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Buy Local: 50 Gifts for Babies, Children and Teens to Buy in Providence Stores

Buy Local: 50 Gifts for Babies, Children and Teens to Buy in Providence Stores

[ 1 ] November 23, 2015 |

By Michele Meek, ShelfDig No one can deny the convenience of online shopping. Even my grandmother is ordering gifts from Amazon now. Still, many of us want to support our local stores. And believe me, the stores want that too. So a group of us created ShelfDig—a website that enables you to browse and search […]

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Family-Friendly Performance Series

Family-Friendly Performance Series

[ 0 ] November 17, 2015 |

The holidays are here and the “Family Performance Series,” Artists’ Exchange’s newest family-friendly programming, is the perfect activity to entertain all of your family members for little to no cost.  Series performances began in September and will run through May 2016, with shows on Saturday mornings from 11:00am-12:00pm at Theatre 82 & Café, located at 82 Rolfe […]

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The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide & Journal

The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide & Journal

[ 1 ] October 13, 2015 |

Whether you are experienced hikers or totally new to the trails, The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide and Journal has everything you need to help you prepare for and enjoy exploring the great outdoors with children of all ages and abilities. The 42 family-friendly hikes include short, stroller-friendly walks as well as longer, more rugged excursions throughout Rhode […]

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The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire returns to AS220 FooFest on August 8th!

The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire returns to AS220 FooFest on August 8th!

[ 0 ] July 16, 2015 |

The 7th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire will be happening during Foo Fest on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 1pm to 8pm! The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is an awesome event for kids of ALL ages celebrating New Englanders’ do-it-yourself ingenuity and innovation. Great place to explore and connect with a cool community […]

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RI Wool and Fiber Festival at Coggeshall Farm

RI Wool and Fiber Festival at Coggeshall Farm

[ 0 ] May 4, 2015 |

The wonderful RI Wool and Fiber Festival takes place on May 16th from 9am to 4pm. Combining animals, history, delicious food in an idyllic setting and good old fashioned crafts and games, this is one of our own family’s favorite annual events. Against a backdrop of a working 18th century farm, artisans, vendors and producers of […]

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Botanica Ceramica

Botanica Ceramica

[ 0 ] March 5, 2015 |

Botanica Ceramica: Large Scale Sculpture under Glass is an exhibition of large scale and site-specific ceramic sculpture, installed in the two main conservatories of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. The event runs from March 12 thru March 29th and costs only $3. The exhibition includes the work of nine nationally recognized artists whose works […]

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Snow more: Cabin fever suggestions for you and your littles

Snow more: Cabin fever suggestions for you and your littles

[ 1 ] February 19, 2015 |

As the parent of two active children, we are, like many of you, finding this winter a long event. My kids are 6.5 and 18 months old and so have very different wants and needs for activities.  The older wants to go out in freezing conditions and play in the snow, while our toddler struggles […]

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My Favorite Game

My Favorite Game

[ 3 ] January 7, 2014 |

Recently my family got really into a card game: Anomia. And I got kind of evangelical about it. It’s easy to carry, so I brought it in my bag whenever we were invited somewhere, just in case I might find players. I have played this game with adults, schoolchildren, and college students. Everyone* loves this […]

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Family Matters: Five ways to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day!

Family Matters: Five ways to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day!

[ 0 ] June 14, 2012 |

1. Quality time with the kids. A family outing or just dad and the kids may start with breakfast at home or at his favorite diner or coffee shop followed by an afternoon outing like a trip to the beach, park, or museum. My husband loves having bagels and lox at home as much as dining out at the Modern Diner in Pawtucket or Julian’s on the West Side.

2. An event. Give a gift-certificate (for two, if it includes you) to his favorite local restaurant or tickets to a sports game or music concert.

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A rare moment to share with your kids: Venus to move across the Sun June 5

A rare moment to share with your kids: Venus to move across the Sun June 5

[ 0 ] June 3, 2012 |

Brown University astronomers and historians will help the community mark the historic transit of Venus across the Sun during the late afternoon of June 5 with historical lectures, viewing opportunities and home-viewing advice. The celestial event will not happen again until 2117.

Venus will transit the Sun beginning just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, and the event will only be visible until sunset, from Providence. Members of the public are invited to join Ladd Observatory staff and members of the Skyscrapers Amateur Astronomical Society from 5 to 8 p.m. on the roof of the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, which will provide the best view.
A limited supply of special safe solar viewing glasses will be available. A suggested donation of $1 is welcome to offset the cost. Brown’s Ladd Observatory cannot accommodate the large crowd that is expected, and trees or buildings will obscure the view for most of the event, so the public viewing has been planned for the athletic center. The Ladd Observatory itself will be open to members of the media (see below for how to access a live TV feed).

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