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rhode trip: Riverside, Rhode Island

Thanks to Elyse Major, one of our Kidoinfo readers, for contributing this great local adventure.

SabinpointparkSabin Point Park: Trash & Treasures (Map it)

Who knew that there was so much to do in little ol’ Riverside? Off Pawtucket Avenue at the end of Shore Road (turn at Lee’s Chinese restaurant), this breezy waterfront park offers much more than just playground equipment — it offers endless possibilities for the crafty parent along with lovely views of the upper bay.

Wear waterproof shoes and look beyond the washed ashore trash to find pieces of colorful sea glass. Teach your children the difference between the soft, frosted sea glass and the shiny, sharp-edged newly broken glass. My boys and I have a jelly jar filled with prized dulled chards of green and blue.Beach Glass

Sabin Point Park has several covered picnic tables, making it an excellent place for doing outside crafts, like painting seashells (found at Easton’s Beach, for example) or rocks. Pack some supplies (and some hand sanitizer) and enjoy!

Riverside Branch Library: Relax & Read (Map it)

Back on Pawtucket Avenue, head up the road to the Riverside Branch Library at 475 Bullocks Point Avenue (same road). The library, which is just a few years old, has an open and spacious children’s area with a great selection of books, magazines, and toys. There are plenty of tables and chairs and a large fish tank. The library also has scheduled activities and nice, clean bathrooms.

Scialo’s Bakery: Treats to Go (Map it)

Sprinkle CupcakeNow that you have collected sea glass, checked-out books (thanks to the Ocean State Libraries Network, where you can borrow books from any participating library and return them to your local branch), and washed your hands at the library, it’s time for a snack. Sure, you could easily continue up Pawtucket Avenue to Dari Bee for some soft-serve, but why not try some treats to-go at Scialo’s Bakery? By taking a turn onto Route 103/Willett Avenue, you will find Scialo’s (pronounced Shallows) in a small plaza on the left. Scialo’s has saucy pizza strips, seasonally shaped cookies, hermit cookies, cupcakes with fun toppers, baked breads, and more. They even take credit cards, which is helpful for moms like me, who never seem to have ready cash.

Note: Next door to Scialo’s is Schroder’s Deli & Catering. My seven-year-old son says that their hot-deli-to-go macaroni and cheese is “the best ever!”

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  • My kids love collecting beach glass, and this beach is perfect for young collectors. The trash on the beach is a shame. It did, however, create a great teaching opportunity. We talked about littering and even returned another day armed with gloves and garbage bags. We removed several bags of trash and felt wonderful doing so!

  • We live up the road in Riverside and this park is our favorite for our 3 year old. We have brought anyone with kids who has come to visit us from out of state here (we have only been in RI 5 years). it’s our own “beachfront playground” a three minute drive from our house. there is also a boat launch with a dock you can walk out (and wabble) on and there are usually people fishing as well. Just watch out for the glass on the beach, which is a shame.

  • We’ll be doing part of your adventure today–I have heard great things about Schroder’s, but never knew where it was! Thanks for this.