Mayor Elorza believes there is no better investment than those we make in our youth. EAT, PLAY, LEARN PVD is a program that provides youth with access to healthy food, outdoor play, summer learning, summer jobs and creative experiences all summer long.


Ensuring Access to Healthy, Fresh Food Options All Summer Long


Encourages Physical Activity & Creative Engagement 


Increasing year-round learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence Youth


Ensuring Access to Healthy, Fresh Food Options All Summer Long

Mayor Elorza understands healthy meals to be a part of our students’ holistic growth. Students who do not have a healthy diet over the summer months do not return to classrooms ready to learn. In many ways, this increases summer learning loss and impedes student development. Through the EAT, PLAY, LEARN PVD program, all Providence youth 18 years of age and under are eligible to receive free summer meals.

Summer Meals

Meals served Monday-Friday June 29 – August 14*

*Meals may be extended until August 28 at waterpark locations depending on staff availability.*

For inclement weather locations, please call *211 for more information. 



Encourages Physical Activity & Creative Engagement 

Summer is a time for youth to be outdoors, enjoying our parks and recreation programs—explore expanded play opportunities in Providence. EAT PLAY LEARN PVD encourages physical activity and creative engagement in our parks and public spaces by transforming them into playgrounds, sports stadiums, science labs, and stages! 

Recreation Programming and Camps

The City of Providence offers numerous opportunities for city youth for only $5 per week, per child.

Camps run Monday through Friday from 7:30 am — 5:30 pm; youth aged 5-12 will receive free breakfast and lunch. Each camp program will participate in the summer reading program that encourages kids to read 20 to 30 minutes each day.

  • $5 per week, per child. 
  • Offered at 11 Providence Recreation Centers
  • Camps will run 8 weeks, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Ages 5-12 receive free breakfast and lunch daily

Bike Camp, Sailing Camp, Music, and Dance Camp, Nature Camp


Track and Field, Flag Football, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Basketball, Wrestling, and Soccer

Providence Pools + Waterparks

Providence has 5 outdoor pools and 13 waterparks located at recreation centers and neighborhood parks throughout the city. Pools and waterparks are free and open to the public.

Pools open:

June 29 – August 21
Monday – Saturday, 12 pm-5 pm

Water Parks Open: June 29 – September 4 

Monday – Saturday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm*

*Hours may be extended due to extreme heat*

Neutaconkanut and Selim Madelin Rogers Pools
Monday — Friday
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Open Swim for Community Aged Members
Zuccolo and Davey Lopes Pools
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
7:30 am-9:30 am

Annual Swim Meet

Friday, August 7 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Rain Date

Tuesday, August 11 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm 


Providence PlayCorps

The PlayCorps Program activates parks across the city with free play, art, and creative exploration. Teams of trained play facilitators provide activities and materials to inspire child-directed free play and promote a healthy summer for Providence youth. All children are welcome and all activities are free.

June 29 – August 14 

Monday – Friday from 10 am – 3 pm

PVD Young Makers

Location:  All Providence Libraries, RI Museum of Science and Art

Through a partnership with FabNewport, Providence Public Library, Providence Community Library, RI Museum of Science and Art, and Young Voices, the City offers free programming for youth and families to explore a network of learning opportunities. Youth get access to powerful machines and materials and are supported by professional coaches who empower them to explore different pathways in digital manufacturing, digital media, wearable electronics, and more.

Visit any one of our ten libraries for programming or more information!


When: June 11-14, 2020
Where: Downtown Providence

Experience incredible food, unforgettable musical performances, and interactive art installations with your friends and family during this free four-day festival in the Creative Capital

Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2020
Where: India Point Park

A family-friendly tradition in Providence that honors the birth of our nation while bringing Providence’s diverse neighborhoods together for a cultural celebration featuring live music, poetry, art exhibitions, a taste of Providence’s famed culinary scene and some of the best fireworks you’ll see anywhere. This annual event is open to the public and free of charge.

Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

Time: July 5 – October 31 | Times and Locations Vary
Location: Neighborhood Parks throughout the City

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s Ely Neighborhood Performing Arts Celebrations are intended to honor the culture, creativity and passion rooted in Providence neighborhoods through performances in local parks. All events are located in public parks and are free and open to the public.


Increasing year-round learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence Youth

Providence youth have access to a variety of summer employment opportunities to acquire the skills they need to succeed later in life. By providing our students with access to year-round learning opportunities, we are making sure they spend the summer getting ahead, not falling behind.

Passport to Summer Learning

All Providence Public Schools students Pre-K through 4th grade will receive a summer reading guide and reading tracker in both English and Spanish to be used as a summer reading guide. Inside the Passport you can:

  • Color in the map to track your daily reading!
  • Find out about all of the places throughout Providence to keep learning all summer long!
  • Find information about how to log onto READSquared to keep track of your summer reading and other links to online games and activities.

Summer Learning Programs

Mayor Elorza is committed to providing our youth with high-quality, skill-building experiences all year-long as a way to close the achievement gap. Building off of recommendations from the Summer Learning Task Force. The City and the Providence Public School District have worked to support students in achieving academic success and social-emotional growth through full-day programming and hands-on learning experiences with a youth development focus! 


Summer Youth Job Opportunities

Mayor Elorza is committed to giving youth and young adults a pathway to learn new skills and build upon existing skills in inclusive, interactive, and well-structured work-based learning and job opportunities.All summer employment candidates must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2018 and must apply online at

Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Jobs

Youth interested in recreation job opportunities this summer can apply to coordinate lunch program sites, camps and water parks across the city.

The deadline to apply for these summer job opportunities is May 8, 2020.

(Applications open March 23)

One Providence for Youth: Summer Jobs and Internships

Youth and young adults (ages 14-24) can earn money and career experiences while engaging in summer work readiness training and project-based learning across the Providence with partners. The City also partners with local organizations to provide Advanced Internship Opportunities that provide focused learning opportunities for advanced high school and college students with prior work experience. Youth who have successfully completed a prior program or work experience and are ready to take it to a professional level, may apply for the advanced internship program.

The deadline to apply for One Providence for Youth:   Summer Jobs and Internships is May 29, 2020.

(Applications open April 11)

Providence Parks Little Libraries

The Providence Parks Little Free Library Project is a collaboration of the Providence Parks Department, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Community Libraries and community partners. Little Libraries have books available for readers of all ages. Library visitors are encouraged to borrow from the library and donate books written in different languages and that reflects the diversity of our City.

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