Tuesdays (starting July 11) from 3-6pm in Burnside Park, Downtown Providence.
Free fun for all ages.
 
Kidoinfo is proud partner of Play in the Park teaming up with Jen Smith of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and company to bring family friendly activities to Burnside Park. There is something new each week!Plus Every Tuesday, from 3 – 6pm, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, in partnership with FarmFreshRI, is bringing a selection of local farmers and producers to Washington Street for the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Don’t miss you chance to stop by and pick up delicious fresh produce and foods made by local producers.Tuesday, July 11, join us in Burnside Park as we kick off our summer programming.

July 11
playSCIENCE with Miss Katie, fun music + science exploration!

July 18 
Superhero Day! and World Instruments finger painting with Heidi!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

July 25
Powerful Percussion! Join Miss Katie as we explore all of the sounds we can make on a drum! We’ll play drums big and small, and experiment with making our own shakers. We’ll test our ears and see if we can guess what’s inside Miss Katie’s Rainbow Egg Shakers. Take your shaker home and see if anyone can guess what’s inside!

August 1
Ocean fun finger painting with Heidi!

August 8
HONK! Festival Ballet Providence brings to life the delightful story of a swan who wants to be a ballerina for the Play In The Park on August 8th.  Hear the telling of HONK: The Story of a Prima Swanerina written by Pamela Duncan Edwards.  A ballerina from FBP will be there to perform an expert from the ballet Swan Lake.  FBP Director of Community Engagement will teach the children a swan dance and assist them in creating a swan craft.

August 15 
Superhero Day!
Plus, Sidy Maiga hosts an open drum circle from 5-6pm

August 22
Providence Children’s Film Festival Animation Workshop

Looking forward to seeing you in the park on Tuesday, July 11!

Brown University and Kidoinfo team up for the return of Summer Movie Nights! Films are family-friendly, free, and open to the public.

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BYO-blanket or low chairs for the lawn and Brown will treat you to free popcorn and other treats!

Both events are outdoors at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  For more information, including weather cancellations, contact community@brown.edu or 401-863-3717. Please check the Brown website for rescheduling details

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 the store shelves right here in Providence.

This year, why not try to buy all (or at least most) of your holiday presents locally? I’ve compiled a list of gifts for babies, children and teens, and you might be surprised by the variety of gifts you can find right here in Providence, many of them even locally made.

Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

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Screen-Printed Onesies

These cotton baby onesies make unique gifts. Each one has its own decoration—a series of hearts, a tiger, or Martian. Locals might especially appreciate the “Don’t Mess with Rhode Island Either” design with a little RI within an outline of Texas. | $22
http://shelfdig.com/s/craftland-baby-clothes-providence

Cool Pop Teether 

Teething babies (3 months and up) will enjoy this colorful silicone teether in the shape of an ice pop. | $9.95
http://shelfdig.com/i/pleasant-surprise-humorous-gifts-toys-providence/527

Animal Ornaments

These porcelain animal ornaments created by New Jersey artist Beth DiCara make a charming decoration for children’s rooms (although they’re definitely for show, not for play). | $18
http://shelfdig.com/s/studio-hop-fish-plates-ornaments-providence

Baby’s First Book: Nesting Dolls

Rag and Bone Bindery's best-selling baby book helps parents keep memories and mementos from baby’s first year. | $72
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/studio-hop-photo-books-providence/407

Milkbarn Swaddle Baby Blanket 
These 100% organic cotton swaddle blankets decorated with white roses or little foxes are perfect as nursing covers or stroller blankets. | $27
http://shelfdig.com/i/kreatelier-baby-hats-blankets-providence/1785

Annicke Mouse: Handmade Stuffed Animal

Made from light brown organic cotton fleece, with a hand-embroidered face and striped cotton lining on her floppy ears, Annicke is perfect for newborns because it doesn't have any buttons or strings. | $42
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/kreatelier-dolls-lunch-providence/450

Gray Baby Kowali Kozyhat 

Gray and black fleece hat for babies. | $22
http://shelfdig.com/i/kreatelier-baby-hats-blankets-providence/1784

