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February 2016

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Summer Program & Camp Guide

Cooking Kids Winners of the Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge L–R, Lily Addonizio, 11, Cameron Belisle, 10, both of Cranston, and Sofia Sweet, 11, of North Kingstown

 Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family 

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Contents February 2016 / vol. 1 / no. 7

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Departments

6 A Note from the Publisher Planning for school breaks and the summer.

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12 My Turn Ideas for a family Valentine’s Day.

14 Education What is pediatric palliative care?

16 Ask Dr. Day Care Your questions answered.

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Features

24 The Healthy Child Dental resources for RI parents.

8 Cover Feature:

26 Kids of the Month Finalists in the Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge.

28 Calendar Things to do in February.

SPECIAL SECTION 25 Directory of Advertisers They make the magazine possible and keep it free. Give them some love!

Kids Cooking Creatively

Winners of the 2016 RI Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge.

18 Choosing a

Summer Camp

Ideas on how to pick the perfect summer program or camp for your child.

20 Summer Program & Camp Guide

Plan your children’s time for school breaks and summer!

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A Note from the Publisher

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t the time that I am writing this column, in midJanuary, it has barely gotten cold yet. But I know it is coming – miserable weather and the long trek to spring. What’s also coming are school breaks in February and April, which can feel just as long if your kids are bored or don’t get enough exercise. What will your children do during those weeks so you can maintain your sanity? Get ideas of programs that will entertain your kids as well as tire them out in our Summer Program & Camp Guide, which includes school vacation programs as well. At the same time, start investigating what your kids will do next summer. Rhode Island has a wonderful array of different kinds of camps, something for every kind of kid. You know summer always sneaks up, so get ahead now and make the summer stress-free! To help you make those decisions, check out our “Choosing a camp” feature on page 18. We’re excited about the programs and camps that have joined the Guide. It will run until July with new organizations being added in each issue, so be sure to check it out every month. And if you run a vacation camp, summer program, or summer camp, get in touch with us. We want to include you in the Guide, too. In January, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon where the winning recipes from the 2016 Rhode Island Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge were served. It was a room full of bright, exciting young chefs. I wish I could have written about all of them, because each has a great story. You can see all the finalists in our “Kids of the Month” story on page 26. The winners are featured on the cover and on page 8. Also, be sure to check out our story on Rhode Island dental resources that parents can use for their children on page 24. Good teeth start with baby teeth! While I‘m hunkering down during the cold, winter months, I’ll be planning the spring and summer issues of the magazine. If your organization has a program or event in March and beyond, please send the details to editor@RIParentMag.com. Earlier is always better when sending us information. Stay warm!

Susan Gale

57 Rolfe Square, Suite 10094 Cranston, Rhode Island 02910 (401) 337-9240 Publisher/Editor Susan Gale publisher@RIParentMag.com Art Director/Graphic Designer Rob Kenney artdirector@RIParentMag.com Copy Editor Sheila Flanagan editor@RIParentMag.com Business Manager Lisa Koulibaly sales@RIParentMag.com Advertising Sales (401) 337-9240 sales@RIParentMag.com On the cover: photo by Kimberly Dobosz of Kimberly Dobosz Photography. kimberlydoboszphotography.com Publisher photo taken by Keith Jochim. KeithJochimPhotography.com Rhode Island Parent Magazine is published monthly by Gale Force Communications. Unless specifically noted, no advertisers, products, or services are endorsed by the publisher. Editorial submissions welcome.

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Cover Feature By Susan Gale

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t just age 10, Cameron Belisle cooks meals for his whole family. The young chef, who lives in Cranston, likes using ingredients from the family garden to flavor his food. Cameron develops meals that seem beyond his years. “Some meals he puts in front of me kind of shock me,” said his mom, Tara. Cameron is one of three winners of the 2016 Rhode Island Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge, presented by Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit in partnership with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Eat Drink RI. The Governor's Office received 126 recipes and chose a total of 19 finalists in grades 5–8 for each category: starter, entrée, or dessert. You can check out all of the finalists’ recipes in the 2016 Rhode Island Kids’ Healthy Recipe Cookbook (find a link at www.riparentmag.com). To see all the finalists, turn to page 26. Being a chef runs in Cameron’s family, with his grandfather and uncle both in that profession. He likes to make shrimp scampi and bean chili. For the contest, he submitted a recipe for Cod Fish Tacos, which he updated. “I put different spices in and added avocado to make it more healthy,” Cameron said.

Winners’ meals served at luncheon

In January, the three winners’ recipes were cooked and served at a luncheon at the RI Community Food Bank, attended by elected officials, community members, and the kids’ families. The Food Bank’s kitchen prepared the meals and Johnson & Wales students volunteered as servers. The starter winner was submitted by Sofia Sweet, 11, of North Kingstown. Her Tabouli, served on a bed of lettuce, has 8

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a special meaning because her grandmother made it for her every birthday before her grandmother passed. “I like to throw things into a pot and see what it comes out like,” said Sofia, who was shocked to find out she was a winner. “I’m excited to have people try my dish.” She focuses on appetizers, but doesn’t see cooking as her only life goal – she’d like to grow up to be a chef who is also a professional dancer.

Putting personality into food

For the third winner, cooking is all about expressing herself. Lily Addonizio, 11, of Cranston, submitted a recipe for a dessert called Apple Roses. She focuses on presentation, often making arrangements of food such as cheese and crackers for her mother, or adding colorful toppings to regular cheesecakes. “I like to get creative with what I cook. All of my food is a rainbow you can eat,” she said. “I like food that makes people go, ‘Wow, I want to eat that, it looks so good.’” When she grows up, Lily plans to do most of her cooking for dogs. She wants to open an animal shelter, and already has a business plan and a friend to handle the accounting. “My specialty is making dishes for dogs,” she said. “I’m testing out recipes on my dogs.”

