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Lots to do in the Ocean State all summer long! And plenty of warm weather indoor and outdoor ideas in our KidoGuide: 150+ Things to do with Kids in Rhode Island and beyond…

Consider  150+ Things To Do with Kids in Rhode Island Kidoinfo’s Bucket List, filled with things to do with your children before they grow up! Below are a few summer choices written about in the past by Kidoinfo – but visit our 150+ list to see updated listings.

local favorites

Kidoinfo Play in the Park
Play in Park Tuesdays with Downtown Farmer’s Market, Mobile Playground, music + family friendly activities each week!
Where: Burnside Park, Downtown Providence
Tuesdays, July — August from 3:00 PM — 6:00 PM


Kidoinfo Storytime + Art in the Park
Families bring a blanket and enjoy different weekly storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park in downtown Providence.
Where: Burnside Park, Downtown Providence
Thursdays, July — August from 10:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Waterfire (Check web site for schedule)
Fires are lit sunset. Event ends around Midnight.
Where: Along the river, Downtown Providence

Carousels around Rhode Island (Check each location for details)
There are many lovely carousels located around the state. Plan to visit all this summer. Use the link above for details.
Where: Providence, RI, East Providence, RI, Watch Hill, RI, Pawtucket, RI, Newport, RI, Fall River, MA, Attleboro, MA
COST: $1 – $2 per ride

Summer Reading Program (June – August)
The Summer Reading Program varies in specifics from library to library but in general incentives are provided to encourage children to read a book each week such as weekly raffles, free admission passes to 13 places like the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence Children’s Museum for each book read, and prizes and a party at the end. There will be approximately 240 performances this year by storytellers, entertainers and educators, along with crafts, activity sheets, and many special theme-related events to encourage continued participation throughout the summer.
COST: FREE. Some of the performances may require pre-registration but these events are usually fabulous, free and open to the public. Check libraries for details.

The Newport International Polo Series (June – September)
The Newport International Polo Series, takes place every Saturday throughout the summer and early fall, at 5:00 pm in June, July, August and at 4:00 pm in September.  The matches are open to the public, and take place on the polo grounds of historic Glen Farm in Portsmouth, on the outskirts of Newport. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the match. Tailgate picnics are welcome with field-side general admission for lawn seating or grandstand seating.
COST: General Admission is $12/adult and kids up to the age of 15 are free.



Check here for our Summer Movie Round-Up List!

Rustic Tri-Vew Drive-in
Showings continue Friday & Saturday nights through end of September.
Opened, July 3, 1951. Now the only active drive-in theater in Rhode Island, it houses a triangular design of three screens and fits over 500 cars.
Where: Route 146, North Smithfield, RI


Paw Sox (April – September)
The Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox. They play their home games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
COST: Tickets are affordable at $10 and under. Check their schedule for home games and special kid events.


Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show (cancelled for 2013)
Where: Quonset State Airport, 1 Minutman Way, North Kingstown
The Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show was established in 1991 as a major community event The airshow offers the finest aerial and static dsplays along with activities for people of all ages.

South County Hot Air Balloon Festival (mid-July)
Where: The Festival is located at the URI Athletic fields off Route 138 in Kingston RI.
Arrive super early to watch the hot air balloons go up. Lots of family fun activities. Check web site for schedule, admission fees, etc.

Newport Kite Festival (July or August, check web site for schedule)
Where: Breton State Park, Newport, RI
Hundreds of kites in the air, on the ground and in competitions. Bring a picnic blanket, lunch and plenty of sunscreen.


Check Farm Fresh RI to find out when fruits are ripe for harvesting in Rhode Island. Great activity for children to learn where their fruit comes from.
Berry Picking
Making Strawberry Jam

There are over 40 farmers markets in Rhode Island, you can visit one every day of the week. Check Farm Fressh RI to find a market near you.

beaches, swimclubs and safety

– Read the Kido blog for beach ideas. boating, swim clubs and more…
– List of Rhode Island Beaches
– Check the tides

Water Safety Tips? Visit redcross.org.

pools + waterparks

Providence’s Department of Recreation runs over a dozen public water parks and pools, located throughout the city. Pools & Water Parks will be open July 1 — Aug 16 (closed July 4 & Aug 12 for city holidays)

To find a facility convenient to your home, use the link above.

Four public pools are open Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm. Ten water play parks are open Monday through Saturday from Noon to 5 pm, staffed by lifeguards and counselors from the city Department of Recreation.

Summer Lunch Program provides Free Healthy lunches to anyone under 18yrs old.

Providence Pool Locations

Providence Water Park Locations

  • Al Carrington Water Park – at Richardson Park – 64 Richardson Street
  • (Corner of Richardson Street & Prairie Ave)
  • Sackett Street Water Park – 110 Sackett Street
    (Across from Sackett Street Recreation Center)
  • Harriet & Sayles Water Park  – 375 Sayles Street
    (Corner of Harriet & Sayles Streets)
  • General Street Water Park – 11 West Drive
    (Off Admiral Street)
  • George West Water Park – 1266 Chalkstone Ave
    (Corner of Chalkstone & Mt Pleasant Ave)
  • Fargnoli Water Park – 945 Smith Street
    (Close to Academy Ave)
  • Fox Point Water Park – at Cabral Park – 505 Wickenden Street
    (Next to Vartan Gregorian School)
  • Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park – 675 Plainfield Street
    (Near Killingly Street)
  • Wallace St Water Park — at Wallace St Park — Cumerford Street
    (Off Union Ave, near Rt 10 onramps)
  • Billy Taylor Water Park — at Billy Taylor Park —
    (Corner of Camp & Cypress Streets)
    NEW FOR 2013:  The Providence’s Department of Recreation is now offering free swim lessons at pools this year, July 15-Aug 16, 2013 in a partnership with the Mt Hope/East Side YMCA.  Lessons are for Providence residents ages 3-12.  Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Tues, 10am-10:30am @ Zuccolo Pool
  • Wed, 10am-10:30am & 10:45am-11:15am @ Selim-Rogers Pool
  • Thurs, 10am-10:30am & 10:45am-11:15am @ Almagno Pool
  • Fri, 10am-10:30am & 10:45am-11:15am @ McGrane Pool
  • Registration forms will be available at recreation centers and on the Providence city website.

summer camps

Since you may not have the time or choose not to be Julie McCoy all summer long, check out our Summer Camp Guide.

kidoinfo-camp-guidesMore about camp:
Summer camp and childcare

Camp Guide
You Really Can Do-it-Yourself: Forming Camps and Clubs
Helping Kids Help Others
Day Camp Checklist


Check the Kidoinfo calendar for complete list of summer events.

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