Note: All phone numbers are
401 area code unless indicated otherwise
Activities
Fun For Little Ones
| Cool Activites | Art | Dance and Drama | Music and Movement | Science and Astronomy | ...And More! | Libraries | Story Hour and More
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Fun For Little Ones
Also, see “Help for New Parents” & "Cool Activities for Kids"

All That Matters
782-2126
www.allthatmatters.com
Wakefield.
Child/Parent Explorations.

Alliance JCC
861-8800
Shalomri.org
401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

Bellani Maternity
234-1279
www.bellanimaternity.com
1276 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.
Classes & stuff for pregnant moms, new moms and their little ones.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
www.buildabear.com
Providence Place: 369-7919
Emerald Square, North Attleboro, MA. (level 2 Sears end): 508-643-3443
Make your own stuffed animal. Birthday parties.

Gymboree
www.gymboreeclasses.com
Cranston: 946-5630
Seekonk, MA: 508-336-8113
Play programs for parents and their children to four years of age.

Hasbro Funlab
727-5918
1027 Newport Ave., Pawtucket.
Enroll your child in the Funlab, Hasbro’s Toy and Gaming Testing Program. We are interested in children and families of all ages.

Kite Tails Play Center
885-1876
www.kitetailsplaycenter.com
6320 Post Road, North Kingstown.

Little Gym
232-9800
www.thelittlegym.com/smithfieldri
445 Putnam Pike, Greenville.

Pawtucket Family YMCA
727-7900
Offers swim lessons for preschoolers starting at 6 months of age.

PreSchool Adventures
Roger Williams Park Zoo
785-3510 ext. 358
These programs are designed for children 3-5 years of age, each accompanied by an adult. Each adventure focuses on a special animal or area of the zoo and presents opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Pre-registration is required. Details at rwpzoo.org/161/preschool-adventures

Rock-a-Baby
524-7113
www.rock-a-baby.net
Marc: info@rock-a-baby.net
Classes in Providence, Warwick and Barrington.

Small Talk Language Academy
349-5353
www.smalltalkusa.com
Providence. Warwick. Barrington. Wakefield.
Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and French educational playgroup classes taught by native-speaking teachers. Private Lessons Available. For ages 6 months to 12 years.

Teamworks
463-5565
www.teamworkswarwick.com
www.teamworkssomerset.com
170 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.
TYPS (Teamworks Youth Programs) are designed to give children 2 to 7 years old an opportunity to play with others in a fun and positive environment.




Cool activities & classes for kids
Also, check out Bookstores, Entertainment, Farms, Outdoor Fun & Sports for more cool things to do. Activities specifically geared toward younger children will be listed under Fun for Little Ones

4-H Club
874-2959
www.URI.edu/4h
Exciting programs ranging from sewing to woodworking to conservation and environment. Plus fund raisers, fairs, trips, workshops and camps.

Alliance JCC
421-4111
www.shalomri.org
401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.
Art, Camp, Fitness, Infant Toddler Program, Preschool, After-School, Art Gallery, Cultural & Social Events and more!

Boys & Girls Clubs of RI
East Providence: 434-6776
Pawtucket: 722-6271
Newport County: 847-6927
Providence: 444-0750
Warwick: 467-4385
Cumberland-Lincoln: 333-4850

Healthtrax
15 Catamore Blvd., E. Providence: 312-4639
2191 Post Road, Warwick: 312-4641
www.healthtrax.com
Health, fitness and sports programs for kids of all ages.

Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island
861-8800
shalomri.org
401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.
Classes for all ages in music and dance, sports and gymnastics, art and swimming. Leagues. Full gymnasium, heated indoor pool. Family events, holiday workshop, summer camps and more.

Kids Workshops at Home Depot
826-0600
800 Universal Blvd., Warwick.
Woodworking classes the first Saturday of every month from 9am-12:00pm for children of all ages. Child must be accompanied by a parent. (Available at other locations in RI & MA. - visit www.homedepot.com)

Rhode Island Chess Association
212-1335
www.richess.org
Box 40604, Providence.
Year-round classes and tournaments for kids and adults.

Roger William’s Park Zoo
Zoo Explorers
785-3510 ext. 358
rwpzoo.org/157/zoo-explorers
An exciting hour-long program designed for children 6-8 years old. They explore biofacts and enjoy other activities, and then head outside to learn more about adaptations, niches and behaviors through Zoo exploration. Pre-registration is required.
Sunset Safaris
785-3510 ext. 352
rwpzoo.org/353/sunset-safaris
Sunset is a magical time at the Zoo, the air is quiet and the animals are awake and alert. These safaris provide families with an opportunity to experience the Zoo in a light like no other with no crowds and a theatrical guide. Includes a themed tour at twilight, a S’more Smorgasbord, and a story time. June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 15, 7-9 pm. Pre-registration is required.
Bug Club
785-3510 ext. 352
rwpzoo.org/160/bug-club
Attention all bug lovers ages 6 – 12. Here’s your bug fan’s chance to become a bug scientist, studying the most important critters on earth. In each two-hour class your child will study all kinds of bugs, do a bug project and play a bug game. Pre-registration is required.
Scout Safari Day
785-3510 ext. 352
rwpzoo.org/353/sunset-safaris
Family Overnights
785-3510 ext.352
rwpzoo.org/162/family-overnights
Our Family Overnights offer an exciting opportunity to experience the Zoo as so few have – after dark! Fee includes dinner, a night Zoo tour, activities, program animal encounters, a light breakfast and a morning Zoo tour. On Saturday, July 21st, the theme is “Creatures of the Night.” On October 20 and 27th, we offer “Boo at the Zoo” featuring express entry to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Pre-registration is required.
Wild Art
785-3510 ext. 352
rwpzoo.org /158/wild-art
Your little artist (age 6–12) will join local artists in creating beautiful pieces of animal art. Instructors lead drawing lessons designed to cultivate new skills and sharpen old ones while having fun and learning about Zoo animals. Students in each monthly program will leave the class with a completed drawing featuring that month’s featured animal. Pre-registration required.

