More RI plans – what to do with the kids

If you really want to see the sights of Rhode Island, take a ride “over the bridge”, as we say here, to East Providence and visit the most beautiful carousel on the east coast, maybe in the country: the Crescent Park Carousel; they even have a Facebook page. I am a bit biased, since I have loved riding it and trying to grab for the gold ring for years with my children. It is nationally recognized as a true masterpiece of wood sculpture, built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Loof,  with 62 beautifully hand carved figures and four fancy chariots – my kids’ favorite is the camel (or maybe the zebra)! Placed on the national register of historic places in 1976, it is located at 700 Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside, RI. Last year, rides were still only $1 and every Thursday is kids’ day, when rides are $.75 all day! If you grab for a ring as you go around and get the golden one, you get a free rideYou can even have a picnic by the bay across the street or east clam cakes and chowder at the Blount Shack nearby.

santa at carousel

When you come back over the bridge into Providence, take a stroll along popular Wickenden Street on the East Side of Providence, not to be confused with East Providence, please. Named after the 17th century settler William Wickenden and originally home to a large Portuguese-American community, it is currently home to a variety of independent shops, art galleries, a farmer’s market and restaurants populated by local artists, professors and students. The area is surrounded by area colleges Brown University and RI School of Design and high schools Moses Brown and The Wheeler Schools. You can wander down College Hill to historic Benefit Street, home to many historic buildings open to the public.

While down on Benefit Street, take a moment to stop at the Providence Athenaeum, a unique and member-supported library and cultural center. Housed in a building with a beautiful granite exterior and a wooden interior with literally thousands of books and documents, it is open to the public. Visitors are welcome and all events are usually free and open to the public, but if you want to actually borrow any of  the incredible literature in this more-than-a-library, you must become a member.They have a number of educational programs for children and adults free and open to the public!

My name is Joan Lowell, LAR (Local Area Rep) in the Providence area; please contact me at or 401-309-1925 with your questions. We are accepting new Host Families in the RI, CT & MA area.

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