A tree to climb, a cave to explore, a special place for babies and information for parents fill a woodland environment for infants to four-year-olds and their adult caregivers.

Littlewoods is designed to meet the needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their caregivers. In a woodland setting, young children practice new motor skills climbing a specially designed ladder to the enclosed treetop and come gleefully down the gently sloping slide. The bear cave, furry animal costumes and beautifully crafted puppets encourage pretend play for developing imaginations. Children and their grown-ups cuddle in cozy nooks to share a wonderful selection of picture books. The Baby Nest play area provides a safe and stimulating place for infants.

Littlewoods is reserved for children ages 4 and under with their adult caregivers. A gate prevents toddlers from wandering off and discourages older children from entering the area. Play guides are on hand to encourage fun and learning. Resources for parents contain childcare information and adults may share tips on toilet training, favorite books, healthy lunchbox snacks and a range of other topics at the Parent Talk Back Board.

Some things to do in Littlewoods
With your infant:

  • Play peek-a-boo with your baby through the sides of the Baby Nest.
  • Twirl the large, colorful butterflies above the Baby Nest and watch your baby reach and smile.

With your toddler:

  • Encourage your toddler to use a wooden cart to gather and transport the rubber rocks – it’s a good way to exercise his early walking skills.
  • Help your child put on a brown bear costume, grab a friendly bear puppet and invite her to a pretend picnic in the cave.

With your preschooler:

  • Join in your child’s pretend play as, dressed in the bluebird costume, he climbs the ladder to the tree house and slides down the slide.
  • Applaud your child’s balancing skills as she hops the stream or steps from rock to rock.
  • Together, make up rhythmic songs to sing while rocking in the boat.
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.