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Frequently Asked Questions - Visiting and Membership

No. WSPS membership is open to the general public, we welcome residents of the west side and beyond to join our cooperative and community of families.

Yes. West Side Play Space is available to member families for birthday party rentals during the space’s off-hours when possible. Member-renters must abide by all WSPS policies, parents/guardians must sign waivers of liability for all children attending, and the member-renter must assume responsibility for the cleanliness and order of the space at the party’s end.

Download the WSPS waiver of liability

For more information, contact membership@westsideplayspace.com.

If the City of Providence declares a snow emergency (i.e. no street parking allowed), WSPS will be closed. If Providence schools are closed but there is not a declared snow emergency, WSPS may be open. Weather closures will be posted on our Facebook page and WSPS Member Google Group.

Because we are entirely member-operated, the number of hours we are open is determined by the number of volunteer shifts that can be covered. As we grow our membership, we hope to be able to expand our open hours. This year, we are open two weekdays (Monday 9:00- 12:00 and Thursday 4:00-7:00pm) and both weekend days (Saturday 1:00-5:00pm and Sunday 9:00-1:00).

WSPS membership fees go entirely back into the organization’s operations. Membership fees and grants are used for purchasing supplies and equipment, insurance coverage, maintenance of facilities, special programming and events, and subsidized memberships.

There are three ways to play at West Side Play Space! You can become a member, use our drop-in option, or use our free Family Library Pass. (See below)  Please note that WSPS does not allow child drop-offs; children using the space must be supervised at all times by adult caregivers.

At West Side Play Space, all memberships are family memberships and cover all members of your immediate family. Membership costs $60 for 6 months, and allows unlimited use of WSPS during our entire season, November through April.  As a cooperative, each family is required to cover one volunteer shift per month so that we can maintain our full schedule of open hours (Monday: 9:00-12:00, Thursday: 3:00-6:00, Saturday: 1:00-5:00, Sunday 9:00-1:00).

There is also a $10 daily drop-in option. If you decide to join WSPS, the cost of your drop-in session can be credited toward a full membership.

WSPS has free Family Library Passes available for checkout from both the downtown and Olneyville branches of the Providence Public Library. These options are free, but visitors (as do all of our members) must sign a waiver of liability upon entry for themselves and their children in order to use the space.

WSPS is committed to making our space accessible to all; no family will be turned away for lack of funds.  WSPS has a limited number of subsidized memberships available and payment plans can be set-up for those who inquire.  Please note, however, that volunteer shift requirements cannot be waived. Please contact membership@westsideplayspace.com for more information.