Avert boredom during April school vacation with these exciting events just for kids throughout Newport & Bristol Counties. From a tour through the wetlands at Aubudon Society with the chance to meet friendly creatures like turtles and frogs to seal tours and pedal-powered bikes set on old railroad tracks - the week is jam packed with activities to keep you all occupied. 

 

MEADOW MADNESS

When: Monday, April 17
Where: Audubon Society of RI
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Details: The meadow is home to lots of different creatures. From insects to rodents, it’s the perfect place for a bird of prey to find its next meal! Let’s look for insects and play games to learn about raptor hunting skills.

  • Nature crafts: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Nature stories: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Meadow Madness: 11:00 AM
  • Animal interview at 1:30 PM

 

 

HANDS ON AT AUDUBON

When: Tuesday, April 18
Where: Audubon Society of RI
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Details: Join Audubon in a celebration of John James Audubon, American naturalist, ornithologist and painter. Meet a live bird of prey and be creative with a hands-on art project in the style of Audubon.

  • Nature crafts: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Nature stories: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Hands on activity: 11:00 AM
  • Animal interview at 1:30 PM

 

 

FILM SCREENING: ANIMATING THE MUSEUM 

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Newport Art Museum
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Art Museum will present two film screenings & workshops in partnership with the Providence Children's Film Festival this April. The beauty and variety of animation techniques used in this eclectic, engaging collection will surely inspire you for the hands-on animation workshop to follow with Coleman Center for Creative Studies Animation Instructor Dan Smith. Using artworks from the Museum's collection as 3-dimensional backdrops, children will create mixed media characters and bring the artwork to life by filming a short stop motion scene.

 

 

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SWAMP STOMP

When: Wednesday, April 19
Where: Audubon Society of RI
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Details: Grab a net and head to the wetlands with Audubon to look for signs of spring! Can you spot a turtle? How about a frog? What other animals can you find with your net?

  • Nature crafts: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Nature stories: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Swamp Stomp: 11:00 AM
  • Animal interview at 1:30 PM

 

 

FILM SCREENING: THROUGH THE WOODS: AN APPALACHIAN ADVENTURE

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
WhereNewport Art Museum
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Art Museum will present two film screenings & workshops in partnership with the Providence Children's Film Festival this April. Enjoy a trek down the Appalachian Trail with Grammy Award winning folk musicians, The Okee Dokee Brothers. On their month long escapade, they hiked, camped, met mountain musicians, wrote original songs, and sang old-time tunes, and laughed all the way. After the film, try writing lyrics for your own folk adventure tune, create a percussive instrument, and play some real ones with the Newport String Project musicians.

 

 

FOREST FORAY

When: Thursday, April 20
Where: Audubon Society of RI
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Details: Learn about the different animals who live in this local habitat. Play nature games and work together to create fairy homes in the forest.

  • Nature crafts: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Nature stories: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Forest Foray: 11:00 AM
  • Animal interview at 1:30 PM

 

 

CHARLIE & THE BUCKET TRUCK KIDS EVENT

When: Friday, April 21
WhereMiantonomi Park
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Kids will have the chance to meet Charlie Ridolph, Newport’s very own City Forester and Chris Rooney, National Grid’s Lead Forester and their bucket trucks. They'll enjoy a tree climbing demo, bucket truck photos, a kid's tree walk, giveaways and more.

 

 

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MOTHER NATURE'S TUNES N' TALES

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Newport Public Library 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Sing, dance and play along as Mother Nature welcomes the blooming of her daffodils throughout Newport. This program is especially suited for children 3-6 and their families. 

 

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EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Audubon Society of RI
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Details: celebrate Earth Day with eco-friendly activities. Explore the seashore with nets and buckets, make a natural craft, try your hand at an outdoor scavenger hunt on the wildlife refuge, and explore artifacts from nature at our biofact table.

  • Nature crafts: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Nature stories: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Earth Day Extravaganza: 11:00 AM
  • Animal interview at 1:30 PM

 

 

CELEBRATE TREES: CHILDREN'S EVENT 

When: Sunday, April 23
Where: Newport Public Library
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Celebrate Earth Day and trees at the Newport Public Library during Newport Arboretum Week with a tree walk in Aquidneck Park led by Newport’s Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler, and Woodsy the Owl, followed by a tree storytime and craft. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required. Held in Aquidneck Park & the lower level program room.

 

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR

When: Daily
Where: Tour departs Bowen's Ferry Landing
Time: Times vary
Admission: $22 non-members; $17 members, seniors & children ages 3-12
Details: Embark on a one hour tour aboard Save the Bay's education vessel. You'll cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Details.

 

 

RAIL EXPLORERS PEDAL-POWERED RAIL TOUR

When: Thursdays - Sundays
Where: Melville in Portsmouth 
Time: Times vary
Admission: $75 per person
Details: Rail Explorers offers an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles. The eco-friendly business is all about rail bikes and aims to provide an amazing journey using existing railroad tracks. Details.

 

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VACATION CAMP: LIFE UNDERGROUND

When: April 17 - 21
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary 
Time: 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Admission: $225 for members, $250 for non-members 
Details: Dig into learning about animals that live in the dirt and beneath our feet. Games, songs and crafts are all part of the fun.

 

 

ANYTIME EVENTS

 
TWO FLOORS OF FUN

Engage your inner gamer at Ryan Family Amusements touting more than 50 of the coolest arcade games that your whole family is sure to enjoy. After all, a little family competition never hurt anyone. Open 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

 

 

HANDS ON CRAFTS

Blow your own glass at Thames Glass, where kids can create ornaments, paper weights or a vase out of hot, molten glass to take home. Not to worry Mom and Dad, skilled instructors help every step of the way. Shape your glass in the design if your choosing, put it in the over, and sign it once it's complete.

Reservations are necessary. Classes are not encouraged for children under 7 years old.

 

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SWEET TREATS

Savor Newport's most famous milkshake, an Awful Awful at Newport Creamery (l;ocations in Newport and Middletown). For those seeking a challenge, the famous Awful Awful Challenge is open to takers anytime: finish two shakes and get the third free! But we warn you, these shakes are hearty; its easier said than done! Pro Tip: Mondays are buy one, get one Awful Awful day.