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Frequently Asked Questions - About West Side Play Space

Founded in 2012 by a group of parents on the West Side of Providence, West Side Play Space (WSPS) is a co-op where families and children can come together to play, learn and build community during the colder months of November-April. WSPS offers children ages 0-5 opportunities for movement, quiet reading, art, and imaginative play as well as special programming and events throughout the year.  (Please note children must be accompanied by a registered adult and may not be dropped off.)

As a cooperative organization, participating families all play a role in the operation of the space.  The co-op model ensures low cost, high-value programming. Our goal is to provide a venue where families can connect -- to foster ongoing friendships and a sense of community for you and your children.  All are welcome and families from anywhere in RI may sign-up to become members.

For $10/month and one volunteer shift per month (1.5 hours during the week or 2 hours on the weekend) you have full access to tumbling space, educational play toys, cozy reading nooks, art supplies and projects, special events, and member-only birthday party rentals.  

Located at the former Asa Messer Elementary School Annex (245 Althea St., Providence) in the heart of the West Side, WSPS offers both weekday and weekend open play hours. Check the calendar page for updates on special events.

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West Side Play Space is an all-volunteer run cooperative that is overseen by a Governing Board of member-volunteers. To operate as a cooperative, WSPS requires each family to cover one shift per month during open hours. Shift lengths are 1.5 hours on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends.  As a cooperative, there is also the expectation that members, as they are able, will jump in to fill last minute open shifts, volunteer during events and scheduled work days, and step forward to join a committee. 

WSPS was founded in 2012 by a group of parents on the West Side of Providence who recognized the need for a safe, dry and warm space for our neighborhood’s children to play and grow together in the inclement months from late fall to early spring.

WSPS is a program of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit community organization (