Plush Mini Creatures 

Handmade colorful soft toy stuffed creatures by Mr. Sogs Creatures. | $18-$46
http://shelfdig.com/s/studio-hop-plush-toys-providence

Little Miss Austin: A BabyLit Counting Primer 

Designed to introduce 'little bibliophiles' to the romantic world of Jane Austen with a stroll through one English village to meet two rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the five Bennet sisters encounter four marriage proposals. | $9.99
http://shelfdig.com/i/homestyle-toys-games-providence/145

Star Capes

Let kids create their own superheroes with these locally-made shiny and whimsical star capes. | $26
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/hope-returns-capes-aprons-providence

123 Beach Board Book

A beach-themed counting book is perfect for Ocean State children and babies. | $7.95
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Touch and Learn Preschool Playbook

Preschoolers can learn numbers, alphabet, spelling and more with this compact electronic learning device that looks and feels like a book. | $23.99
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Lion Bookends

Gold or white-colored lion bookends can decorate baby’s room. | $40

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Gifts for Children

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Handmade Car Seat Organizers

A great gift for kids and parents, these organizers hang from the back of the front seat and contain compartments to hold pens, pencils, books, tablets and more to keep children’s activities (read: clutter) in the car more organized. | $39
http://shelfdig.com/i/kreatelier-car-organizers-more-providence/1751

Lacing Cards Children’s Art Set

Children ages five and up can practice ‘sewing’ with these Children of the World Lacing Cards set from Eeboo. | $18
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/peaceable-kingdom-candles-folk-art-providence/1679

Children’s Height Chart

This refrigerator magnet height chart helps keep track of kids’ height. | $12.95
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/pleasant-surprise-humorous-gifts-toys-providence/480

Wooden Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set 

A Melissa & Doug wooden cupcake set includes cupcake tray, cupcakes, icing tops, cupcake sleeves, candles, icing markers and oven mitt so children can celebrate birthdays any time they want. | $19.99
http://shelfdig.com/i/creatoyvity-tea-sets-providence/56

Zingo

This variation on Bingo has been a favorite in our house. Both pre-readers and readers alike can play (recommended for ages four and up). | $19.99
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/creatoyvity-board-games-providence/49

Hand-Stitching Project: Owl

Crafty kids will enjoy being able to hand-stitch (with a little help, perhaps) their own stuffed animal. The kit includes pattern, instructions, and all materials necessary to complete the animal. Also available in Cat, Kangaroo, Fox and Whale. | $20
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/kreatelier-craft-projects-onesies-providence/1763

Skull Piggy Bank

These colorful ceramic skull-themed piggy banks can contain loose change in older kids’ rooms. | $15
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Roominate Chateau Wired Building Kit

This Roominate chateau-building kit includes wires and designable furniture to teach children important STEM-related skills like basic circuitry, wheels and pulleys, and creativity. | $49.99
http://shelfdig.com/i/creatoyvity-science-toys-providence/1039

Geomag Color

This classic Geomag product contains magnetic rods and nonmagnetic steel spheres that combine to create an unlimited number of structures, for ages three and up. | $36
http://shelfdig.com/i/homestyle-toys-games-providence/142

Peruvian Musical Instruments

Form your own kid band with a bamboo flute, painted maracas, a wooden mallet and metal chimes, and other instruments. | $10-28
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/peaceable-kingdom-musical-instruments-providence

Shrinky Dinks Refill Pack 

The old-fashioned technology of Shrinky Dinks still amazes. This refill pack includes six sheets of shrinkable plastic so children can imagine their own shapes and designs. $9.50
http://shelfdig.com/i/homestyle-toys-games-providence/143

Set Card Game

This game of visual perception is officially for ages 8 and up, but we’ve played it with children as young as four (for them, we often take out one of the ‘layers’ – shading, shape, color, number). It’s as fun (and challenging) for adults as it is for kids. | $13.99
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/creatoyvity-board-games-providence/51

