7 Ways to Have Fun Without the Bar in the East Bay

Forget grabbing a beer, there's plenty more to do

The Bay Magazine ·

Stay warm this season by staying active. Winter Rock ‘n Bowl at East Providence’s Bowling Academy happens every Friday and Saturday night. Warren’s Dudek Lanes has duckpin bowling, rock ‘n bowl and Saturday night extreme bowling – plus a lounge for when you need an adult beverage break. Bowling Academy: 354 Taunton Avenue, East Providence. 401-434-5839 Dudek: 409 Child Street, Warren. 401-245-9471

If the cold weather has you in the mood to spend more time in the kitchen, maybe it’s time to sharpen your skills. Middletown’s Newport Cooks brings in guest chefs from some of the East Bay’s best restaurants for one-night classes. On January 12, bring your friends for Soups On! with Sharyn Singer, or Cozy Thai Comfort Foods with Chef Deja Hart on January 19. 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. 401-293-0740

Who knew shooting lasers could be so fun? United Skates of America in Rumford offers intergalactic laser tag, in addition to roller skating, an arcade and a rock climbing wall. The best part of all? You don’t actually need to bring your kids to act like a kid. 75 New Road, Rumford. 401-438-9898

Channel your inner Van Gogh at a paint and drink class. Splash of Color in Riverside offers painting instruction nearly every night of the week. The Swansea-based Paint Ladies bring the party to you, to host your own event or participate in any of their pop-ups throughout the East Bay and South Coast. It’s a fun night out and you get a piece of art to take home. Pro tip: how much you like your painting that night vs. how much you like it in the morning is directly related to how much wine you drink during the class. Splash of Color: 216 Willett Avenue, Riverside. 

You don’t need to be an Egyptian goddess to master the art of belly dance. That’s what The Dancing Spirit in Tiverton wants everyone to know. They offer belly dance lessons, as well as private personal training sessions that mix dance with yoga and weights, for women of all shapes and sizes. It’s just about confidence, a love of music and the ability to channel your inner Beyoncé. 219 Nanaquaket Road, Tiverton. 401-338-9905

If your only impression of ceramics is that scene in Ghost, it’s time to get to WeirdGirl Creations. The paint-your-own-pottery studio offers drop-in hours where you can stop by and create something fun. To create a piece of art that’s completely yours, try out a private wheel throwing class. WeirdGirl also hosts Mug Nights for ladies night out, where you bring friends and coffee and you paint your own mug. 33 Kent Street, Barrington. 401-247-1397

Amp up the romance by twirling your significant other around on the dance floor. Dance Nelia offers dance classes in Barrington, in ballroom dancing, salsa, swing and more. Grab somebody you want to cozy up to – or don’t, because there’s no partner required – and hit the dance floor. Her Friday Night Dance Parties, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, include a short lesson and dinner, then dancing the night away. 186 Roffee Street, Barrington. 401-245-1119


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