures and carvings, and more contribute to the Museum’s creative aesthetic while introducing children to art and artists. The Museum recently welcomed new artworks to its atrium walkway. Commissioned from Providencebased Mid-Ocean Studio, a team of artists who create public art internationally, Space Debris responds to and expands on the idea of shapes in space as explored in the new ThinkSpace exhibit. The intriguing sculptural installation consists of three cloud-like structures with embedded images that refer to geometric concepts. Mid-Ocean Artistic Director Brower Hatcher called the creations “experiments with geometric systems” and described the design process as “three-dimensional weaving” and “my own kind of play.” Hanging nearby are four ceramic murals loaned to the Museum by Massachusetts-based artist Judith Inglese, who “enjoys depicting the role of creativity, imagination and discovery in the life of the child.” The panels To view a slideshow of Museum artwork, represent music, dance, opera and theater, each created in bas-relief and featuring visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Art.asp whimsically detailed images and a variety of vibrant glazes. 2013 OC TOBER SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 1 Play and Learn 2 Animal Adventures 3 Animal Adventures 7 Museum Closed 8 Play and Learn 9 Wood Works 10 Wood Works 11 Toddler Try-It 13 ImaginationPlayground 14 Super Structures 15 Play and Learn 16 Wood Works 17 Wood Works 18 MetLife Family Friday 19 After the Beanstalk Family Film Night 6:00 - 7:00 PM 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up 20 Chinese Crafts 21 Museum Closed 22 Play and Learn 23 Spooky Studio 24 Spooky Studio 25 Spooky Studio 26 Creepy Creatures 27 Boo Bash 28 Museum Closed 29 Play and Learn 30 Spooky Studio 31 Spooky Studio Making Music 10:00 AM - Noon 6 Cardboard Challenge 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 5 and up 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages 5 and up 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 4 and up 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM SUNDAY MONDAY Let’s Move! 10:00 AM - Noon Ice Cream Shop 10:00 AM - Noon Bugs in Boxes 10:00 AM - Noon Animal Tales 10:00 AM - Noon TUESDAY in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 10 Air Play 4 Museum Closed In the Kitchen 10:00 AM - Noon Animal Stories 10:00 AM - Noon Sandpaper Sensation 10:00 AM - Noon in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 5 Cardboard Challenge 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 5 and up 12 ImaginationPlayground 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 10:00 AM - Noon 2013 NOV EMBER WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 6 Nature Investigators in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM FRIDAY 1 Toddler Try-It Spooky Painting 10:00 AM - Noon 7 Nature Investigators in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 8 Toddler Try-It Nature Play 10:00 AM - Noon SATURDAY 2 ImaginationPlayground 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 9 Air Play 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 12 Play and Learn 13 Nature Investigators 14 Nature Investigators 15 MetLife Family Friday 16 After the Beanstalk 17 After the Beanstalk 18 Museum Closed 19 Play and Learn 20 Magnet Play 21 Magnet Play 22 Toddler Try-It 24 Magnet Play 26 Play and Learn 27 Magnet Play 28 Museum Closed 29 Native American Tales 30 Stick Structures 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 11 Air Play 5 Play and Learn 4 Toddler Try-It SATURDAY in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Program calendar subject to changes and additions; visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org for full descriptions and the most up-to-date information. 3 ImaginationPlayground FRIDAY 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 25 Museum Closed Fishing Fun 10:00 AM - Noon Bounty of Beads 10:00 AM - Noon Ramps and Balls 10:00 AM - Noon in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Kids’ Health Fair 5:30 - 7:30 PM Magnet Magic 10:00 AM - Noon 1:00 & 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up 23 Movie Magic 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 6 and up 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 5 and up 2013 DECEMBER SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY 1 Stick Structures 2 Museum Closed 3 Play and Learn 4 Think Shapes 5 Think Shapes 6 Toddler Try-It 8 After the Beanstalk 9 Museum Closed 10 Play and Learn 11 Think Shapes 12 Think Shapes 13 Toddler Try-It 16 Museum Closed 17 Play and Learn 18 Collage Creators 19 Collage Creators 20 MetLife Family Friday 21 Collage Holiday Cards 22 Collage Holiday Cards 23 Block Party 24 Museum Closed 25 Museum Closed 26 Block Party 27 Sparky’s Puppets 28 Rolie Polie Guacamole 29 ImaginationPlayground 30 The Rhythm Room 31 Happy New Year! 1 Happy New Year! 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 5 and up 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up 15 Think Shapes in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 1:00 & 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up Bugs in Boxes 10:00 AM - Noon Around the Town 10:00 AM - Noon Making Music 10:00 AM - Noon Noisemakers 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM WEDNESDAY in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM THURSDAY in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM FRIDAY Shape Sort 10:00 AM - Noon Stacking Cups 10:00 AM - Noon Free admission! 