Make Your Own Bunny Puppet Kit 

Children ages four and up can make their own bunny puppet with this kit that includes a plush puppet body, fabric puppet parts, non-toxic glue, and instructions, along with puppet show ideas and a stage scene ready to color. | $18
http://shelfdig.com/i/homestyle-toys-games-providence/146

Monster Pendants

These locally designed pendants by Lucky Bird Studios and Fishcakes feature a variety of themes to suit any tastes, from ‘I Heart Pie’ to ‘I Heart Pi’. | $26
http://shelfdig.com/s/rhody-craft-pendants-providence

Small Earthlust Water Bottles

Kids will find these BPA-free stainless steel water bottles with bird, elephant and owl designs ‘very grown-up’. | $16
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/pie-in-the-sky-clever-mugs-water-bottles-providence/537

Children’s Books

Ada Books offers gently used children’s books like Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes, Mad About Monkeys and Leo: A Ghost Story. | Various prices.
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/ada-books-childrens-books-providence

Snap Circuits: Light

This circuit kit includes 55 parts that snap together with ease so children can make projects like a strobe light or lights that change to the beat of music.  | $79.99
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/creatoyvity-science-toys-providence/1037

Toysmith Juggling Balls

A set of three colorful juggling balls is perfect for beginners. | $ 7.95

http://shelfdig.com/i/pleasant-surprise-humorous-gifts-toys-providence/500

Gifts for Teens

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Skateboards

Choose from a variety of colorful skateboard decks, then choose a wheel color and truck to design your own skateboard. | $50 for decks; $20-$50 other parts.
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/civil-skateboard-decks-providence

Vampire Earrings

Here’s a pair they might not have already—a pair of vampire earrings. | $10
http://shelfdig.com/i/peaceable-kingdom-folk-art-earrings-providence/1711

Fjallraven Kanken Backback

This iconic Swedish-designed backpack is durable and water-repellent, with adjustable straps. | $80
http://shelfdig.com/s/downcity-outfitters-backpacks-cooler-providence

PARL Paw Print Bangle 

Animal lovers will appreciate this handcrafted paw print bangle with 20% of your purchase donated to the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL). | $35
http://shelfdig.com/i/flaunt-bangles-providence/75

The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck 

An illustrated Tarot card deck created for the first time tarot card user. | $24
http://shelfdig.com/i/spectrum-india-tarot-decks-providence/1146

Decorative Cell Phone Covers

Celebrate sports teams (Yankees, Bruins, etc), Superheros (Batman, Hulk, etc) and other themes with a decorative cell phone cover. | Various prices.
http://shelfdig.com/s/tech-medix-cell-phone-covers-2-providence

Joe’s Jeans

Ripped jeans, white jeans, or simple blue jeans by Joe’s Jeans. | Various prices.
http://shelfdig.com/s/garbolino-joes-jeans-providence

Earrings from Around the World

Earrings in a variety of shapes, colors and styles from around the world. | Various prices.
http://shelfdig.com/s/lion-eye-african-earrings-providence

Leather-Bound Journal

A leather-bound journal (various sizes) makes a great gift for a budding writer or artist, or any teen that might appreciate the “old-fashioned” arts. | $32-42
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/spectrum-india-bound-journals-providence

Rhode Island Bag

This natural cotton canvas bag features a Rhode Island map filled with pictures, icons and city names. | $20
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/noon-design-cards-soaps-providence/218

S'well Wood Collection Water Bottle 

This stainless steel water bottle, painted to imitate wood, keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12. Plus, for every Wood Collection bottle sold, S’well will plant a tree. | $36-48
http://shelfdig.com/i/homestyle-water-bottles-providence/153

Classic Books

In this selection of remainder books from Symposium, you’ll find classics like Ulysses or On the Genealogy of Morals, along with books by Nabokov, Faulkner, Proust, Hunter S. Thomas and Chaucer. | Various prices.
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/symposium-books-remainder-books-providence

