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Things To Do With Kids in Providence

The bustling capital city of Providence abounds with lots of family activities. Among the things to do with kids in Providence are sports games, zoos, and of course artistic endeavors. If you’re visiting Providence with kids, check out this list for inspiration—just like the city itself, you never know what you might find.

Get on the Ice at Alex and Ani City Center

At 14,000 square feet, the Alex and Ani City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to ice skate for hours. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions. But even when it’s warm outside, families can hit the rink in joystick-operated bumper cars.

Catch a Game

Providence Friars Basketball

The Big East Conference basketball team for Providence College plays at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Providence Bruins

Check out the city’s NHL team play—they’re a perennial contender for the playoffs.

Get Closer to the Animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo

More than 100 species of animals call this 40-acre woodland zoo home. And visitors aren’t relegated to peering through plexiglass at the resident fauna. In a few of the exhibits, they can get hands on.

  • Feeding time: Deliver noms to friendly giraffes, harbor seals, and a variety of farm animals.
  • Go for a ride: Hop aboard the humped back of a camel.
  • Make like a monkey: In Our Big Backyard, the zoo’s nature play area, kids and grown-ups can climb, build forts, and explore.

Also on the grounds, a short distance away from the zoo, is Carousel Village, where little ones are charmed by rides on a historical carousel or real ponies.

Learn through Play at Providence Children’s Museum

Since 1977, the museum has engaged parents and kids in learning about art, culture, history, and science, through hands-on exhibits. On the museum’s two sprawling floors, here are some of the must-see exhibits:

  • Water Ways: Visitors take on the fundamentals of water flow and pressure as they build water mazes and fountains.
  • The Climber: This outdoor exhibit encourages kids to scale a 24-foot structure that’s open all year round.
  • Underland: In this subterranean adventure, kids navigate underground animal burrows and root systems.

Take a Day Trip

Less than 20 minutes away: Pawtucket Red Sox minor league baseball | Pawtucket

The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox plays at McCoy Stadium during the regular season.

Less than 30 minutes away: Wright’s Dairy Farm | North Smithfield

Take a self-guided tour of the farm and see cows being milked in the comfortable milking parlor—and make sure you stop for some farmstead ice cream before you go.

Pro tip: There’s also a bakery on site—with pastries that pair well with milk and ice cream.

Less than 45 minutes away: Biomes Marine Biology Center | North Kingstown

This hands-on aquarium, where kids can watch the feeding of pufferfish, horseshoe crabs, and stingrays, specializes in local marine life.