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60 things to do in cold months

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Experience virtual reality at Base Station VR in Johnston
Whether you’re looking to relax and spend time in the Arizona sunshine shooting zombies or go a bit wild and create virtual artwork that fills an entire room sized canvas in 3D, Base Station VR has the room for you.

Knock down pins using our Duckpin Bowling KidoGuide
No actual ducks involved! Our list offers duckpin bowling alleys located in Rhode Island.

Find a million things to do at your local library.
This is a list of links to local libraries in Rhode Island. Libraries offer too many fun events to list here – check out their event pages!

Go maple sugaring at Spring Hill Sugar House in Richmond
Founded in 1980, Spring Hill Sugar House is a 22 acre farm. Open weekends in late February-March for Maple syrup demonstrations. (Be sure to call ahead – dates change for this. 401-788-7431) In fall, pick your own pumpkins, fresh pressed apple cider, maple syrup, and corn maze.

Go to an event at a Barnes & Noble bookstore: SmithfieldWarwick, or Middletown.
Sells books, magazine, toys. Offers story times, author readings/signings, young adult book clubs, visits by characters, interactive gaming events, and book release events.

Take a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen
Offers cooking classes with fresh food, summer and vacation camps, and counselor in training.

Play games at Dave & Buster’s of Providence
Enjoy food and drink, play hundreds of awesome arcade games, and watch your favorite teams on TV in the newly renovated Sports Lounge.

Visit Barrington Books in Cranston (Garden City) and Barrington
Sells books, gifts, and toys. Offers story times on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Story hour is for children 2-5 years of age but all ages are welcome. It is hosted by one of the store’s storytellers. Books are specially picked for each story time with a thematically related craft to follow.

Jump for joy at Launch in Warwick
Go crazy and tire out your kids at this Indoor trampoline park in Warwick.

Have fun at CW Lanes and Games in Lincoln
Featuring a full-service Sports Bar and Grill, redemption arcade, laser tag, and, of course, bowling.

Play golf indoors at Westerly Virtual Golf in Westerly
Leagues offered, indoor golf simulation equipment, BYOB. All levels of golfers.

Be yourself at the Newport Art Museum in Newport
Offers classes and workshops for youth and adults, summer camps, community-based programs and partnerships, homeschool at the Museum, family programs, an immersive career readiness program for high schoolers, rotating exhibitions, and studio rentals.

Take a class at Gather Glass Blowing Studio in Providence
One hour and four week classes in glass blowing. Make things such as paperweights, glasses, and ornaments.

Play games at Ryan Amusements in Newport
Play more than 50 of the hottest and coolest arcade and skill games. Two floors of fun and games!

Visit Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest synagogue, in Newport
Learn the history of Jewish residents of Newport and take a tour. The Synagogue is the home of Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which holds religious services and conducts lifecycle events, while also sponsoring educational, social, and cultural programs.

Solve a mystery at the Riddle Room in East Greenwich
Offers an immersive, team-based experience where guests have sixty minutes to solve interactive puzzles and riddles to win the game and escape.

Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport
The International Tennis Hall of Fame preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions. See it’s museum and watch tennis being played during tournaments.

Get wild at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence
Half-price through February! Located on 40 acres of woodlands, the Zoo offers  animals from all over the globe – more than 160 species with a focus on environmental conservation. Music concerts, holiday events, Faces of the Rainforest exhibit, and animal feedings. Zip line in the Explore and Soar area and train excursions. Offers birthday parties and vacation and summer camps. Close by is Carousel Village, with a classic carousel and and Food Truck Fridays April-September.

Get creative with the Artist’s Exchange in Cranston
Explore the arts through classessummer and vacation camps, school programs, birthday parties, and events in art, theater, music, and ceramics. Multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique, and secondary performance venue, Theatre 82, and Character’s CaféFall Out of Summer Arts Festival and Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. During the school year, free Craft Bash art activities on the last Saturday of each month.

See some amazing rides at New England Wireless & Steam Museum in East Greenwich
The museum has one of the largest displays of operational stationary steam engines, including the only George H. Corliss engine running under steam.