Rock Earrings 

Providence-based artist Margaret Hinge makes these handcrafted stone earrings. | $40
http://shelfdig.com/s/lore-earrings-providence

Bicycle

How about a shiny new bicycle? Find road racing, touring, upright hybrids, and mountain bikes in all colors and sizes. | Various prices.
http://www.shelfdig.com/s/dash-bicycles-bicycles-b-providence

Round Hanging Terrarium

Here’s an idea for an eco-friendly room design—grow a plant in a round hanging glass terrarium. | $30.50
http://shelfdig.com/i/jephry-floral-terrariums-cards-providence/1448

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels and comic books, like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby and Gahan Wilson’s Sunday Comics, fill this shelf. | Various prices.
http://shelfdig.com/s/symposium-books-comic-books-graphic-novels-providence

Hair Sticks

Made from carved wood with white inlaid patterns, each of these hair sticks features a unique design. | $12
http://www.shelfdig.com/i/nava-organics-providence/1604

Converse Sneakers

The classic sneaker still holds up—high-top and regular Converse sneakers in all colors. | $50
http://shelfdig.com/s/army-navy-converse-sneakers-sweatshirts-providence

Designer Sneakers

Or if you know your teen wants the Nike Air Huarache or the Adidas Tokyo Purple Sneakers or the New Balance 996, browse this shelf for designer sneakers. And when you buy local, it makes it easier to exchange for a different size! | Various prices.
http://shelfdig.com/s/sneaker-junkies-nike-ewing-new-balance-providence

ShelfDig enables shoppers to browse, search and discover online the products available in stores in their local community. A semi-finalist in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, ShelfDig currently has partnerships with over 60 stores in the Providence area and launched to the public in the beginning of November 2015.

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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 Square in Cranston.  Admission is “Pay What You Can” with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

Each Saturday is unique and guaranteed to engage and entertain your toddler and teen, your spouse and grandparent, and everyone in between.  Upcoming performances feature a line-up of theater professionals with experience entertaining families, youth, and children in puppetry, music, interactive storytelling, improvisational theater, dance, and more.

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“Laugh Out Loud” is every second Saturday of the month and “Big Day” is the last Saturday of the month.  Join “The Club” in “Laugh Out Loud” and be a member who follows the Club Rules: “Have Fun,” “Be You,” “Speak Your Mind,” “Play Games,” and “Dream Big.”  Act out stories, read and sing, be silly, and laugh with your new friends Lauren, Davey, Jessie, and Tommy.  In “Big Day,” you will celebrate daily holidays – ranging from favorites to rare to bizarre but incredibly fun – with Dr. Phineas P.T. Pretorius, festival presenter extraordinaire, and his sidekick, Larry, with sketches, stories, songs, and funny!

Sparky'spuppetspiratepostcardnotext-2Puppets and storytellers will delight you on the remaining dates with renowned performers including: the BIG NAZO Mini-Creature Show (November 21stJanuary 6th, and April 2nd), Marc Kohler, Sparky’s Puppets, and Marc Levitt.  Visit www.artists-exchange.org or contact Jessica Chace, Theatre Director, at 401-490-9475, for full schedule and information.

ABOUT ARTISTS' EXCHANGE
Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning, and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated.  Home to multiple art studios, a gallery, online art boutique, café, and secondary venue Theatre 82 & Characters Café; it offers year-round classes and summer camps in art, ceramics, theater, and music.  Artists? Exchange is operated by Gateways to Change, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

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Join Erin Vinacco this Halloween for a free family yoga class on Halloween Day (October 31) at the Motion Center Yoga Collective, Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket. Halloween Costumes are welcome!

Regular weekly classes will be be held throughout the winter during Farmer's Market starting Nov 1st, Saturdays 10-10:45am, $5 per participant. Free for little ones under 2!

