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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!)
After your holiday celebrations, visit the library for our annual event! This time we’re watching The Sword in the Stone, the animated classic based on the book by T.H. White.
Film rating [G], running time 79 min. Free & open to the public; all ages welcome. No registration required.
Start the season with the Newport Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House. Visit the 1739 Colony House on Washington Square Tour and hear hymns performed by costumed interpreters that were once sung in colonial Newport. A handout with lyrics will be provided, audience participation is encouraged. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Christmas in Newport’s official opening and tree lighting ceremony in Washington Square follows.
The Rhode Island Historical Society invites the community to visit the Museum of Work & Culture for a free annual Holiday Open House, offered as part of Woonsocket’s Main Street Holiday Stroll. In attendance will be the North Pole Postman, whose latest book, The North Pole Postman Visits Rhode Island – in which Santa’s postman “Post” Mark visits sites across the Ocean State to collect letters from children – features the Museum of Work & Culture. “Post” Mark will be at the MoWC from 1 to 3pm to sign books and help children write letters that he will then bring to the North Pole. Visitors are also invited to decorate cookies from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery and help Santa’s elves build and test toys in their workshop. Children who help the elves will be entered in a raffle to win a toy train set. Visitors may also tour the MoWC, which will be decked in its holiday finest, while enjoying cookies, hot cocoa, and performances by Woonsocket’s strolling entertainers. The MoWC gift shop will also offer a 20% discount throughout the day.
Join us for Hugo, based on the extraordinary book written by Brian Selznick. Film rating [PG], running time 126 min. Open to the public; ages 7+. $5/child for pizza and dessert. Adults free. Registration required. Please contact Lindsay at 401-421-6970 x17 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Come celebrate the cradle of religious liberty in America! Experience different holiday traditions when 9 historic houses of worship open their doors from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Participating houses of worship include: Channing Unitarian, Emanuel Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Mount Zion AME, Newport Congregational, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Joseph’s Catholic and Touro Synagogue. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free event. For more information visit www.4faiths.org or call (401) 290-7535.
Come explore the “Imaginary Worlds” exhibition during weekly open gallery hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The Sayles Gorham Children’s Library and Philbrick Rare Book Room at the Providence Athenæum present an exhibition showcasing the Old Juveniles Collection of Children’s Literature and the great talent of generations of artists and authors who give children windows to worlds they could only imagine. There’s even a scavenger hunt for kids! All ages welcome.