Upcoming Events at The Providence Rink!

The 14th Annual Rotary Club Street Painting Festival 


Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI

For more information about this fun-filled event, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Providence.

The Food Truck Bash is coming to Providence on Sunday October 27th!!

Food Truck Bash-logoGet ready for this tri-state Food Truck extravaganza!!!

Sunday, October 27th
 from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
 at The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
 located at 2 Kennedy Plaza
 in Providence, RI.

This event will feature a food truck competition, costume contest, beer garden, and on-site entertainment. LEARN MORE, MEET THE TRUCKS, and GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT! FIND IT ON Facebook TOO!

Food Truck Brunch this Sunday, 9/22 in Biltmore Park!


Sunday, September 22nd at 11:00 am
 in Biltmore Park, downtown Kennedy Plaza on Dorrance Street across from the Providence Biltmore Hotel

Enjoy the fresh air as you sample food from ten of Rhode Island’s finest food trucks. Your Taste Trekkers ticket gives you access to exclusive off-the-menu items prepared especially for this event. It’s the perfect way to end a great culinary weekend. Brought to you by Food Trucks In.

You can buy tickets to the brunch separately from the rest of the conference.  Find out more about the entire conference at the Taste Trekker’s website!

This Week at the Imagination Center: Bookmobile + Playful Providence

Kidoinfo Play in the Park: Library Bookmobile!
Tuesday, September 17th, 3-6PM

This week Kidoinfo Play in the Park gets a special visit from the Providence Community Library Bookmobile – bringing the wonderful world of the library to the great outdoors! From 3-5PM check out this brand new little library on wheels where you can: pick up your omobile_bus_old_2wn library card, learn things you never knew about the libraries selection, check out new books and test fun new reading programs on the library’s ipads. All on Washington Street alongside Burnside Park!

And have fun in the sun at the Mobile Playground – every Tuesday during the Market, 3-6pm!

Hungry? The Downtown Farmer’s Market (3-6pm) has delicious dinner from Rocket Fine Street Food, Mijos + Joedega as well as fresh, healthful foods for the whole week.



Playful Providence at the Imagination Center
Saturday, September 21st, 12-2 pm

Join us for the second annual Playful Providence celebration at Burnside Park!  Get down with  special Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 4.14.07 PMperformances by the Extraordinary Rendition Band,  explore with our Imagination Playground, and sample food truck delights, make music with the Downcity Design Sound Sculpture and hop aboard Burnside Park’s own sunken ship, The Hannah!  Enjoy board and lawn games, and more!


PLUS! Take part in special art project – Co-Mingle: A Community Collage – with RI teaching artist Scott Lapham. Children and families can make murals of community life with photographic images taken from our vibrant Providence communities.

Put on by Greaterec_10 Kennedy Plaza, a project of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy with the Partnership for Providence Parks!

Thank you to our sponsors: RISCA, Southwest Airlines, Kidoinfo, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Art, Culture + Tourism, The Providence Foundation, Downtown Improvement District, Kaboom!

Grupo Sazon + Jesus Andujar at Burnside Park

Come dance to the rhythms bachata, merengue and salsa as the legendary Jesus Andujar and his band, Grupo Sazon, take over Burnside Park. Don’t miss the grand finale of the summer season!


Grupo Sazon, is an amazing Latin band featuring master percussionist Jesus Andujar. This high energy band, with Latin and Cuban influences, have lit up the WaterFire stage twice this season to rave reviews! What a great way to end the park series and usher in Fall.

As always, relax before the show at the Trinity Brewhouse + Revival beer garden – serving locally brewed beer and wine starting at 4:30PM (music at 5:30PM)! Lawn games + food truck fare throughout – including Lotus Pepper, Panino Express + Like No Udder.


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The Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden takes place by the fountain in the park and will run every Thursday from July 11 to September 5 (now extended through Sept 19!). The Beer garden is open from 4:30 – 7:30pm with music from 5:30 -7pm. In addition to great local music, there are lawn games, local beer served by Trinity Brewhouse, and delicious offerings from local food trucks. This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages!

Bring a blanket or grab one of our tables and chairs! Our 2013 Season, curated by Jess Powers of WaterFire Providence, features a wide range of genres. New England abounds with talented musicians, and Providence in particular has a wealth of creativity right in our backyard.

Discount parking at the Biltmore Garage, 51 Washington Street, is available from 5pm to 8pm.

Take the Downtown Providence Living Tour: September 21st

Get the inside view on downtown living! Buy advance tickets HERE to tour 9 apartment and condo buildings, all in one afternoon. On Saturday, September 21st between 11 AM and 5 PM, you’ll get a chance to visit a wide range of properties, from large luxury residences to tiny microlofts, and everything in between.DLT-Postcard-Front_Web

Visit the 903, Arcade Providence*, Avalon at Center Place, The Promenade, Providence G, Regency Plaza, The Residences, Waterplace, and Westminster Lofts! The tour programs will feature maps, guiding you to walk or bike the route at your own pace, checking out the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants along the way. Free shuttle service will also be provided.