5:00 - 8:00 PM 1:00 & 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up SATURDAY 7 After the Beanstalk 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up 14 Think Shapes in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Discovery Studio 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 1:00 & 2:00 PM Ages 3 and up Museum Open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Fall/winter hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and select Fridays until 8:00 PM. 100 South Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 273-5437 www.ChildrenMuseum.org Cool Stuff 10/5 & 10/6 Cardboard Challenge 11/9 - 11/11 Air Play Kids collaborate to invent original creations using cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations. Construct games, gadgets, robots, rocket ships and much more! The event is part of Global Day of Play, a worldwide celebration of child creativity. Investigate the awesome power of air! Kids build flyers and discover the playful possibilities of ordinary materials as their inventions soar, float and twist through wind tubes in wacky ways. 11/23 Movie Magic! 10/14 Super Structures Discover the world of the moving image! Try hands-on activities exploring film with the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Explore an intriguing assortment of 3-D design and construction challenges big and small! Build with wooden dowels, rubber bands, fabric and other intriguing “loose parts,” connect marshmallows and toothpicks, and more! 11/29 Native American Tales Storyteller Thawn Harris shares his Narragansett culture through songs, dance and stories and invites visitors to join a traditional Native American social dance. 10/18 Family Film Night Kids ages 6 and up stay out late and see a free screening of Your Shorts are Showin’, popular live action and animated short films presented by the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Haunted Happenings! 10/26 Creepy Creatures This Fall in Discovery Studio Lizards, snakes and frogs – oh my! Kids meet some captivating critters – prickly, hairy but not too scary! Work with wood and tools, investigate slime and other spooky fun, create with and investigate natural objects, experiment and sculpt with magnets, explore shapes, patterns and puzzles, and more! Discovery Studio is open for self-guided exploration most days from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; check the website for additional details. 10/27 Boo Bash Play bewitching games galore, explore an eerie environment, and mix it up in the mad scientist’s laboratory. Come in costume and have a blast at the Museum’s annual Halloween bash! For the Museum’s smallest visitors School Vacation FUN! 12/23 & 12/26 Block Party Mix and match colorful blocks and other creative building materials. Try different story-based Play and Learn activities for preschoolers (ages 2 - 4) in Littlewoods on Tuesday mornings and a variety of hands-on Toddler Try-Its (for 18 months - 3 years) in Discovery Studio each Friday morning. 12/27 Sparky’s Puppets See playful performances of favorite children’s tales. Meet Mother Goose and Little Red Riding Hood, laugh at the antics of the Three Little Pigs, and follow the adventures of the Gingerbread Man. 12/28 Rolie Polie Guacamole This energetic trio from Brooklyn entertains audiences with an interactive show that mixes funk, rock and folk music with humorous original tunes. 12/29 Imagination Playground Build and create with huge blue foam blocks and an array of loose parts. 12/30 The Rhythm Room Feel the rollicking rhythm of world percussion, horns, drums, guitars, piano and join the band to try out different percussion instruments. 12/31 Happy New Year! Create noisemakers and join a ball drop to ring in 2014 at noon & 2:00 PM! Program sponsors include Dominion Foundation (After the Beanstalk, Imagination Playground), National Grid (spatial thinking activities) and Providence Tourism Council (Creepy Creatures and school vacation performances). Most Museum programs are planned to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities and can easily be adapted or extended. While the calendar recommends specific ages for some programs, older or younger children are welcome to try most activities. Talking Back Meet Suzy Letourneau, a Museum researcher working on the National Science Foundation funded project to make kids’ learning visible, in partnership with Brown University. As a researcher, how did you end up working in museums? I was getting my PhD at Brandeis in cognitive neuroscience, looking at how people recognize faces and facial expressions in particular, and wanted to get outside of the lab, to apply what I was doing to something in the community. I found an internship that led to a fellowship at the Museum of Science in Boston. They had started a program working with scientists studying child development and needed someone to act as a liaison, to translate what they were doing for museum visitors and into exhibit materials. I did research in an educational psychology lab for a few years after that and when I saw this job – learning about how kids learn in the Museum – I thought it was perfect. Describe your role in the project to make learning visible. I’m trying to learn as much as