The Rhode Island Historical Society collects and displays artifacts from Rhode Island's past. In the Museum of Work & Culture, exhibits tell the story of the people in 19th- and 20th-century mill towns who valued work and enterprise so much that they never wasted an entire afternoon on Wikipedia. The society also maintains the 18th-century John Brown House Museum and hosts walking tours following in the footsteps of authors Jane Jacobs and H.P. Lovecraft.
At 14,000 square feet, the Bank of America City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to skate for hours. All winter long, the rink hosts public sessions as well as Learn to Skate classes for beginners and drop-in refresher classes for adults. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions, group skating and birthday parties. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts.
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.
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.
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.
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.