With the temperatures soaring, the kids out of school, and our patience dropping, we're all looking for a few ways to beat the heat. Good thing the Providence area has a bunch of inside attractions to keep you and your little ones occupied. Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in virtual reality or in the world of art, there's something for everyone. 

Providence Children's Museum

Providence Children’s Museum, Rhode Island’s only hands-on museum especially for children and their families, inspires learning through active play and exploration. The Museum presents interactive exhibits and hands-on programs that explore the arts, culture, history and science and embrace a wide range of learning styles and forms of expression.

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island's only natural history museum and is home to the state's only public planetarium. For more than a century the museum has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people. Call for information and pricing about private planetarium shows and museum tours.

RISD Museum

With a collection of more than 100,000 objects -- ranging from ancient times to the present -- the RISD Museum is a dynamic cultural center offering critically acclaimed exhibitions and lively public programs for all ages. Now open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, with free admission from 5-8 p.m. Admission is also free on Sundays, presented by Chase.

Base Station VR Lounge

Base Station VR Lounge is Rhode Island’s first dedicated virtual reality arcade/lounge. Whether you’re looking to relax and spend time in the Arizona sunshine shooting zombies or go a bit wild and create virtual artwork that fills an entire room sized canvas in 3D, we’ve got the space for you! Base Station VR Lounge has several room scale spaces, all approximately 8'x8', which allow you to walk around a bit and not be constrained to one spot in “real” space, allowing the inner and outer you freedom of motion. Scheduling Note: Weekdays are mostly advanced bookings only, requiring a minimum 2 hours advanced notice (either online or via phone). Walk-ins are only accepted Saturday (1-10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). We can accommodate up to 10 players at once, each with their own headsets, with the potential of all playing in the same experience together.

Dave & Buster's of Providence

Dave & Buster's is the most fun you can have, all under one roof! Dave & Buster's is the one and only place you can enjoy great food and drink, play hundreds of awesome arcade games, and watch your favorite teams on TV in the newly renovated Sports Lounge. We are adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Omni Providence hotel and the heart of downtown Providence. We are easily accessible for you and your guests and the perfect facility for groups of any age. Have 10 or more guests? Call and book the Ultimate Event today!

Tomaquag Museum

Tomaquag Museum, an Institute of Museum and Library Services 2016 National Medal winner, was established in 1958 by Eva Butler, an anthropologist, in partnership with Princess Red Wing (Narragansett/Wampanoag). It is Rhode Island’s only Native-led museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of the First Peoples. Tomaquag Museum has a unique collection of cultural and archival materials focusing on the indigenous peoples of Southern New England and highlighting the Narragansett Tribe. This well-respected museum is visited each year by researchers, students, and travelers from across the United States and across the world. Through our Indigenous Empowerment Network, we empower native artists, youth and community through internships, museum careers, and arts business development. Tomaquag has over 50 cross-sector partnerships and serves the public through specialized projects, tours, exhibits, books, curriculum, films, lectures and performances. Contact the museum for information about virtual and in-person programming and classes.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Explore whale ecology and marine mammal conservation, and discover the dramatic history of whaling and its impact. Voyage ‘round the world via the Grand Panorama (digital version) and climb aboard Lagoda, the world’s largest ship model. Enjoy great harbor views and the historic area. Host your unforgettable event at the Whaling Museum, with captivating settings from classic maritime to modern elegance.