Children’s Museum Celebrates 40th Year

If you were a kid when the Providence Children’s Museum was new, you may have brought your own kids there by now.

On Sunday, June 25, the museum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a birthday bash, a free, daylong community party with hands-on activities, membership discounts and giveaways and a whole bunch of fun – that’s what the museum’s purpose is, after all. Kids and caregivers can make party hats and noisemakers, see special performances and help blow out birthday candles on a cake. Admission is free, and a parade and cake cutting are scheduled for 1 p.m.

The state’s first – and only – children’s museum opened in Pawtucket in 1977; it moved to its current spot at 100 South St., in Providence’s historic jewelry district in 1997, tripling its space and audience. Since then, more than 2.5 million people of all ages have visited the museum.

This anniversary is also a celebration of the museum’s community partnerships with Head Start, RI Department of Children, Youth and Families, and community centers, libraries and schools throughout the state. The birthday bash is part of a year-long celebration of the museum’s past and future, culminating in an anniversary gala at the Biltmore on October 13. For all info, visit



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