Providence and its environs are packed with endless chances for enjoyment with the little ones!

Youngsters can explore breathtaking natural surroundings, a variety of stimulating kid-friendly museums, a wide range of indoor and outdoor locations, learning opportunities, and a great deal more!

From adventurous endeavors immersed in stunning nature to amusing indoor locations appropriate for all ages, this is a list of the top 100 activities in and around Providence that children will adore:

Where: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, USA
Hours:Fall-Winter: Thursday- Monday,10 AM – 4 PM
Spring/Summer Hours: Starting April 1 – October 9, the Zoo will be open daily from 9 AM – 4 PM

With over 100 rare and fascinating species from around the planet, families will learn all about awesome species and have an unforgettable time! 

From petting an armadillo, and seeing New England’s only Komodo dragon to experiencing an exhilarating zip ride, and so much more, there’s always an adventure waiting at Roger Williams Park Zoo!

Where: 151 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917, USA
Hours: Monday- Thursday– 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM | Friday– 9:30 AM- 7 PM | Saturday – CLOSED for Play Time events and parties | Sunday– 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Families with children ages six months to six years old will find a fun play place and party destination with multiple themed dramatic play stations, made with creativity, imagination, and learning in mind.

Parents will get to enjoy a comfortable sitting area and complimentary coffee & tea bar to enjoy while watching the kids have fun.

Where: 100 South St, Providence, RI, USA
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 AM –12:30 PM | 1:30–4:30 PM

At the Providence Children’s Museum, kids will find a safe space to play and learn at the same time.

There’s an extensive resource of creative activities that will engage kids and their caregivers, as well as unique exhibits that will keep children busy learning and sharing a few laughs. This is a must-visit place for kids in Providence!

Where: 160 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886, USA

What’s more fun than baking with your friends? Petite Chef is a unique learning experience for birthday parties!

The main focus at Petite Chef is to create the most memorable birthday parties for children, but they also offer fun holiday baking classes and week-long summer camps!

Where: 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908, USA

Waterfire is a must if you live in or are visiting Providence.

WaterFire Providence presents groundbreaking, world-class art experiences on the rivers of downtown Providence and at the WaterFire Arts Center in the Olneyville neighborhood. 

This is an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, and has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance.

Where: 71500 Diamond Hill Rd, Woonsocket, RI 02895, USA
Hours: OPEN JUMP HOURS: Monday-Wednesday: 3 PM- 9 PM | Thursday:12 PM – 9 PM | Friday:12 PM -10:30 PM | Saturday:10 AM – 10:30 PM | Sunday:10 AM – 9 PM

AERO Trampoline Park is a 40,000 Square ft. facility with activities for all ages, so everyone in the family will have a good time!

Kids, and adults, will have a blast enjoying the arcade, swimming around in the foam pit, bouncing down to the trampolines, and testing their balance on the slack line. Other activities and attractions include a Kiddie Court, dodgeball, slamball, slackline, playground, battle beam, and more!

Where: 75 New Road, Rumford, RI 02916, USA

United Skates is a 30,000-square-foot multi-recreational family fun center that features a fully stocked Cosmic Cafe full of family favorites, state-of-the-art sound systems, live DJs, and a huge arcade with awesome prizes!

Families will also enjoy a laser tag arena, a climbing wall (Mercury Mountain), an arcade, and the cosmic cafe.

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: 30 Cutler St Ste 220A, Warren, RI

Makers is a process-based art studio for kids that offer classes, workshops, and camps designed to encourage creativity & inspire babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school children to use their imagination! 

​Students are introduced to a variety of materials, techniques, and tools that promote play, and exploration, and encourage confidence.

Where: 21 Towanda Dr, North Providence, Rhode Island 02911, USA

Children ages 1-14 will be engaged in interactive, hands-on learning activities which makes them more interested in school!

This is done by using LEGO bricks, K’Nex, and technology such as laptops, iPads, and familiar toys.