A tough choice for the contest judges

One of the contest judges, Rhode Show co-host Michaela Johnson, was excited by the creativity of the kids. “No way, when I was that age, could I have come up with these recipes,” she said, adding that she has kept them to try at home. Johnson said the uniqueness of Rhode Island came out in the contest submissions. “We saw a lot of tapping into their cultures and backgrounds. The variety of recipes spoke to the variety we have in Rhode Island.” Governor Raimondo and First Gentleman Moffit ate the


meal and both pronounced it delicious. At the beginning of the lunch, Moffit spoke about why the luncheon was held at the RI Community Food Bank. “Everyone in RI deserves three healthy meals per day. But 1 in 7 doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from,” he said.

Cooking as a family

The Governor spoke about her grandfather coming from Italy as a child, and learning to cook in the kitchen of the boat on which he traveled. Her happiest memories were of sitting in her family’s basement kitchen, listening to Italian music, watching people cook. Today, she, like many parents, strives to ensure that her children are getting balanced meals whether they want it or not. “There are only so many ways I can disguise cauliflower, including sprinkles on top—which worked when they were younger,” she said. “I’m impressed by these recipes, which are both affordable and healthy. It’s good to get kids thinking about both money and health.”

Join in next year

If you missed the 2016 Healthy Recipe Challenge, you are likely to get another chance next year because the plan is to make it an annual event. So get your kids in the kitchen now and be creative!  Susan Gale is Publisher/Editor of Rhode Island Parent Magazine.

Starter: Tabouli

Chef Sofia Sweet Makes 3 to 4 servings, estimated cost $12.00

Ingredients         

3 tomatoes, diced 4 bunches fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped 1 cup finely chopped scallion 1 cup finely cracked wheat 1 cup water ½ cup minced fresh mint leaves 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste Small sprinkle of allspice

Preparation 1. In a large mixing bowl, pour the water over the cracked wheat and cover. Let stand until wheat is tender and water is absorbed. Add the chopped herbs and vegetables and toss with the wheat mixture. 2. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a separate bowl. Pour into wheat mixture and mix well. 3. Chill. Continue to add lemon juice and salt to taste. (continued on next page)

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Entrée: Cod Fish Tacos

Dessert: Apple Roses

Ingredients

Ingredients

For Tacos:  3-4 garlic cloves, minced  2 cod fish fillets  Pepper

For Serving:  1 package taco shells  1 package tortilla wraps  Lettuce, shredded  Salsa  Shredded cheese  Tomatoes, chopped

Chef Cameron Belisle Makes 4 servings, estimated cost $18.00

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cod into baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle garlic and pepper. 2. Cook for 20 minutes. 3. Warm taco shells and tortilla wraps (2–3 minutes before fish is ready). 4. Start with lettuce, and then add fish, tomatoes, salsa and cheese.

Chef Lily Addonizio Makes 6 servings, estimated cost $6.00

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4 apples, cored and sliced with skin on Juice from ½ lemon 3 tablespoons fruit preserves (Chef ’s choice on fruit!) 2 tablespoons water (plus more for apple soak) 1 sheet puff pastry Cinnamon, to taste

Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Put apple slices in a microwave-safe bowl. Fill bowl with water and juice from half a lemon. Use enough water to cover apple slices. Microwave for 3 minutes. This will soften the apple slices and make them more pliable for rolling up. Next, grab a sheet of puff pastry. Flour your board and roll out the puff pastry enough to make 6 strips at 3 inches wide. 2. In a bowl, mix your favorite fruit preserves with a couple of tablespoons of water. Then spoon out the preserves in the center of the strip of puff pastry. Next, place the apple slices long-ways halfway on the strip. Keep adding slices until you reach the end. Then, fold the puff pastry over the bottom of the apple slices. 3. Roll up the puff pastry and place in a greased muffin tin. 4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. 5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

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My Turn By Sara Marchessault

5 Waysftoor Fuel Family Love S

Valentine’s Day

ix weeks after the December holidays, when we’re getting sick of winter, Valentine’s Day pops up, giving us a bright spot to warm this season. It’s a time for love and sweets, date nights, and classroom Valentine parties. Kids love choosing Valentine cards to share with friends and exchange at school or with other groups. For adults, the holiday is a great excuse for a date night. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be strictly a kid or grown-up thing. It can be fun for the whole family. Try one of these ideas to fuel family love and create a richer Valentine’s Day:

Lunch box note. Tried and true, kids love discovering a note from Mom or Dad when they open up their lunch box. Index cards or even Post-it® notes work well for this. Slip in a little note to let them know you love them, remind them of a recent time they made a particularly good choice, or simply thank them for being a good kid. You never know – your son or daughter might just need a bright spot in his or her day and a lunch box note could do the trick.

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Treasure hunt. This takes a little more time and effort, but a treasure hunt can be a great way to show your kids how much you love them while also being a fun activity for the whole family. First, determine the treasure you want your family to seek. Next, prepare a list of clues for them to follow to get to the treasure. It’s fun to create little verses or riddles that lead the treasure hunters from one point to the next. You can hide clues under furniture, on top of the fridge, in the garage, outside, inside a boot, etc. The treasure can be a small gift, a new family board game, or a tasty treat that everyone loves.

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Mirror note. Similar to lunch box notes, mirror notes are a little surprise for our loved ones. These can be brief and stuck to the mirror. Or, if you’d like to write on the mirror directly, you can use dry erase markers, which will wash off when you clean the mirror. Mirror notes can be funny phrases, drawings, or arrows pointing to where your son's or daughter’s face is in the mirror with positive phrases and notes of love.

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Valentine-themed picnic. Plan an indoor picnic for Valentine’s Day. Choose your sunniest room, spread out a picnic blanket, throw some pillows on the floor, and have a winter snack or meal together. Sweets are traditional for Valentine’s Day, but you can also make sandwiches shaped like hearts and cut strawberries in half. Flour tortillas can be cut into heart shapes too, and dipped into a favorite salsa or melted cheese. Dig out your heart-shaped cookie cutters and see if you can plan an entire meal where you cut your food into heart shapes. If this isn’t a surprise for the kids, include them in the planning, assigning jobs and letting them come up with their own ideas.

