Summertime "Must-Do's" with Kids In Providence, RI


We have compiled a handy list of kid-friendly activities- many of which are FREE! For more even more ideas, check out 

  1. Visit Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence. Learn why the founder of Rhode Island was also a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Bonus: Lovely spot for an outdoor picnic in season. (Free)  
  2. Stroll through Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, and find the resting place of famous souls like horror, fantasy, science-fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. (Free) 
  3. Jump aboard the sunken ship The Hannah in Burnside Park (downtown Providence). Open all year long. (Free) Bonus: Attend Kidoinfo Storytime and Art in the Park during July and August. (Free) 
  4. Take a walking tour of downtown Providence
  5. Watch the sunset over downtown Providence from Prospect Terrace. Park or hike to the top of Neutaconkanut Hill for another great view of the city. (Free) 
  6. Music! Enjoy concerts at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence. (Free) 
  7. Experience Waterfire in downtown Providence. Get there just before sunset to see the iconic bonfires as they are being lit. (Free) 
  8. Take a boat ride during Waterfire in downtown Providence.
  9.  Play the Rhode Island Farm Scavenger Hunt. Take a road trip and explore 28 of RI’s 1,200 working farms. Visit to download the map and clues or pick up a pamphlet at a participating farm.
    • Visit a real working dairy farm: Wrights Dairy Farm and Bakery in North Smithfield (Blackstone Valley). 
    • Travel back in time by visiting a 1790s New England farm: Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol. 
    • Visit Casey Farm in Saunderstown. (Free for Historic New England members and Saunderstown residents.) 
    • Visit a working family farm: Watson Farm in Jamestown (Free for Historic New England members and Jamestown residents.) 
    • Visit a real working farm: Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston. Visit Kenyon’s Grist Mill in Usquepaug. (Free with a food or clothing donation for the Jonny Cake Center.) 

And in the spirit of the year end, we would like to thank the entire community for making this another great year at Child’s Play.  We truly enjoyed working with you and the opportunity to continue to build on this fantastic community.  We appreciate the hard work of the Board and the Committees for everything you did to keep the school running, the finances intact, the website refreshed, the building and playground in good condition all while attracting new families into the co-op, organizing fun community building events and building relationships with alumni and the larger community. The co-op only functions if everyone performs their role and we are truly grateful for all that you did this year to make Child’s Play the special place that it is.  We would like to thank our award winning teachers and staff for the nurturing environment that they create.  Their dedication and care is second to none.

Enjoy friends! And see you soon!

Ray and Jenny, Co-Presidents 2015-2016