Where: Pine Hill Ave, Providence, RI 02907,

The People’s Park has many activities for all ages to enjoy.

Home to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Roger Williams Botanical Center, and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, a whole day won’t be enough to enjoy all that this park has to offer. 

Kids will love the Carousel Village which has been a popular family destination for generations, and the whole family will love exploring this must-see Providence destination.

You will find The fully accessible Hasbro Boundless Playground located in Carousel Village.

Where: 5600 Post Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818, USA

Taste Buds Kitchen is the top culinary entertainment experience for kids, families & adults!

It specializes in fresh and unique cooking classes, camps, parties & corporate events that engage and delight every guest.

Kids will find cooking classes that are the perfect recipe for learning new skills as they have fun in the Kitchen with their family and friends!

Where: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, USA
Hours: Open Daily, 10 AM- 4 PM

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium! 

At this museum, families with kids will find unique educational, scientific, and culturally exciting exhibits and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people.

Where: 268 Thames St, Newport, RI, USA
Hours:Monday – Thursday, Noon – 9 PM | Friday, 10 AM – 11 PM | Saturday, 9 AM – 11 PM | Sunday, 9 AM – 10 PM

No matter how old you are, Ryan Family Amusements has something for everyone in the family!

The place is known as a popular bowling center that offers candlepin bowling and/or ten-pin bowling, as well as an awesome game room with video games, video games, skill games, arcade games, great prizes and so much more!

Where: 845 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920, USA

The MobileQuest STEM Center combines education and entertainment into an “edutainment” experience. 

The center offers kids classes and workshops, classes for home-school kids, summer camps, parties, a program guide, family exploration, events, and more!

Where: 1420 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI, USA

Families with kids ages 3 – 12 will find a 4,500 sq. feet multi-toom facility that features dance, yoga, self-defense training, arts and crafts, drama, story time, birthday parties, free play, and much more!

The facility features an indoor play park with a structure for kids to climb and explore, a large area to move and play, and plenty of space to fill with imagination and laughter.

Where: 101 Dyer Street, Providence, RI 02903, USA

Families can enjoy guided tours of approximately 90 minutes and all the equipment and tour are included.

During the tours, you’ll get to explore the Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers, Riverwalk, and Waterplace Park as the guides highlight nautical & historical points of interest, architectural landmarks, and the picturesque parks that line the waterways.

Where: 112 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882, USA

Adventureland features a nautical-themed 18-hole mini-golf course, bumper boats, figure 8 go-kart tracks, a Carousel with a 28’ Victorian-style ride, batting cages, and more!

You sure will find an attraction for everyone in the family!

Where: 70 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI, USA

At Sky Zone, both kids and adults can have a blast enjoying some active fun in the fantastic trampolines and attractions, including a Warped Wall, SkyJoust in which kids can challenge their friends in a gladiator jousting battle, a great Dodgeball court, an exclusive area for toddlers, the bungee trampoline, a ninja warrior course, and so much more!

Where: 433 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
Hours: Daily, 9 AM- 2:3O PM

Play Town is an indoor activity center where kids ages 1-6 years old will find make-believe stations, sensory play opportunities, and physical enrichment designed for them.

The mission of Play Town is to foster a love of learning in your little ones, through creative play and exploration. Although is designed for kids ages 1-6, all ages are welcome.

Where: 40 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

This small park situated in downtown Providence is adjacent to Kennedy Plaza.

The best thing you can do when visiting this green space is to enjoy a picnic surrounded by trees or next to the beautiful Bajnotti Fountain. You can get your meal from the various local food trucks!

The park offers free concerts, family-friendly activities, and special events during the summer months. 

Kids will love Brandon’s Beach Playground, a nautical-themed playground that features huge ship masts and plenty of rigging for climbing! 

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: 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809, USA
Hours:Friday- Sunday, 10 AM- 4 PM

The Exploration Center and Aquarium are an interactive marine science center home to more than 40 species from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island waters.