Get active learning at the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) in Providence
Offers a supportive and fun environment in a progressive museum setting with exhibits/experiences that offer opportunities for open-ended experimentation and creative problem solving.

Discover at the Providence Children’s Museum
For children ages 1 to 11 and their adult caregivers. They offer birthday parties, summer camps, group visits and field trips. See events here. Offers many exhibits such as: Water Ways; Play Power (Air tubes and magnetic mazes); The Climber (A two-story-high climbing maze); Coming to Rhode Island (An interactive adventure to meet people who immigrated to RI); Littlewoods(For infants to age 4); and Discovery Studio (Weekly science and nature exploration projects).

Go skating at The Washington Trust Community Skating Center in Westerly
The Washington Trust Community Skating Center, located in downtown Westerly, offers 12,000 square feet of real ice on a 100’ X 120’ rink. Offers skate rentals.

Play paintball at Providence Indoor Paintball
Kids as young as 10 can play here. Offers birthday parties with up to three hours of play time. For kid’s parties, they turn the speed of the paintball markers down to lessen the impact and have a referee on the field.

Step into the golden age at Lippitt House Museum in Providence
A property of Preserve Rhode Island, Lippitt House is Providence’s Victorian house museum. Built in 1865, it captures the brilliance of Victorian design and represents a time in Providence’s industrial history. They offer tours and children’s programs.

Go fast at R1 Indoor Karting Entertainment Center
Buckle Up! R1 Indoor Karting has a super long, custom designed, European style asphalt track for you to enjoy. Plus, bowling and billiards, events and parties, Fuel restaurant/bar, and an Axe Bar for anyone 16 and older.

Skate away at the The BankNewport City Center in Providence
Provides outdoor ice skating for adults and children plus a Subway concession area rink-side. The Bank Newport City Center is available in the winter for private events on full ice, corporate and social outings, school groups, and in the summer as an event center.

Go ice skating indoors at the Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink
Public skating times change regularly at this Cranston rink so check the website for details.

Play and learn at the Boss Ice Arena
The arena offers numerous public programs year-round, catering many different types of interests including a Learn to Skate program, Public Skating, Open Hockey, Figure Skating, Stick and Puck, Rock and Skate and an array of in-house clinics.

Jump for joy at Skyzone in East Providence
Indoor trampoline park in East Providence.

Learn about past cultures at the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture
Founded in 1892, South County’s oldest museum houses more than 15,000 archaeological and ethnological objects from around the world. Changing exhibits in the period Southwest Mission-style gallery explore two million years of world culture and more.

Roll to the tunes at United Skates of America in East Providence
Roller skating, learn-to-skate, laser tag, rock climbing, game room, birthday parties, group events, summer and winter camps. 75 New Road, Rumford.

Cheer on the P-Bruins at a hockey game in Providence
This is the farm team for the Boston Bruins so you never know what future stars you might see.

See a Broadway musical at Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)
In Providence, PPAC presents a full roster of touring Broadway theatricals and contemporary engagements. With 3100 seats, it is the second largest theatre of its kind in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

See a music or theater show at Stadium Theater Performing Arts Center in Woonsocket
Built in Woonsocket in 1926, the Stadium Theater and is one of the few remaining examples of the majestic Vaudeville Theatre era in operation today. Since being restored in 2001, it has developed into a community center where touring theater and music shows share the stage with community theatre, dance, and local music.

Attend story time at Books on the Square in Providence
Story times are 10:30 am Mondays for babies and 11 am Saturdays for all kids. Suitable for 6 months-6 years. Also offers book launches, book clubs, and author events. See events here.

Be artistic at Island Art Spot in Middletown
Their mission is to engage children & families through art, literacy, music, conversation and laughter. Classes, parties, and workshops.

Take a cooking class or birthday party with Made by Me Cooking School
Offers multiple types of classes and different foods for birthday parties.

Visit RISD Museum of Art and think like an explorer
Find the mummy or hunt for food motifs. Free on Sundays and third Thursday of the month. They offer a variety of events and classes.

Visit the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab (Free)
Located just around the corner from the RISD museum. See an amazing variety of specimens on display, including birds, bears and bones.