Rondeau Kickboxing
996-5425
www.rkblive.com
Fitness classes for kids and families.

Young Marines
952-2368
www.youngmarines.com
For boys and girls ages 8 through high school. Promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle while developing self-discipline, teamwork/leadership.

YMCA
Newport Armed Services YMCA : 846-9622
Newport County YMCA : 847-9200
Pawtucket YMCA : 727-7900, www.goymca.com
Heritage Park YMCA : 727-7050
MacColl Field YMCA : 725-0773
Westwood YMCA : 397-7779
Providence YMCA : 521-9622, www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org
Bayside Branch : 245-2444
Community Services/InTown : 456-0100
Cranston Branch : 943-0444
East Side : 521-0155
YMCA Camp Fuller : 783-5359
Kent County : 828-0130
Newman Branch : 508-336-7103
South County Branch : 783-3900
West Bay : 295-6501
Smithfield YMCA : 949-2480
Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA : 596-2894
Woonsocket YMCA : 769-0791, www.woonymca.org


YWCA
Greater RI
831-9922
www.ywcagri.org
324 Broad Street, Central Falls.
Northern RI
769-7450
514 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket.
Programs and activities (including day care and summer camps) to enrich the lives of women and girls: health, wellness, leadership, economic opportunities, technology education and more.




Art
Activities exclusively for younger children are listed under “Fun for Little Ones”.

Beading!

The Bead & Wire Shop
508-336-3833
1200 Fall River Avenue, (Rte. 6), Seekonk, MA.

Wild About Beads
624-4332
www.wildaboutbeads.com
436 Main Road, Tiverton.
It’s fun and easy for the whole family! No experience needed.

General

Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio
247-1397
www.weirdgirlcreations.com
33 Kent Street, Barrington.
Paint your own pottery, create with clay, Birthday Parties, summer camp, school vacation workshops, girlscout/boyscout merit badge workshops, after school art enrichment programs.

The Artists’ Exchange
785-4ART
50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.
Art and Theatre classes for kids of all ages.

Blue Door Studio
383-5050
www.bluedoorstudio.com
1672 Cranston Street, Cranston.
Art classes and summer camps.

Bristol Community College
508-678-2811, x 2527
www.bristolcc.edu/kidscollege
Fall River, New Bedford & Attleboro, MA. locations.
Kids College holds art and music programs for children in all grades. Current offerings include TV Production, Cooking, Jewelry Making, etc.

!CityArts!
941-0795
www.providencecityarts.org
891 Broad Street, Providence.
Free after school program for Providence area children 8 to 14. Music, theatre, drawing and painting, poetry and creative writing, ceramics, dance and more. Summer Arts Camp.

ClayArt Studio
245-4895
www.clayartstudiori.com
14 Pacquin Rd., Barrington. Classes for children, adults and both.

Clayground'
884-4888
www.claygroundstudio.com
5600 Post Road, East Greenwich.
Create one of a kind, personally painted pottery. Summer Camp.

Jamestown Arts Center
560-0979
www.jamestownartcenter.org
18 Valley Street, Jamestown,

KidzArt
921-3285
www.kidzart.com
Innovative fine arts drawing program for kids of all ages.

Mudstone Studios
297-9412
www.mudstonestudios.com
Warren.
Ceramic classes and more.

Museum of Primitive Art and Culture
783-5711
www.primitiveartmuseum.org
1058 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale.
Features craft projects for children, from tribal chokers to sundials. FREE with a nominal materials fee.

Newport Art Museum
848-8200
www.newportartmuseum.org
76 Bellevue Ave., Newport.
Classes, camps and workshops in a wide variety of media offered throughout the year for pre-schoolers, school age children, teens and their parents. Ask about vacation camps.

The RISD Museum
454-6500
www.risdmuseum.org
224 Benefit Street, Providence.
The RISD Museum offers a variety of ways for families to engage with a world class collection of art and design. Join us for Family films, gallery talks and open studio time. Please visit us online for schedule of events and activities.