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Come move, breathe, play and relax together! Family yoga is active and engaging opportunity for families to connect in a whole new way.  Practicing yoga postures with a new, fun and playful approach helps us all to decrease our stress and increase our joy and connection.  Each class includes breathing practices, group and partner activities as well as tools to calm and focus our minds and bodies both on the mat and at home.  Class concludes with time for quiet guided relaxation and rest even for the most wiggly bodies and active minds.  All abilities welcome.  All children must be accompanied by an adult participant.  Focus is on school-aged children (5-12) but younger and older siblings are welcome to join too.  Aunties, cousins and grandparents are all welcome - bring the whole family!

Erin Vinacco is a native Rhode Islander with over 7 years of experience working with and children,parents and families. She finds joy in sharing both the peaceful and playful aspects of yoga and mindfulness with students of all ages and abilities and currently works with the non-profit ResilientKids to bring mindfulness into the schools.  Her compassionate presence welcomes all students to the mat and allows everyone to explore and develop their unique practice at their own pace and comfort level.  She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than a decade.   Erin has completed a 40-hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center in Boston and over 40 hours in training in teaching yoga to children, teens and adults with special needs through Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy and My OmAbilities.

Find out more about Motion Center Yoga Collective here.

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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 Island. Each hike description includes essential and helpful information, a detailed map, and driving directions, as well as journal pages for your family to use to reflect upon and document your experiences.

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Written by local Mom and founder of RI Families in Nature and Kidoinfo contributor, Jeanine Silversmith, this wonderful guide offers local hiking ideas and a nature journal which is sure to inspire young and old to head outdoors in our beautiful state. It's a great gift idea for the hard to buy for family member or teacher for the holidays!

Check out RI Families in Nature - there are details of upcoming hikes, places to explore and lots more.

Order a copy of The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide and Journal here.

Audubon Raptor Weekend photo credit Heidi Piccerelli

Check out the wonderful September programs and events for children and families at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI

Audubon Raptor Weekend
September 12th & 13th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bring the brood and get up-close with owls, hawks and falcons at Raptor Weekend! There are flight presentations, raptor programs, games, and activities for kids of all ages. Eagles, owls, hawks and falcons – the hunters of the avian world – will be featured in live flight presentations, educational programs, and activities for the whole family. Join raptor experts from across the Northeast for the largest celebration of raptors in New England!

Animal Tales
September 3rd &4th
10:00am-11:00am
Schedule available Animal Tales.

Enjoy a nature story with your preschooler each month. Programs include a story with a nature lesson followed by a craft. Often a live animal comes to visit!

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
September 5th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Families can explore environmental exhibits representing Rhode Island’s diverse habitats, from upland meadow and cornfields to wetlands, salt marshes and the Narragansett Bay shoreline. Situated on the beautiful 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy nature trails.

Franklin’s Hatch Day Party!
Franklin is the resident eastern box turtle at the Audubon Environmental Education Center and we are celebrating his birthday—the day he hatched! Come learn all about this awesome species of turtle – and have fun celebrating his birthday!

9:00 am-5:00 pm: Spot the Box Turtle.
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Turtle Party Hat Craft Table
10:00 am and 2:30 pm: Turtle Tale Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:00 pm: Meet Franklin- Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Turtle Party Games

Labor Day Nature Activities
September 7th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
End the summer with Audubon! Come to the Environmental Education Center and enjoy crafts, a nature hike, games, and more.  No registration is required.

Nature Craft Table: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Nature Story: 10:00 am
Nature Hike: 11:00 am and 2:30 pm
Animal Interview: 1:00 pm
Habitats Bingo: 1:30 pm

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
September 17, 18, 2015:  Exploring Vertebrates
Thursday classes are held from 2:00-3:00 pm; Friday Classes are held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Join other home-schooled kids to learn about nature and science! This hour-long program will introduce participants to a different topic each class, with hands-on experiments and nature-based activities that are sure to foster a love of the natural world.  Classes are limited to 15 children, so please register early. Adult must attend with child.

Eco-stories and Art
September 23rd
11:00am-12:00pm

Bring a snack and relax while an Audubon naturalist reads a nature story. Then create a unique work of art from different recyclable materials and found objects. Will it be a bouquet of flowers made from plastic bottles? A bird’s nest made from scrap paper and yarn? Join us and find out! No registration required.

