Wondering how to see the solar eclipse on April 8? You'll have to head north to see the total eclipse, as parts of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont will fall into the path of totality. And, while Providence isn't in that path, we'll still see about 90% coverage beginning around 2:15 p.m., with peak coverage occurring at 3:30 p.m.

The Museum of Natural History will present SUNsational Eclipse Family Fun Days on the weekend leading up to the eclipse featuring special planetarium shows at 2 p.m. each day. And they'll host a free Watch Party on April 8 with hands-on activities and free eclipse viewing glasses.

You can also head to the Roger Williams National Memorial for their Total Eclipse of the Park event, with eclipse glasses, ranger talks, fun activities and the chance to earn a special Eclipse Explorer badge!

Can't make it to the watch party? Here are some more fun suggestions for celebrating the celestial event:

  • Grab a bottle of Eclipse coffee syrup and mix up a glass of Rhode Island's state drink, coffee milk.
  • Create an eclipse-themed playlist with songs like "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Black Hole Sun," "Moonshadow" and "Dancing in the Dark."
  • Head to your local car dealership and test drive a Mitsubishi Eclipse.
  • Pack a picnic basket with Moon Pies, Sun Chips and Cosmic Brownies. Wash them down with a Capri Sun and then freshen your breath with a piece of Eclipse gum.
  • Stop by the library and pick up a copy of "Twilight: Eclipse" or "Dolores Claiborne" for an eclipse-themed read.

Whatever you do, be sure to take a peek (safely, of course), because the next visible eclipse in R.I. won't occur until 2044.

Oh, and one other thing. Don't buy any strange looking plants after the eclipse has passed. You don't want to find yourself in a "Little Shop of Horrors" situation.

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