Kids Activities in Charles

Up to 50% Off John Brown House Museum Visit for Two or Four

Rhode Island Historical Society

John Brown House Museum

$20 $11

Museum examines early US social and cultural history in the 18th-century home of John Brown, an important figure in early America

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center – Up to 42% Off Visit

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

South Elmwood

$12 $7

There's seemingly no end to the activities and learning experiences for the whole family at these gardens and interactive displays

50% Off Musical Instrument Course

New England Music Studio

Pawtucket

$80 $40

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Up to 51% Off at Legion Bowl & Billiards

Legion Bowl & Billiards

Cranston

$45 $22

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Classic duckpin bowling facility features 18 resurfaced lanes, traditional scoring projectors, tournament-sized pool tables, and live music

55% Off Duckpin Bowling at Town Hall Lanes

Town Hall Lanes

Johnston

$55 $25

Small, palm-size bowling bowls are heaved toward short duckpins in this old-school style of bowling

Up to 78% Off Paintball at BattlegroundZ

BattlegroundZ

Attleboro

$120 $39

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Facemasks and chest protectors swaddle combatants as they clash in objective games in 10,000 sq. ft. indoor area

56% Off In-Studio Piano Lessons

New England Studio of Music

Multiple Locations

$135 $59

Lessons based in classical training for pianists of all ages and experience levels

50% Off Music Summer Camps

School of Rock

Seekonk

$500 $250

During week-long camps, kids can rock out and learn to cover classic rock songs, or learn the fundamentals of songwriting and production

Up to 57% Off All-Day Play at Kidz Kastle

Kidz Kastle

Warwick

$55 $27

Indoor playground tuckers children out with routinely cleaned toys, foosball and air-hockey tables, pirate ship, and bounce slide

Up to 53% Off Duckpin Bowling

Meadowbrook Lanes

Warwick

$49 $23

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Vintage wood paneling and duckpin-style bowling at an alley that houses a lounge with flat-screen TVs and a snack bar

50% Off Elite Football School

Elite Football School

Warwick

$199 $99

Supportive coaches challenge players in 6th–12th grade during one-week football camp

Up to 56% Off Bowling Package

Old Mountain Lanes/Walnut Hill Bowl

Multiple Locations

$79.90 $35

Bowlers vie for strikes on brand-new synthetic lanes, taking breaks to sip from pitchers of beer or soda

Up to 48% Off at Museum of Work and Culture

Museum of Work and Culture

Woonsocket

$16 $10

Nine walk-through exhibits share the stories of the immigrants who traveled to Rhode Island in the late 19th century in search of prosperity

Up to 55% Off Bowling

Kingstown Bowl

North Kingstown

$55 $25

Automatic scoring systems record each roll, and complimentary bumpers and light balls cater to kids

45% Off Art Camp

The Giving Tree Counseling Center

Franklin

$450 $248

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60% Off Basketball Camp

Game Time Training

The M-Plex

$250 $99

Experienced coaches teach youngsters how to make smart, quick game-time decisions during interactive basketball camps for boys and girls

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Bowling Co.

Taunton

$24 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

50% Off Kids' Birthday Party

Fore Kicks Golf Course & Sports Complex

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Kids as young as three can choose one of four different themes—sports themed, inflatables, Lil Kicker, and laser tag for ages nine and up

45% Off Ice Skating

United We Sk8

Hopedale

$100 $55

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Up to 51% Off at Bounce! Indoor Inflatable Park

Bounce! Indoor Inflatable Park

Somerset

$50 $25

Kids romp through multiple inflatable bounce houses and shoot down inflatable slides in a safe and clean indoor play center

45% Off Ice Skating

Blackstone Valley Ice Arena

Hopedale

$75 $41

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39% Off Newport Mansions Membership

Preservation Society of Newport County

Multiple Locations

$90 $55

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Take the household on tours of the historic mansions of some of the nation's most important families with year-long museum membership

50% Off Indoor-Bounce-House Visits

Jump Trax

Sharon

$10 $5

Sock-footed kids explore a clean, climate-controlled arena stocked with inflatables

Up to 67% Off at The Butterfly Zoo 

Newport Butterfly Farm

Tiverton

$18 $11

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A perfect educational experience for kids, an enclosed greenhouse features native species and butterflies from the tropics

Up to 59% Off Riding Lessons at Newport Equestrian

Newport Equestrian

Middletown

$120 $55

A mother-daughter instructional team teaches different riding styles and care methods during lessons for all levels of experience

Up to 55% Off Private Piano Lessons

Jack Colombo

The Stedfast School of Music and Arts LLC

$55 $25

A pianist for groups including The Drifters and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys teaches students of all ages in styles such as jazz and blues

Newport Antiques Show — Up to 50% Off

Newport Antiques Show

Middletown

$30 $15

Wealth of Americana antiques from the country’s top dealers, including paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and fine and decorative art

National Museum of American Illustration – Up to Half Off Admission

National Museum of American Illustration

Newport

$36 $18

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Housed in a French chateau–style mansion, the museum showcases the work of 145 American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell

50% Off Guitar Labs

Senchant's Art Of Teaching

Canton

$220 $110

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Up to 50% Off Indoor Play Center Admission

Kidsports

Stoughton

$8 $4

Kids play in an indoor facility with bounce houses, slides, and a miniature bowling alley

Half Off Kids' Playground Fun in Maynard and Natick

Jam Time

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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Bounce house, pretend grocery market, climbing structures, ball pit & full-size playhouse with kitchen enthrall kids at indoor playground.

