Rhode Island Monthly Summer Guide 2014 : Page 11

Five Rainy Day Kids’ Activities Anisa Raoof, founder and publisher of Kidoinfo, the award-winning parenting website, provides a range of suggestions on what to do when the sun isn’t shining. TIDE POOl, MICHAEl CEvOlI. STARfISH AND SEA URCHIN, THINkSTOCk. RISD MUSEUM PHOTO COURTESy Of RISD MUSEUM. Experience art. Turn a trip to the RISD Museum into an adven-ture and an opportunity to connect with some of your family’s favorite things. Visit the Egyptian Collection to see Nesmin, the museum’s own mummy (opens June 13). Look at the detailed drawings, writ-ings on the coffin, afterlife, objects to go with you. Search the galleries for art with animals or art with food, and notice what other themes emerge as you look at mul-tiple artworks. Visit the Main Gallery, pick your favorite painting and think about what it would it be like if you were 1 in the scene. Workshops scheduled year-round are designed for kids ages toddler to teen; the Artists Lab, Open Studio and Family See and Sketch are all free with museum admission. Art inspiration bo-nus: Check out the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, located around the corner from the RISD Museum. AGES: Recommended for kids ages two and older. COST: Free all day on Sunday and the third Thursday night of the month. Adults $12, kids five to eighteen $3, children younger than five free. RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence, risdmuseum.org. many libraries to choose from — each with its own charm and character and an array of free activities for families — plan to visit a new one each week. Make your own library passport book and stamp it every time you visit a new library. Discover more than just books: free events include story times, movie nights, per-formers and special classes. Many libraries have events geared to specific ages (toddlers, grade school, teens). Visit the children’s room at one |   |    of America’s oldest CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 2 Plan a literary expedition. With so Mini-Golf, RetRo Delux A South County mini-golf course takes us back to the simple pleasures of summer. By Dean B. Welshman Ahh, Route One going south in Rhode Island. It’s the mainline through our small but dense state that con-nects hot Providence asphalt to South County sand. On those impossibly hot but well-earned days, you inch past the clogged exits for Narragansett, Scarbor-ough and “former” Sand Hill Cove beaches. The traffic will eventually thin, as will the traffic lights. Ten min-utes later, you’ll pass Matunuck and into God’s country on our south shore. Whether you take your chances with the crowds in ’Gansett or opt for beach solitude at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, a game of in-|   |    CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 expensive mini-golf could just be the way to cap off your day in the sun. RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l SUMMER GUIDE 2014 11

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