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February Vacation Fun Guide

Check out this KidoGuide of things to do while the kids are off school. We keep adding new events so check back often.

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Kidoinfo.com wants you to have a fantastic February vacation week! See below for ideas of things to do with the kids.

(If you have an events happening that is not listed here, please send us the details to susan@kidoinfo.com.)

Maker Workshop

Collaborate and create to turn Discovery Studio in to a low-tech arcade! Re-purpose recycled materials to design and build a game and play games built by other visitors.

When:  February 19 – February 23:  11–2 pm
Where:  The Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
Phone: (401) 273-5437
Cost:  $9.00 for adults and children; babies under 12 months are free. Providence Children’s Museum members are always free.

5 February Vacation Ideas at Roger Williams Park 

Click this link to see details about the 5 great things to do at RWP:

  1. Wander Along the Trails
  2. Adventures in STEM
  3. Fairy-Inspired Fun
  4. Take a Tour
  5. Winter Wonder Days

Warm and Fuzzy Animal Adventures

Animal specialist Nancy Santopadre will be at the library with her animals. Great for ages 4 and up with adult caregiver. Free tickets given out to not exceed room capacity. Call soon: 769-9044 x2 for free tickets.

When:  February 20, 2018, 3:30-4:15 pm
Where:  Woonsocket Harris Public Library 303 Clinton St. Woonsocket
Cost:  Free

Meet Children’s Book Authors

Meet the authors, hear them read their books and do a fun activity.  Sheryl Kimball, Leo Fisk, Thea Fielding-Lowe, Kathleen Mary Clancy. RI Children’s Book Authors will be in the Children’s Room in various areas of that library with a selection of books for you to purchase directly from the author as well as free craft activities to delight families.

When:  February 20, 2018, 2-3:30 pm
Where:  Woonsocket Harris Public Library 303 Clinton St. Woonsocket
Phone: (401) 769-9044
Cost:  Free

Maple Sugaring at Coggeshall

Coggeshall Farm Museum, a living history museum in Bristol, invites the public to participate in its annual maple sugaring demonstrations. During your visit you can stroll through an 18th-century sugar camp and learn how Federalist-era people made maple sugar over a campfire (weather permitting). Then warm up around the hearth in Coggeshall’s historic farm house and enjoy some mulled cider and johnny cakes. Visit the farm’s heritage breed livestock including our Gulf Coast Native sheep.

When: February 20 – February 25, and weekends in March. Open 10 am-4 pm on maple sugaring days
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Dr, Bristol
Cost: Weekday admission: $5/adults, $3/children, seniors, and active-duty military. Weekend admission: $7/adults, $5/children, seniors, and active-duty military. Children under 3 are free. Free for members.

Public Telescope Viewing at Ladd Observatory

Open to the public free of charge from 7–9 pm on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting. Observatory parking is limited.

When: February 20, 7-9 pm
Where: Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Ave, Providence
Cost: Free


Scavenger Hunt Tours for Kids & Families – Linden Place

Linden Place, the Federal-style mansion, built in 1810 by architect Russell Warren for slave trader George DeWolf, offers children and adults the opportunity to see this historical house museum in a whole new light! Make your way through our 200-year old mansion rooms and seek out dozens of artifacts, big and small, while you learn about Linden Place’s rich architectural and family history. Seek out a Roman, life-size marble statue of Bacchus, search for George Washington and find out the meaning behind the phrase “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

Each room inside Linden Place has an exhibit where kids can see, handle and learn about artifacts of long ago and imagine what life would have been like in 1810 when Linden Place was built. See petticoats and breeches, washboards, a 19th century “television,” the stereoscope and more! This tour is fun and educational for the whole family and for kids both big and small.

When:  Linden Place is open for guided and self-guided tours of the mansion Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am-4 pm and Sundays from noon-4 pm.
Where:  Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol
Phone: (401) 253-0390
Cost:  Admission is $8/adults, $6/students and $5/children 12 and under. Free for children 6 and under.


