Kids sure love school breaks, but for parents, what to do with the little (and not so little) ones can be a challenge. The Providence area has some unique places to keep kids — and mom and dad — busy and let them blow off some steam.

Downtown Providence’s Alex and Ani City Center may take the form of an ice rink, but the space offers programming and activities all year long. Public skating, as well as lessons, are available. Last year the rink added bumper cars, which provide year-round fun and laughs for kids at heart. Hours vary for each and are weather-permitting. Learn More ›

The Providence Children’s Museum, Rhode Island’s only hands-on museum for kids and their families, never ceases to entertain the little ones. Visitors are inspired to learn through interactive exhibits and programs that explore the arts, culture, history and science. Be sure to check out the museum’s playfully reimagined “Coming to Rhode Island” exhibit, where you can take off on a time-traveling adventure through Rhode Island’s history. Learn More ›

If a trip to the mall is on the agenda, Dave & Buster’s at Providence Place offers kids 100 of the coolest video games and prizes, and for the grown-ups, televised sports, draft beer, cocktails and great eats. Of course, you’re going to want to take a spin at a few games. You know, to show the kids how it’s done. Learn More ›

On the East Side of Providence, Base Station VR Lounge offers action-based virtual reality. Located in the heart of bustling Thayer Street, you’ll also want to grab a bite or do a little shopping before or after battling zombies and the like. Learn More ›

If you feel the need for speed, buckle up at R1 Indoor Karting in nearby Lincoln. It features a brand-new, European-style asphalt track and electric Biz Karts for your racing adventure. At the end, you receive a detailed performance report and there are prizes for the top three finishers. There’s bowling and billiards, for the slower folks in your group, as well as on-site dining available. Learn More ›

BattlegroundZ

Located in the same complex as R1 Indoor Karting, BattlegroundZ offers arcade games, dodge ball, paint ball, laser tag and more. Grab a bite in its restaurant and spend the day at this perfect inclement weather destination.

Channel your inner Hardy Boy or Nancy Drew at the Rhode Island Riddle Room, located in East Greenwich. In this version of the trendy escape room activity, you team up, are locked in a room, and have to solve a series of interactive puzzles along an adventure theme to unlock the door and win a prize. Learn More ›

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