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...

What a Wall!

What A Wall! Developed by Maggie Masse, PCM Play Intensive 2021(FOCUS: 3rd Grade, STEM, Engineering Design Process, Design Thinking) Fort Adams was built in 1799 in Newport, Rhode Island by the United States Navy to protect Narragansett Bay. In this lesson inspired by...

Let’s Learn A-Boat Surface Tension

Let’s Learn A-Boat Surface Tension Developed by Mary Nordby, PCM Play Intensive 2021 (FOCUS: grades 3 and 4, STEM, Executive Function, Next Generation Science Standards) Downloadable PDF This grades 3-4 STEM activity introduces children to the properties of...

Water Works!

Water Works!   Developed by Karen Mangone , PCM Play Intensive 2021(FOCUS: PreK – K, Language & Literacy, Science, Exploration and Design Thinking, Mathematics, Social & Emotional Learning) Downloadable PDF Students will experiment with water and...

Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag   Developed by Julie Klann, PCM Play Intensive 2021(FOCUS: Grade 1-5, STEAM, Science, Literacy, Creativity & Learning, Engineering/Scientific Method) Downloadable PDF In this lesson, students will act as scientists and develop their...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Recreate!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Recreate! Developed by Lauren Angel, PCM Play Intensive 2021(FOCUS: STEAM, Creativity & Making, Design Thinking-Engineering Design Process, History & Humanities) Downloadable PDFUnderstanding the role we can all play in taking...
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.