Up to 56% Off Private Music Lessons at Amped Music School

Amped Music School

Wyoming

$40 $20

Instructors teach guitar, piano, drums, or vocals in one-on-one lessons

Up to 53% Off Kid's Camps at New England Sports Academy

New England Sports Academy

Westwood

$55 $27

Camps keep preschoolers engaged and entertained and give older kids a chance to jump from sport to sport between stints in the foam pit

Up to 25% Off Shark-Cage-Diving Experience

Snappa Charters

South Kingstown

$250 $189

Divers sail out up to 50 mi. from shore before hopping into an anodized-aluminum-pipe cage for the chance to see blue and mako sharks

Up to 56% Off Bowling for Up to Six

Westgate Lanes

Brockton

$60.49 $30

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Inside an alley over a century old, bowlers play tenpin, candlepin, or cosmic bowling on 62 lanes with automatic scoring

Up to 44% Off Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons By Jeffrey Nevaras Bm Berklee College Of Music

West Bridgewater

$25 $14

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Up to 52% Off at Jump Around Parties & Playdates

Jump Around Parties & Playdates

Framingham

$10.50 $5

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Kids use up energy stores jumping on inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides, and basketball courts

Up to 50% Off Bowling, Skee-Ball, and More at Kings Dedham

Kings

Dedham

$40 $19.99

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Retro wall art and vibrant high-def screens surround bowling alleys, shuffleboard tables, and skee-ball games

Fuller Craft Museum – Up to 50% Off

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

$16 $10

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Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

Up to 45% Off Ceramics Painting at Make Meaning

Make Meaning

Dedham

$50 $29

Guests paint ceramics such as picture frames, bowls, and trays

Up to 52% Off Ceramic Classes

K & L Ceramics

Mother Brook Arts and Community Center

$150 $73

Students paint ceramics ranging from animals to mugs while instructors guide them through each piece; requires purchase of a start-up kit

Up to 53% Off Kids’ Indoor Recreation

Kids' Fun Stop

West Roxbury

$12 $6

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While parents supervise, kids aged 6 or younger frolic on climbing structures and slides or create crafts at the art table

Up to 50% Off at Sky Zone Westborough

Sky Zone

Westborough

$50 $25

Jump for fun, work out, or play games on expansive floors and walls covered in trampolines

68% Off Bowling at Viking Recreation Center

Viking Recreation Center

East Bridgewater

$60 $19

Hurl balls down 16 candlepin lanes during regular hours or neon-lit games of cosmic bowling

Up to 50% Off at Jump In With Us

Jump In With Us

Marlborough

$20 $12

6,000-square-foot indoor playground with bounce houses, inflatable slides, obstacle course, and rock-climbing wall

Up to 62% Off Kindermusik Play-Dates

Suzuki School of Newton

Auburndale

$15 $7

Parents engage with their children through guided musical activities using instruments provided by the Suzuki School of Newton

50% Off Kart Racing or Pub Food at F1 Boston

F1 Boston

Braintree

$38 $19

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Race on an indoor track in a European-style kart while a computer system times you and your opponents; burgers and truffle fries at the cafe

The New Bedford Museum of Glass – Up to 60% Off

The New Bedford Museum of Glass

New Bedford

$10 $5

Permanent collections and rotating exhibits showcase around 7,000 pieces of glass art spanning more than 3,000 years of worldwide history

60% Off Candlepin Bowling at Timber Lanes

Timber Lanes

Abington

$60 $24

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24 candlepin lanes with computerized scoring and bumpers on every lane

82% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

Up to 60% Off from Worcester Bubble Parties

Worcester Bubble Parties

On Location

$250 $99

Bubbles billow around while kids do the limbo, hula hoop, and enjoy interactive games

Worcester Historical Museum – 50% Off Visit

Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum

$20 $10

Library with 7,000 titles and exhibits with items such as Civil War–era diaries and colonial weapons highlight Worcester history

45% Off Art Camp

Globe Trotter

Watertown

$500 $275

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Up to 44% Off a Visit to Indoor Playspace

Inside Playground

East Watertown

$10 $6

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Shoeless tykes romp through inflated structures, ball pools, and sit-down games and puzzles in an indoor playplace

60% Off Arcade Games at Jillian's of Worcester

Jillian's of Worcester

Worcester

$50 $20

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More than 40 games including air hockey, brand-new high-def arcade games & skee-ball alongside kitchen serving pizzas & paninis

45% Off Musical Instrument Course

Musicians' Playground

Boston

$180 $99

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Up to 50% Off Visit

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston

$24 $12

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Visitors explore a 132-acre indoor and outdoor live museum, gazing at colorful flowers and plants

