Note: All phone numbers are
401 area code unless indicated otherwise
Fun For Little Ones
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Hasbro Funlab

Fun For Little Ones
Also, see “Help for New Parents” & "Cool Activities for Kids"

All That Matters
315 Main Street, Wakefield.
Child/Parent Explorations.

Alliance JCC
401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio
33 Kent Street, Barrington.
Offers artful activities for children newborn and up! From paint your own pottery, story time, clay classes and birthday parties we are your one stop location for creativity! All materials are lead free, non-toxic and water based for easy clean up! Will not stain skin or clothing.

Bellani Maternity
1276 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.

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

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

Hasbro Funlab
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.

KidZone Indoor Playground
Lafayette Mill 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown.
KiZone is an all-in-one facility for your child's energy, creativity, and imagination. KidZone is an age appropriate venue for children crawling to 8 years. We have three bounce houses, multiple play stations for imaginative play and creativity, and high standards for quality and cleanliness. We offer many classes and special events for all ages, ceramics painting, private birthday parties, and flexible options for small groups.

Little Gym
445 Putnam Pike, Greenville.

Pawtucket Family YMCA
20 Summer Street, Pawtucket.
Offers swim lessons for preschoolers starting at 6 months of age.

Outdoor Play and Learning at Roger Williams Park Zoo
785-3510 ext. 358
Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard and the Alex and Ani Farmyard
The Roger Williams Park Zoo offers young children opportunities to learn about the environment with its outdoor play areas. Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard is an exploration area designed to connect kids and families with nature. In the Backyard, little ones can play in the Drip Drop Water Garden, and the Building and Creativity Zones; enter Our House to visit the Nature Swap, where they trade their natural treasures for points; head to the fully accessible CVS Health All Kids Can Treehouse to try a number of interactive experiences, like the floor to ceiling kaleidoscope window; and they will discover Beyond the Fence, to explore the naturescape with climbing structures, a woodchuck tunnel, and more.
The different elements of the Alex and Ani Farmyard immerse children and their families in farm life to teach them how fresh food gets from the farm to their plate. Kids can partake in fun activities like the “milking station” sponsored by Monroe Dairy, the “egg collection station” sponsored by Little Rhody Farms, interact with goats and sheep in the contact yard, or feed them at the feeding station just outside the exhibit. Finally, the Farmstead Stage provides a setting for seasonal animal talks as well as performances during the Zoo’s special events.

Classes in Providence, Warwick and Barrington.

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
Exciting programs ranging from sewing to woodworking to conservation and environment. Plus fund raisers, fairs, trips, workshops and camps.

Alliance JCC
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: 722-8840
Newport County: 847-6927
Providence: 444-0750
Warwick: 467-4385
Cumberland-Lincoln: 333-4850

15 Catamore Blvd., E. Providence: 434-3600
2191 Post Road, Warwick: 732-2413
Health, fitness and sports programs for kids of all ages.

Kids Workshops at Home Depot
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.)

Rhode Island Chess Association
Box 40604, Providence.
Year-round classes and tournaments for kids and adults.

Roger William’s Park Zoo
Preschool Adventures 
785-3510 ext. 358
Roger Williams Park Zoo offers 90-minute programs for children ages 3 – 5, each accompanied by an adult. Each program focuses on a special animal or area of the Zoo and presents opportunities for the adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Sessions include a lesson, activities, a craft and an up close animal encounter. Members: $14 per child/Non- members: $42 per child (includes Zoo admission for child and parent). There are also a number of other programs and clubs for children ages 18 mos. to 17 years. Pre-registration is required.
Breakfast with the Animals *NEW*
785-3510 ext. 358
These exciting new programs offer an exclusive experience before the Zoo opens! Breakfast on the Farm (ages 2+) takes place April 30 at 8:30am, and features a delicious farm-to-table breakfast with locally-sourced hot food provided by Easy Entertaining, and an opportunity for families to create enrichment for the animals in the Alex and Ani Farmyard under the guidance of zoo keepers. Breakfast with the Elephants (ages 7+) takes place on July 16, and features a hot breakfast buffet at the Serengeti Market Café, followed by a tour of the outdoor elephant exhibit and opportunities to learn more about our three elephants by the keepers who care for them. Online registration is required.
Family Overnights
785-3510 ext. 358
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 23, the theme is “Wild Workplace,” and on Saturday, August 13, the theme is “Stayin’ Alive.” On October 22 and 29, we offer “Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights,” featuring express entry to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Online registration is required. 
Wild Art
785-3510 ext. 358
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. Online registration is required.