possible about what and how kids learn through play and how we can see it happening. I’ve read research on how kids learn in formal and informal environments and how they think about their own learning. I’ve talked with educators about how they see kids learning and what it looks like. I’ve observed kids playing and talked with parents about what they see their kids doing and what they think they’re thinking about. Basically, my role is to connect the research with the practice of what we’re doing in exhibits. Part of your work is in Dr. Sobel’s lab at Brown University. What does that involve? I’m collecting data for a few different studies that are related to the same grant as the work that we’re doing at the Museum, about how kids think about learning as a concept. We’re asking kids what they think learning is and for examples of things they remember learning and how they learned them. Part of what we want to know is how kids’ awareness of their own thinking develops, which happens between the ages of 4 and 10 – kids start to reflect on what they’ve learned. I have one Mind Lab shift per week at the Museum and recruit kids and parents for the studies. Back at the lab, I analyze and code the data and eventually we’ll publish articles with our findings. Children’s Museum! PART Y atMakeProvidence your child’s next special occasion a day to remember by celebrating with a Museum party. Enjoy unlimited playtime in vibrant indoor and outdoor exhibits, use of a party space for 90 minutes, and a Museum t-shirt for the birthday child. Customize the celebration with treats and favors, or with one of these exciting educator-led activity parties: Imagination Playground Party Art Party Kids ages 5 and up stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools and tubes in an exclusive 30-minute facilitated play session. Construct castles and forts, invent interesting sculptures, and more. Investigate the art and science of symmetry! During a guided exploration, children ages 3 to 6 listen to a birthday story, experiment with pattern making and mirrors, and create colorful symmetry art to take home. Providence Ch ildren’s Come play, come learn! Come celebrate! For more Museum membe rs receive a discount on all information about all of the Museum’s birthday party packages or to parties! inquire about party availability, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Parties.asp or contact [email protected] or (401) 273-5437 ext. 234. How did you decide what to look for in your exhibit observations? I looked at how scientists have quantified kids’ learning through play and the skills they observed and spoke with Museum educators about what it looks like when they see kids thinking really carefully. I came up with a list of 18 particular behaviors and we observed 80 different kids over the summer, making notes of what materials they were using, what they did, how they interacted with other people. Then we took the entire narrative of their time in the exhibit and tallied examples of each behavior. The skills we were looking for are around kids noticing their own thinking because that’s something we want to encourage them to do more – if you notice and reflect on your thinking, you can have deeper learning experiences. We were looking at how they think ahead or plan, how they control what they’re doing in the moment or strategize, and then how they reflect on it afterwards. What are you most looking forward to? I’m excited to start testing out new materials in the exhibits and find different ways of showing what kids are thinking. I’m hoping we can come up with something really engaging that will help kids notice their own behavior a little more and encourage adults to do what I’ve been doing, to step back, watch and notice things they might not have noticed before – to observe almost scientifically. It’s interesting, when adults saw me noticing their kids’ play, they started to notice more as well. Read the full interview with Suzy on the Museum’s blog. On Display Three recent displays showcase objects from the Museum collections, including antique toys, Victorian dollhouse furniture, puppets and props, and more: • Peer into the atrium walkway window boxes to Spot the Robot and follow his mischievous adventures through the Museum at night. • Shift perspective when viewing Upstairs/Downstairs – two versions of the same room at different scales, featuring the Museum’s collection of Betty Huestis marionettes. • Discover Blooming, a scene in the lobby display case that celebrates the wonder of nature and its power to inspire the imagination. Grants & Gifts Support Smart Play $1,500 or more for non-capital campaign support received June 8 through September 9, 2013 Play builds intellect for all children. Early hands-on experiences build connections in the brain, for a healthy strong foundation. Kids play to learn! Bank of America Charitable Foundation $10,000 for general operating support Make a gift to support the hands-on, minds-on play that Providence Children’s Museum provides every day. Contributions can: Dominion Foundation $10,000 for Play Power upkeep, Imagination Playground, No Time to Waste and After the Beanstalk • Stimulate the next generation’s thinking • Provide access to the Museum for a family in need UnitedHealthcare of New England $8,000 for free RIte Care member admission • Celebrate a relative or friend Textron Charitable Trust • Honor