April showers can put a damper on school break, especially for ‘tweens, who are too cool for “little kid stuff” and too young to go out alone with their friends. Here are some suggestions to keep both your ‘tweens and you happy:

Base Station VR 
Base Station VR

This virtual reality arcade/lounge lets you escape into the alternate universe of your choosing. Feel like vanquishing zombies? No problem. Need a relaxing stroll through an art gallery? You can do that too. Base Station has as much (or as little) action as you need. Afterward, walk across Thayer Street to Durk’s B-B-Q for comfort food with a Southern style.

Lang’s Bowlarama

Not since “Grease 2” has bowling been this fun. Lang’s décor has a sly nod to its past — it has been a local landmark since 1960. Its food offerings are surprisingly yummy, with twists on classics like Buffalo Mac & Cheese Bites and Fried Pickle Chips.

Patriot Place
Patriot Place

You don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy Patriot Place. It does help, though. The Hall at Patriot Place chronicles the ups and downs of one of the greatest franchises in football history, the New England Patriots. You can also embark on an adventure at 5 Wits, a live-action entertainment venue, or hit the lanes at Howl at the Moon/Splitsville. Plus, there are plenty of great shops and delicious dining options. 

HairBrained at the Providence Public Library
Hairbrained PPL

If you want to sneak a little learning into a lot of fun, check out the HairBrained exhibit at the Providence Public Library. On display now through June, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity and politics. Exhibition materials include plenty of cool books, prints, magazines and photographs.

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