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Here are some ideas for school vacation week (April 16-April 20). Parents of young kids should be aware that many places have special events for kids throughout this week. Great news, but it also means that these places may be busier than usual, so plan accordingly.

Check the list of local venues below for adventures less than an hour away from Providence. Search the calendar for other events, view the ongoing list of story hours, and find more things to do. Always call ahead to confirm dates and times.

Check past Kidoinfo posts for more great ideas – Make every day Earth Day, Get Ready for Spring, Rain Rain Go Away, and more.

Visit your local library to discover new books and see if they have discount passes for any of the following places.

Providence Children’s Museum
100 South Street, Providence, RI (401) 273-5437 (KIDS)
Audubon Society of RI
1401 Hope St. (Route 114), Bristol RI. (401) 245-7500
Capron Park Zoo
Route 123, Attleboro, MA. (508) 222-6202
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. (401) 785-3510
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA. (508) 997-0046

Sea Lion Show-1

Mystic Aquarium (pictured left)
55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT. (860) 572-5955
Museum of Science has extended hours for vacation week.
Science Park, Boston, MA. (617) 723-2500
Boston Children’s Museum opens April 14.
300 Congress Street, Boston MA. (617) 426-6500.
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA. (508) 929-2700

more great things:
– For the art lover – The RISD Museum of Art offers workshops for kids (ages 6 to 11). Around the World in an Afternoon,Tuesday, April 17 to Thursday, April 19. 1-3 pm. Registration required. Sign up for one day or the whole series. The cost is $10/child per day; $7 per day for children of Museum members or RISD faculty. Limited enrollment. Call (401) 454-6510.

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Celebrate Earth Day. Make and take home a unique craft made from recycled materials, listen to stories, and explore some of Earth’s most spectacular treasures from the Museum’s geology and fossil vaults. Check site for details. FREE with your paid admission. $4 / $3 for children under 8. Museum Hours 10am-5pm.
– Museum Vault Tours (Mon., Apr. 16- Fri., Apr 20)
1 pm & 3 pm (Space is limited).
– Our Cosmic Journey in Space Planetarium Show
Daily at 2 pm (Mon., Apr. 16 – Sun., Apr 22). Children under 4 are not permitted into the planetarium.

PawSox. Afternoon Home game at McCoy Stadium – 12:05pm, Wednesday, April 18.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids (under 2 are FREE). For more info, call (401) 724-7300.

IMAX Theatre: Dinosaurs 3D
Following Professor Rodolfo Coria, a world-renown Argentinian paleontologist, visit sites of major discoveries he has contributed to in Patagonia and travel back in time to see these amazing beasts come to life. Patagonia has given us the largest living animal to have ever walked the Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore, that could easily challenge the famous T-Rex. Experience the excitement in incredible IMAX 3D! IMAX Theatre is located in the Providence Place Mall on the Entertainment Level above the food court. Exit 22C off I-95. Convenient parking on Level 3 Cityside. (401) 453-IMAX (4629). Find Showtimes here.

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