Buy tickets in advance HERE for $6. (Children under the age of 12 do not need tickets). ($10 at AS220 on the day of the tour.)

And the best part? Proceeds benefit the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy helping us to run year-round arts and cultural programming including Kidoinfo Storytime and the Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden and the Downtown Farmers Market!

See more at: http://downtownprovidence.com/4548/#sthash.msk9Hwke.dpuf

Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden extended!

Due to popular demand and the generous support of our sponsors the Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden has been extended for two more weeks!

Come enjoy refreshing local brews and the crisp September air as we heat up the park with the region’s most dynamic musical groups.

Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden – September Dates!
Thursday, Sept. 12 & 19 -  4:30PM – 7:30pm
Burnside Park * Family friendly * free! 

This Thursday - Sept. 12 – the world-class musicians of the Justin Breault Jazz Trio are joined by the inimitable vocals of Miss Wensday.

Next up! (Sept.19):Join us as  Grupo Sazon fills Burnside with the pulsing beats of salsa, timba, merengue, bachata, Latin Jazz! A giant celebration that will have you dancing through the night.

Sponsored by: The Providence Foundation, the Providence City Council and the Biltmore Garage.

See updates on our events page -  more information below!

As always, relax before the show at the Trinity Brewhouse + Revival beer garden – serving local beer and wine starting at 4:30PM (music at 5:30PM)! Lawn games + food truck fare throughout – including Fancheezical, Lotus Pepper, Noble Knots + Like No Udder. Discounted parking available at Biltmore Garage with validated ticket.

Free BIG KIDS’ BOOGIE Dance Class this Tuesday 4PM & 5:15PM!

Calling all kids with the wiggles, the squiggles, and the itch to MOVE!

During Tuesday’s Play in the Park @ the Downtown Farmers Market, we are holding a special FREE dance class: BIG KIDS’ BOOGIE with Julie Raimondi of the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance!  Two sessions of the 30 minute class for kids will run at 4PM & 5:15PM in Burnside Park. Email jen@kennedyplaza.org to reserve a spot – there will be a few open spots on the day of!  Teacher and Rhody Center founder, Julie, was most recently voted Providence Monthly’s “Most Worldly” in their Superlatives issue. Check it out here! It’s also Bike to Farmers Market Week – so you can get  all kinds of exercise in, healthy food at the Market, and free bike tune-ups to boot!


This is a fun creative movement class (30 minutes) for kids who like to express themselves through dance (and for their parents, who may be desperately looking for an outlet for all that energy). Dance moves practiced will provide a foundation for future instruction in most any kind of dance. Each class will also incorporate opportunities for improvisation and self-invented moves, to really encourage self-expression. At the same time, the children will be working on their listening skills, spatial skills, and self-control. Following a cool-down, the class will end in a circle. Each class is about 30 minutes of dancing. Parents will stay, and are encouraged to join in on the fun. Ballet shoes or other soft, clean, nonslip shoes are recommended. Suitable for boys and girls aged 4-7. Big Kids’ Boogie is a drop-in class; you do not need to pre-register your child (however, the classes are capped so it’s highly recommended you register ahead of time to ensure a spot – email jen@kennedyplaza.org). Taught by Julie Raimondi – Rhody Center founder!

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The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance offers group instruction and private lessons in music and dance, for adults and children, in a wide variety of traditions. They are located in the Pawtucket Armory, at 172 Exchange St. Check out the Rhody Center’s classes, courses, lessons, and events at therhodycenter.org, or by calling (401) 475-5955

Seen On the Plaza 8/20 – 8/26

As usual, with all the vibrant people and activities in Greater Kennedy Plaza Interesting sites are always seen. This week we observed:

Children making turtle shells and practicing their turtle walks.


Free face painting in the park


Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes rocking out on the plaza.


A tie-dye man at the food trucks.


Harvest Kitchen making an appearance with their own booth at the downtown farmers market.


A local woman Hoop dancing to street music.


Roller dancing in the plaza


Amazing Yo-Yo skills from performer Eric Girardi in Burnside Park


Looking for a new way to tip musicians on the plaza? Buy them fresh produce at the Farmers Market!9561803735_0ac6f5a198_c

Growing Artfully at the Downtown Farmers Market

Last week during the Downtown Farmers Market artist Angela DiVeglia, from art in the park, put on a program for kids called “Growing Artfully”.


