Free (Or Almost Free) Things to do with Children This Summer

Summer is a great time to catch up with your family and stay active. We’ve highlighted fun activities throughout the state that your whole family will look forward to this summer. You may even start a new family tradition.

Stargazing at the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown: Open every Friday night year-round at 6 pm. The observatory telescope opens at sunset for stargazing with the opportunity to view the stars with from multiple telescopes.

Sunset Picnic Dinner on Narragansett Beach: After 5:30 pm, the beach officially closes. Lifeguards are off-duty and beach-goers begin to pack up after a long day in the sun. It is the perfect time to gather the family and take dinner to-go. Pull out the beach blankets and enjoy dinner by the water while watching the sunset. You may even get to take a late afternoon swim!

Feeding the Ducks at Roger Williams Park: Grab the stale bread and keep the children entertained by heading down the park and feed the ducks.

imPOSSIBLE Dreams Playground: Watch your children explore in this expansive playground. It features swings, slides, sand boxes, a fantasy playhouse, miniature golf, picnic areas, an activity center and accessible rest rooms. It is also Rhode Island’s first integrated playground for children with all physical abilities. Located at 575 Centerville Rd. in Warwick, RI.

Camp in the Backyard: Pitch a tent in the backyard, bring out the ghost stories, light the fire and roast some marshmallows. This little outdoor adventure will be fun enough for the whole family to enjoy! Bring out the ball jars and catch fireflies just as the sunsets to make your night even better.

Visit the Library: Rhode Island has some of the best public libraries in the country! If your own town library is too small to venture around, explore new libraries that often offer a ton of free summer workshops and activities for children.

Shakespeare in the Park at Wilcox Park in Westerly:  Head down to see Shakespeare in the park. July 22 to August 9, Tuesday through Sunday at 8 pm the Colonial Theatre group presents Henry V. Admission is free. 

Free Movie Showings at Rocky Point in Warwick: Enjoy free, family friendly movies under the stars, Thursdays throughout the summer. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Food trucks will be present. Visit for the complete movie schedule.

Make Homemade Popsicles

Plant a Garden

Volunteer at your Local Animal Shelter

Set up a Lemonade Stand

Go Fishing

Make Tie Dye Shirts

Go for a Hike

Build a Fort

Play a Board Game

Put on a Magic Show

Create a Photography Journal

Write a Message in a Bottle

Go Berry Picking

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