If you don’t like to watch sports, maybe you would rather participate in some. Kennedy Plaza hosts the Bank of America Skating Center (adult admission $6, kids 12 and under $3 plus $4 rental fee for skates if you need), open November through March, and is 14,000 square feet of ice – that is twice the size of New York City’s Rockerfeller Plaza ice rink! They have skate sharpening if, like us, you drag out the skate gear every winter, and free helmets can be borrowed for the little ones (or big ones) if you ask. Locker rental is available too, but we never use those. Best of all, they are open seven days a week until 10pm!
Another great place in Providence that I have personally taken my kids and will go again is the RISD Art Museum (adult admission $12, children 5-18 $3, plus Admission is FREE every Sunday 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday evening of each month from 5-9 pm)! What a beautiful art museum! It is a real museum, not many hands-on exhibits so you need to keep the kids’ hands off, but absolutely beautiful rooms full of fabulous exhibits from the real mummy to French art. They have some permanent rooms and exhibits and they also have a good number of what I call “traveling” exhibits, which change from time to time as they move on to other cities along their tour.
Of course, Rhode Island School of Design is only one of Providence’s world-renowned institutions of higher learning, along with Brown University and Providence College, to name a few. If you have the opportunity, take a couple of hours on a Sunday (admission is free ten to five) to stroll through the beauty just a few steps off historic Benefit Street. One has not even mentioned the huge number of outstanding restaurants and eateries in Providence, especially in the Federal Hill section of the city.
I will continue this series of fun family things to do in and around Providence, when I will tell you what is down by the bay…
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