Angela is a self-taught visual artist. She works primarily with recycled fibers, cardboard, and other low-cost and discarded objects. Angela also has a lot of experience as a puppeteer. She apprenticed and performed with Bread and Puppet Theater and with the Mettawee River Theater Company, which led to her knowledge of how to create sturdy and imaginative objects out of free or low-cost materials. For “Art in the Park”, Angela created gigantic colorful truffula trees, a mountain, bright hanging hot air balloons, and a giant toaster that allowed the park to transform and imaginations to grow.

Angela’s project this week involved making dyes from plants and imprinting them on to fabrics. Angela came up with this project idea because she was looking for an interesting, non-cooking project to do with produce from the farmers market. “I thought about how red cabbage can be used as a fabric/fiber dye (as well as a pH indicator), and then I decided that since I’m really into yarn, maybe I should dye some wool yarn with local plants, flowers, roots, and vegetables,” Angela said.


The take-home project at the market was designed so that kids and families could explore plant pigments on their own.  Angela mentioned that she “collected flowers and leaves from all kinds of plants growing along the banks of the Woonasquatucket River in Olneyville, and we used them to make pounded flower prints on fabric and watercolor paper.” She later explained “Basically, you pound the plants with a hammer, which breaks down the fibers and releases their natural pigments onto the fabric’s surface.”

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To dye the yarn the local plants she used included: goldenrod, red sumac, poke berries, and blackberry leaves. She gathered these plants (sustainably!) in Neutaconkanut Park in the Silver Lake neighborhood. She also used a red cabbage from local farm, red zinnias from her community garden plot, and turmeric and locally roasted coffee grounds from her kitchen.



Angela’s next “Growing Artfully” project will be on September 3rd at the Downtown Farmers Market. She will be instructing families to leaf rubbings. She will also bring yarn and a hole punch to make the rubbings into the beginnings of field journals.

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If your are interested in doing your own dye projects Angela recommended taking a look at Sasha Duerr’s “The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes”, as well as Bobbi McRae’s “Colors From Nature.”

Imagination Week (8/22-8/27)

The Imagination Center is now open! Come explore Greater Kennedy Plaza’s new home for family fun, arts and crafts, interactive play and more in the center of Burnside Park.

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The opening celebration continues with Imagination Week (8/22- 8/27) -  this week come let your imagination soar through creative writing and play! Full schedule below.


11-2PMOpen Air Reading Room with Book Making for the Book Show
Come work on your book or make different kinds of books all week during our Open Air Reading Room hours! We will be making books for Thursday’s Imagination Week Book Show.


11-2PM - Open Air Reading Room with Book Making for the Book Show
Come work on your book or make different kinds of books all week during our Open Air Reading Room hours! We will be making books for Thursday’s Imagination Week Book Show.


11-2PM - Open Air Reading Room with Book Making for the Book Show
Come work on your book or make different kinds of books all week during our Open Air Reading Room hours! We will be making books for Thursday’s Imagination Week Book Show.

3-6PMImagination Playground
Using huge blue foam blocks families construct castles, forts, vehicles and other imaginative structures.

3-6PMDowntown Farmers Market
Fresh produce and delicious treats for folks of all ages.

4:15PM & 5:00PMBIG KIDS’ BOOGIE! Free Open Dance Class
Calling all kids with the wiggles, the squiggles, and the itch to move! Kids learn basic dance moves and explore music from around the world with Julie Raimondi of The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance! Julie will be in the park until 6. Classes are 30 minutes, email jen@kennedyplaza.org to ensure a spot.


11-2PM - Open Air Reading Room with Book Making for the Book Show
Come work on your book or make different kinds of books all week during our Open Air Reading Room hours! We will be making books for Thursday’s Imagination Week Book Show.


11-2PM - Open Air Reading Room with Book Making for the Book Show
Come work on your book or make different kinds of books all week during our Open Air Reading Room hours! We will be making books for Thursday’s Imagination Week Book Show.

Bring your book back to the Imagination Center any time during our open hours to be showcased in a special Book Show and share your story with others! Come and check out the imaginative stories created during the week.

- Burnside Park Music Series
Rootsy rockers The ‘Merican’s take the Burnside Stage, with a special set by Girls Rock! Rhode Island’s Maddy Wood.

You can find announcements on the Imagination Center and all Greater Kennedy Plaza programming on our events page!

WHAT IS THE IMAGINATION CENTER? The Imagination Center is a new home for fun family activities in Burnside Park!  Come spend a morning reading in the open air reading room, work on an art activity or play a game at one of the multicolored picnic tables or explore our Imagination Playground where you can build forts, vehicles and other structures from giant foam blocks!  The Imagination Center is a project of the the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and the City of Providence in partnership with Southwest Airlines.

Given to Providence with LUV by Southwest Airlines.
Celebrating the Heart of the Communities