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Whatever you do for Valentine’s Day, whether it feels like a major festivity or a simple moment to stop and say I love you, enjoy your time with your loved ones. Letting them know you care puts a smile on their faces and makes you feel good, too. 

Love letter. There are many references

to love letters in classic literature, poetry, and even romantic novels. Often we think of love letters as expressions of love between two adults. But love letters can be for kids, too. Parents can write to their kids about a shared memory or a character trait the parent is 12

particularly proud of in their son or daughter. Love letters can be a tool we use to express to our kids what is important to us as parents. We are quick to give comments about beauty or smarts, but in a thoughtful love letter, we can really get into detail about what we love about them, and what makes them special.

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Sara Marchessault, of Westford, MA, is a writer, life coach, and lifelong diarist. saramarchessault.com.


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Education By Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert

What Is Pediatric Palliative Care?

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hen you hear the phrase “palliative care,” many questions may come to mind. The first question is usually “Pall-a-what?” The next question is always, “What is it?” So, let’s start with how to pronounce it, and then we can demystify its meaning. The word palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) derives from the Latin word pallium, which means “a cloak” or “to cover.” When I think of a cloak, it reminds me of the warmth, protection, and comfort it provides when it covers me on a cold winter day. Palliative is the same thing – it is to comfort and a bit more. According to the World Health Organization, palliative care for children is the “active total care of the child's body, mind, and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.” It does not begin when the child’s condition progresses or worsens. Instead, it begins when illness is diagnosed and will continue regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the condition. Palliative care was recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006 as a medical specialty, which focuses on improving quality of life. Palliative care specialists do not take the place of a child’s primary care provider or specialist, but instead collaborate as part of the team caring for the child.

Children who need palliative care

There are more than 500,000* children living every day with a complex, chronic life-limiting or life-threatening condition. These children require compassionate, comprehensive, consistent, and coordinated care. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, palliative care is appropriate for a myriad of complex chronic and acute conditions, such as complex congenital heart disease; progressive neurodegenerative conditions; muscular dystrophy; cancer; and cystic fibrosis occurring in infancy through young adulthood. All children living with these types of conditions deserve optimal palliative care, whether it is the primary treatment or concurrent with curative or disease-modifying treatment.

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Start palliative care as soon as possible

It is recommended that palliative care be introduced as early as possible when a child presents with a life-limiting or threatening condition. Delaying the addition of palliative care in the child’s treatment plan is associated with increased physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering of both the child and the family. Therefore, early integration of pediatric palliative care (PPC) promotes improved quality of life – something parents strongly desire for their child.

The results of palliative care

Providing optimal PPC can meet the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of the child and family, preserving the child’s dignity, minimizing suffering, optimizing function, and providing opportunity for growth. PPC services include: 

Assessment and alleviation of pain and symptoms caused by the child’s complex, chronic condition.

Empowering the child and family in decision-making.

Creating meaningful partnerships with healthcare providers and other community members.

Advocating for the child and family.

Support for advanced care planning.

The goal of palliative care is to provide an extra layer of meaningful attention, to foster your child’s and family’s hopes, and, along with your primary care provider, to offer support through difficult times.  Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN is a doctorally-prepared pediatric nurse practitioner board certified in Primary Care Pediatrics, Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing, and Pain Management. In 2015, she founded Magnolia Pediatrics, an independent practice which cares for children with complex, chronic conditions that develop prenatally, during infancy, childhood, or adolescence. *Source: Himelstein, B., Hilden, J., Boldt, A., & Weissman, D. (2004). Pediatric Palliative Care. The New England Journal of Medicine, 350 (17), 1752-1762.


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Ask Dr. Day Care: Advice for Parents By Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Ed.D.

Dr. Day Care answers your questions about children from infancy to school age. Send questions to: editor@RIParentMag.com or ask them on facebook.com/RIParentMag.

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Dear Dr. Day Care, With rising costs and the economy in such a slump, do you have any ideas on how my family can save money on child care tuition? - Worried about the cost of child care

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Dear Worried, This is an excellent question and something many working parents face. It is possible to find quality, licensed child care facilities without breaking the bank. Below are a few options that you can look into as you begin your child care search.

Referral Bonuses

Dependent Care Assistance Account Program (DCAP)

For families that attend a Catholic church, the Cabrini Fund may be another option. The Cabrini Fund is a scholarship program available to the general public from the Diocese of Providence. You can call (401) 421-7833 to apply.

One of the most beneficial ways to save on tuition is to utilize a Dependent Care Assistance Account Program (DCAP) through your employer. Check with your Human Resource Department to see if they offer a FLEX/TASC savings plan. This is the very best way to save up to 25% per week on child care tuition. Have a conversation as soon as possible with your employer to go over all the details needed in order to receive this benefit.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

If your family is income eligible, you can also apply for assistance through the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) supports lowincome working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and afterschool programs. The CCAP will help pay child care costs to providers who meet certain criteria. The family may be required to make a co-payment based on the household income and family size.

Tuition scholarships

Another option is to check with the child care center directly. Ask if the child care facility offers tuition scholarships. It doesn’t hurt to see if they provide financial aid or if they know of local agencies that provide this type of financial assistance! Scholarships often vary based on need.

Coupons/Gift Certificates

Ask if there are any coupons available before signing up (such as towards registration). During holidays or special events, consider putting child care gift certificates on your wish list.

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Child care centers that value parent feedback will often offer bonuses if you refer new families to their facility. While these bonuses are a great financial incentive, it also shows that they care about offering a quality program!

