Kidoinfo Providence Storytime + Art in the Park!

Greater Kennedy Plaza has partnered with Kidoinfo for a 3rd year to bring Storytime in Burnside Park! Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy performances by storytellers, performers, authors & illustrators. Kidoinfo features at least one story each Thursday morning from a local Rhode Island author, illustrator or storyteller followed by fun interactive activities for children.

Every Thursday during the Summer from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Burnside Park, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island (Map it)

This year following Storytime, our new program Art in the Park encourages children to make and participate in their own storytelling magic through art. Created by Rhode Island author and illustrator, Alison Paul, this year’s summer-long project, “Providence in the Purple Crayon” is inspired by the classic children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon. Children are invited to let their imaginations run wild, as they “draw” their world – by the end of the summer creating a life-sized interactive set featuring a host of Providence icons, from our city skyline to Rhode Island Red. Children get a chance to work with different guest artists and explore a range of mediums from paint to collage – so come to one or come to all – and dress to get messy!


Kidoinfo Storytime
Thursdays, June 28 – August 23 (w/ special theme days* June 28th and July 5th) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Art in the Park: Providence and the Purple Crayon
Thursdays, July 12 – August 23
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (following Storytime)

JUNE 28: *Special Theme Day
“Stop, Drop, and Read! A Children’s Safety Storytime” hosted by Alison Paul.
Followed by special safety drill happening in downtown Providence from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

JULY 5: *Special Theme Day
Independence Day Picnic with Ranger John McNiff as Roger Williams from Roger Williams National Memorial

JULY 12: Official Kick-off of Kidoinfo Storytime + Art in the Park
Stories read by Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul
Featured book: Sweet Dreams
Jen Corace and Alison Paul read each other’s books!
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul and Jen Corace

JULY 19: Featured storyteller: Len Cabral
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul

JULY 26: WEATHER RELOCATION! Storytime will be at ROOTS CAFE(! Featured storyteller: Keith Munslow
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul

AUGUST 2: Stories read by Rhode Island author Anika Denise & illustrator Chris Denise
Anika reads Bella and Stella Come Home and Chris will feature his new early reader series, Tugg & Teeny written by children’s poet laureate  J. Patrick Lewis.
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul and Chris Denise

AUGUST 9: Big Nazo Interactive Storytelling
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul

AUGUST 16: Stories read by Kara LaReau; Kelly Murphy & Antoine Revoy
Featured book from Kara LaRue:: Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story
Featured books from Kelly Murphy & Antoine Revoy:  Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters and Are You Scared Yet? Haunted Houses
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul, Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy

AUGUST 23: Featured storyteller: Valerie Tutson
Art in the Park led by Alison Paul


  • Weekly book swap. Donate a new or gently used book and pick out a “new to you” book from the “Leave a Book, Take a Book” bin!
  • Free-play bubbles, chalk, and some surprises throughout the morning for the entertainment of all ages!

Nuts n’ Boltz
Location: Under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza (Map it)
Rain/Heat location: Roots Café, Westminster Street, Providence, RI (Map it)
Parking: Metered street parking. Park in the mall parking lot. $2 for up to 3 hours. Or check for schedules.
Food available at local food trucks.
Call 401-331-5544 ext 5
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free event

Thank you to our sponsors: City of Providence, The Dept. of Art, Culture +Tourism, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, Citizens Bank, Providence Tourism Council, RIPTA, RISCA, Providence Phoenix, Meeting Street, Seven Stars, Gordon School, Moses Brown, Ocean State Montessori, Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, The RISD Museum, and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.