Winter Guide

7 Days of To-Dos for February Vacation in Rhode Island

Keep your kids engaged and entertained during the school break

So Rhode Island Magazine ·

Every Saturday morning, the Children’s Library at the Providence Athenaeum shows short films based on picture books. The stunning Greek Revival library is open to the public, but you have to be a member to check out books.

The RISD Museum offers free admission on Sundays, and offers special programming and tours just for kids, to help little ones better understand and appreciate fine art. If they’re feeling artistic, take them to Family See and Sketch, a kid-friendly open studio.


The Providence Children’s Museum has fun programming every day for vacation week, starting with three performances by popular kids’ entertainer Keith Munslow on Monday, who will hold participation-encouraged shows with lively piano tunes and tongue twisting poems.

Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown is the state’s biggest aquarium, and is open every day for up close and personal encounters with sea creatures. During school vacation week, their weekend programming happens every day: think pufferfish demonstrations, and feedings of tortoises, seahorses, stingrays, dogfish sharks and horseshoe crabs.

Roger Williams Park Zoo has weeklong camps for kids ages 4-13, but the zoo is worth a visit any day during Winter Wonder Days. Admission is half-price in winter, and many of the zoo’s animals, like their snow leopard, are more active in cold weather.


In the afternoon, head to Bristol’s Rogers Free Library for Lego Building. Kids and teens are invited to build any creation they can imagine, which will be put on display in the Children’s Room for the week.

The Save The Bay Aquarium and Exploration Center at Easton’s Beach in Newport is open Friday-Sunday in the winter, and offers touch-tank experiences with Atlantic sea life and educational programs for little ones.

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