Cabrini Fund

U.S. Military

Military families have yet another option, as the U.S. military will reimburse child care centers full tuition of a child enrolled in their facility when a family member is deployed. You can get more information at www.naccrra.org/militaryprograms. Some child care centers also offer additional discounts to military families, so be sure to ask! Do you have any other suggestions on how your family saves money on child care? I would love to hear any feedback! You can reach me any time at drdaycare@drdaycare.com.  “Dr. Day Care” is Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Ed.D., CEO/ President of Dr. Day Care and Kids Klub, which has locations in Cumberland, Foster, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, and West Warwick. A new early learning center will open in South County in winter 2016. She is also a children’s book author: Edgar Graduates. www.drdaycare.com


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Feature Story By Susan Gale

How to pick a summer program or camp

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t may be hard to imagine the long, warm days of summer right now, but this is the perfect time to start thinking about what your kids will do when the weather heats up. Going to summer programs and camps can be helpful for children and can combat the normal learning loss that occurs each summer. “Camp experiences reinforce the learning kids do year round,” said Lucy J. Norvell, Director of Development and Communications for the American Camp Association, New England (ACA). “There is so much fun going on that we sometimes miss the fact that it’s highly educational in ways that support social emotional learning – corroborating in a group or listening to instructions. These are portable skills that will come in handy back at school in fall.” In the U.S., summer camp is a $15 billion dollar industry with more than 7,000 residential and 5,000 day camps. Each year, more than 11 million children and adults attend camp, according to the ACA. The ACA is a nationwide organization that accredits children’s camps. Seeking accreditation is voluntary for camps and involves meeting health, safety, and program quality standards. ACA also educates camp owners and directors. On the ACA website, parents can find pages of information and a find-a-camp feature which can be narrowed down by location.

How to start your summer program and camp search

Norvell suggests that parents start their camp search by considering, along with their children, what they want to get out of the summer. Including children in the decision making is important so they are excited about their plans. “I encourage families to make a short list of things they are hoping to find, and then test if those things are out there,” she said. “And if there is something that is a deal breaker for you, that’s a good thing to focus on.” To help you with your camp search, see “Questions to ask when choosing a summer program or camp.”

Do your homework when camp shopping

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“I encourage families to carefully look at the ways camps present themselves to the world. They put a lot of information on a camp website. Look at their facilities, details on their programming – every camp has some kind of philosophy, some reason for being.” Jack Conway of Active Learning Services, which runs chess camps and video game creation camps in East Greenwich, also urges parents to do their homework when it comes to choosing a camp. “It’s important that they look for programs that are going to be challenging and fun for their children,” he said. “Make sure the camp is highly rated, at a good location, and that the company they are entrusting their kids to is property licensed.”

Dealing with homesickness

Once you’ve chosen your camp, what if your child expresses fear of going, especially for their first overnight camp? “That’s really normal. Most kids miss home, but not in the debilitating way that parents are terrified of,” said Norvell. “Camp counselors are trained in how to work with children missing home.” One action Norvell warns against – don’t promise to come rescue your child from camp if they are homesick or otherwise unhappy. “That actually sabotages the child’s ability to succeed,” she said. “There are things families can do ahead of time to set children up for success. You can talk about, 'What happens if you miss us?' Some children take a picture of their family with them or pre-address envelopes so they can write letters home.” Norvell recommends that any child going to overnight camp should have already spent one or more nights away from home, at a friend’s or relative’s house, for example. Parents should also find out how and when they can communicate with their child at camp. But a child learning to deal with their homesickness can be beneficial. “If a child can work through that, that’s incredibly empowering,” she said.  Susan Gale is Publisher/Editor of Rhode Island Parent Magazine.


Questions to ask when choosing a summer program or camp  What/who

is driving the camp search? Unparalleled fun and learning? New experiences, skills, and friends? Need for child care? Family tradition? Encouragement from friends?

 What

are your leading camp search criteria? Which are “non-negotiable” and which are “preferences”?

 Which

of your family’s values should be reflected in the camp philosophy? How religious? How competitive? How diverse? How much camper choice? Camps are intentional communities. What they do and why is reflected in the staff members they hire, the schedules they follow, the activities they offer, and their materials.

 What

activities/programs interest you and your child? What level of intensity are you looking for? Are you seeking opportunities to try new activities, to play, to advance current skills, to practice, to compete, or to specialize?

 What

kind of facilities will your camper consider? Discuss electricity, bathrooms, and dining.

 What

session length, from a few days to several weeks, is comfortable for you, your child, and your family’s summer schedule?

 What

camp clientele do you want to consider? There are camps for boys only, girls only, coed, brother/ sister, religious groups, underserved populations, and children with special needs.

Types of camps Camps: Typically serve children ages 3–15 with sessions ranging from one to 10 weeks. Before and after camp programs are offered by some.

 Day

Camps: Also referred to as Resident or Sleepaway. Usually serve children ages 6–17, sessions range from one to eight weeks.

 Overnight

 General

Camps: Offer a broad range of activities.

& Travel Camps: Outdoor exploration through active sports like biking, hiking, climbing, and canoeing.

 Trip

Camps: Popular options include horseback riding, the arts, sports, computers, and travel. Camps for special populations serve those with particular medical conditions, disabilities, or special needs.

 Specialty

Affiliated Camps: Offer formal or informal faith-based programs.

 Religiously

Camp: Sessions include family members of all ages, from grandparents to infants.

 Family

Source: American Camp Association, New England

Helpful websites  American

Camp Association, National: www.acacamps.org  American Camp Association, New England: www.acanewengland.org  Rhode Island Camps: www.ricamps.com

 What

is your budget for camp tuition? Some camps offer financial assistance. Financial aid procedures vary from camp to camp, so be sure to ask and to read brochures and websites carefully.

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Active Learning Services

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Rocky Hill School, 530 Ives Road, East Greenwich 1-888-652-4377 ​www.activelearningcamps.com Fun enrichment camps for chess and video game creation that help develop critical thinking skills and improve creativity so important to the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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Summer Program & Camp Guide

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take time, so it’s not too early to think about what your kids will do this summer. Or even, during February and April school breaks. To help you, Rhode Island Parent Magazine offers the following Summer Program & Camp Guide, in alphabetical order. Check out the programs and camps for many fun things to do.