RISD Continuing Education Young Artist Programs
454-6200
www.risd.edu/ce
345 S. Main Street, Providence.
RISD|CE’s Young Artist Program offers courses and full-day vacation camps for children and teens ages 5-17, plus seven certificate programs for young adults ages 12-17. Led by outstanding visual artists, designers and educators, these programs journey into the artistic process where the emphasis is on thinking, designing, communicating and creating, providing a strong grounding in the visual arts and helping to foster each young artist’s creative, social and intellectual development. Also offered are family workshops, which provide a variety of fun-filled, hands-on opportunities for parents and children to express their creativity together.

Tiverton Four Corners Center for Arts & Education
624-2600
www.fourcornersarts.org
3852 Main Road, Tiverton.

VSA Arts RI
725-0247
www.vsartsri.org
500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
Art programs for people with disabilities.

Warren Art Spot
245-0190
warrenartspot.com
6 Child Street, Warren.

Waves of Creation
284-3844
www.wavesgifts.com
271 Main Street, Wakefield.
Distinctive Gifts by Local Artisans.



 


Dance and Drama
Note: Also See Music And Movement

Special Events

Dunkin’ Donuts Center
331-0700
www.dunkindonutscenter.com
1 LaSalle Sq., Providence.
Hosts popular events and shows such as concerts, sports, circus, wrestling, etc.

Providence Performing Arts Center
421-2997
www.ppacri.org
220 Weybosset Street, Providence.

RI Convention Center
458-6000
www.riconvention.com
1 Sabin Street, Providence.
Enjoy many shows including the International Auto Show, Spring Flower and Garden Show, Kids Fair, Pet Show, Boat Show, and more.

General

Arts Alive!
258-1180
www.artsalivebarrington.org
184 County Road, Barrington.
For ages 3-16.

2nd Story Theatre
247-4200
www.2ndstorytheatre.com
28 Market Street, Warren.
Acting classes for students 16+.

The Center for Dynamic Learning
461-1813
www.cdlri.org
1 Louisa Street, Providence.

The Contemporary Theater Company Workshop
218-0282
www.thecontemporarytheater.com
50 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown.

Courthouse Center for the Arts
782-1018
www.courthousearts.org
3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.
Concerts, summer theatre, summer camp, film.

Everett: Company, Stage and Shool
831-9479
www.everettri.org
9 Duncan Avenue, Prov.
For ages 12 - 23, this community-based performance arts center holds skill-building dance and theatre classes.

Festival Ballet Providence School
353-1129
www.festivalballetprovidence.org
825 Hope Street, Providence.
The Festival Ballet Providence School offers a comprehensive dance curriculum for young students age 2.5 to adult. Over 70 classes per week are offered including Ballet Intensives, Dance Camps and Open Classes throughout the summer months. The School is also home to Festival Ballet Providence, the state's largest professional dance company.

Kaleidoscope Theater
942-3637
www.KaleidoscopeTheatre.com
65 Freedom Drive, Cranston.

Ocean State Theatre Company
782-TKTS
www.theatrebythesea.com
364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck.
Theatrical productions for families, summer camp and more.

SMARTS Collaborative
508-222-8484
P.O. Box 356, Attleboro, MA.
Theatre for students grades 4+, no experience necessary, no auditions.

Trinity Repertory Company
351-4242
www.trinityrep.com
201 Washington Street, Providence.
Arts enrichment classes and workshops for students in grades K-12 through the Young Actors Studio. Classes include summer programming and after-school classes at Trinity Rep; after-school classes at schools and non-profit organizations; and free outreach workshops for underserved youth at non-profit organizations throughout RI.



Music and Movement!
Also See Dance & Drama

Cranston School of Music (Guitar Studio)
228-6810
www.guitarstudio.us
5 Murad Street, Cranston.

Flute with Gina
855-5105
Flute lessons at home or studio.

Julie Garnett’s Musical Concerts
464-8009
www.juliegarnett.com

JazzEdge
877-742-6618
www.jazzedge.com
21 Exeter Street, Providence.
Jazzkids develops the creativity in children using their level-appropriate curriculum and fun, catchy songs! Piano curriculum.

Kindermusik
www.kindermusik.com
Aquidneck Island: 683-4483
Kindermusik with Esther, Pawtucket: 338-4838, www.zabinskimusicstudio.com
While children sing, play instruments and practice finger-plays, they learn the basic concepts of rhythm and melody - as well as the joy of musical expression. Classes for infants, preschoolers & young school children.

Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children
272-2006
www.musicforchildrenri.com

Music Together
Barrington: 289-0455
www.musictogethereastbay.com
Danni Cauley, Director.
Cranston & E. Providence: 316-3407
www.lorismusictogether.com
Lori’s Music Together
East Side Music Together: 497-4002
jen@eastsidemusictogether.com
Jennifer Romanat, Director.
Newport County: 846-9014
www.arts-in-celebration.com
Classes offered in Newport & Portsmouth. Christopher “Kavi” Carbone, Director.
North Kingstown: 364-7664 (SONG)
www.SingwithB.com
Barbi Beyer, Director.
Warwick: 739-4171
www.tunes-n-tales.com, tunesntales@hotmail.com
With Anne Marie Forer, Tunes N’ Tales, Greenville area.