Visit the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology in Providence
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching and research museum. The museum offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Visit the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium  in Providence
Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and home to the state’s only public planetarium. Offers many kid’s classes, events, and exhibits and is a low-cost adventure.

Climb high at Central Rock Gym
An indoor climbing, fitness, and community experience through state of the art facilities, expansive climbing walls, cutting edge fitness equipment, professional yoga classes, and various youth programs and summer camps.

Visit the children’s room in one of America’s oldest libraries: Providence Athenaeum on Benefit Street in Providence (Free)
During its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. Tucked away in a quiet corner, the Children’s Library is a technology-free sanctuary designed to help children do what comes naturally: play, be silly, create, discover, and learn. Read a Kidoinfo article here.

Visit the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket
The Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum features: Nine immersive exhibits; audio & film presentations; hands-on activities & games; changing exhibits & special events; and rental space

Watch an IMAX movie at Providence Place Mall
Be wowed by the giant screen and possibly see a 3D movie!

Watch glass being blown at The Glass Station in Wakefield
The Glass Station is a fully functioning glass blowing studio and gallery in the heart of scenic downtown Wakefield. The studio is open to the public and anyone is free to watch them make their work as they blow glass in the studio.

Ski and snow tube at Yawgoo Ski Area & Snow Tubing Park
The Ski Area is operational early December through late March and the Snow Tubing Park opens later into December through March. They offer snow sport lessons

Visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown
The Biomes Center teaches children and adults through interactive biology programs about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. They also offer field trips, classes, and birthday parties.

Visit the Frosty Drew Observatory to get closer to the night sky
Frosty Drew Observatory opens every Friday night year round to the public free of charge, though donations are accepted. If the sky is clear and wind is manageable, you will be looking to the sky through one or more of their telescopes. During cloudy, rain, or snow conditions, there are presentations in the Sky Theatre with astronomers to answer questions and give tours of the observatory and astronomical equipment.

Look at cars at Audrain Automobile Museum
A collection comprised of more than 160 of the rarest and most remarkable automobiles in history, and houses fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th Century to modern day.

Learn why we honor Gilbert Stuart by visiting the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum in Saunderstown
With its authentically restored and furnished 1750 home, working gristmill, gardens, woodland trails, art exhibitions of period works, and more, the Gilbert Stuart Museum was home to one of America’s best-known portraitists, Gilbert Stuart.

Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, CT
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, part of the government of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the United States and Canada.

Have a whale of a time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA
Explore the region’s centuries-old relationship with the sea and the many people who contributed to its dynamic past and diverse present.

Learn about the history of cars at the Newport Car Museum
The private collection of 75+ automobiles at the Newport Car Museum focuses on seven decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art.

Visit the seals with Save the Bay Seal Watches
For more than 15 years, Save The Bay has been offering seal watch tours and nature cruises giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the cooler months, while observing local wildlife.

Skate away at Gurney’s Ice Skating Rink
Skate by the sea at this outdoor skating rink. This year guests and locals are encouraged to “Donate to Skate” by bringing any item of clothing to receive complimentary skate rentals. They are partnering with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rhode Island.

Climb the walls at Rock Spot Climbing in Wakefield and Lincoln
Group instruction, beginner packages and private instruction. All ages and abilities. Rentals and sales.

Learn history at the Roger Williams National Memorial Visitor Center in Providence
Provides and in-depth interpretation of Roger Williams through a short park film and an exhibit area dedicated to him. View two information panels, a model of a cabin similar to those of the time period, a display case with copies of some of Williams’ writings, and a statue of the man.

Learn about everything made with maple at Uncle Buck’s Sugar House in Hopkinton
Tours, demonstrations and maple productions including maple cream, maple syrup, maple candy, and kettle corn.

See a kid’s show at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS) in Providence
With just over 1,900 seats, it is acclaimed for its unique combination of size and intimacy. The theater celebrates flawless acoustics, a breathtaking proscenium stage and an exquisite interior.

Learn about animals at the Audubon Center in Bristol, Exeter or Smithfield
Learn about birds and other animals at one of these three locations. The Bristol location offers a nature center and aquarium including a blue lobster. All sites offer public programs.