You will find family-friendly public programs, led by trained educators and naturalists, events, and lots of learning opportunities about marine life.

Where: 100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI 02865, USA
Hours:KARTING & TIMEMISSION: Monday – Thursday, 12 PM – 11 PM | Friday, 12 PM – Midnight | Saturday, 9 AM – Midnight | Sunday, 9 AM – 11 PM | AXE BAR & DART CITY: Monday- Thursday, 4 PM – 11 PM | Friday, 4 PM – Midnight | Saturday, 12 PM – Midnight | Sunday, 12 PM – 11 PM

Spend a unique family time while lapsing this custom-designed asphalt track in cutting-edge go-karts powered by green technology!

With 3-speed levels beginners, amateurs, and experts can enjoy the fun! The track is 1/3 mile long and go-karts reach speeds up to 45 mph.

Families can also enjoy an arcade, time mission, axe bar, and Dart City!

Where: 160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI 02822, USA

Yawgoo Valley is Rhode Island’s Only Ski area & Water Park!

This is the perfect place for outdoor family fun! Families will get to Ski and Ride on 12 trails, learn to ski or snowboard, glide in the tubing park, or slide at the water park in the Summer!

Where: 6640 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA
Hours:Open Daily, 12 PM-5 PM

The Biomes Center is New England’s only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium in the region!

It specializes in teaching children and adults about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Get ready to see the largest collection of New England marine life in the world!

Where: 57 Malvern Ave, Cranston, RI 02905, USA

Orange Anchor Art School offers art classes for ages 5  through adults!

You will find a wide array of workshops, summer camps, birthday parties, and family art expos.

Art classes for kids include Art Lab for ages 4-6 and 6-8; Art Explorers for ages 8-12; and Art Deep Dive for ages 12+. 

Where: 920 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI 02886, USA
Hours:Wednesday 4 PM – 9 PM | Thursday 4 PM – 9 PM | Friday 4 PM – 11 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM

Launch is not only a trampoline park.

This family entertainment center offers fun for all ages, and offers arcade games and awesome attractions for active fun, including the XP Arena, designed to test strategy, speed, and agility; the Omni Arena, a virtual reality experience out of this world; trampoline courts; basketball and dodgeball courts; launchpad; tumble tracks; laser tag; battle pits; slacklines; and so much more!

Where: Barrington, Rhode Island 02806

Kids will love the Police Cove Park splash pad in Barrington!

This beautiful water park has waterfront views of the harbor and Barrington Bridge, and many amazing features for a summer day! Kids can push a button on the ground to send water streaming down on their heads, as well as nozzles and sprinklers, and benches for parents to relax!

Where: 1000 New London Ave, Cranston, RI 02920, USA

Whether you are a serious golfer family, a baseball/softball player, or just out to have fun, Mulligan’s Island provides something for everyone, young or old.

Among the attractions, you will find Driving Range, Mini-Golf, Batting Cages, Pitch & Putt, Spargo Golf, Volleyball League, Party Area, and Tiki Hut.

Where: 691 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885, USA

Made By Me cooking school hosts children’s cooking classes that are 4-week sessions for ages 5+.

During these classes, children will learn proper knife skills, cooking skills, and delicious recipes. Each class will be 1.5 hours long. The school also offers Specialty Classes, Preschooler & Parent Classes, and camp sessions.

Where: 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI, USA
Hours:Tuesday- Friday, 9:30 AM – 4 PM | Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Families with kids will get to recreate the journey of immigrants in search of a better life, beginning in a Quebecois farmhouse before making their way to the workday world of Woonsocket at the turn of the century.

Guests explore the lives of immigrants at home, work, and school through nine immersive exhibits.

Where: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

You might think The Providence Rink is only for winter months, but you can enjoy roller skating during summer as well! 

All the activities you can enjoy throughout the year include Roller Skating, Roller Disco, SFAC Leagues, Roller Hockey League, Movies, and the Trinity Beer Garden for adults!