Rondeau Kickboxing
Fitness classes for kids and families.

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

Newport Armed Services YMCA: 846-9622
Newport County YMCA:847-9200,
Pawtucket YMCA: 727-7900,
- Heritage Park YMCA: 727-7050
- MacColl Field YMCA: 725-0773
- Westwood YMCA : 397-7779
- Woonsocket YMCA : 769-0791
Providence YMCA: 521-9622,
- 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
-WestBay : 295-6501
Smithfield YMCA: 949-2480,
Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA: 596-2894

Greater RI
324 Broad Street, Central Falls.
Northern RI
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.

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


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

Wild About Beads
436 Main Road, Tiverton.
It’s fun and easy for the whole family! No experience needed.


Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio
33 Kent Street, Barrington.
Offers a wide variety of art for ages newborn to adult. From painting on pottery to clay classes in hand build- ing and the wheel, birthday parties, after school art enrichment, summer art camp and birthday parties we are your RI destination for Art! All materials are lead free, non-toxic and water based for easy clean up. Pottery is all food and dishwasher safe.

The Artists’ Exchange

50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.
Art and Theatre classes for kids of all ages.

Blue Door Studio
1672 Cranston Street, Cranston.
Art classes and summer camps.

Bristol Community College
508-678-2811, x 2527
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.

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
14 Pacquin Rd., Barrington.
Classes for children, adults and both.

5600 Post Road, East Greenwich.
Create one of a kind, personally painted pottery. Summer Camp.

Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley Street, Jamestown,

Innovative fine arts drawing program for kids of all ages.

Mudstone Studios
30 Cutler Street, Warren.
Ceramic classes and more.

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

Newport Art Museum
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
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
345 S. Main Street, Providence.
Kids and teens (ages 6-17) attending RISD Continuing Education's Young Artist camps and classes experience world-class facilities, outstanding educators, and educational excellence-the hallmarks of this world-renowned institution. Open-ended projects and lessons encourage confidence and creativity in a fun and structured environment. Classes utilize Rhode Island School of Design's unique facilities, including studio space, Museum, Nature Lab, and Tillinghast Farm in Barrington.
Parents and children can choose from a wide range of classes and camps – drawing, painting, sculpture, comic book art, animation, moviemaking and more! A complete listing of classes and camps is available in our seasonal catalog or online at:

Tiverton Four Corners Center for Arts & Education
3852 Main Road, Tiverton.

500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
Art programs for people with disabilities.

Warren Art Spot
6 Child Street, Warren.

Warwick Museum of Art
3259 Post Road, Warwick.
Known for its Summer Art Camp that runs Mondays-Fridays from 9:00-4:00 in July and August, we also host "Art Badge Workshops" for Boy Scout and Girl Scouts, "Artsy Birthdays" on Saturdays, and Art Camps during February and April vacations. Exhibits that change every 6-8 weeks and opening receptions are free and open to the public; special gallery events are free or minimal charge. After school and Saturday classes are in the works for fall, so call or keep current on Facebook. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00.


Dance and Drama
Note: Also See Music And Movement

Special Events

Dunkin’ Donuts Center
1 LaSalle Sq., Providence.
Hosts popular events and shows such as concerts, sports, circus, wrestling, etc.

