Join Coggeshall Farm
staff for daily programs showcasing the daily lives of 1790s salt marsh tenant farmers. On Sundays, the summer garden takes center stage with activities designed to make children feel engaged and helpful. From watering, feeding, planting, and harvesting, there is something for everyone to do! At 1 p.m., visitors have a chance to get close to the animals on a pasture walk and see Coggeshall Farm livestock graze. Children and adults will love this nature stroll (wearing comfortable shoes and long pants are suggested).
Where else would you want to be for next week’s solar eclipse than at Rhode Island’s very own planetarium! The Museum of Natural History is hosting a celebration with family fun activities, including a reserved common area outside for safe eclipse viewing, a NASA TV MegaCast view of the totality path, education activities, and a planetarium show! The special planetarium show begins at 1 p.m. and prime viewing of the eclipse is at 2:47 on the dot. Receive solar eclipse viewing glasses with the purchase of museum tickets.
The Mount Hope Farmers Market is a year-round community market, happening every weekend in every season. During summer 2017, there are some great reasons to bring your whole family! Not only is the market a bounty of local goods and food-stuffs that families love, but Mount Hope Farm has nature trails and barnyard animals too! If you take Cove Road, it will lead you to amazing views of the ocean, so bring your walking shoes. After shopping, tour the historic Governor Bradford House or simply stroll over to the ever growing barnyard featuring all sorts of animal friends: goats, pheasants, chickens and sheep. Make a day of it!
Along with the goods listed below, you'll also find local crafts, live music, demonstrations and tastings!
-Potted Plants & Seedlings
-Soaps & Lotions
Bring the whole family, shop for local food, visit the sheep, goats & poultry, grab a trail map, and walk the beautiful grounds of the farm!
This August, Slater Mill invites you to drop in any Saturday to
learn how to weave. Adults and children may participate anytime between 10 a.m. and noon
for a "make-and-take" weaving workshop. Think bright colors of string, a little instruction, and you'll see imaginations soar! Great for families with kids 12-years and younger. Best of all, Slater Mill provides the loom, yarn, and needles for the activity. All participants may bring their completed weaves home! For information, call 401.725.8638 ex. 100 weekdays, ex. 111 weekends.
Who: Families; Children 12 & under accompanied by an adult
Drop in & Weave!
Where: Old Slater Mill, 2nd Floor
When: Saturdays in August, anytime 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Join the Newport Historical Society
for its largest reenactment to date, the 1777 British Occupation. During this free afternoon event, over 75 costumed re-enactors will recreate aspects of life during the summer of 1777 in the heart of Newport’s Old Quarter. The afternoon program will open with an argument between two gentlemen who favor the crown and will close with the capture of General Prescott. In between are tons of activities and challenges to help you kids see the history of politics in real time! To find out about the full program and all afternoon activities, click here
’s free annual Labor Day Open House kicks off the 20th anniversary celebration with some special friends and radio personalities. Along with Rhode Island PBS – the event will welcome Julia, a new friend from Sesame Street! A sweet and curious four-year-old girl with autism, Julia made her onscreen debut in April. Families have the opportunity to visit, interact, and have their photo taken with Walkaround Julia. Three meet-and-greet sessions will take place at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. All participating families will also receive copies of We're Amazing, 1, 2,
3!, a storybook featuring Julia.
While the MoWC does offer award-winning low-sensory programming for visitors on the spectrum, the Labor Day Open House will not be a low-sensory environment. However, tools and services – including color communication badges, hands-on activities, and trained staff from the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment – will be available to visitors.
Explore the intersection of nature, science, the arts and humanities, and the environment through music. Slater Mill
is hosting an event featuring the rich sounds of Aurea. As part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival
, this afternoon concert will feature chamber music and spoken word. Before and after the concert, there are tons of events
and exciting things going on for kids and families! Have fun at the fest!
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!
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!