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 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. Afterward, walk across Thayer Street to Durk’s Bar-B-Q for comfort food with a Southern style.

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 surprisingly yummy, with twists on classics like Buffalo Mac & Cheese Bites and Fried Pickle Chips.

Bumper Cars
Alex and Ani Bumper Cars in Providence

The Alex and Ani City Center Bumper Cars are not just a wintertime diversion. Head downtown for a 20-minute ride around the rink in these amazing bumper cars in warmer weather, too! Reservations are recommended since time slots get scooped up fast.

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, or hit the lanes at Howl at the Moon/Splitsville. 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 your Christmas tree (move aside, kindergarten macaroni ornament) or even a one-of-a-kind drinking glass. Class reservations may be made online

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