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street, Providence.

RI Convention Center
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.


246-1230, x3036
63 Federal Road, Barrington.
ACTSA (the former All Children’s Theatre) offers a comprehensive theater arts education to youth ages 5- 18 throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Year- round programs include after-school classes, workshops, camps and residencies. All ACTSA programs are open to the community.

2nd Story Theatre
28 Market Street, Warren.
Acting classes for students 16+.

The Center for Dynamic Learning
1 Louisa Street, Providence.

The Contemporary Theater Company Workshop
327 Main Street, South Kingstown.

Courthouse Center for the Arts
3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.
Concerts, summer theatre, summer camp, film.

Everett: Company, Stage and Shool
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
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
65 Freedom Drive, Cranston.

Newport Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 144, Newport.
Year round acting classes, main stage productions and musical theatre summer camp.

Ocean State Theatre Company
1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick.
Theatrical productions for families, summer camp and more.

RI Youth Theatre
Cranston, South County, West Bay.
School vacation week and summer theatre programs for students ages 7 to 18.

SMARTS Collaborative

P.O. Box 356, Attleboro, MA.
Theatre for students grades 4+, no experience necessary, no auditions.

Trinity Repertory Company
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

Flute with Gina
Flute lessons at home or studio.

The Guitar Studio
45 Nooseneck Hill Road, Unit 6, W. Greenwich.

Julie Garnett’s Musical Concerts

Jazzkids develops the creativity in children using their level-appropriate curriculum and fun, catchy songs! Piano curriculum.

Kindermusik with Esther, Pawtucket: 475-3885,
Kindermusik w/Heather:234-1279,
Kindermusik w/Maria: 683-3840
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

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

Providence Performing Arts Center
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 - Middle school students attend live performances of theater, music or dance during the academic year.
Camp Broadway - Summer camp.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School
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.

The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance
172 Exchange Street #201, Pawtucket .

Robert’s Musical Instruments
687 Quaker Lane, W. Warwick.
Lessons on most instruments, beginner to advanced.

VSA Arts Rhode Island
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
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
61-62 Park Lane, 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
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, x223
Roger Williams Park, Providence.
The Museum is open every day from 10:00am until 4:00pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. Museum admission is $2 (Free for children under 4 years old.) Planetarium Admission (which includes museum admission) is $3. No one under age 4 is permitted in the planetarium. The planetarium is open to the pub- lic every weekend, during school vacation weeks and daily July and August, with shows beginning promptly at 2:00pm.

The Museum of Science Gilliland Observatory
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, March through mid-November.

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

Seagrave Memorial Observatory
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
391 Main Street, Pawtucket.

Brown University Pre-College Programs - Summer@Brown
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.


Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway Tours
Order online
1 Depot Square, Woonsocket.
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
293-0800/ Reservations: 1-800-398-7427
19 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport.
Candlelight Dinners, Murder Mystery, 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) New! Friday Night on the Rails - ride the rails, take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy pizza and ice cream sundaes, entertainment by The Candyman Conductor. Also, try the Ice Cream Train! Enjoy a narrated tour along Narragansett Bay, included is a soft-serve ice cream sundae and soft drink. Departs Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:30am. All departures from Newport Station. Birthday charters available. Weekends November 16 thru Dec. 21 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
19 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport.
Nine mile (18 mile on Sundays) scenic route along Narragansett Bay to Middletown (Portsmouth on Sundays).


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
281 County Road, Barrington.
Programs for children starting at age 1; Animals in children’s department; summer reading program.

Coventry Public Library
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
140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston.
Art Exhibits, children’s programs, story hours beginning at birth, public computers/internet.

East Greenwich Free Library
884-9510, ext.4
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
184 Howard Hill Road, Foster.
Arts/Crafts classes, art exhibits, children’s programs, story hours, reading program.

