Does the August calendar page have you wondering “where did summer go?” Well, summer is still here and there is still time for carefree, memory-making fun. If a trip to Cape Cod isn’t in the schedule, consider Seekonk. Just over the Rhode Island border in Massachusetts, Route 6 (Fall River Avenue) in Seekonk offers many of the same kiddie attractions and treats as Route 28 along Cape Cod.
If you choose to do all of the activities listed below in one afternoon, it will feel like a family daytrip minus the “are we there yet?” chant. When planning your own itinerary, please be sure to contact locations for hours of operation.
Go-carts, bumper boats and more
Abutting the Sam’s Club parking lot you will stumble upon Seekonk Grand Prix. Honestly, it can be a little pricey but my boys really enjoy the bumper boats ride. Our game plan is to choose one ride and ride it just once or twice.
Seekonk Grand Prix
1098 Fall River Avenue
Further east on Route 6 is Fantasy Land. The two 18-hole mini golf course grounds are nicely kept and the flower-shaped spotlights look especially festive at sunset.
1300 Fall River Avenue
Farm fresh and Pick Your Own
4 Town Farm is slightly off Route 6. The farm has a small open-air store where you can pick up fresh from the farm produce, flowers, and a selection of other related goods like syrups, honey straws, and dressings. 4 Town Farm offers Pick Your Own at various seasons. My boys enjoy looking at the small pond filled with koi and waterlillies at the edge of the parking lot.
4 Town Farm
90 George Street
A fun and casual place to eat at is Tito’s. We all enjoy their fresh cilantro-packed salsa, and their children’s menu is tough to beat with its trans fat free meals starting at $1.99.
1379 Fall River Ave
Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
Clam cakes and chowder
If you’re heart was set on clam cakes and chowder to make your excursion feel a little more Cape-y, there’s always Chelo’s in nearby East Providence. Voted Best Chowder and Clam Cakes by Rhode Island Monthly magazine means you won’t have to settle even if you’re not someplace like Chatham. Chelo’s can generally be counted on as a very kid-friendly place to dine with most wait staff instinctively supplying a stack of napkins to parties with children.
Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grill
911 Warren Avenue, East Providence
Elyse Major lives in northern Rhode Island with her husband and 2 sons. A “mostly” stay-at-home mom, Elyse works as a communications consultant for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. Elyse’s essay “De-Stressing by Distressing: A Mom Embraces Cottage Style” recently appeared in the June issue of Romantic Homes magazine. Visit Elyse’s etsy shop at http://tinkeredtreasures.etsy.com