Preschool Adventures
Sept 24th, Oct 1,8,15
10:00am-11:00am

Nature will come alive for children ages 3-5. Children will participate in games, hikes, crafts, songs, hands-on activities and more as they are introduced to the wonders of nature.  Space is limited to 12 children so please register early.  Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. Younger siblings are not permitted to attend.

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI

Animal Tales
September 9th
11:00am-12:00pm
1:00pm-2:00pm
Schedule available here.

Enjoy a nature story with your preschooler each month. Programs include a story with a nature lesson followed by a craft. Often a live animal comes to visit!

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI

Celebrate National Estuaries Day!
September 26th
9:45 am – 4:45 pm

Learn why estuaries are such important habitats and meet some of the critters that call the Bay home. We'll try our hand at seine netting, search for invasive crabs, and look for migratory birds in the salt marsh. The day will also include a tour of Prudence with stops at some historical and natural features. This is a great program for both kids and adults! Registration is required.

Geocaching on Prudence Island
September 30th
9:45 am – 3:00 pm

Come test your technology and homing skills while you treasure hunt on Prudence Island! Learn what geocaching is about and how to use your smart phone in new ways. We will also discuss how animals can use similar techniques to find food and/or mates, migrate, and echolocate. Bring your smart phone or GPS, if you have one and your sense of adventure!

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From Cow School to Make & Mend, visitors can participate in the life of the farm.

Coggeshall Farm Museum is pulling the veil off 18th century life this summer with a series of daily demonstrations and activities to engage visitors of all ages and interests. This living history farm in Bristol, Rhode Island portrays the lives of middle-class salt marsh farmers in the late 1700s.

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"At Coggeshall, we celebrate the lives of everyday people who were the backbone of Rhode Island's economy when our country was brand new," says Executive Director Cindy Elder. "We carry forward their tradition of working in harmony with the land, making the most of our resources and enjoying both the work and pleasures of farm life."

THE DETAILS:
Location: Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive in Bristol, off Poppasquash Road (adjacent to Colt State Park)
The following offerings are included in the regular admission price (Weekdays: $3 for kids/seniors, $5 for adults; Weekends: $5 for kids/seniors, $7/adults). Members are free during all regular open hours. Coggeshall is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit www.coggeshallfarm.org or call 401-253-9062.

Demonstrations and Activities

Making Hay by Hand - ongoing (weather-dependent)
One of the most important crops grown on an 18th century farm would have been grass. It provides feed for our animals and compost for our garden. But they didn’t have tractors back in 1790! On many days, you’ll find us scything the grass, raking it into wind rows, and storing it for later use.

Period Woodworking – ongoing
Wooden buildings need regular repair, and ours are no exception! Nearly every day you’ll see us working in the wood shop or in the pasture, building or repairing fences and barns, crafting shingles or sharpening tools.

Laundry Day - Tuesdays, 10AM (continuing through the day)
Laundry was a daylong affair in the 18th century! We start at 10 am by setting the kettle over the fire and move through the various steps until it’s done. While we often invite our visitors to get their hands dirty at Coggeshall, this is a chance to get your hands clean!

History Stroll – Tuesdays, 10AM
Join our resident historian Charles Quigley for a weekly stroll through time. Each week he’ll present a strolling discussion of a topic relating to 18th century life. To find out the topic of the week, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coggeshallfarm.

Cow School - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2PM
Have you ever wondered how a 1,500-pound animal learns to obey a human? With lots of practice! Watch us as we take our cows to school, teaching them to respond to commands and exhibit predictable behavior. And we'll show you a game of Simon Says where you have to respond to cow commands.

Farmhouse Storytime – Wednesdays, 10AM
Bring the little ones for a cozy story time every week, and then enjoy the farm afterward. Bring your own special book or choose one from Coggeshall's basket of favorites.

Harvest & Hearth Cooking - Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10AM
Our heirloom garden produces something new every week. Help us with our morning harvest and join us as we transform our farm ingredients into something delicious, cooking over an open hearth.

