August 15, 2014

Top Picks! August Events Around Rhode Island


Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

8/1-8/22, Fridays at 11:00 am: Family Fun Friday
Admission (includes mansion): $11 Adults, $3 Children 6-17

Little Compton

The Wilbor House Museum 

8/ 7, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: A Day at Peaked Top School, Cost: $45 per child
8/12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Old School Home School, Cost: $45 per child


Prescott Farm

8/27, 3:30-5:30 pm: Windmill Wednesdays, Cost: Free


Historic Fort Adams

Thursdays at 6:00 pm: Sundown Thursdays, Admission: Free!

Redwood Library & Athenaeum

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM: Toddler Story Time, Cost: Free
8/9 at 2:00 pm: The Legend of King Arthur, Cost: Free
8/15 at 11:00 am: Animal Experiences, Cost: Free
8/20 at 2:00 pm: Boom with Biomes, Cost: Free


The Providence Athenaeum 

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8/18-8/29 at 10:30 AM: Summer Story Hour for Infants and Toddlers
On Thursdays, it is held at Gladys Potter Park (near Wayland Square), Cost: Free!

Roger Williams National Memorial

Wednesdays at 5:00 pm: 5K Fun Run, Cost: Free!
Saturdays 8/9 & 8/23 at 7:00 pm: Downtown Sundown Music Concerts, Cost: Free!

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Daily at 2:00 pm: Summer Planetarium Shows, Cost: $3 per person (includes Museum admission)
8/8 at 10:30 am: Fern Fossil Foray, Cost: $5 per person
8/10 at 9:00 am: Butterflies in the Park, Cost: $2 per person (includes Museum admission)


Smith-Appleby House Museum

8/17, 1:00-4:00 pm: Come & Play Games of Old, Cost: $5 Adults, Free for Children


Casey Farm 

Daily 8/4- 8/22  from 9:00 am -3:00 pm: Summer Fun Days, Cost: $45 per child per day

October 4, 2013

Rhody Ramble Halloween Events - From Sweet to Scary!

Rhody the Rambler in a pilgrim hat
The Haunts of Little Rest Hill
Old Washington County Jail, Kingstown 
October 10-31: Thursdays & Fridays at 8:30 PM, Saturdays at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Children 12 and under. 
Peek into the jail’s cell block after dark! Enjoy a historically-based evening tour of the village with guides from the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, including tales from local residents of unexplained phenomenon in town! Hear the darker side of history on this 75 minute walking tour which covers a one-mile area of town. Tours begin at the pillory in the jail yard, and circle through Little Rest and two burial grounds, ending inside the unlit, stone cells where notorious Washington County criminals were once imprisoned. For families with young children, 7:30 tours are recommended. Participants should dress for outdoors and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tours are only cancelled in case of severe weather. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Fortress of Nightmares
Historic Fort Adams, Newport
Nightly on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25-27 6:00 PM -9:00 PM
Admission: $10 per per person
Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! First, you'll explore the Officers Quarters where you'll meet our twilight inhabitants face to face. Once you've managed to navigate your way out of the Officers Quarters, you'll face a dark and terrifying walk across the 6.5 acre Parade Field and down into the depths of the Fortress to experience Tunnels of Terror. 
Not recommended for children under 12. If you want to leave because you are too scared, then we've done our job. (No refunds given.)

William Shakespeare's Macbeth
Roger Williams National Memorial
Thursday - Sunday, October 10-27 at 7:00 PM
Admission: FREE!
Bob Colonna and the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater present William Shakespeare's Macbeth in the park at the Roger Williams National Memorial. Macbeth is considered one of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedies. Of course, TRIST will add its usual flair to this production, using the outdoor space at the Memorial to set the stage for this production. Filled with witches, ghosts and murder, Macbeth is the perfect fall/Halloween evenings’ entertainment. Bring a blanket, a chair, a picnic basket and enjoy the evening. Recommended for children 10 or older. 