Nature Activities – Audubon Environmental Education Center 

The Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol has a whole week of fun activities:

  • Nature Crafts: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Nature Story: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Animal Interview: 1:30 pm

Nature programs are held each day at 11:00 am and are recommended for ages 6 and up. Free with admission, no registration is required:

February 19: Groovy Groundhogs – It’s the time of year for groundhogs to peek out of their burrows! Share your love for our furry friends and join us for a day full of activities celebrating this special critter. Make a groundhog-themed craft and experiment with shadows.

February 20: Radical Reptiles – Come celebrate our cold-blooded friends and explore the radical world of reptiles. Kids will participate in activities and games to learn what makes reptiles so special and make a scaly craft to take home.

February 21: Awesome Owls – We think owls are a hoot! Join us for a day filled with one of our favorite feathered friends as we investigate what makes owls so unique and meet our live owl ambassador. Kids ages 6 and up can try some hands-on science as they dissect an owl pellet.

February 22: Creep, Crawl, and Flutter – From butterflies and ants to crabs and spiders, we love things that creep, crawl, and flutter! Join us as we explore the world of arthropods. Kids will play arthropod themed games and even make some scientific investigations about our very own arthropods at the center.

February 23: Rock On – We dig rocks and minerals! Kids 6 and up will participate in a rock cycle activity made entirely out of candy! Take home a craft that will rock your world.

When:  February 19 – 23; 10 am–2 pm
Where:  Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Cost:  These programs are free with admission: $6/adults; $5/seniors; $4/children 4-12; Free/children under 4; Free/Audubon Society of RI members.

Nature Activities: Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge

Live Animal Interview – Owl: February 20: 11 am–noon: Come meet one of Audubon’s live owl ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Families can investigate wings, talons and other biofacts. Cost: $8/member adult; $4/member child; $12/non-member adult; $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Whoo Ate That? – Owl Pelletpallooza: February 20, 2–3:30 pm: Many birds cough up pellets containing objects they cannot digest such as bones, shells, and fur; but no species does it quite like owls. Dissect your own sterilized pellet and play detective as you identify whose skeletons are inside. (For those with allergies: pellets contain fur and/or feathers). Cost: $12/member child; $15/non-member child. Ages: 6+.

Live Animal Interview – Hawk: February 21, 11 am–noon: Come meet one of Audubon’s live hawk ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Families can investigate wings, talons and other biofacts. Cost: $8/member adult; $4/member child; $12/non-member adult; $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Feed the Birds! – Feeders to Make and Take: February 21, 2–3:30 pm: Wild birds eat all sorts of food to survive. Come learn about what birds eat and then make two different bird feeders to take home. Please note for those with allergies: seeds and nuts will be in use and handled during this class. Cost: $10/member child; $15 /non-member child. Ages: 5+.

Live Animal Interview: Turtles: February 22, 11 am–noon: Come meet a couple of Audubon’s live turtle ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. See how turtle shells feel and watch how turtles they move. Cost: $8/member adult; $4/member child; $12/non-member adult; $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Build Your Own Bluebird Nesting Box: February 22, 2018; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
You can help bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds survive in your area by providing them with a sturdy nesting box to use. Participants will learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters, when and where to place the nest box and how to care for it. Each adult/child pair will get one kit to complete. Additional kits may be purchased for $20 each. All building materials are provided in each kit, but participants should bring a hammer and safety glasses for each builder. Cost: $30/member adult-child pair; $35/non-member adult-child pair; Additional kits are $20/each. Max 10 kits per class. Ages: 7+.

