Read All About It
There’s a fantastic way for your kids to scour books, play with toys and make some art that doesn’t involve a desperate afternoon trip to Target with its inevitable $300 price tag. Barrington Books hosts a free story hour every Thursday morning in their amazing educational and toy-filled children’s section. each week, several theme-related stories are read and followed by craft time. story hour will keep your kids happy and your wallet hefty. 184 Country Road, Barrington. 401-245-7925.
Lords and Ladies Unite
There’s more to medieval times than pointy hats with bells and gargantuan turkey legs (although, I wouldn’t argue against either). Engage in the wonders of this fascinating era at The Fun House Medieval Kingdom in Swansea. Both a party and recreational facility, authentically designed castles and villages serve as a fun way for families to costume and role play, game, dine, sing, dance and celebrate with a treasure or two. Plus, any time your kids can use a sword or wand in a supervised area, you’re in for a good time. Even better? Admission is free. 8 Filko Avenue, Swansea. 774-991-0383.
Bounce Off the Walls
Give new meaning (and full permission) to bouncing off walls at the patented, all-trampoline walled playing courts of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. In a seemingly endless sea of trampolines, kids and adults can jump in the massive main court, flip into the three-lane foam pit, join 3-D dodgeball teams, take skyrobics fitness classes and sail in the sky-slam courts. Don’t shy away if you have young ones: there are special discounts (only $6 for 30 minutes) for children 45 inches and under in the Toddler courts. 70 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 401-383-6000.
Peacock & Parade is a kids creativity mecca, offering sewing, painting, design, drawing and movement classes for kids from pre-school to teen. (They even offer dress up and DIY-cupcake parties like you see on the cover of this issue.) While most of their classes require eight-week commitments, peacock & parade offers select one-time classes (right now, they’re for sewing) to help you avoid the classic kid move of promising to love something only to lose interest after two minutes. 184 County Road, Second Floor, Barrington. 401-289-2185.