For Educators

We are the champions of play.

Play isn’t killing time. It’s creating character.
Everything we want from our children is already in them. And play is how they unlock it.

For Educators

We are the champions of play.

Play isn’t killing time. It’s creating character.
Everything we want from our children is already in them. And play is how they unlock it.

Greenhouse Growing

Greenhouse Growing

How do fruits and vegetables grow in the cold weather? Many farmers use large greenhouses to plant seeds and begin the growing process when it is still too cold outside. We can use a mini greenhouse to begin our own vegetable seeds and watch as the seeds sprout seedlings and grow into plants that will produce vegetables. All we need are seeds, soil and an enclosure that keeps the warm air in and the cold air out.

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Our Town

Our Town

This lesson is a great way to begin a unit on communities. The class discusses what a community is and how we are all important to different communities. Students consider what is important to include in our neighborhoods such as our school, grocery stores, and medical facilities, then they work together to create “Our Town” taking into consideration every member’s needs. It pulls the class together right at the beginning of the year.

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Features to Sounds

Features to Sounds

All animals make different kinds of sound. All animals have different and unique characteristics that produce different kinds of sound. How do animals use their unique features or characteristics to make sound?

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Save The Plants

Save The Plants

Living things needs water. Humans need it, animals need it, plants need it! Our plants need water every few days. What happens when we are at home? How will our plants get water? How can we make sure our plants get watered during the weekends and vacations?

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Making Paper

Making Paper

Did you know that approximately 815 million trees get cut down each year for the production of paper products? As stewards of the Earth, we need to work together to lower that number. This lesson helps students understand that the Earth’s natural resources are limited and need to be protected and conserved. In the activity, students will learn the process of paper-making by using recycled paper and household materials to create new paper.

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Shadows and Sun Fun!

Shadows and Sun Fun!

Students will create a drawing or painting of different shadows from either the same or a different object of their choice. This painting could be from shadows of an animal figurine, a vase of flowers, or a block structure they built. The possibilities are endless!

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Magic Beans

Magic Beans

We know what seeds look like when we plant them and we know what seeds look like when a plant begins to grow. What does that seed look like in the process in between? In this lesson, children will experiment with seeds in cotton balls rather than soil. The use of cotton balls will allow the children to see the seed as it sprouts and grows roots. The children will be able to see how long a seedling takes to grow from the ”ground.” Children can chart and measure the growth of the seeds. They can also draw what they see from start to when a plant begins growing in their bean diary.

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Inventory The Classroom!

Inventory The Classroom!

Efficiency in counting can be a tricky skill to teach. In the early years, students are used to counting groups of items by 1s and practicing memorization of counting by tens. This activity will allow for students to use a discovery approach to learn how much faster/more efficient it can be to count objects in groups of ten! Students will also feel like they are helping the teacher to complete a classroom task!

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Bot Creation

Bot Creation

This lesson is based on the story “Dylan and The Magical Robot”. Dylan Is creative boy who loves to draw. One day, he draws the most magnificent robot that comes to life! The student’s eyes light up throughout the whole story and they are even more excited when they realize that they get the chance to draw and bring to life their very own robot! This is a great lesson for students to be able to participate in a hands-on engineering activity while being able to connect in common core writing standards.

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About Us

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

Hours and Admissions

Summer Schedule
TUESDAY – SATURDAY
9:30am to 12:30pm and 
1:30pm or 4:30pm

Reservations are available online. Reserve your ticket now, a limited number of walk-up tickets will be available.

All staff and visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable mask substitutes.

Group Visits

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

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.

For Families

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

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.

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