One of my favorite things to do with my kiddos has always been hiking ~ and if you love the outdoors, you must check out RI Families in Nature! You can join Jeanine and local families in the monthly hikes around Rhode Island – or buy the hiking guide and get out with your family anytime.
We also love visiting farms! Whether meeting new animals, watching sheep sheering, celebrating life of the 18th century with traditional games & activities, picking apples or berries, taking hay rides to a pumpkin patch, visiting butterfly gardens, enjoying pony rides,….our local farms offer opportunities for children to learn about their community, local foods, and animals…and have SO much fun!
Not only is the Roger Williams Park and Zoo easily accessible for families in RI, but so are many Massachusetts zoos as well. Among our favorite are the Capron Park Zoo (which has a splash pad in the summer too!), Southwick Zoo, and EcoTarium.
We also love all the seasonal festivals & fairs and free outdoor concerts & movies happening at various locations throughout RI. It might behoove you to check out local towns websites and subscribe to newsletters from kidoinfo and macaroni kid to keep informed on what’s happening each week. Rhode Island may be a small state, but it sure is packed of clean, beautiful outdoor spaces to explore and enjoy!
There are also plenty of indoor options for families with young kids! So when it’s cool or raining, fear not! There is still plenty of enjoyment to be had.
We love Biomes for it’s touch tanks, aquariums, and education. They have story times with crafts (no additional cost) and a Play Center area for kids under 6.
Does your little one like to climb, bounce, build, and play? Then you must check out KidZone! For more movement and activity, head to Open Bounce at BounceU or Toddler Time at Launch Trampoline Park held every Friday from 10:30am–12:30pm for children ages 5 and under. Only $10/child and 1 accompanying parent or guardian gets to jump in on the fun…for free!
In South County, the Guild has Toddler Time (for children under age 5) Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm Fridays, 11-1pm. Children can play in the big gymnasium with balls, bikes, blocks, and more. It’s a bargain at only $2 per child/visit. There’s all sorts of other family friendly activities happening there as well!
In East Providence, Renaissance Gymnastics offers an open play membership for $20/month for kids under age 5. From 10am-2pm on Mondays through Saturdays, children can explore and play and a full sized gymnastics studio with instructors to help guide parents and children.
Parents as Teachers is a national organization with local programs for families with children under age 5. My local chapter offers a free music class and a morning of open gym with arts & crafts. It’s a nice way to meet other local mamas….and it’s free!
There are all sorts of regular weekly happenings such as library story hours, child yoga classes, music and sign language classes, Tours for Tots at the RISD art museum (for
children ages 3-5, free with admission), sports classes, and much more worth exploring!
I can’t possibly include everything there is to do with your little ones in RI, but rest assured the possibilities of excitement for you both are bountiful! These are some of my favorites…and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too!