Where: 2082 Victory Hwy, Coventry, RI 02816

This is a paradise for nature-loving families! You will find four miles of trails in several color-coded loops, which give walkers plenty of options for how long to hike and what to see.

There are flat and wide trails that are easy for everyone, starting at a pine forest and continuing to the 11-acre Carr Pond where you’ll get to see plenty of beaver activity!

This trail is perfect to spot the wildlife that calls the preserve home.

Where: 42 Rice Street, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Hours: 9 AM-11 PM Daily

Kids will love this activity that will keep them focused, active, and entertained!

The best part is that kids don’t need to put themselves at risk by going to the real mountains to enjoy rock climbing.

Rock Spot Climbing offers Youth sessions for the little climbers of the family! Kids will find 5,000 sq ft of bouldering, over 90 boulder problems, fitness, free weight, a bench, a Treadwell, and other amenities such as training boards, fully adjustable moon, and kilter boards.

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: 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910

Artists’ Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, an art boutique, and a secondary venue, Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting, and instructional space.

Artists’ Exchange offers immersion opportunities for the exploration of the arts through classes, summer camps, school programs, birthday parties, and events in art, theater, music, and ceramics!

Where: Veterans Way, Woonsocket, R.I.

World War II Memorial Park is another great option to enjoy a picnic with the family or just a simple stroll surrounded by green spaces!

The park features basketball courts, Nap Lajoie Field, picnic tables, restrooms, parking, walking paths, a performance stage, the Veterans Monument, and plenty of green space for kids to run around.

The playground features a splash pad for kids to refresh in the summer months and a fun-filled playscape!

Where: 225 Niantic Ave, Cranston, RI 02907, USA
Hours: Sunday 10 AM-10 PM | Monday 4 PM-10 PM | Tuesday 3 PM -11 PM | Wednesday 9 AM-11 PM | Thursday 4 PM – 12 AM | Friday 12 PM -12 AM | Saturday 10 AM-12 AM

Lang’s Bowlarama is family-friendly, clean, and convenient to get to and park, with an affordable snack bar menu, a full bar, and lane-side service!

You will find a top mechanic staff and a state-of-the-art Kegel automatic lane oiling machine to ensure that lanes are freshly oiled daily and ready for you to come in and bowl your best!

Where: 2727 South County Trail, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818, USA
Hours: Monday- Thursday 9 AM- 6:30 PM | Friday 9 AM- 8 PM | Saturday 9:30 AM- 8 PM | Sunday 9:30 AM- 6 PM

Go Play is a clean, safe, and fun 12,000-square-foot facility with custom-made soft play equipment for children ages up to 12, built with active social play in mind. 

Parents with little kids will find a safe play area for crawlers and a more challenging obstacle course for the older kids!

Where: 881 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, USA
Hours: Open Daily, 10 AM- 9 PM

Kids and kids at heart will love a visit to this museum!

Electromagnetic Pinball Museum and Restoration’s mission is to foster a love and appreciation for history, science technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through interactive pinball exhibits. The place takes an active role in the community by running programs and events to educate the public about the importance of keeping this fun part of science, history, art, and culture alive.

Where: 945 Smith St, Providence, RI 02908

This awesome kids’ spot features a waterpark, benches, a concession stand, a baseball field and play structures.

During the summer, it hosts several neighborhood concerts.

The park’s playground features many awesome play structures to let the kids’ imaginations run wild. There’s also a splash pad for a fun-filled summer!

Where: 225 Niantic Ave, Cranston, RI 02907, USA

Whether you’re 7 or 70, this is an awesome option to have a birthday party!

Lang’s Bowlarama offers a unique option for those mums who are tired of giving junk food at their kids’ birthday parties, starting with organic juice boxes and Uncle Carl’s pizza! – Make sure to take a look at the kids’ birthday party options!

Where: 40 Providence Pl, Providence, RI, USA
Hours:Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM – Midnight | Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 1 AM

Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place for a family night out! Families will enjoy a massive arcade, virtual reality, and delicious food! 