Colonial Candle Making: February 23, 2-3:30 pm:  Come make an old-fashioned hand-dipped candle! Long ago the land of Powder Mill Ledges was a farm with a tavern on the old turnpike where travelers met at tables lit by candles and a big fire hearth. We don’t have a hearth, but we can make our own hand-dipped candles the old-fashioned way. We will discuss the use of beeswax and bayberry in old-time candles and each participant will create their own hand-dipped candle to take home. Cost:  $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 6+

Live Animal Interview: Snake: February 23, 11 am-noon: Come meet one of Audubon’s live snake ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Get a sense of how a snake sheds its skin and how it feels. Cost: $8/member adult: $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Where: Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield
Phone: (401) 949-5454

Teen Writing Group

This club is open to anyone 12 and up. Together we will play creative thinking games, read and discuss several types of writing, and write our own creative work. Any style of writing is welcome. This class will be an opportunity to explore authors, find your own voice, and have fun!

When: February 22, 4:45-6:30 pm (Happens on Thursdays)
Where: Providence Public Library – Rochambeau, 708 Hope St, Providence, in the Russian reading room to the right of the reference desk on the first floor
Cost: Free

Bring your Own Improv – family-friendly comedy show

Bring Your Own Improv (BYOI) is now in its ninth season! This interactive improv show welcomes voluntary audience participation! You can participate in one of three ways: Applaud at a scene you like, yell out fantastic suggestions, or if you feel you’re ready, jump up and get involved with us on stage!

When: February 23, 6 pm (happens on Fridays)
Where: Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Rd, Warwick
Cost: $8/adults. $5/seniors, students, military and children 12 and under

Craft Bash

Fun arts and crafts for kids. The arts can work as a tool for strengthening skills in all disciplines by offering alternative ways to think about core subjects.  This months’ subject: Geometric Faces: Create a Pablo Picasso style face using all cardboard pieces of all shapes and sizes.

When: February 24, 11-2 pm
Where: The Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston
Cost: Free

Colonial Career Fair: A Living History Event

In the mid-18th century, Newport was the fifth wealthiest city in colonial America. What jobs were people doing that helped the city become so successful? Join the Newport Historical Society to learn how people made their living. During this colonial career fair, costumed interpreters will represent different occupations that would have been present in this seaport. Jobs range from tradespeople like a printer, milliner and leather worker to merchants such as a toy seller and store owner, along with food service jobs such as a baker, brewer, coffeehouse owner and tavern keeper. Join the action and try a traditional 18th century craft: candle making. For $5 make a beeswax candle to take home while learning about the candle making trade in colonial Newport.

When: February 24, 10 am-1 pm
Where: Colony House, Washington Square, Newport
Cost: Free, donations welcome; $5/to make a candle

Detectives Help Needed at the Children’s Museum in Easton, MA

Can you help our team at the Children’s Museum in Easton create and decode secret messages that are written with invisible ink? Come practice your detective skills Sunday, February 25 from 1pm-3pm. Wrap up your February School Vacation by getting your brain flowing again with us here at the museum.

When: February 25, 1-3 pm
Where: Children’s Museum of Easton, The Old Fire Station, 9 Sullivan Avenue, North Easton, MA
Cost: $9

Day at the J – Kick the Winter Blahs

Happening on Sunday, February 25:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am:  Fitness Workshop: Commit to be fit for summer! This workshop will provide a concrete plan to help you on your fitness journey. It will also include a jump start session, so be sure to come ready to sweat. Participants will be eligible for a one-time offer of a deeply discounted Personal Training Package! Babysitting available.*
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am: PJ Library Story Time: Thinking about all the fun summer brings? Join us for PJ Library stories about camp and a summer-themed craft. For children under age 5.
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm: Pool Party: Crank up the heat and come to the beach! Well, not the beach exactly, but our very own Dwares JCC pool. Join us for a special Family Swim with swim toys, flotation devices, and slides. A real live Mermaid will attend! We will also have games in the pool and on the pool deck for children of all ages. *All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Regular pool rules apply.

*All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

When:  Sunday, February 25
Where: Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI 02906
Phone: (401) 421-4111
Cost:  Free