Providence Performing Arts Center
421-2997
www.ppacri.org
220 Weybosset Street, Providence.
Family Night on Broadway - For special performances, children 18 and under are eligible to receive one free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Bank of America Arts Showcase - A program that invites about 10,000 middle school students to attend live performances of theater, music or dance during the academic year.
Camp Broadway - Summer camp.

Music at the Mill
949-8988
711 Putnam Pike, Greenville.
Music and art lessons for children, piano/ guitar sales and service, Music Together classes.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School
248-7001
www.riphil.org/musicschool
Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence.
Musical technique and cognitive development classes for infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors. Complete instruction for instruments, voice, music theory, and general listening/understanding skills available throughout the year and in summer sessions by professionally trained and certified personnel. Visit our website for our large offering of ensembles, including rock & jazz bands, as well as full course listings, specials, and music wellness offerings.

Robert’s Musical Instruments
823-5459
www.robertsmusicri.com
687 Quaker Lane, W. Warwick.
Lessons on most instruments, beginner to advanced.

VSA Arts Rhode Island
725-0247
www.vsartsri.org
500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
Programs for children and adults in drama, dance, creative writing, music and the visual arts.



Science and Astronomy

Brown University’s SPARK Program
863-7900
www.brown.edu/summer
SPARK provides talented 7th and 8th grade students with the ideas, resources, and tools they need to nurture their academic gifts in the sciences. SPARK nurtures students' love of science in a fun, challenging but noncompetitive environment. SPARK courses are specially created to expose students to the intellectual concepts underlying familiar science topics that are part of their world.

Frosty Drew Observatory
www.FrostyDrew.org
Ninigret Park, Charlestown.
The observatory is open, all year long, on clear Friday evenings for all ages of beginning “astronomers” to learn more about the amazing skies.

Mad Science of Southern MA & RI
508-679-0081
www.MadScience.org/SouthernMass
We spark the imaginations and curiosity of children in grades pre-K to 6 by providing them with fun, safe, entertaining, and educational activities.

The Museum of Natural History’s Cormack Planetarium
785-9457, x221
www.providenceri.com/museum
Roger Williams Park, Providence.
Regular shows every Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. See more stars than possible from anywhere on Earth! Children under 4 are not permitted into the Planetarium. Adults $3, Children under 8 $2. Cost includes price of Museum. Open every day 10-5.

The Museum of Science Gilliland Observatory
617-589-0267
www.mos.org
Science Park, Boston, MA.
Free “Friday Night Stargazing” in the Gilliland Observatory, located atop the Museum’s garage roof. Friday evenings, approx. 8:30-10pm, weather permitting.

POW! Science
www.powsciencetoys.com
Wakefield : 788-1024, 160 Old Tower Hill Road.
Hands-on Science programs for Schools, Birthdays & Summer.

Seagrave Memorial Observatory
www.theskyscrapers.org
47 Peeptoad Road, North Scituate.
Open year-round every clear Saturday night, weather permitting. Explore the heavens with members of the Skyscrapers Astronomical Society. Check the web site for open schedule and directions.




and more!

American Sign Language Academy
722-1022
learnasl@aslacademy.org
391 Main Street, Pawtucket.

Brown University Pre-College Programs - Summer@Brown
863-7900
www.brown.edu/summer
Summer@Brown Pre-College Programs - Summer@Brown University is about challenge, discovery and new friends. Each summer, talented high school students from around the world come to Brown for a true residential college experience. Academics are at the core of the Summer@Brown experience, with more than 250 courses to choose from, in a variety of formats and course lengths – everything from the cutting edge of arts and science to career-oriented courses offered in one- to seven-week sessions.

TRAINS

Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway Tours
495-1213
Order online at www.tourblackstone.com
175 Main Street, Pawtucket.
Polar Express tours on the Providence and Worcester Railroad. Fall foliage and Antique shopping trip to Putnam, CT. in October. Call for special trips.

Newport Dinner Train
841-8700/1-800-398-7427
www.newportdinnertrain.com
19 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport.
Candlelight Dinners, Murder Mystery, Whistlestop on Broadway and Luncheon Excursions available for Mom & Dad (kids are welcome at 1/2 fare). Kids and their Grownups can also enjoy a special 90 minute Touring Train ride along scenic Narragansett Bay (snack foods available for purchase). All departures from Newport Station. Birthday charters available. Special Events: Thomas the Tank Engine chugs into Newport Sept. 1-4...See ad back cover for details. Weekends November 19 thru Dec. 18 feature Chris Van Allsburg's classic, The Polar Express*TM, an 80 minute Holiday Excursion to the North Pole with a special visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. Always a sellout-please reserve early.

Old Colony & Newport Railroad
849-0546/624-6951
www.ocnrr.com
19 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport.
Nine mile (18 mile on Sundays) scenic route along Narragansett Bay to Middletown (Portsmouth on Sundays).

 



Libraries
Most libraries have computers, books on tape, music, & movies. They have activities for kids like story hours, reading clubs, arts & crafts, and more. Many have passes and
discounts for local attractions and museums. And library cards are free! Here are some to check out:

Barrington Public Library
247-1920
www.barringtonlibrary.org
281 County Road, Barrington.
Programs for children starting at age 1; Animals in children’s department; summer reading program.