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Adventure Zone

Drop off & pick up in Coventry (401) 487-9331 www.advzone.org Explore, Discover, Have Fun. Mobile adventure-based youth enrichment program that provides new and exciting outdoor opportunities for campers (rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, biking, and much more). Our programs encompass many types of challenges, ensuring that each camper is able to find an experience that suits their level. And because our programs are designed to build upon one another, returning campers are able to try new adventures and further their personal growth–year after year. Ages 6–15. Visit website for early specials, schedule, and price chart.

Artists’ Exchange

50 Rolfe Square, Cranston (401) 490-9475 www.artists-exchange.org Fantastic day camps for the creative mind! Art, Theater, Rock 'N' Roll, and Ceramics. Ages 5–15. Camps start June 20th, and run through August 26th. Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm, before and after care available. See ad, page 7.

Dream Big Academy

41 Comstock Parkway, Cranston 70 Industrial Road, Cumberland (401) 228-8946 www.dreambiggym.com A high-energy, fun-filled, 1/2 day or Full Day Camp  Experience. Boys and Girls ages 4 and up will be placed in age- and level-appropriate groups with qualified coaches to learn gymnastics skills, play games, do crafts, and play outdoor water activities. Thrilling zip line and Super Awesome 20-foot-high waterslide at our Cranston location! Extended day available. See ad, page 23.


Community Boating Center

India Point Park, Providence (401) 454-7245 www.communityboating.com Two-week youth sailing camps offered June-August, Monday-Friday, 9 am-3:30 pm. NEW one-week Save The Bay Camp. Two age groups, 8–11 years old and 12–16 years old. Waterfront “Sailabration” skippered sailing events, room/deck rentals, youth afterschool programs, and evening or weekend adult lessons, recreational sailing, and NEW kayaking also available. See ad on this page.

Girl Scouts

Glocester; West Kingston; Newport; Swansea, MA (401) 331-4500/1-(800) 331-0149 www.gssne.org Day and overnight summer camps with a girl-empowered focus! Archery, swimming, canoeing, rock wall, ropes course, sailing, etc. Financial aid available. See website for Camp Catalog, being released in February. Registration opens in March.

Kingston’s Camp on Larkin’s Pond (401) 783-8620 www.kingstonscamp.com See ad on this page.

Mother of Hope Camp

1589 Putnam Pike, Chepachet (401) 568-3580 www.motherofhopecamp.com American Camp Association Accredited, Traditional, Co-Ed Day Camp on Beautiful Echo Lake in Chepachet for Boys & Girls ages 5–12. Camp offers Archery, Arts & Crafts, Canoeing, Daily Prayer, Hiking, Low Element Challenge Course, Nature Exploration, Pet Stewardship, Sports, Swimming, and Weekly Mass. Free Convenient Busing for Neighborhoods around RI. Affordable Tuition. Early Bird and Sibling Discounts. Open House: Sunday, 5/15, 1–4 pm. See ad on this page.

Rock Spot Climbing

100 Higginson Avenue, Lincoln, (401) 727-1704 1174 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, (401) 789-SPOT www.rockspotclimbing.com ​Indoor rock climbing is an amazing experience that ​is both fun and great exercise for kids of all ​ages, ​fitness ​levels, and experience. Classes run different ​days/times. See website or call for info. See ad, page 7. (continued on next page) February 2016  Rhode Island Parent Magazine

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence (401) 785-3510 www.rwpzoo.org Campers ages 4–13 enjoy fun-filled days at Roger Williams Park Zoo in age-appropriate programs. Younger children learn to explore the natural world while tweens/teens learn to become conservation leaders. More affordable than many vacation options, small camper-to-counselor ratios, optional after care and pre-paid lunch offerings. Details and easy registration on the website. Discount for RWP Zoo members and another discount when siblings are registered in the same account.

South County Movement Center

335 Woodville Alton Road, Hope Valley (401) 539-2512 www.southcountymovementcenter.com South County Movement Center will have 4 weeks of Camp this summer. June 27–July 1: Skills and Thrills Camp for competitive team gymnasts; August 1–5: Princess Dance Camp; July 18–22: Safari Gymnastics Camp; August 15– 19: Wild West Gymnastics Camp. Ages 4+. Camp times: 1/2 day camp: 9 am–12:30 pm or 1:30 pm–5:00 pm; Full day Camp: 9 am–5:00 pm. You provide the child, we provide the fun. Great way to keep kids active throughout the summer. Kids work on balance and coordination, play group games, have snacks, make crafts, and learn fun and exciting new skills!

Summer J-Camp at the Dwares JCC

401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence (401) 421-4111 www.jewishallianceri.org June 20–August 19, Monday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm. For children ages 2–15. Welcoming all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a variety of activities with themes including mystery, creepy crawlers, space, and Olympics. Schedules filled with assorted sports, swim lessons, art, cooking, science, drama, field trips, and more. Lunch and snacks are included. Early arrival and extended day options; half-day options for 2–5 year olds; sibling and early bird discounts; payment plan options; counselor-in-training opportunities for teens.

Teamworks

170 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick (401) 463-5565 www.teamworkswarwick.com See ad, back cover. 22

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To The Pointe of Performing Arts

Cranston: 999 Oaklawn Avenue (401) 942-5554 North Providence: 1525 Smith Street (401) 354-0054 Coventry: 2435 Nooseneck Hill Road (401) 385-9500 www.tothepointeofperformingarts.com Dance Camps & Summer Dance Classes: Fun weekly day camps include full day/half day options for ages 3–16. Recreational or intensive camps available. Reasonable rates. Healthy snacks provided. Campers learn dance techniques in various styles as they relate to the camp theme, make arts n’ crafts related to the theme, and perform in a minirecital on the last day of the camp. Lots of fun and very educational. Great teaching staff. All camps are offered in air-conditioned rooms at any of our three locations. Exact dates and age groupings will be listed on our website on the SUMMER CAMPS page. Registration is accepted by phone or online. Regular fee waived if your child is signed up by May 1st.

