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 to see if reservations are required.
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.
"Stranger Things" fans will love the supernatural fun of the Providence Ghost Tour. In this 90-minute journey to the past, your guide will take you to the haunted sites of the city and tell the stories of the not-so-departed residents of Providence. Make sure to take lots of photos — you never know when a ghostly guest might appear on camera.
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 putt, 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.
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 a gaming adventure at Helix Esports, with more than 100 PCs, consoles and private rooms for gamers of all ages and skill levels. Plus, there are plenty of great shops and delicious dining options.
If your kids are more into the creative arts, Gather Glass Blowing Studios is perfect for them. Choose from seven 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.
Get your kiddos' adrenaline pumping with some friendly competition at R1 Indoor Karting. Or have them team up to beat Timemission, a time machine gaming experience that requires intelligence, physical activity and hand-eye coordination to solve its challenges. Then let them chill in the Arcade while you grab a bite to eat at Refuel, the onsite restaurant that offers everything from burritos and burgers to a deep-fried Oreo sundae. Both Karting and Timemission have extended hours for school vacation week, opening at 10 a.m. from April 7–14.