Coventry Public Library
822-9100
www.Coventrylibrary.org
1672 Flat River Road, Coventry.
Children’s story hours (call 822-9102), museum passes, and more. Site of Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, a volunteer program dedicated to teaching adults to read and/or speak English (822-9103).

Cranston Public Library
943-9080
www.cranstonlibrary.org
140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston.
Art Exhibits, children’s programs, story hours beginning at birth, public computers/internet.

East Greenwich Free Library
884-9511
82 Pierce Street, E. Greenwich.
Children’s Programs, crafts for school age children, story hours for 2-5 year olds, reading program.

Foster Public Library
397-4801
www.fosterlibrarys.org
184 Howard Hill Road, Foster.
Arts/Crafts classes, art exhibits, children’s programs, story hours, reading program.

North Kingstown Free Library
294-3306
www.nklibrary.org
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown.
Arts/Crafts classes, art exhibits, children's programs, teen programs, story hours for children from 12 months to five years, summer reading club for children and teens, babysitting classes for preteens.

Providence Public Library
455-8025
www.provlib.org
150 Empire Street, Providence. (Central)

New - Chace Children’s Discovery Library: The Story Starts Here
455-8025 or 455-8098
www.provlib.org or www.provlib.org/chace-childrensdiscovery-library
Providence Public Library presents Rhode Island’s latest early learning destination for young children and families! With help from experts at Providence Children’s Museum, the newly designed Providence Public Library’s Chace Children’s Discovery Library offers early learners a captivating and enriching environment and countless opportunities for exploration and joyful learning experiences.

ONGOING PROGRAMS:

Lapsit Story Time : Tuesdays, 11:45 – 12:15pm, for ages Birth to 18 months
Join us for stories, songs, rhythm and rhyme all designed for you and your wee-one.

Cradle to Crayons : Tuesdays (2 Sessions) & Fridays (New Program!), for ages 1 to 3 years. This program combines time for play and socialization with a story time that includes movement, songs, finger plays and wonderful children’s literature. Choose & Register for one session: Tuesday Session 1: 9:45–10:45 am OR Session 2: 10:45–11:45 am OR Friday Session: 10:30 am (please be on time; doors open at 10:30 am)

Drop-in Pajama Story Time : Thursdays, 7:00 PM (New Time!), for ages 4 - 8 years. Come in your comfy, cozy PJs and enjoy a quiet story time with books and songs!

All programs run in 8-week sessions from Sept. to June. Pre-registration is welcome, but not required for all programs. Contact Anne Kilkenny at 455-8098 or Bonnie Lilienthal at 455-8025 for more information or to register. The Library also offers a full Summer Reading Program beginning in June. Call 455-8025 for details. From November – May, the Library offers Family Learning Sundays: www.provlib.org/node/1492/ - Join us for an interactive learning program focusing on various topics including science, music, nature, art and dance. These programs are designed with the family in mind and are aimed at children ages 5 to 8 with their parents/caregivers, but siblings are generally welcome. All programs begin at 2:00 PM.

Warwick Public Library
739-5440
www.warwicklibrary.org
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick.
Arts/Crafts classes, art exhibits, children’s programs, story hours for children from birth to 8 years, summer reading club, book discussions for kids. New teen programs and events!

Weaver Memorial Library
434-2453
41 Grove Avenue, E. Providence.
www.Eastprovidencelibrary.org
Arts/Crafts, art exhibits, children’s programs, summer storytime. Story Hour for children from birth to 6th grade during school year.



Story Hours and More!
Also, see Bookstores, Libraries & Storytellers

Providence & North

Audubon Society of RI Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
949-5454
www.asri.org
12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield.
Preschool Story Time is an hour-long nature program once a month for children ages 3 to 5. Each program includes the reading of a nature story with hands on activities and nature craft.

Books on the Square
331-9097
www.booksq.com
471 Angell Street, Providence.
Story hours Monday at 10:30am for 18 mos & younger, Tuesday at 10:30am, Wednesday at 10:30am, and Saturday for all age children at 11am.

Bookworm Wednesdays
www.showcasecinemas.com
1200 Quaker Lane, Warwick.
Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a children’s film on select Wednesdays (July - August) at 10am when they present a book report.

East Bay & Southeastern MA

Audubon Society of RI
Environmental Education Center
245-7500
www.asri.org
1401 Hope Street (Rt. 114), Bristol.

Barrington Books
245-7925
www.barringtonbooks.com
Barrington Shopping Center.
Story time on Thursday mornings at 10:30am in the summer.

Swansea Mall
508-679-2543
www.visitswanseamall.com
262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA.
Summer Reading Club for Kids Ages 5 to 12.

West Bay & South County

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
826-8885
1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.
Call for monthly schedule of story hours, art exhibits, book readings and signings, chess club, etc.