Watch your favorite sports with the 40-foot wall and stadium sound! 

Where: 687 Park Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02910, USA

Hours:Fall/Winter/Spring Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM – 3 PM | Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM

Fawn & Cub Play Space is a play space designed for toddlers ages 5 and under, and parents to have fun, together!

There’s a woodland-themed playroom with creative dramatic play areas for children to explore their imaginative play skills! The space’s soft colors and comfortable seating throughout make it a desirable space for both littles and adults.

Where: 115 Pleasant View Avenue, Smithfield, RI, USA

Blue Door Studio has been offering art classes to students of all ages for the past 10 years.

Kids will find classes, workshops, and summer camps on Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Digital Media, Design Workshops, Illustration/Graphic Design, and so much more!

Where: 222 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
Hours:Open Daily, 10 AM- 4 PM

Kids and parents who are interested in the car world will have a blast at this museum!

The museum features collections containing over 350 cars and motorcycles ranging from brass era pre-War cars to Supercars of the 2000s, and displays three or four fresh and thematic exhibits each year, to entertain all generations!

Where: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

This is New England’s largest glasshouse display garden!

Families will find a quiet reprieve in any one of the four year-round greenhouses where a wide variety of plants can be found, including majestic 40′ tall palms, carnivorous plants, 10′ cacti, and succulents. Visit the calendar to view special events, workshops, and other activities. 

Where: 708 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

The Rochambeau Library is a  branch of the Providence Community Library located on the East Side.

There are many events and programs for kids, including storytimes for all ages!

Where: 70 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI, USA

East Side Music Together offers classes for families with children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

The classes offer an environment to build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement through song, chants, fingerplays, and imaginative play.

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: Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI 02903

Waterplace Park and the surrounding areas are home to walking paths, restaurants, concerts, and the popular and must-see WaterFire.

Families can enjoy a stroll by the river past Venice-inspired bridges, see some public art, and have the experience of stepping foot into what’s considered the heart of the restoration of Providence’s downtown area.

Where: 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865

CW Lanes & Games is Rhode Island’s state-of-the-art family entertainment center, featuring Zone Laser Tag!

Step into a high-tech, laser tag adventure where you can put your skills and your imagination to the test. Dodge lasers and strategize with teammates as you compete for high scores and glory in this futuristic version of Capture the Flag. 

This cutting-edge facility features one of Rhode Island’s largest redemption arcades! CW’s giant arcade features a stunning and ever-changing assortment of ways to play for people of all ages, from cutting-edge video games to arcade classics!

Where: 63 Carriage Dr, Lincoln, RI 02865, USA

Rock-a-Baby offers music classes for infants, toddlers, and their grown-ups to enjoy together!

Every week a new theme is introduced through song and dance – exploring simple musical concepts through live and recorded sound.

Children experience everything from Beethoven and Bach to rap and rock! Classes run in 6 to 12-week sessions and last 45 minutes each.

Where: 575 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI 02886, USA

The imPOSSIBLE DREAM Playground, Rhode Island’s first integrated playground, offers an environment that is play friendly for children of all physical abilities.

It has both indoor and outdoor spaces for fun!

Where: 21 Prospect St, Providence, RI 02912, USA

Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is the best place in Providence to learn all about culture.

There are events and resources for all ages, including programs for kids in PreK-12 grade, and free public programs in person and online, including workshops, open houses, poetry readings, talks, and more.

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: d201 India St, Providence, RI 02903

Families visiting India Point Park will enjoy stunning views of the Providence Harbor and Seekonk River.

This is an awesome park if you want to get into some biking: the East Bay Bike Path begins at the eastern end of the park and crosses over the Washington Bridge before heading to Watchemoket Square in East Providence. It continues on to Bristol and the Mount Hope Bridge. The park is also a part of the Washington–Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.

The playground features ropes, swings, and a sandbox for children to enjoy!