YMCA of Greater Providence

Barrington; Cranston; Warwick; Peace Dale; Seekonk, MA See ad or website for site telephone numbers www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org Day camps, pre-school camp, specialty camps, overnight camp. Fun, adventure, excitement, and new friends. We nurture campers in a challenging and supportive environment where safety is a top priority. All programs directed by full-time YMCA staff. Financial aid available. See ad, page 13. 


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The Healthy Child By Katherine Chu and Jill Beckwith

Children’s Dental Health Month: A Rhode Island resource for parents

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our child’s first teeth are important! Healthy teeth allow your baby to chew food and to talk. They also help shape your baby’s face and hold space for their adult teeth to grow in – adult teeth are bigger, so they need a lot of space. Children of all ages – even very young children – benefit from a simple checkup to help prevent problems and build good habits.

Visit the dentist by age one

When a baby’s gums and teeth are cared for, dental visits become a way to prevent cavities, instead of treating them when they happen. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that every baby visit a dentist by age one. Going to the dentist in a baby’s first year will help make sure your baby’s teeth start healthy and stay healthy. This first dental visit allows you to ask questions, and gives the dentist the opportunity to make sure your baby’s teeth and mouth are healthy. It also helps your baby get to know the dentist and dental office.

Preparing for the first dental appointment

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to make sure the first visit goes smoothly is to help your child know that the dentist’s office is a safe place. If you are nervous about the visit because of your own experiences, your child will pick up on it and be nervous too. Try to stay calm and positive. There are many things you can do to help your child understand what’s going to happen and make him feel more comfortable during the first dental visit: 

Talk to your child about the visit before you go. Even if your baby is very young, it still helps to explain things. Remind them that going to the dentist is like going to the doctor; the dentist will help them stay healthy just like the doctor does.

 Build

excitement by reading a book or watching a video about a visit to the dentist.

 Explain

what will happen during the exam.

 Let

your child pick out a special toy or blanket to bring with him to the visit.

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If you think your child would do better by visiting and taking a tour of the office first, call to schedule a pre-visit to help them get used to the sights and sounds before the actual appointment.

What happens at the first visit

A baby’s first visit to the dentist is not like when you visit the dentist. Instead, it is similar to a visit with your child’s doctor. Your child can sit in your lap while the dentist faces you and looks inside your baby’s mouth for early signs of cavities. The dentist may need a better look and ask you to sit knee-to-knee with your baby facing you, and then lean your baby back so that she’s still facing you but her head is on the dentist’s lap. This will allow you to make eye contact and hold hands with your baby so she knows she is safe.

Free dental resource available in RI

TeethFirst! is a free resource for Rhode Island parents and parents-to-be, all about children’s oral health and dental care. Made up of a collaborative group of health-related organizations, TeethFirst! promotes early dental visits for very young children in Rhode Island. Find TeethFirstRI in English and Spanish at www.TeethFirstRI.org. You can also find it on Twitter (@TeethFirst) and Facebook (TeethFirst). Resources for parents and families include information on:  First

Dentist Appointments

 Finding

a Dentist, Coverage and Medicaid

 Keeping Teeth  Keeping

Healthy at Home

Your Mouth Healthy During Pregnancy

 Nutrition

for Healthy Teeth

Also available is information for community organizations, health care providers, and dental providers. To learn more, visit TeethFirst! online, or email info@TeethFirstRI.org.  Katherine Chu is Communications Coordinator and Jill Beckwith is Deputy Director (and Project Lead of TeethFirst!) for Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.


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Miscellaneous

Artist’s Exchange .................................................Page 7 Dream Big Academy............................................Page 23 Launch Trampoline Park......................................Page 3 Lincoln Johnny Lightning Race Club...................Page 17 Rock Spot Climbing.............................................Page 7 Teamworks...................................................... Back cover To the Pointe of Performing Arts..........................Page 15 YMCA of Greater Providence...............................Page 13

Cumberland-Lincoln Prevention Coalition......................................................Inside Cover

Child care/preschool

Parties/workshops

BrightStars...........................................................Page 15 Dr. Day Care........................................................Page 3 The Children’s Workshop.....................................Page 7

Education/tutoring Club Z In-home Tutoring.....................Inside back cover

Health-related services Magnolia Pediatrics..............................................Page 11 Psychological Associates of Warwick.....................Page 27 Research Study – Perinatal Depression.................Page 11 The Groden Network...........................................Page 4 Thundermist Health Center.................................Page 4

Museums Providence Children’s Museum............................Page 4 Tomaquag Museum..............................................Page 23

Music Julie Garnett Lullaby CD.....................................Page 3 Animal Experiences..............................................Page 17 Bjorn the Magician..............................................Page 17 Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure..........................Page 17 Mad Science of Southern MA and RI...................Page 23 Pop n Bop Bubble Bash........................................Page 17 Reel to Real Recording Studio..............................Page 17

Photography Kimberly Dobosz Photography............................Page 25

Shopping/apparel/jewelry The Jewelry Center...............................................Page 3 Summer Program & Camp Guide...................Page 18

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Kids of the Month By Susan Gale

Rhode Island’s young chefs offer healthy recipes They submitted recipes for everything from oven-baked carrot fries to blueberry whoopie pies. The 16 finalists in the 2016 Rhode Island Kids’ Healthy Recipe Challenge brought inventiveness and creativity to the contest for healthy and economical recipes. Want to try one of these recipes? Go to www.RIParentMag.com for a link to the cookbook. See a story about the three winners on page 8.

