Looking for things to keep the kids busy during February school vacation February 16-20? Escape to the Great Indoors with fun activities for the whole family in and around Providence, RI.
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street, Providence
Make a splash with the brand new Water Ways exhibit at the Providence Children's Museum. The Museum is a delight for children ages 1 to 11, presenting hands-on, play-filled exhibits and programs that explore the arts, culture, history and science. During school vacation week, special events such as performances by Keith Munslow and the Hoopoe Show are scheduled.
RI Spring Flower & Garden Show
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street, Providence
Kids will dig the 2015 Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show. Its "Garden Adventures" theme includes a whole section dedicated to children's activities and outdoor learning. Many displays will be interactive and unique gardens will feature a life-sized fairy house, a tunnel garden, and a tree house. Magnificent garden displays offer adults countless ideas and inspiration for wonderful outdoor living spaces. Speakers and demonstrations will provide valuable, cutting edge information, giving you the knowledge to produce and cultivate your own spectacular garden at home.
Providence Children's Film Festival
Various Theaters in Providence
The annual Providence Children's Film Festival takes place at several venues within walking distance of Downtown Providence. The festival features eight full days of screenings, filmmaking workshops, and free activities, along with post-film conversations that help deepen the film-watching experience and foster critical thinking skills. The 2015 festival also includes the 2nd annual Youth Filmmaker Show, which nurtures and promotes the work of young filmmakers from around the world.
Earth's Changing Climate
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Warm up this February vacation with volcanoes and explore around the sun at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. The Museum's newest full dome planetarium show, "Earth's Changing Climate," allows you to discover how our planet's climate affects - and is affected by - the sky, land, ice, sea, life and the people on Earth. Or explore "Solar System Oasis," where you voyage through our solar system in search of water, the key ingredient to life on Earth. Both shows are followed by a brief tour of the night sky, using the planetarium's Zeiss star projector. Click here for more information.
The Hall at Patriot Place
2 Patriot Place, Foxborough, Mass.
The Hall at Patriot Place is an exciting, innovative and interactive, modern museum experience for all ages. The Hall takes you through the New England Patriots and football history, using cutting edge video and audio to enhance the experience. You will have the opportunity to learn the playbook from four-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick, go under the hood and review plays like an actual NFL official, go inside a huddle and listen to quarterback Tom Brady call plays, test your vertical jump and compare your weight to Vince Wilfork's.
5 Wit Patriot Place
202 Patriot Place, Foxborough, Mass.
5 Wits is a cutting-edge, live-action entertainment venue that immerses participants in realistic, hands-on adventures, challenging them to prove they have what it takes to battle a giant squid or save the world. In "Espionage," you'll be trained as spies, infiltrating and taking down an evil corporation determined to stop you at every turn. In "20,000 Leagues," you'll get caught up in the riddle of Captain Nemo's lost ship when your "tour group" accidentally discovers the Nautilus. A trained cast member accompanies each expedition, but make no mistake; you are the star of the show!
224 Benefit Street, Providence
The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the museum's current exhibits include "Circus," a focus on American and European circuses from 1850-1960, and "Insnared with flowers, I fall on grass," which showcases textiles and clothing from around the world.
Alex and Ani City Center
2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
The Alex and Ani City Center features an outdoor ice skating rink for adults and children that is larger than the famed rink at Rockefeller Center.
Sky Zone Providence
70 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence
Sky Zone Providence is Rhode Island's leading trampoline park. Sky Zone is often imitated but never surpassed for awesome, healthy trampoline fun. Experience the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone is dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying.
Winter Wonder Days
Now through February 28
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Bundle up and enjoy half-priced admission at the zoo through February. See snow leopards, moon bears and other cold-hardy animals in a snowy setting. And if it's too chilly, warm up in the Zoo's Tropical America building, Rhode Island's only indoor rainforest. Roger Williams Park Zoo is open year round.