Where: 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908, USA
Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.

The WaterFire Arts Center serves as a multi-purpose arts venue as well as a social enterprise platform for all ages to visit. 

One of the unique features of the WaterFire Arts Center is the Main Hall which provides 15,000 sq. ft. of uninterrupted exhibitions, performances, and production space with a 40 ft. ceiling.

Where: 7592 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI,

HCA offers small class sizes where teachers get to know the kids, providing a variety of materials + skill building in every class, balancing independent + collaborative experiences in the studio, and most importantly building confidence, and creative kiddos.

Every week is a new project!

Where: 5 Soule St, Warwick, Rhode Island, United States

Kidz Kastle is not available for open play, but it is for awesome birthday parties!

The place specializes in luxury parties, upscale parties, and customized kids’ parties!

All parties are 100% PRIVATE! in a 5,000 sq ft extravagant Party Venue.

Kidz Kastle offers a distinctive party décor, elaborate entertainment, and one-of-a-kind play apparatuses.

Where: 50 Asylum Rd., Warren

This playground is worth the drive from Providence to Warren!

It features separate areas for toddlers and big kids, climbing forts that are made from recycled plastic, and play areas that kids will go crazy for, including a fisherman’s boat, clam shacks, a deep-sea climbing wall, a sandbox, and construction trucks. 

Families can enjoy views of the Kickemuit River at the end of the woodland walking path.

Where: 350 Park Ave, Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
Hours:School Year: 2 PM- 5:30 PM | Summer Camp: 7:45 AM – 4:45 PM | Vacation Weeks: 8 AM- 5 PM

Ocean State Kidz Club is a center that provides a year-round program for students in grades 5th – 9th.

Ocean State Kidz Club creates programs for each age group that is balanced and includes sports, cooking, arts & drama, team games, crafts, and science. 

Where: 199 Hope St, Providence, RI, USA

Lippitt House is Providence’s premiere Victorian house museum.

It offers guided tours by online reservation, special exhibitions, lectures, art installations, concerts, and family programs. 

A National Historic Landmark, Lippitt House has one of the best preserved Victorian interiors in America, allowing visitors to step into Providence’s Golden Age. 

Where: 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809, USA

For families who love animals and want a different museum experience, Coggeshall Farm Museum is set on 48 acres of coastal farmland and recreates the daily experience of tenant farmers on a salt marsh farm in the late 18th century.

Visitors will enjoy a unique enhanced experience through live interpretation, enriching events and educational programming, historic structures, heirloom plants and gardens, and heritage-breed animals.

Coggeshall Farm Museum will be closed to the public from November 1st through a date to be determined in the spring. Please check back for more information at a later date!

Where: 274 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: Warwick, RI

Kidz Art’s unique curriculum is based on 30 years of experience supporting students of all abilities, including those who never considered themselves to be artistic.

Students begin to express their ideas freely and overcome the impulse to judge themselves or others. A personal “toolbox” of creative skills will be introduced, and students learn to apply these tools to access the power of their imagination.

Where: 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI, USA

The RISD Museum’s collection currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world. 

Children and adults can have fun and learn together through creative thinking, exploration, and art-making. Events and programs for families include AGES 6+: FAMILY SEE & SKETCH & ALL-AGES OPEN STUDIO!

Where: 23 America’s Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840

Newport Travel Trolley Tours offers sightseeing tours and charter services in luxury and comfort for the whole family to enjoy!

Kids will love the narrated trolley tour of Newport’s mansions and breathtaking scenery, and everyone will have a blast while learning something new!

Where: 1464 Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland, RI.

The Library is housed in a former monastery built in 1900!

This extensive library offers events for kids such as storytime, and it also has a playground and walking trails for non-stop fun!

Where: 891 Broad St, Providence, RI

Providence ¡CityArts! workshops connect art with ideas that are relevant to youth, ages 8-14. All of these classes are free, with registration required.

¡CityArts! offers classes in visual arts, design, music, dance, digital media, theatre, and creative writing.