 



Museums

Providence & North

Providence Children’s Museum
273-5437
www.ChildrenMuseum.org
100 South Street, Providence.
A hands-on place for kids and families to play, learn and grow together, with interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits and creative daily programs. Explore the swirling, whirling ways of water in a playscape of pumps and fountains. Experiment with imaginative puzzles and challenges and investigate the playful power of air, light and sound. Wriggle through a two-story climbing maze and through tunnels and burrows in an outdoor playspace. Discover a whimsical woodland environment for young children. Admission is $9.00; members are free. September to March, open Tuesday - Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM. April to August, open daily. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Come play, come learn!

Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
453-0688
www.lippitthouse.org
199 Hope Street on the East Side of Providence.
The Lippitt House is an 1865 Renaissance Revival Mansion. Call for hours of guided tours.

The Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum
598-2805
www.culinary.org
315 Harborside Blvd., Providence.
This unique museum has something for every appetite to savor, from a dinner invitation from Thomas Jefferson to a bread ring from Pompeii. Classes for all. Closed Monday. Tuesday-Sunday 10-5.

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
785-9457, x221
www.providenceri.com/museum
Roger Williams Park, Elmwood Avenue, Providence.
Open year-round, daily, 10-5pm.

Museum of Work and Culture
769-9675
www.RIHS.org
42 South Main Street, Woonsocket.
Traces the story of mill workers who came from the farms of Quebec in the last third of the 19th century to work in the shoe and textile factories of New England. Closed Mondays.

RISD Museum of Art
454-6500
www.risdmuseum.org
224 Benefit Street, Providence.
The RISD Museum offers a variety of ways for families to engage with a world class collection of art and design. Join us for Family films, gallery talks and open studio time. Please visit us online for schedule of events and activities.

Slater Mill
725-8638
www.slatermill.org
67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket.
A National Historic Landmark, the Slater Mill Museum brings textile manufacturing history to life through the voices of its expert interpretive guides. The Museum includes the Slater Mill (c.1793), the Wilkinson Machine Shop (c.1810), and the Sylvanus Brown House (c.1758) on a 4.5 acre riverside site along the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Learn the story of innovation, labor, entrepreneurism, women’s rights, the “cotton economy,” immigration, and New England’s textile industry. Come, see, touch, learn and be inspired by the unique example of Slater Mill, at the place where the industrial revolution began in America 219 years ago. Closed Mondays. Visit website for hours and special events.

East Bay

Audubon Environmental Education Center
245-7500
1401 Hope Street, Bristol (Rt. 114 at the Warren/Bristol town line)
The center’s interactive exhibits feature a fabricated, life-sized 35-foot Right whale, tide pool touch tanks, a cornfield at night, and several 3-D dioramas. The exhibits prepare students and visitors for walking among the center’s 28 acres of natural habitats extending from
Rt. 114 across the East Bay Bike Path to the shores of Narragansett Bay. Open year round, 9-5 (Sundays 12-5 Oct - Apr). Call for info. on school and outreach programs, group tours, and camps.

Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame
253-5000
www.Herreshoff.org
Burnside Street & Rt. 114, Bristol.
See and feel the “Golden Age of Yachting” and trace the history of the world famous Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. See more than 60 historic yachts, steam engines, fittings, and the Model Room with a rare collection of the half-hulls from which the historic yachts were built. Step into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Open daily 10-5, May 1-Nov 30th. Educational programs include field trips, seamanship classes, navigation classes, and sailing lessons. Yacht charters available.

The Museum of Yachting
847-1018
www.moy.org
Fort Adams State Park, Newport.
Enjoy the rich and colorful history of yachting. Exhibits include Evolution of Marine Engines, the History of the Schooner Coronet (including restoration of Coronet’s interior), America’s Cup Gallery, In-the-Water Yacht Collection, and Gift Shop. Boat building classes. Open daily (closed Tuesday.) from mid-May - Oct. 1, 10am-5:30pm.

National Museum of American Illustration
851-8949
www.AmericanIllustration.org
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

Naval War College Museum
841-2101/841-4052
686 Cushing Road, Newport.
Exhibits on the history of Naval Warfare and the Navy in Narragansett Bay. Free. Open M-F, 10-4:30, weekends from June to September from 12:00 to 4:30 pm; closed holidays. 24 hours notice requested before visiting the Museum.

Newport Art Museum
848-8200
www.newportartmuseum.org
76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.
The only museum to focus on the finest Rhode Island and regional art – past and present. See art and make art together! Enjoy changing exhibitions, concerts, live theatre, workshops, art classes and special events throughout the year.

Newport Historical Society Museum
841-8770
www.newporthistory.org
127 Thames Street, Newport.
Located in the 1762 Brick Market building, the Newport Historical Society's Museum provides a family-friendly introduction to the area's rich history and architecture. Glimpse the lives of the people-past and present-who have made Newport one of America's most historic cities. Open daily, the museum is an information center and departure point for guided walking tours. Admission by donation.