a child $7,500 for Head Start/Good Start and Learning Clubs Individuals honored by a gift of any amount will be listed in the Museum’s Annual Report; donors of $100 or more (the value of a charitable membership) will also be named. National Grid $6,000 for ThinkSpace upkeep and spatial thinking activities Help kids grow! Give online at www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Support.asp or send a tax-deductible gift to Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island $5,000 for free NHPRI member admission Golf Tournament Sets a Record In August, more than 120 golfers took part in Providence Children’s Museum’s 30th anniversary Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament, held at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. The tournament netted a record $46,700 to benefit the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and innovative educational programs. The Museum gratefully acknowledges Allen H. Chatterton III, who chaired the tournament for the 24th consecutive year in memory of his father, and major event sponsors Admirals Bank, Delta Dental, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Nortek Inc. Thanks to all of the other generous sponsors, in-kind donors, committee members, volunteers and participants who made the tournament a success! Visit the Museum’s website for a full list of event sponsors, tournament winners and committee members. Special Offer Become a member or renew Member Corner in October and receive two free admission passes to share with guests! Bring a Friend! Members, on Sunday, November 10, Need the perfect gift for a special child or family? Give a full year of imaginative play and learning with a Museum membership – a fun-filled gift that keeps on giving. All memberships include: • One year of free and unlimited Almon & Suzanne Hall $2,500 for general operating support Russell B. Gross Jr. $1,500 for general operating support The Museum welcomes charitable gifts of all sizes. For information, please contact Jennifer Laurelli at (401) 273-5437 ext. 120. Matthew O. Littlefield, President Marc A. Crisafulli, Vice President Christian Leibl-Cote, Vice President Peter M. Gervais, Treasurer Suzanne M. 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Contact [email protected] or (401) 273-5437 ext. 221 for more information. For more information or to buy online, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Membership.asp. Credit John C. Meyers Providence Children’s Museum welcomed 203 new and 213 renewing member families in June, July and August! $3,000 for Head Start/Good Start and Learning Clubs Board of Directors Give the Gift of Play! Shaw McDermott, Hope Chatterton McDermott, Polly Chatterton Handy and Ned Handy The John Clarke Trust, Bank of America, N. A., Co-Trustee Robert T. Banaski Mervin H. Browning III Christine K. Bush Bintou Chatterton Michael E. Glass Russell B. Gross Jr. Michael E. Hogan John F. Isberg Elizabeth Lange Joan D. Martin Randy R. Martinez Jeffrey E. Meyer James J. Nagelberg Dana Alexander Nolfe Heather A. Pierce Marianne Pursley Linda Rockwell John A. Rupp Christopher Shaban Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director Board of Overseers Margaret Batting Oliver H.L. Bennett Leon C. Boghossian III Elizabeth C. Capozzi Stephen A. Cardi II Johnnie C. Chace Elfriede A. Collis Patrice E. Cooper Florence A. Crisp Bradford S. Dimeo Jonathan Duffy Nancy Band Ehrlich Frances Gammell-Roach Kathleen C. Goulding Adam Hamblett Jay Howell David C. Isenberg Joseph H. Kimball Jr. Melinda Knight Julie A. Lancia Diane S. Larsen Anne Maxwell Livingston David M. Madden Winfield W. Major Ruth K. Mullen Ruth Orthwein Carol A. Peterson Edward P. Pieroni Elizabeth H. Roberts Ellen Mossop Saville Henry A. Silva Thomas J. Skala Andrew Carl Spacone Neil D. Steinberg Michael F. Sweeney Manuel J. Vales IV Stephen D. Zubiago 100 South Street Providence, RI 02903-4749 Change Service Requested Seeing Stars? If your address has a star ( ) by it, it’s time to renew your membership. Renew before your expiration date and get an extra month FREE! Cardboard Challenge Collect and create with cardboard in its many wonderful forms! • Boxes of all sizes – big appliance boxes, shoe boxes, tiny jewelry boxes and everything in between • Paper towel, toilet paper and wrapping paper tubes • Leftover pieces of packaging and the backs of writing pads Create a cardboard world • Cut doors and windows in big boxes to make castles, forts or houses that you and your friends play in. Decorate with colored chalk, pieces of fabric, ribbon and tape. • Use small boxes to make a world for action figures, dolls and toy animals. Use cardboard scraps to create houses, furniture, vehicles and more. • Make mazes and roller coasters for marbles or small balls. Tape cardboard tubes together and roll balls through them. A note to grown-ups Give your kids time and space to create. If you can, let them have an area that they can return to day after day. It will be messy but the best play often is. Watch to see when and where they need help. Kids’ scissors won’t cut a window in a big box, so ask your child to draw the window with chalk and cut it out for him with box cutters. Take the time to observe your children’s process as well as their creations. You’ll be delighted by their ingenuity, persistence and imagination.
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