Coming up with fun things to do with tweens during school break can be tricky — they're too cool for “little kid stuff” and too young to go out alone with their friends. Here are some suggestions to keep both you and your tweens happy. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their health and safety info or to see if reservations are required. Mask up and please note the photos below are pre-pandemic.

Base Station VR Lounge
Base Station VR in Providence

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.

Lang’s Bowlarama
Lang's Bowlarama in Providence

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

Mulligan's Island
Fathers Day Mulligans

Mulligan's Island is the perfect place to get out and have fun. With all types of golf experiences like a 60-stall driving range, mini-golf, pitch and put, and even a par-3 executive golf course, there's something for all ages and levels. If golf isn't your thing, they also have baseball and softball batting cages.

Patriot Place
Patriot Place in Providence

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. Plus, there are plenty of great shops and delicious dining options. 

Glassblowing Class at Gather Glass
Man Glass Blowing in Providence

If your kids are more into the creative arts, Gather Glass Blowing Studios is perfect for them. Choose from five different classes, where they can create a special ornament destined to be the center of next year's Christmas tree (move aside, kindergarten macaroni ornament) or even a one-of-a-kind drinking glass. Class reservations may be made online.