West Bay & South County

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
294-3001
www.GilbertStuartMuseum.org
815 Gilbert Stuart Rd., Saunderstown.
The Gilbert Stuart Museum is an authentically restored and furnished eighteenth century working man’s home, and site of the first snuff mill in America. Gilbert Stuart himself is best known for his portrait of George Washington, and reproductions of his work are displayed. Fishing on Carr pond, boat rentals (members only), children’s activities, gardens and more. Open May through mid-October. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The General Nathanael Greene Homestead
821-8630
nathanaelgreenehmst@gmail.com
50 Taft Street, Coventry.
Known as Spell Hall, it was the home of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene from 1770 to 1776, and was owned afterwards by his brother Jacob Greene and his wife Margaret. The house is owned and operated by the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Association, a non-profit organization, and was opened as a museum in 1924. Open Friday, Saturday, and Monday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5.

Museum of Primitive Art & Culture
783-5711
www.primitiveartmuseum.org
1058 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale.
Explore the “treasures” of the American Indians, Eskimos, early people of Europe and contemporary Africa. Children ages 6 - 10 can discover museum artifacts using a “treasure hunt”. Call for info. Open Wenesdays, 10 - 2 or by appt.

Quonset Air Museum
294-9540
488 Eccleston Ave., N. Kingstown.
Dedicated to the preservation of RI’s great military and civil aviation history. Many aircraft are on display and educational programs are available to the public. Fly in visitors are welcome. Open Fri., Sat., andSun. 10 - 3.

South County Museum
783-5400
www.southcountymuseum.org
Strathmore Street, Narragansett.
Hands-on demonstrations, lectures, tours and programs on printing, carpentry, blacksmithing, early transportation, a one-room school, and a living history farm exhibit. Handicapped accessible. The picnic tables, exercise course, and small farm animals nearby make the museum a lovely place to spend the day. Call for hours.

Warwick Museum of Art
737-0010
www.warwickmuseum.org
3259 Post Rd., Warwick.
The Museum holds monthly art exhibits and opening receptions, fundraisers as well as theatrical performances, musical performances and poetry readings. Birthday parties and other special events available. Admission free, donations gratefully accepted. Open Tues, Wed, Fri 12-4pm, Thurs 12-8pm, Sat 10am-2pm.

Nearby Massachusetts & Connecticut

Battleship Cove
508-678-1100
800-533-3194
www.battleshipcove.org
5 Water Street, Box 111, Fall River, MA.
The world's largest collection of historic naval ships - Battleship Massachusetts, Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Submarine Lionfish, and the only restored pair of PT Boats on display in the world. Also, explore Hiddensee, the world's only publicly exhibited Soviet-built missile corvette, and our growing aircraft collection, including the newly acquired Cobra AH-1 Attack Helicopter. Battleship Cove serves as the Bay State's official memorial to WWII and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars and September 11th victims. Open year-round.

EcoTarium
508-929-2700
www.EcoTarium.org
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA.
EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center offers a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad. About an hour from Prov.

Lizzie Borden Museum
508-675-7333
www.lizzie-borden.com
230 Second Street, Fall River, MA.
Guided tours of this home that was the site of one of the most famous unsolved murders - includes the history of Fall River in 1892. View the murder scene, and spend a night (if you dare!) in the actual house where the murders took place. Guests are treated to a breakfast similar to the one the Bordens ate on the morning of the murders. In summer, tours are daily 11-3:00.

The Marine Museum
www.marinemuseum.org
70 Water St., Fall River, MA (just 1/2 mi off Rt. 195 in Battleship Cove)
See exhibits on the R.M.S. Titanic, Andrea Doria, Fall River Line, and H.M.S. Bounty. Lectures, school & group programs available. Gift shop.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
1-800-411-9671
www.pequotmuseum.org
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT.
Feel the cold as your family descends deep into an Ice Age glacier and then witnesses the drama of a prehistoric caribou hunt. Enter a life-size 16th century Pequot village and follow in the footsteps of an ancient people whose story lives on today. Experience all this in an award-winning, interactive environment that stimulates the senses, captures the imagination, and stirs the spirit with the history of Native American culture. Don't miss the 18-story observation tower. Restaurant and gift shop onsite. Handicap accessible. See it with your eyes, feel it in your heart!    
                          
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046
www.whalingmuseum.org
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.
This internationally renowned museum brings to life the rich history of American whaling in the age of sail. Climb aboard the world’s largest ship model. New exhibits emphasize whale preservation - see the 66-foot skeleton of a blue whale.



Other Interesting Places
Many of the places listed in this section have special family events. Call for calendar.

Providence & North

John Brown House
273-7507
52 Power St., Providence.
John Brown House (built 1786) is furnished with the finest examples of RI furniture & decorative arts. Attention to historical accuracy has made this one of the ten finest house museums in America.

Hannaway Blacksmith Shop
726-0597
www.hearthsidehouse.org
667 Great Road, Lincoln.
The one story barn-like structure was built in the late nineteenth century and was recently restored as a demonstration workshop. Open every weekend 8am-12 noon. Tours by appt. Call for special tours, events, and classes (including Hand Forging Class for teens.

Trolley Tours of Providence
421-3825
www.providencetrolleytours.com
11 Dorrance Street, Providence.
Our experienced narrators will guide you through historic Providence as you relax aboard our classic red trolley.

