Libraries are the best place to visit with kids and engage them in educational activities, stimulate their imagination, and simply broaden their horizons, as opposed to spending their time solely with technology.
Providence and its environs abound with terrific libraries! Kids will discover their beloved books and revel in captivating Storytime. Moreover, parents can join in the fun with a multitude of activities. Several of these libraries even offer toys and external play areas for young ones to rest and unwind!
Where: 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903, USA
The Providence Athenaeum is not part of the public library system, which means you will have to pay a fee to check out books. However, the library offers events such as storytime and other activities that are free to the public!
The fourth oldest library in the country is home to the Children’s Library: a technology-free sanctuary designed to help children do what comes naturally: play, be silly, create, discover, and learn. Behind glass doors and amongst mountains of books, puzzles, stuffed animals, art supplies, and games.
Where: 41 Grove Ave, East Providence, RI
The Library is dedicated to the special interests of children and their caregivers encouraging a love of reading and learning. Programs on a variety of topics are offered in a welcoming, clean, safe environment for all.
The Weaver Library is a branch of the East Providence Library and it’s great for children five years old and younger. There’s a soft play area with large foam blocks for kids under three to climb on and explore and a separate room with all kinds of toys from puppets to blocks and puzzles!
Where: 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence, RI
The North Providence Union Free Library features a children’s area where kids will find a toy room, coloring pages, touch-screen computers, and more!
The library offers amazing events for the little ones, including lego club, storytimes, and more!
Where: 281 County Rd, Barrington, RI 02806,
Barrington Public Library is a dream destination for children: it features many family programs and events, a huge selection of books, movies, and toys that children will find in the Kids’ Room, and even a playground with slides!
Where: 20 Main St, Slatersville, RI 02876
Located in historic Statesville and built on the edge of Centennial Park, North Smithfield Library features walking trails that lead to the library.
The library offers many events for the little ones, both indoors and outdoors!
Where: 1274 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich, RI 02817
The drive to West Greenwich from Providence is worth it for this small library!
Kids will find toys and games, and a playground in the back. The library offers many events for the little ones, including, of course, storytimes.
Where: 773 Ten Rod Rd (Rt 102), Exeter, RI 02822
For families living near Exeter, the Exeter Public Library although small, is an awesome option for your kids!
The library hosts many events and programs, such as storytimes and sensory-friendly storytimes. Kids will also find an outdoor playground.