Pasture Walk - Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays,  Noon
Get up close with our largest rare-breed heritage animals, including our American Milking Devon cattle and Gulf Coast Native sheep.  Stroll the pasture with a trained interpreter who can help you safely approach the animals.

Weeding Party – Thursdays, 10AM
Our beautiful heirloom garden needs regular TLC! Join us for some social time, pulling weeds and sharing a few laughs. Finish up with some lemonade and a visit to the farm!

Sit & Knit – Thursdays, 11AM
In the heat of a summer afternoon, we like to seek some shade and think about some place cool… the perfect time to knit wool caps, mittens and socks we’ll be needing for winter. Bring along your own knitting or help us knit items for our interpreters to wear this winter. Want to learn how to knit? Bring a pair of size 8 needles and some worsted weight yarn, and we’ll get you started!

Wool Processing – Sundays, 10AM
From picking, washing and carding to spinning, wool is central to the life of the farm. Watch how we transform the wool of our own sheep into yarn. Interested in learning? We can show you how using our 18th-century style drop spindles.

Make & Mend – Sundays, 2PM
When you make your own clothing, you aren’t quick to discard it if it needs mending. Every Sunday afternoon, you’ll find us making or mending our clothing by hand. Bring your own mending or help us with ours! From beginners to experts, we enjoy sharing the parlor and some conversation while we sew.

Special Events

Shanty Night - Friday, Aug. 21 6:30PM
Polish up your favorite shanty and join us for an open sing, where everyone gets a chance to lead the singing. Gather up family and friends, bring a picnic and a blanket, and find your spot around the campfire. A special way to enjoy Coggeshall at dusk!

Brown welcomes the community to campus!

Summer Movie Nights at Brown University
Presented with Kidoinfo. Free. Open to the public.

Movies2.preview-1Join Brown University and Kidoinfo for free, family-friendly movies outdoors.  You bring a blanket to sit on, Brown will provide the popcorn and other treats!

Both events are outdoors at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  For more information, including weather cancellations, contact community@brown.edu or 401-863-3717. Please check the Brown website for rescheduling details.

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Calling writers, ages 13-17! Frequency Writers is launching its first teen workshop, open to writers of all levels and genres.

Spend a month creating, experimenting, and playing on paper. Write seriously—and have your writing be taken seriously. This workshop will be taught by two of RI's most dynamic and committed writers, Franny Choi and Kate Schapira. Thanks to the generosity of these instructors, this workshop is pay-what-you-can. Frequency Writers' suggest $100, but they are committed to letting every interested teen writer take it, therefor they are offering a limited number of full scholarships.

Part 1: A New Spelling of My Name
Who gave us our names? How does society define us? How do we begin to name and define ourselves? Part 1 of this course leads participants through a series of prompts, games, and exercises centered around identity, selfhood, and power. We’ll rant and rave, question and critique, experiment and play.

Part 2: Invisible Cities
What if you were in charge of everything in the world? In this portion of the class, you’ll design a society, community or culture and write a story about it or a plan for building it. We’ll also read about and discuss deliberately constructed societies, both fictional ones and ones that people have really tried to make and live in–some science fiction, some proposals, some real-life documents. What do societies or communities need in order to function? To function well? What can we learn about our own world by inventing others, and by looking at worlds that other people have invented and tried to build? The class will include some full-group and small-group discussions and activities to think about the reading, develop your design for “your” society, and help you write your story or plan.

INSTRUCTORS: Franny Choi and Kate Schapira
DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 28th-August 20th.
TIME: 10:00am-12pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: Sliding scale $50 - $100, or pay what you can. Scholarships available too.
Click here to register.

About Frequency
Frequency is a growing community of writers based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through workshops, free events, talks, readings, and open mics, we aim to engage writers of all levels of experience, ages, and backgrounds. Our courses are designed both to challenge and support students, while also encouraging collaboration with other local creative communities. Frequency is a moving creation of the people in it.

Learn more about Frequency Writing Courses and Events here.

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