Little Pumpkin’s Party
The Providence Athenaeum
Thursday, October 24, 4:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $5 per child
Join us for our annual Halloween party for our littlest pumpkins! There will be a musical performance and activities with our favorite music maker Lindsay Meehan, a craft activity and refreshments! Ages 2- 6 (younger siblings welcome). Learn more about Lindsay and Mary Hall’s Music for Children classes. Call Lindsay to register at 421-6970.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Saturday, October 26, 10:00-11:00 AM
Admission: $15 per pumpkin ($5 Adult participation fee)
These owls are a hoot! In this playful, seasonal class we will dress white heritage pumpkins with assorted seeds and nuts to create noses and eyes, then add feathers or other plant material for the ears. Mini-pumpkins make adorable baby owls. All materials are included, and there’s no need to worry about clean-up! Cider and donuts will be served. Parents are welcome to stay and help their kids ($5 fee applies). Recommended for ages 5 or older.

Creepy, Crawly Family Fun Weekend
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Providence
Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27, 12:00-3:00 PM
Program included with Museum Admission of $2 (Free for children under 4)
Free Museum and Planetarium admission for costumed visitors!
Spooky stories, haunted museum vault tours (additional admission applies), creature features, mystery guests and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween fun! Discover the creepy and crawly things that make Halloween special with spooky activities and Museum creature features. Visitors receive a complimentary treat bag and treats in exhibit halls. 

July 23, 2013

Rhody's rainy day activities

Looking for fun activities for the kids on a rainy day? Here are some fun indoor spots that Rhody recommends! For a complete list, visit the Rhody Ramble website

Museum of Natural History, Providence

Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Brick Market: Museum & Shop, Newport

June 27, 2013

Surf into summer with Rhody's July event picks!


Surf into summer with Rhody's fun family activities for July!
Wilbor House Museum, Little Compton
Celebrate Little Compton's history with crafts, games and entertainment.
Free admission! Donations welcome

Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth
Enjoy music, rides, magic tricks, and circus acts while you explore the animal topiaries. 
Admission: $20 Adults, $5 Children 6-17

Babcock-Smith House Museum, Westerly
Bring your favorite doll for a special afternoon tea and a bit of history. 
Reservations required. Admission: $10

Roger Williams National Memorial, Providence
Hear local Rhode Island musicians, bring a picnic and enjoy dinner under the stars.
Free admission! 

Congratulations to Melissa from Chepachet! She is this month's Rhody Ramble prize winner. She will receive tickets to Linden Place Museum, a gift certificate to the Bristol Bagel Works and a copy of "Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams."

If you would like to be entered into next month's prize drawing, register for the Rhody Ramble!

The Rhody Ramble is a family adventure featuring events and tours at unique Rhode Island places. From oceanfront mansions to historic farms, the 25 participating sites are all members of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island, a program of Preserve Rhode Island.  Learn more about the Rhody Ramble and view the full calendar of events at

April 11, 2013

2013 Rhody Ramble Kicks Off During April Vacation

Discover Colonial Newport in Costume Tour

The Rhody Ramble is kicking off its 2013 season with activities during April school vacation week (April 13-21). Launched in 2012 as a summer family adventure around Rhode Island, the Rhody Ramble has expanded to include a nearly year-round calendar of events for children and families. 

In 2013, events and tours are offered at 25 member properties of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island, which are located throughout the state. Events include outdoor festivals, concerts, re-enactments, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts and walking tours. Explore Rhode Island’s diverse history and landscape – including oceanfront mansions, farms, an observatory, a lighthouse and even a historic jail!

April Vacation Event Highlights:

DailyBreakers Family Tour, Newport
Daily 13-21Guided Tours of Fort Adams, Newport
Daily 15-19Planetarium Shows, Museum of Natural History, Providence
TuesdaysTelescope Observing Night, Ladd Observatory, Providence 
Tuesdays/Thursdays/SaturdaysTour of the Old Washington County Jail, Kingston 

Saturday 13Children’s Literary Tea Party, John Brown House Museum, Providence
Sunday 14Spring Family Sensory Walk, Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, Bristol
Tuesday 16Cosmic Cadets Camp, Museum of Natural History, Providence 
Thursday 18MNH Space Adventure Camp, Museum of Natural History, Providence
Friday 19Rogues & Scoundrels Tour, Newport History Walking Tours, Newport
Saturday 21Earth Day Clean-up, Paine House, Coventry

Check out a full calendar of events at