Arts & Science Fun {RI and Southeastern MA Indoor Play}

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Thanks to The Providence Children's Museum for Sponsoring this Guide.

When the kids have watched one too many episodes of Ryan’s Kids Toy Videos and you’re pretty sure their brains have turned to mush, it might be time to get out of the house and head over to one of these local spots that will engage their creativity and curiosity.


We love our membership to the Providence Children’s Museum because the kids find something new they love every time they go & we know they are learning valuable skills.

The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities by:
-Presenting hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs that explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math.
-Fostering children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
-Embracing a wide range of abilities, learning styles and forms of creative expression.
-Creating safe and welcoming environments in which visitors and staff share with and learn from one another.
-Being accessible and responsive to all families – culturally, physically and economically.
-Working in partnership with other organizations to meet the needs of children and families.
-Increasing awareness and knowledge of the ways in which children and families learn.

A family exploring together at the Providence Children’s Museum.

Looking for other Indoor Play options? Check out our Guide to Indoor Play In Rhode Island and Beyond And let us know if we missed your favorite spot!

*While we always try to keep our resources as updated as possible, we always encourage you to check before heading out.*

Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art, Providence, RI
The exhibits and experiments at this new RI museum will keep your hands and your mind occupied. Perfect for artists and scientists alike. 

Fab-You-Us Family Fun Center, North Providence, RI
Drop in music, dance, arts, crafts and movement classes for kids and adults with both drop off and stay and play options. 

Museum of Natural History & Planetarium at Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI
In-house scavenger hunt and hands on exhibits will gets keep your kids engaged while they learn.  =

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
Part natural history museum, part aquarium this educational center has hands on exhibits for kids of all ages  and a designated play area for kids under 6 stocked with books,  puzzles, nature toys and lots more. 

Biomes Marine Biology Center: “New England’s most hands on Aquarium” will hold the attention of the whole family and there is a gated marine life themed  play area for kids ages six and under.

Paint Your Own Ceramics, Various Locations 

Channel that rainy day energy into a work art at one of these studios:

Pea Poddery, Cumberland, RI

Weird Girl Creations Pottery Studio Barrington, RI

Clayground Studio, East Greenwich, RI

Create! Color Art Studio, Naragansett, RI

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