Up to 50% Off Family Activities at Kings Back Bay

Kings

Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood

$40 $19.99

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Retro wall art and vibrant, high-def screens surround bowling alleys, shuffleboard tables, and skee-ball games

Up to 56% Off Private Piano Lessons

Functional Piano Training

Cambridgeport

$260 $119

Private piano lessons help players improve piano technique and musical understanding

45% Off a Pinball Party Package at Pop Bumpers Pinball

Pop Bumpers Pinball

Weymouth

$250 $138

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51% Off Bowling for Up to Six at South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Bowl

$59 $29

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New England–born variation of bowling employs balls and pins smaller than standard 10-pin games

54% Off Basketball Camp

FLS International

Boston

$300 $139

Students spend three full days a week at the beach to study basketball techniques under experienced instructors

The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

On Location

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

The North Star

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to 59% Off Magic Show and Fun-Park Rides

The Misquamicut Business Association

Westerly

$43 $17.50

Magicians Larry and David get the crowd involved in an evening of magic, music, and comedy; kids ride a carousel built in 1915 or a coaster

50% Off Kids' Sports Program

Kingston Sports Center

Kingston

$124 $62

In age-appropriate classes, kids 2.5–6 years old learn the fundamentals of a variety sports through fun games and activities

Up to 56% Off Bowling at Kingston Ten Pin

Kingston 10 Pin / Alley Kat Lanes

Kingston

$56.25 $25

Rack up spares and strikes during games of candlepin or 10-pin bowling

61% Off Membership to Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Cohasset

$75 $37

Kids ages 1 to 6 explore educationally-themed playsets and touchable exhibits

Up to 53% Off at The Jenney Museum

The Jenney Museum

Plymouth

$36 $18

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Local historian and guide leads walking tour that includes views of Plymouth Rock and the historical town square

Up to 65% Off a Meteor-Shower Boat Cruise

Mark's Tree Farm

Plymouth

$300 $109

High-powered laser pointer showcases planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy boat tour

Up to 40% Off Whale-Watching Tour for Two

Capt. John Boats

Plymouth

$94 $56

A 3–4-hour boat tour takes visitors through Cape Cod Bay to see wildlife such as humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins, & razor bills

50% Off at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Nantucket

$12 $6

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Explore famous shipwrecks and rescue attempts, learn about life-saving tools and techniques, and celebrate the bravery of locals

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It started in 1981 as "The Newport Film Society," and by 1983, it had become the area's very first international film festival. Today, the tradition continues under the moniker of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Despite the change in name and audiences' evolving tastes in popcorn, the event's mission remains constant: to showcase features, documentaries, and shorts by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Ranked as one of the top 10 short film festivals and top 10 international film festivals in Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, RIIFF is also among the few such events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify short films for Oscar gold.

1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence,
RI
US

9th to the Nth is the final concert in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 2009–2010 classical series. Led by acclaimed conductor Larry Rachleff, the longtime music director for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the orchestra will allegro and adagio its way through the "Stairway to Heaven" of classical music—Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring the acclaimed "Ode to Joy" choral theme and performed with the assistance of the Providence Singers. The Ninth Symphony was Beethoven's final complete symphony, and, at over an hour, it is his longest. In the 186 years since its original premiere, it has gone on to be one of the world's most recognizable non-Ohio Players pieces of music. Also appearing on the "9th to the Nth" program is Decoration Day, written by American composer Charles Ives.

1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence,
RI
US

You can always count on being well-fed and entertained at Dave & Buster's. The sprawling entertainment complex features a full bar with specialty cocktails and a dining area that serves burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other dishes. The franchise is known for its Million Dollar Midway, the uber game room that consists of rows and rows of blinking, ticket-spewing arcade games — more than 130 total with hundreds of prizes to redeem for.

40 Providence Pl
Providence,
RI
US

The RI Haunted House within Dave & Buster's acquaints patrons with the vibrant world of the undead between action-packed arcade games. Brave voyagers cross the threshold into a ghastly shipyard where phantom pirates lurk around every corner, waiting for their chance to frighten unsuspecting dwellers or politely ask them for spare doubloons. Explorers can gather shaken wits afterward with competitive bouts of racing, dancing, or tax-return filing on one of Dave & Buster's many video games and ticketed redemption games. Be sure to check the hours before attending.

40 Providence Place
Providence,
RI
US

Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over Providence. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence, or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing a challenge.

50 Exchange Terrace
Providence,
RI
US

Singers, storytellers, dancers, and clowns perform for smiles at The New England Family Fun Festival. This tapestry of a show is designed to delight families during school-vacation week with facepainting, workshops, and more. Kids can explore karate and gymnastics at exhibits, watch cultural dances, and leap for the sky in bounce houses. The festival includes rides and family games, as well as music performed from DJ Finesse, a magic show by Lon Cerel and Bjorn the Magician, and live performances from The Toe Jam Puppet Band, Vanessa Trien, and Marijo Monteiro.

1 Sabin St
Providence,
RI
US