East Bay

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
253-2707
www.blithewold.org
101 Ferry Road, Bristol.
Located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston, Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England. Your family can explore gardens, shoreline, specimen trees (including giant sequoias), and a 45-room English style manor house filled with antiques and artwork, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than 80 years. Open mid-April to Columbus Day and again during the Christmas holidays. Visit our website for dates, hours and a complete list of fun-for-the-whole-family events and programs.

Chase-Cory House
Four Corners, Main Rd., Tiverton.The Chase-Cory House, a fine example of pre-revolutionary coastal village farm architecture. Special events throughout the entire year. Open June, July, and Aug. Sundays 2-4:30.

Fire Department Memorial Building
423-0062
Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown.
Antique fire fighting equipment and a horse drawn steam engine are on display. Open weekdays from 7-3.

Fort Barton Revolutionary War Monument
Highland Road, Tiverton (across from Town Hall).
Climb the re-creation of the fort for a beautiful view of the Bay. Three miles of wooded trails for hiking. Open sunrise to sunset.

Green Animals
683-1267
www.newportmansions.org
Cory’s Lane, off Rt. 114, Portsmouth.
More than 80 sculptured trees and shrubs in the shape of animals and geometric forms, formal flowerbeds, fruit and vegetable gardens on this 7 acre historic country estate overlooking Narragansett Bay. Open 10-5 daily, late May-mid-Oct.

Holocaust Education and Resource Center of RI
453-7860
www.hercri.org
Jewish Community Center of RI, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.
An educational resource center which focuses on community outreach. Library of books & tapes available to the public. Memorial Garden. Call for appointment.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame
849-3990
www.TennisFame.com
194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.
Dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring & encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes & heroines, & providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.

Jamestown Windmill
423-2673
N. Main Road, Jamestown.
Open mid June - mid Sept, weekends from 1-4 . Closed in bad weather.

Linden Place
253-0390
www.LindenPlace.org
500 Hope Street, Bristol.
This 1810 Federal Mansion and grounds features colorful stories of famous people, including four US Presidents and actress Ethel Barrymore. It was the home of Colonel S.P. Colt, a millionaire industrialist. The interior boasts a four-story, self-supporting spiral mahagony staircase and furnishings from its 200-year history. Open May to Columbus Day. Call for hours & calendar of events.

The Preservation Society of Newport County
847-1000
www.newportmansions.org
11 historic house museums, including The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff. Rediscover the spirit of America in historic Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age houses built as a testimony to the uplifting qualities of great art, architecture, decor and open space. Learn about the fascinating lives of the men & women who lived and worked there. Open 10-4.

Touro Synagogue
847-4794
www.tourosynagogue.org
85 Touro Street, Newport.
Touro is the oldest synagogue in the US. A copy of President Washington’s famous letter to the congregation, on display, pledges that the new American nation would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” Daily tours every half hour (except on Sat. & Jewish holidays). Call for hours.

West Bay & South County

Smith's Castle
294-3521
www.smithscastle.org
55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown.
National Register Historic Building and a National Historic Landmark Archeological site where colonists first arrived in the 1600's. We feature a garden containing flowers that would be typically found in a
colonial homestead for dying cloth, cooking and medicinal uses. We have a mass grave site marker from the 1675 King Phillips War. Our Gift Shop, featuring colonial style toys and gifts, is open during tour hours. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and wander our grounds along Narragansett Bay. Guided Tours, by costumed docents. Events include Strawberry Festival in June, a Harvest Fair in Oct. and more.

Nearby Massachusetts & Connecticut
Read on for information on fun family day trips.

Mystic Seaport
860-572-5315
www.mysticseaport.org
Mystic, CT.
Stroll a 19th century village of historic buildings & tall ships, a preservation shipyard, plus numerous exhibit galleries brimming with the material culture of the sea. Exhibits open 9-5pm. Call for events.

Old Sturbridge Village
800-SEE-1830
www.osv.org
Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge, MA.
From farm to craft shop, from mill to Meetinghouse, from District School to bustling household, it’s a unique glimpse into a 19th century New England village. Special programs, Family Fun Days, games and even a Kids Club. Open year round.

Plimoth Plantation
508-746-1622
www.plimoth.org
Plymouth, MA.
Stroll through a 1627 Pilgrim village or a Wampanoag Indian homesite. Programs for schools & groups. Open 7 days. Don’t forget to tour the Mayflower too!

Boston

The Children’s Museum of Boston
617-426-8855
www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org
300 Congress Street, Boston.
Climb a two-story maze, go on a adventure with ArthurTM , play with bubbles, travel the world or climb a rock wall! Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days/wk, year round, except Thanksgiving & Christmas.

The Museum of Science
617-723-2500
www.mos.org
Science Park, Boston, MA.
Marvel at over 600 permanent, hands-on exhibits & a dynamic roster of traveling exhibits, Planetarium shows, Omni films, live presentations, lectures, & more. Reserve your Planetarium & Omni tickets in advance. Special events throughout the year. Regular hours are 9-5, Summer 9-7, Fridays 9-9.

The New England Aquarium
617-973-5200
www.neaq.org
Our focus is on raising people's awareness of the environment through exhibits, education programs, public forums, and outreach programs.