Have you played every board game? Watched every movie? Eaten all the snacks? Are your kids constantly telling you how bored they are? Do you need to get out of your house??
Rhode Island has so many great attractions that will get you out of your house, and help your kids burn off all their excess energy!
1. Skiing and Snow Tubing: Yawgoo Valley Ski Area offers skiing, snowboarding for the whole family and offers lessons for all ages! If skiing isn’t your thing, but you still love the thrilll of flying down a snow covered hill, check out their snow tube park! You can also snow shoe or cross country ski at one of our many local parks.
2. Roger Williams Park Zoo: You may think the zoo is more of a summer location, but Roger Williams Park Zoo is just as much fun in the winter! While some of the warmer climate animals are off exhibit, some of the colder climate animals are even more active in the winter months! Winter is a great time to see the Snow Leopards! And zoo guests enjoy half-priced admission in January and February!
3. Jump Around: A great way to burn off all that pent up energy is to BOUNCE! We LOVE visiting BounceU in Warwick, especially during their Preschool Playdate hours. They offer open bounce for older kids as well! Mom and dad can sit and watch, or play on the inflatables, too! RI also has a couple fun trampoline parks! We love Launch in Warwick, and have heard great things about Skyzone in East Providence. Both have open bounce times for all ages and times specifically for toddlers.
4. Indoor Play: There are a few fun indoor “gyms” for your kids to explore and play! Our favorite has always been open gym at Bellani Maternity. Bellani offers a clean and safe environment for children ages 6 months thru 2.5 to explore, jump, tumble and climb. Other indoor play spaces include Kidz Kastle and KidZone as well as open gym times at many of the local gymnastics centers!
5. Museums: Rhode Island has quite a few museums that will entertain and educate children of all ages!
- Providence Children’s Museum
- RISD Art Museum
- Museum of Work and Culture
- Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
- Warwick Museum of Art
- Quonset Air Museum
- The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University
6. Storytime: Most libraries offer fun storytimes with activities for all ages. Check with your local library for their schedule of storytimes and events! You can find Barnes & Noble storytime and event details HERE
7. Ice skating: Rhode Island offers some great indoor and outdoor skating rinks! If you want to skate outside, check out the Alex And Ani City Center rink in the heart of downtown Providence. For indoor skating, the Boss Arena at URI has public skate times as well as learn to skate lessons. Thayer / Warburton Ice Arenas in Warwick, and the Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink also offer public skating!
8. Bowling and more: As a kid, one of my favorite activites during the cold winter was to go bowling my my mom! Rhode Island has many great bowling alleys (some with candle pin and duck pin bowling, if you’re looking for something different!) The new CW Lanes & Games in Lincoln is a great place to spend the day with your family! You can bowl, enjoy a meal, play laser tag and enjoy the many arcade games!
9. Biomes: Biomes Marine Biology Center is a hands on aquarium in North Kingstown. They specialize in teaching children and adults about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Avery loves playing in the sand table, and visiting all the “fishies” They even have story times and other family events (see website for schedule)
10. Audubon Environmental Education Center: We LOVE the Audubon Environmental Education Center. It’s a fun place to relax, play and learn. Avery loves to spend time enjoying the toys and puzzles, as well as learning about our local wildlife.
Still looking for more winter activities in Rhode Island? Here are few bonus ideas:
- Attend an event at the Dunkin Donuts center!
- See a show at one of RIs many local theaters!
- See Splash! at Jordan’s in Warwick Mall and while you’re there, take a ride on the carousel in the food court!
- See a movie!
- Indoor Rock Climbing at Rock Spot!
- Paint your own pottery!
- Visit the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park!
What would you add to this list? Please comment and share your favorite Rhode Island winter activities!