Take it from someone that frequents every kid activity in the Northeast including having memberships to every children's museum in the area. This place is worth a visit from anywhere. It may not look like much on the outside, housed in one of the old factory buildings in the south end jewelry district of Providence. Parking is challenging since the lot only holds 6 rows of cars and then you will have to park in a paid garage down the street. Inside it is two floors of packed activities including and outside portion. The admission is reasonable and if you have other memberships to local museums, the reciprocal programs gets you in for free until April, then its 50% off.
The exhibits are all the hands on types found in other museums but this place looks redone and more modernized. Plus there are things not found in other museums such as a historical walk through of Rhode Island and an outside area with burrow tunnels and caves. they also have a huge water play room and a construction area. Plus their new exhibit Think/Play is pretty cool with lots of puzzles and hands on activities. They also have a smaller kids area to climb and play called Little Woods. There is even a room to eat lunches and a discovery room for other hands on group activities. They also have live shows depending on the day. Pretty neat place and sprinkled throughout are staff members to monitor and help with all the exhibits. Gift shop at the end doesn't have much but is adequate. This beats out Boston since that museum can be a nightmare when it is crowded and is just too big. Make it a point to stop in to this place, it is a great way to burn 3-4 hours of the day!