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10 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in Rhode Island for Mother’s Day

picnic-basket1. Picnic lunch and kite flying at Colt State Park in Bristol.
2. Letterboxing at Goddard State Park in Warwick (or a location of your choosing).
3. Mother’s Day at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. Mothers receive free admission to the zoo when accompanied by a child. Admission prices: children 3-12 cost $6; under 3 are free.
4. URI’s East Farm Spring Festival in Kingston from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Celebrate the arrival of spring with URI master gardeners, plant sales, activities, and exhibits. Call (401) 874-2900 for more information.
5. Casey Farm: Plant sale and open house in Saunderstown between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m, Casey Farm will host children’s activities and free tours as well as plant and seedling sales.
6. imPossible Dream Playground in Warwick. Fully accessible for children of all physical capabilities, this large playground has a suggested $1 donation that benefits all of the organization’s programs.
7. Volunteer as a family! Participate in a Save the Bay cleanup at India Point Park in Providence or search for another family volunteer activity for Mother’s Day.
8. Explore Rhode Island: Walk, bike, or stroll on bike trails located from northern to southern Rhode Island that provide some of the best scenery in the state.
9. Crescent Park Carousel in Riverside: The nineteenth-century Crescent Park Carousel in Riverside begins its weekend hours of operation around Eastertime. Fun for all ages for only $1!
10. Stay home and pamper mom with breakfast in bed!

Rachel McNally lives in Cranston, RI, with her husband and two-year-old son.  She is a part-time advisor and adjunct faculty member at a local college and full-time mother to her toddler son.  Rachel loves to read, write, and follow local news and events. She is also president of a local non-profit.  Read more by Rachel at: www.associatedcontent.com/rirachel.

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  • Commenting a bit late on this one but these are awesome ideas. A few weekends ago, we went to the carousel in Riverside and had the best time reaching for the brass ring and then tossing it with each go-round. The building has been restored nicely and there is even a museum section about the history of Riverside in its hey-day as a resort. My 8-year old was fascinated. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Visit a variety of historic sites with your family on Mother’s Day weekend for free! Thresholds: Step Inside History is s free statewide open house. Visit a variety of historic sites with your family on Mother’s Day weekend for free! Explore historic sites in a neighboring county or visit ones in your own backyard.

  • Providence Children’s Museum is also free all day (9am to 6pm) for moms and grandmoms on Sunday! Regular admission for everyone else is $7.50, 12 months and up.