Where: 60 Congdon St, Providence, RI 02906

Prospect Terrace Park is known as “The Jewel of the City” for its dramatic elevated view of Downtown Providence where visitors can see many of Providence’s most prominent landmarks, including Providence Place Mall, the Rhode Island State House, and the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America, not to mention unforgettable sunsets!

Where: 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

Create Color Art Studio is a family-friendly entertainment and relaxation painting and craft venue where kids and adults can come to be creative and release their inner artists.

Offering PYOP, Fused Glass, Canvas Painting, Board Art, Clay Hand-building, Pottery Wheel Lessons, and more!

Where: 583 3rd Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842, USA

Norman Bird Sanctuary is a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center that features more than 300 acres of diverse habitats and 7 miles of hiking trails.

Get your binoculars and go for a walk along the well-maintained trails. You will be sure to see a variety of wildlife, including local and migratory birds, depending on the season.

Where: 34 Roosevelt Ave, Tiverton, RI 02878

Tiverton Public Library is great for kids!

This large library offers many events and programs such as drop-in playtimes and storytimes! The main branch also has a playground and skatepark next door!

Where: 26 Rochambeau Ave, Providence, RI 02906

No matter what the course title, the lessons at East Side Art Center for kids are different each semester.

The children who attend these classes and their parents, too, look forward to each challenge with great anticipation!

Where: 283 County Rd, Barrington, RI

Peck Center Playground is located behind the Barrington Town Hall, and it’s perfect for kids of all ages!

There’s a giant spiderweb-like jungle gym and a wooden climbing tower with two big slides for the older kids, and a separate toddler area, covered with soft padding for tear-free slips and falls, contains drawbridges, mini climbing walls, alligators, and a stationary fire engine for the younger ones!

Where: 52 Power St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

The John Brown House Museum is the perfect spot for families to indulge their curiosity and explore Rhode Island’s history!

Visitors will see and experience furniture, sculpture, artwork, silver, porcelain, textiles, and other selections from extensive collections; 18th-century wall maps that depict a very different worldview; a fully restored 18th-century carriage; staff that is able to discuss a variety of historical subjects including Rhode Island’s special role in the Revolution and participation in slavery and the slave trade; and much more!

Where: 2 Manchester Print Works Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865

Lincoln Woods State Park is just a short ride from Providence, and it offers so much to do!

Kids will have a blast swimming at the freshwater beach, trout fishing, playing ball, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, or just relaxing under a shade tree!

This is a must for families who are in Providence or northern Rhode Island. You will enjoy scenic trails, and many other cheap and free kids’ activities!

Where: 1043 Main St, West Warwick, RI 02893

The West Warwick Public Library is perfect for kids!

They can enjoy multiple selections of books, events such as story times, playgroups, sensory-friendly events, and even a weekly fresh food market!

Where: 1970 Pawtucket Ave. EP RI 02914

HeARTspot is a place where artists of all ages can enjoy classes in a variety of media for a variety of skill levels! 

Where: 15 Clarkson Street, Providence, RI 02908, USA

The Children’s Workshop in Providence provides high-quality childcare and early childhood education with 5 locations in Rhode Island.

It is open to children of all ages, including infants, toddlers, pre-kindergartners, and children in grade school. It offers a unique curriculum, specially designed for each of the individual age groups.

Where: 2321 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI 02919

The whole family will have a blast enjoying this 1,000-acre undeveloped property that boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers, plants, and a working farm as well.

Snake Den State Park is a terrific and fantastic nature escape for travelers of all ages.

Where: 100 Tinkham Ln, Burrillville, RI

Children’s Department programs at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library are geared toward kids ages 10 and under.

Children will also find toys, books, and awesome events for all ages to enjoy!

Where: 1015 Hope St., Providence

Lippitt Memorial Park features paved walking paths, benches, play equipment for ages 2 and up, and a newly refurbished fountain.