North Kingstown Free Library
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
150 Empire Street, Providence. (Central)


Lapsit Story Time : Fridays, 11:00 – 12:00pm, 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 : (ages 1-3)
We combine 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: 9:30–10:30 am, Tuesday Session 2: 10:30–11:30 am, Friday, Session 1: 9:30–10:30 am, Friday Session 2: 10:30–11:30 am (please be on time; doors open at start times only.)

Drop-in Pajama Story Time : Ages 4 to 8 years, Thursdays, 6:30pm. Come in your comfy, cozy PJs and enjoy a quiet story time with books and songs! Ages 3 to 5 yrs, Sats, 10:30am. Enjoy great stories,
songs and finger plays!

Tiny Tales for Preschoolers : Ages 3 to 5 yrs., Tuesdays, 11:30 am Spend time with your preschooler learning and playing together. We’ll finish the hour with great stories, movement and songs.

All programs run in 8-week sessions from September to June 18. Registration required for all Tuesday & Friday pro- grams. Contact Anne Kilkenny at or 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 – interactive learning program focusing on various topics including science, music, nature, art and dance. Programs are designed for the family and aimed at children ages 5 – 8 with parents/caregivers, but siblings are generally welcome. Programs are at 2 pm.

Chace Children’s Discovery Library: The Story Starts Here
455-8025 or 455-8098 or
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.

Warwick Public Library
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
41 Grove Avenue, E. Providence.
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
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
471 Angell Street, Providence.
Story hours Monday at 10:30am for 18 mos & younger, Tuesday at 10:30am, Wednesday at 10:30am, and Saturday at 11am for children to age 6.

Bookworm Wednesdays
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
1401 Hope Street (Rt. 114), Bristol.

Barrington Books
Barrington Shopping Center.
Story time on Thursday mornings at 10:00am.

Swansea Mall
262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA.
Summer Reading Club for Kids Ages 5 to 12.

West Bay & South County

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.
Call for monthly schedule of story hours, art exhibits, book readings and signings, chess club, etc.



Providence & North

Providence Children’s Museum
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
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
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
Roger Williams Park, Elmwood Avenue, Providence.
Open year-round, daily, 10-4pm.

Museum of Work and Culture
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
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
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
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 - May 1). Call for info. on school and outreach programs, group tours, and camps.

Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame
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 June 16-Sept. 15, daily 10-5, and Apr - June 15, Wed through Sunday, 10-5. Educational programs include field trips, seamanship classes, navigation classes, and sailing lessons. Yacht charters available.

The Museum of Yachting
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 10AM to 5:00PM, closed Sunday and Monday.

National Museum of American Illustration
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

Naval War College Museum
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
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
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
815 Gilbert Stuart Road, 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
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, April 1 to October 31.

Museum of Primitive Art & Culture
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
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 June 15-September 30, daily 10AM to 3PM; October 1 to June 14 weekends 10 - 3.

South County Museum

115 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
3259 Post Rd., Warwick.

Nearby Massachusetts & Connecticut

Battleship Cove
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.

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 Providence.

Lizzie Borden Museum
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
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
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
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.
The rich history of American whal- ing in the age of sail comes to life! Climb aboard the world’s largest ship model. New exhibits empha- size 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
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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
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. Tours by appt. Call for special tours, events, and classes (including Hand Forging Class for teens.

Trolley Tours of Providence
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
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. Hours by appointment.

Fire Department Memorial Building
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 Topiary Garden
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 10-6 daily, May-mid-Oct.

Holocaust Education and Resource Center of RI
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
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
N. Main Road, Jamestown.
Open mid July - mid Sept, weekends from 1-4 . Closed in bad weather.

Linden Place
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 2 to October 11 and December. Call for hours & calendar of events.

The Preservation Society of Newport County
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
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
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
Mystic, CT.

Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge, MA.

Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth, MA.


The Children’s Museum of Boston
300 Congress Street, Boston.

The Museum of Science
Science Park, Boston, MA.

The New England Aquarium