As part of the Hunter Music Series, head over to the lawn of Lippitt House Museum for a free afternoon concert with Foxtrot Music
. The genius behind Foxtrot Music is Kirsten Murphy, who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, and sometimes the banjo. She uses puppetry, storybooks, singing, dancing, and lots of hands-on time with instruments to create lessons that engage curiosity, joy, and participation. The concert will be a
whole body, mind, and heart experience! And lots of hands-on instruments for the kids!
Do you have a garden? Or are you planting seedlings with your children? Whether you're growing lettuce or lupines, it's important to know who to turn to for advice – and the URI Master Gardeners are here to help! Bring your questions, your little ones, and even a soil sample from your garden for free analysis. Explore the grounds, see the ducks in the pond, and check out the old Robert Sherman Windmill. Prescott Farm is a gem!
What makes Museum Day Live
so awesome? It's an opportunity for families to visit cultural institutions across the country (and in Rhode Island) for free! Not only is it encouraging to visit places you might have been holding off on, but many places will be hosting special activities and interactive exhibits as part of the nationwide event. And did we mention it's free?
Visit Museum Day Live
to find all sites in Rhode Island participating. In addition, see below for Rhody Ramble sites and events participating too!
Blithewold Mansion, Garden & Arboretum
Old Washington County Jail
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
John Brown House Museum
Museum of Work & Culture
The John Brown House Museum
will be free and open to the public for Doors Open RI
and Smithsonian Museum Day Live
. There will be special curator-led behind-the-scenes tours of the basement, which itself has been a subject of myth and rumor. Learn about the history of how the basement was used by past owners while peering at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s object collections storage. Basement tours will take place at 10:30, 1:30, and 3. Space is limited for these tours and will be first come, first served.
Six historic sites along seventeenth-century Great Road (Route 123) in Lincoln, Rhode Island, host special tours and displays! All sites are open free to the public: Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside, Saylesville Meeting House, and Valentine Whitman Jr. House. You can pile your family into the car and take a short jaunt between all the sites, or just make it a destination day! Explore the area and discover how local residents and visitors lived and worked from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century. Taking place during late September when leaves start to change their colors, a day trip along this route is sure to be beautiful. The historic homes, farms, and mills create a rolling landscape along the Great Road Historic District
, which retains much of the Blackstone Valley’s early 19th-century rural character.
Little Compton Historical Society will be hosting a cider social with local vendors, a Cow Pie Bingo Fundraising event, and a booth selling vintage and antique items donated by the community. Complimentary cider and donuts will be available while supplies last, free tours of the Wilbor House Museum, a candy haystack, corn husk-doll making, and the last opportunity to see this year’s exhibition, “Little Compton’s 20th-Century Artists," for free. The highlight of the day will be the Cow Pie Bingo event taking place between 3 and 4 pm. Oreo, a Belted Galloway, will return for his second year of Cow Pie Bingo. Oreo will be accompanied by his farmer, Pete Dellasanta of Pete’s Farm. Pete, who began his own farm in high school and is now a college freshman, will lead Oreo onto a gridded field promptly at 3 PM and the first square in the grid to receive a cow pie will be the winner. Tickets corresponding to each square on the grid are on sale now at the Historical Society for $10 each or three for $25 and will also be sold the day of the event until 2:55 PM. The holder of the winning ticket will receive a $500 prize. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society.
For the first time, Chase Farm Park will be hosting Revolutionary War re-enactors. For kids with active imaginations, this brings the history of our country to life, in the way no movie can! More than 200 or so re-enactors will be portraying camp life, performing drills, and acting out different scenarios. For children, this is a chance to see, feel, hear, and experience the past and engage with new ideas and situations; understand history by being part of it! While Hearthside wasn’t even around during the Revolutionary War, the great-great-grandfather of Arnold Talbot (owner of Hearthside 1904-1926) was Silas Talbot of Providence, a courageous hero who distinguished himself as both an army colonel and as a highly successful naval captain during the American Revolution. Silas' portrait hangs over the dining room fireplace at Hearthside as the patriarch of the Talbot family.
Calling all little pumpkins to one of the most beautiful buildings of all! It’s that time again! Dress in your Halloween finest and join the fun with Lindsay Meehan from Music for Children
as she gets us all up and dancing to her enchanting tunes. Light refreshments will be served. Free & open to the public. Ages 3+ (younger siblings welcome). In order to provide refreshments for all, registration is recommended. Please contact Lindsay at 401-421-6970 or email@example.com to register.
Casey Farm’s weekly Coastal Growers Market was named “one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England” by Yankee Magazine. Easy to get to, and surrounded by the bounty Rhode Island is known for, visitors will find specialty products, including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more from the area’s local farmers. Support local farmers and shop for the family, while enjoying the views!
Head over to the FarmFest Celebration at Mount Hope Farm for tours, Native American storytellers, militia re-enactments, viewing of farm animals, hayrides and much more. Held at the Farm, in the historic buildings and grounds, the FarmFest will have tons kid-friendly activities, including games and scavenger hunts, plus free face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Halloween costumes encouraged! Bluegrass music will put a spring in your step, and kids will have a chance to meet a real beekeeper and see a marine life exhibit on view. Enjoy fresh cooked food, including hamburgers and cold drinks for purchase. Fall foliage and pumpkin patches aren’t the only way to celebrate autumn!
(And if you have a grocery list that needs to be checked off, catch the last outdoors Farmers Market of the season from 9 am to 1 pm on the same day!)