‘Water Ways’ Exhibit At Children’s Museum

Who doesn’t love playing with, and staring at, water. Of course you have to get the kids out of the way first. The Water Ways exhibit at the Providence Children’s Museum has a new look.

Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit reopened with a whole new look and torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play. The dynamic environment invites visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully explore ice, mist and the swirling, whirling ways of water.

Water is intrinsically fascinating – the ultimate “loose part.” Whether splashing in puddles and bathtubs, floating sticks in rivers, or building fountains at the Children’s Museum, water naturally invites open-ended play and exploration. Water play is a mesmerizing sensory experience that fosters creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes problem solving for all ages and abilities. It offers children endless possibilities to engage with science – to notice, question, experiment and develop a sense of wonder about the world around them.

Some special water exploration activities coming up:

‘Ice Play’ 11am to 2pm, November 22 & 23. Paint with colorful ice cubes, make an ice sculpture, and use shaved ice to form a frozen scene.

‘Boats Afloat’ 11am to 2pm, November 29 & 30. Use everyday materials to design and race paddle boats and build a vessel strong enough to carry a load of pennies.

Seen here is a water vortex into which kids were feeding an endless supply of plastic blocks and balls and toys (very black hole). I found this activity mesmerizing until I realized I was staring at other people’s children, with none of my own in sight. So get yourself some kids.

Exhibit and activities are free with $9 admission, Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, (directions)

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