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 in the deep snow and colder weather for long periods of time. Rather than stare at the cobwebs in our small house or wrestle the crowds at the usual spots, we have been wracking our brains to think of some fun, multi-age, money-sensitive activities to do in the local area.
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm
Adults $3, Children 6-12 $1, Children 6 and under Free
We love peeling off the winter coats and exploring the beautiful warm greenery at these gardens. I find it really tranquil and relaxing here which is always most welcome as a busy parent. More info here.
There are some wonderful free libraries at our disposal here in Rhode Island. Why not check out a different library than you usually visit. Most have children’s rooms with toys, story times and free activities going on throughout the year.
We love the Providence Athaneum, Providence Public Library, Barrington, Bristol and Warren.
Most YMCA have a guest pass system if you are not a member. Local YMCA’s offer indoor bounce house play, splash pools, rock climbing walls and childcare. Great to burn off some energy for all ages.
Om Kids Yoga at The Motion Center
Check out these wonderful multi-age yoga classes led by Elyse. Great fun for all involved and suitable for all ages.
Audubon Center at Bristol
One of our favorite indoor places to visit in winter., Not as crowded as other places and offering a lovely indoor space with a huge whale and touch tanks suitable for all ages. Check out their website here for more information about ongoing programs.
Providence Children’s Museum
Time it right and you can have a relatively quiet visit at this wonderful place for all aged children. Take a lunch and spend a whole morning exploring hands-on activities. If you are concerned about the crowds, call ahead and check if there are groups booked.
Flatbread Pizza Company
High chairs, real play dough, a roaring fire and delicious, local food are in store for all hungry families. Hands down our favorite, easy to dine with kids, local restaurant. The staff and space are so friendly with kids and with tasty pizzas large enough to share delivered at a speedy pace along with valet parking, it is a really great family experience. Check out their website for more info including menus.