School’s out for summer! Are your kids already saying, “I’m bored!”? Are you cringing at the thought of them cooped up with their video games rather than getting outside? Well we have good news for you…there are tons of things to do right here in Rhode Island! So look no further…check out our list of some local things to do to keep the kiddos occupied all summer long!
The most obvious option is the beach; after all, we are the Ocean State! Narragansett, Newport, and Bristol have beautiful beaches, but if you are looking for a day trip…head over to Block Island. It’s like a mini vacation! Grab some sun screen, beach toys, and a towel and park your tush on Ballard’s beach. You can enjoy a cocktail on the beach while the kids build sandcastles and swim in the ocean!
Looking for something to do for 4th of July? Here in Pawtucket, the PawSox will have post-game fireworks on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. You can also catch the fireworks display at India Point Park in Providence on the 4th. There are also many fireworks and Independence Day celebrations planned in cities and towns across Rhode Island, so check out what’s happening in your neighborhood.
The Newport Kite Festival is a family-fun event being held July 12-13. Head to Brenton Point State Park located on Ocean Drive in Newport for a day of open kite flying, kite demonstrations, and kite flying battles. Admission is free and you can fly your kite from 10am to 4pm! Check out newportkitefestival.com for more information. The 36th annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival is coming to the athletic fields at the University of Rhode Island. You and your children will be mesmerized by the display of colorful hot air balloons. To get more balloon info, check out southcountyballoonfest.com.
How about taking the kids on a tour around Rhode Island to ride all of the state’s carousels? There are 5 to take a spin on! They are: Crescent Park Carousel in East Providence, Flying Horse Carousel in Watch Hill, Slater Memorial Park Carousel in Pawtucket, Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park in Providence, and Easton’s Beach Carousel in Newport.
If you are in northern Rhode Island and looking for some outdoor adventure, take the family on a hike in Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland. You can explore the old ski trails! Or take the kids to Lincoln Woods to hike, climb boulders, or go fishing. If you’re in the mood for a movie, check out KidFest at Cinemaworld in Lincoln. They will be showing a family-friendly movie at 10AM seven days a week! Even better…children are free and adults are only $2 or free with a donation to a local food bank. How cool is that?!
For such a small state, there are tons of things to do during the hot summer months! This list was just some of our favorites, but there are plenty more! Visit the Providence Journal Online to see the complete Summer Guide 2014.