Creating Characterization

Creating Characterization   Developed by Emily Shea, Playful Practicum 2022 Bring your character to life! Design animal character puppets to support the development and retelling of self-created animal stories.  In this lesson, students will demonstrate their...

Building an Array of Houses

Building an Array of Houses Developed by Emily Shea, Playful Practicum 2022 In this lesson, the classroom will create a neighborhood of houses. In order to visualize math concepts, students will practice using arrays and their corresponding repeated addition equations...

Modern Maypoles

Modern Maypoles with Playful Patterns   Developed by Alison Plump, Playful Practicum 2022 As part of the Visual Arts Curriculum students learn about patterns and how they are found in art, music, poetry, design, science, math, and nature. Weaving is always a...

Building Stability Challenge

Building Stability Challenge Developed by Tara Mollo, Playful Practicum 2022 People construct; one of the defining characteristics of humanity is that we make. We make structures (buildings, houses, schools, monuments), organizations, rules, ideas, and works of...

Playful 3D Rainforest Animals

Playful 3D Rainforest Animals Developed by Alexandria McKay, PCM Playful Practicum 2022(FOCUS: Grade 5, Elementary Art) Printable PDF Let’s be artists and scientists as we research and explore rainforest animals! Interdisciplinary Art Lesson with a Connection to ELA...

Writing Roulette

Writing Roulette Developed by Alice Briney-Rockswold, Playful Practicum 2022(FOCUS: Grades 3, 4 and 5, ELA, shared writing) Printable PDF Engage students in a collaborative and creative writing process that builds stamina and reinforces craft. Taking turns, three...
About Us

Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Hours and Admissions

WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY (beginning 9/7/22)
9:30am to 12:30pm and 
1:30pm or 4:30pm

Reservations are available online. Reserve your ticket now, or purchase walk-up tickets when you arrive.

Masks are optional for most activities at PCM.

Group Visits

Providence Children's Museum is the ideal place for school field trips, camp outings, homeschool and community group trips and Scout excursions.

For Families

We’ve collected an extensive resource of creative activities that will engage kids and their caregivers wherever you may be.

About Play

While society often overlooks and undervalues play, we are here to celebrate and elevate it. Because we know play isn’t frivolous. It’s foundational.

PCM Lesson Plans

Check out our library of lesson plans for teachers and families. PCM has created a variety of lesson plans for teachers by teachers for children pre-k through early elementary.

Become a Partner

PCM has brought the magic of learning to life for over 40 years. As a trusted resource for families and children in southern New England, PCM is an anchor in our community.

More than a Museum
PCM is committed to serving the children of southern New England – regardless of their financial ability. 40% of the Museum’s budget is dedicated to welcoming one-third of the Museum’s total audience free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through a variety of outreach programs.