Kids can enjoy play structures with slides, monkey bars, and various pieces of equipment to climb on.

Where: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809, USA

Blithewold is an American Garden Treasure.

This 33-acre summer estate features grand views of Narragansett Bay and is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place Era!

You will find many programs and events for all ages.

Where: 92 Elton St, Providence, RI 02906

This awesome playground even features a free library!

The Friends of Gladys Potter Garden-Humboldt Playground will be your kid’s next favorite stop, It features a playhouse, a wooden boat, a swing, tree-lined paths for biking or strolling, a sandbox featuring construction trucks, shovels, and sand pails, and more!

Where: S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

The RI Holocaust Memorial at Memorial Park pays homage to people who gave their lives during World War II.

This is a great park to sit on a bench or under the tree and enjoy a picnic and watch people passing by while the kids run around.

Where: 65 Pavilion Avenue, Providence, RI 02905, USA

Inspiring Minds is a learning center that delivers effective programs for kids, including KINGSBRIDGE,  a free six-week summer learning program for rising kindergartners with little to no preschool experience, and RESILIENT KIDS, which helps children and adults manage stress, overcome obstacles, cultivate compassion, and thrive through adversity.

Where: 9th St, Providence, RI 02906,

This is a spot perfect for kids!

The little ones will find a playground with many features, such as a jungle gym for climbing, plastic toys, swings, a sandbox, picnic tables, and grassy areas to spend a lovely family day outdoors!


Where: 100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI, United States, Rhode Island

BattlegroundZ is New England’s Largest Indoor Airsoft and Paintball field!

This state-of-the-art interactive game room offers fun for all ages! You’ll find more than 40 games including Jurassic Park, Dizzy Chicken, Dirty Drivin’, Guitar Hero, crane games, and many more! Visitors can also enjoy awesome Gel Blasters Laser Tag, Dart Wars, Dodgeball, Airsoft, Paintball, Archery Tag, and Cornhole.

Where: 555 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903

The playground at Cabral Park has a large, wheelchair-accessible play structure with ramps, bridges, and a slide.

During the summer months, the little ones can have a blast in the splash pad!

Where: 50 Asylum Rd, Bristol, RI, United States

This waterfront playground not only has beautiful water views! It features a play structure with slides, monkey bars, climbing features, and swings. It also has picnic areas, basketball courts, a volleyball net, ball fields, and a skatepark!

Where: Little Compton, RI

There are many opportunities to see and hear birds and wildlife while hiking this easy trail!

The 433-acre preserve features a wide and flat path that circles six ponds! Kids will be entertained waiting for wildlife to show up!

You will find tons of hand-lettered signs along the trails that describe the trees, wildlife, rocks, and rich history. This is a super fun and easy trail for the whole family, with plenty of benches along the way to admire the natural space and its features!

Where: Florence St, Providence, RI 02909

This awesome park has everything for a fun summer day, including a double slide, a painted stream, and rock formations with plenty of sprayers for kids to have a blast under the sun!

Where: 31 Commercial St, Cranston, RI 02905

Village Playground features a large space filled with a jungle gym, a fire truck, swings, a free library, a play boat, toy climbing walls, a rocking balance beam, and tons of trees for shadow and a picnic!

Where: 505 Wickenden Street

The Fox Point water park at Cabral Park has it all for a fun summer day!

Kids will enjoy sprayers, showers, and sprinklers, and also a playground so kids can easily move between the two.

Where: 29 Meetinghouse Ln, Little Compton, RI 02837

Experience an awesome hiking trail surrounded by wetlands and a scenic wooded journey!

The inland boardwalk is ½ mile long and very easy for all ages!

Where: Legion Memorial Dr, Providence, RI 02909

You will want to keep going until the end of the hill to be rewarded with a nice resting spot and a breathtaking view of downtown Providence!

You will find several trails that loop up and around the hilltop. Get ready to walk through a grassy meadow with a view of the skyline, wetlands, brooks, and lots of nature!