Top row, from left: Nicole Dioh, Grade 7, Woonsocket–Ground Turkey Gyros; Jack Pine, Grade 5, Warwick– Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread; Pamela Peters, Grade 6, Warren–Healthy Baked Eggplant Crisps with Tomato Dipping Sauce; Delaney Bernier, on behalf of her sister, Avery Bernier, Grade 7, Providence–Healthy Hash; Lily Neves, Grade 6, Cumberland–Blueberry Whoopie Pie; Shivani Mehta, Grade 5, Bristol–Broccoli and Chicken Rice; Eliza Vecchiarelli, Grade 8, East Providence–Pumpkin Soup; Alexandra Cowart, Grade 5, Cranston–Rice Pudding; Chase Petrucci, Grade 6, Smithfield–100 Carrot Ginger Soup. Bottom row, from left: Haider Amad, Grade 5, North Kingstown– Fish Cocktail with Curry Dip; Elisabeth Halkidis, Grade 5, North Kingstown–Almond Cake; Daniela Harkness, Grade 5, Scituate–Kale and Butternut Squash over Orzo or Rice; Sam Northrup, Grade 5, North Kingstown–Grasshopper Pie; Nick Soccio, Grade 5, Cranston–Oven-Baked Carrot Fries; Kaya West, Grade 5, Westerly–Homemade Hummus; Missing: Aiko Kobiyama, Grade 5, North Kingstown–Fish and Veggies in Aluminum Foil

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February 2016 Our calendar is as up-to-date as possible at press time. Be sure to check information with event sponsors for updates/ changes. To submit calendar items for March and beyond, please email them to editor@ RIParentMag.com.

Special events 2/11: Date Night. Bring the kids to The Children’s Workshop. The kids will enjoy supervision, fun, entertainment, and snacks while you enjoy a night out on the town. Available at all locations and open to all, you do not have to be a client to use this service. RSVP by 2/8. Space is limited. 6–8 pm. Visit website for locations. Free. www.childrensworkshop.com/locations. 2/16: The Hoopoe Show. Hoopoe

the hilarious mime (Chris Yerlig) gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with silent comedy, eye-popping magic tricks, and balloon wizardry. Shows at 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm; recommended for ages 4 and up. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www. childrenmuseum.org

2/17: Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle. Join the Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa. Wear favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with surprises. 1–3:30 pm. OceanCliff Castle, 65 Ridge Road, Newport. $6/without Festival bracelet; free with Festival bracelet. www.newportwinterfestival.com 2/17: Mad Science: Up, Up and Away.

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interactive show. Shows at 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm; recommended for ages 4 and up. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org

2/18: Live Jazz for Kids. Musicians

Tish Adams, Dick Lupino, and Yvonne Monnett entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old-time standards. 1–4 pm. Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Free entrance. www.greenvale.com

2/18: Illuminated Garden. Thousands

of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. 6–9 pm. Ballard Park, Hazard Road, Newport. Free.

2/18–2/21: New Kids Adventure

Zone. An interactive nature play space. Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) members will engage children with hands-on activities, such as fairy house building, fishing, and camping. Also, animal presentations, wild plant magic, local story tellers, and puppet shows. 2/18, 10 am–7 pm; 2/19 and 2/20, 10 am–8 pm; 2/21, 10 am–6 pm. Fifth floor, Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence. $17/adult; $7/child 7–12; free/ children under 7. www.rieea.org

Places to go Roger Williams Park Zoo. Bundle up for the beautiful winter scenery and see the snow leopards, moon bears, and other cold-hardy animals in a wintry setting. Enjoy seeing the harbor seals, Bubba and Action, or soak in the heat at the Zoo’s Tropical America, Elephant & Giraffe, and Australasia buildings. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. $14.95/ adults; $9.95/children, 2–12; free/Zoo members, children under 2.

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A Cosmic Celebration of Film! You can explore new worlds with feature films, shorts, filmmaking workshops, and pre- and postpresentations at the 2016 Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), February 6–21, 2016. This year’s “Cosmic Celebration of Film” offers families more than eight days of filmwatching fun during February school vacation. Now in its seventh year, the Festival presents the highest quality independent films for ages 3–18, but appeals to all audiences with compelling stories and worldwide adventures. PCFF inspires young filmmakers with two days of filmmaking workshops for children ages 6 to 14 on the weekend of February 13-14. In addition, PCFF will host a juried Youth Filmmaker Showcase during the Festival to nurture and promote the work of young filmmakers from around the world. This year’s programming is as international as ever, bringing to area youth a wide range of global storytelling and experiences from India, Paraguay, Netherlands, Brazil, and more. The Festival will also feature a variety of genres and forms—classic cinema, live action, animation, and documentary— paired with an expanded offering of “Film Talks,” PCFF’s own brand of post-screening discussions and presentations that aim to engage the audience, deepen understanding of subject matter, and foster critical thinking skills. For the schedule, visit PCFF’s website: www.providence childrensfilmfestival.org


Artists’ Exchange. A non-profit arts collaborative. Offers family events, classes in art, music, and theater. Owned and operated by Gateway to Change, Inc. 9 am–5 pm, Monday–Saturday. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. Paid and free events. www.artists-exchange.org

Local author to speak about debut novel Rhode Island debut author Tamara Valentine will be speaking locally in February. Her new book, What the Waves Know, takes place in 1974 and is about a 14-year-old’s quest to find herself – and her voice – on the island where she lost both. That island, called Tillings Island, is part of Rhode Island in the book. Valentine’s story was partly inspired by her work with young adults diagnosed with autism, a condition that can silence the voices of those living with it. It was this idea that challenged Valentine, who in turn asks us, “What if the storyteller becomes afraid of the power of their own voice?” According to Kirkus Reviews, “This dreamy coming-of-age mystery unfolds in tantalizing waves with keen insight and lush prose.” Valentine has been a professor in the English Department at Johnson & Wales University for 14 years. She lives in South Kingstown with her husband and three children. She will be appearing at two events in the area: 7 pm, 2/16, Artists' Cooperative Gallery, 7 Canal Street, Westerly 7 pm, 2/19, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence

Providence Children’s Museum. Different activities every day. 9 am–6 pm daily except Mondays; open select Fridays until 8 pm. 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org

Friday nights 2/19: Paper Caper. Kids fold and

crease paper to create whirligigs, design gliders, and fashion other fabulous flying contraptions. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 10 am–3 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org

2/19: Skygazers. Join astronomers from

Brown University Science Outreach and use telescopes to view the moon and night sky. 5:30–7:30 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. Free. www.childrenmuseum.org

2/26: Family Movie Night. Love is in

the air, along with fairy godmothers and glass slippers. To find out name of film, email lshaw@provath.org. 6–8 pm. The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence. $5/snack fee per child; free/adults. www.providenceathenaeum.org

Weekends Saturday/ February 6 Bubbleology. The science behind the magic of bubbles unfolds like a mystery as Keith Michael Johnson quickly captures the audience’s attention with his stunning state-of-the-art bubble sculptures, making this show both educational and

unforgettable. As seen on the Discovery Channel. 11 am. Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. $10. www.oceanstatetheatre.org Family Film Activities. Try fun activities exploring film and stop-motion animation with Providence Children’s Film Festival and artist Ricky Katowicz. Build a scaled-down city using simple materials like cardboard boxes, paper tubes, glue, tape and paint and see the entire process captured in a time-lapse video. 11 am– 2 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org Family Performance Series. Different performances each week, such as magic, puppet shows, music, theater, storytelling, improv and more. 11 am–noon. Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston. Pay what you can. www.artists-exchange.org Family Yoga Class. A fun, active, engaging opportunity for families to connect in a whole new way. Each class includes breathing practices, group and partner activities, as well as tools to calm and focus minds and bodies both on the mat and at home. Class concludes with time for quiet guided relaxation and rest. Children age 5-12 (younger and older siblings also welcome). 10–10:45 am. Motion Center Yoga Collective, 1005 Main Street, Unit 8116 (Hope Artiste Village), Pawtucket. $5. www.motioncenteryoga.com Tours for Tots. Playful stories, creative art-making, and gallery adventures inspire children ages 3-5 and their favorite grown-up to imaginatively explore art and learning. 10:30–11:15 am. RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Providence. Registration is required. Free. www.risdmuseum.org (continued on next page)

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February 2016 Sunday/ February 7

Newport Winter Festival. “May the Frost be with you.” More than 150 events throughout Newport and Newport County. Runs 2/12–21. See website for information. Festival bracelet/$10; some events extra. www.newportwinterfestival.com Family See and Sketch. Doodle, dabble, draw, and more in a program that gets kids to look at art through close examination, discussions, and hands-on making. 2–2:45 pm. RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Providence. Free. www.risdmuseum.org

Saturday/ February 13 Heart Smart. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart-healthy activities. Kids test their heart rates, make Valentines, learn about the anatomy of a heart, and see a real heart up close. 11 am–2 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org Ice Sculpting Demonstration. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chainsaws, blow dryers, and power sanders as they create masterpieces. Part of the Newport Winter Festival. 11 am–2:30 pm. 12 Long Wharf Mall, Newport. Free. www.newportwinterfestival.com Family Performance Series. See 2/6. Family Yoga Class. See 2/6. Tours for Tots. See 2/6.

Sunday/ February 14 Children’s Fair. Music, face painting, balloon creations, arts and crafts, reptiles and more. Part of the Newport Winter Festival. 11:30–4 pm. 2/14 and 2/15. Newport Hyatt, 1 Goat Island, Newport. $7/person without Festival bracelet; $4/ person with Festival bracelet. www.newportwinterfestival.com 30

Open Studio – RISD Museum. Artistdesigned activities let visitors of all ages experience artworks in imaginative, thought provoking, and whimsical ways. 2–4 pm. RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Providence. Free. www.risdmuseum.org

Second Saturday. Family-friendly programming specifically designed for children ages 3–10, but open to all ages.  Enjoy thematic art-making activities, performances, gallery activities, and tours for youngsters in the setting of the Newport Art Museum's historic Griswold House. 10 am–noon. 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Free. www.newportartmuseum.org

Saturday/ February 20 Winter Wonderful Dog Stroll. Dress your pet in a winter outfit and take a stroll through Newport. Prizes for Best Dressed Dog, Best Coordinated Canine/Human, Look-a-Like Dog/Person, and Best Dog Winter Trick. Parade starts at Wag Nation and ends at Queen Anne Square with the live Newport Winter Festival Snowman, available for photos. 11 am. Wag Nation, 92 William Street, Newport. Free. Be an Engineer. In celebration of National Engineers Week, kids investigate the world of engineering at fun-filled activity stations with members of the Society of Women Engineers. Experiment with electrical conductivity; mix up gooey oobleck, learn about liquids and solids; and more. Ages 5 and up. 11 am– 2 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org Family Performance Series. See 2/6. Family Yoga Class. See 2/6.

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Sunday/ February 21

Festival Day at Easton’s Beach. All ages are welcome, part of the Newport Winter Festival. 10 am and after, sand castle contest (judging at 1 pm); noon, Polar Bear Plunge; 12:30 pm, oldfashioned block hunt; 1 pm, beach polo. Noon–2 pm. Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport. Free. www.newportwinterfestival.com

Saturday/ February 27 “Mother Goose” at Rosecliff with the Island Moving Company. Classic nursery rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s professional dancers. Runs 2/26, 4 pm; 2/27, 3 pm; 2/28, 1 pm and 3 pm. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. $25/adults; $15/children under 18. Craft Bash. Cardboard Imaginarium. 11 am–2 pm. Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. Free. www.artists-exchange.org Family Performance Series. See 2/6. Family Yoga Class. See 2/6.

Sunday/ February 28 Imagination Playground. Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts. 11am–2 pm. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence. $9/person; free/children under 12 months. www.childrenmuseum.org Family See and Sketch. See 2/7.


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