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slides: Getting Out: 10 Great Events for a Rainy Day

Friday, March 21, 2014


April showers bring May flowers. Though everyone enjoys May’s sunshine, before the dry warm weather you need to endure the drizzly and wet month of April. When the rain starts to come down it’s easy to get comfortable in a pair of pajamas and retreat into your house.

Don’t let the rain destroy your afternoon plans. There are plenty of indoor activities in New England that will keep you dry throughout those rainy spring days.


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RISD Museum

Get out of your house and explore the exhibits at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. Due to this museum’s close relationship to the Rhode Island School of Design, its galleries and collections will be sure to educate and inspire students, designers, artists and the general public. Explore everything from sculptures, contemporary art and costumes. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays 10am- 5pm and Thursdays 10am- 9pm. http://risdmuseum.org/

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI, 02903

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Providence Performing Arts Center

Ditch your television for some live entertainment at the Providence Performing Arts Center. PPAC features a variety of performances including Broadway shows so you don’t need to travel all the way to New York to enjoy some of the most beloved musicals. PPAC also holds concerts, contemporary acts and much more. Get your tickets for PPAC’s production of Flashdance now. http://www.ppacri.org/

Providence Performing Arts Center: 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI, 02903

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Providence Children’s Museum

Kids can get restless on rainy days so get them out of the house and into the Providence Children’s Museum. Designed for children ages 1 to 11, the museum allows children to learn through play with its many hands-on learning activities. Featuring mazes, a tree house, slides, and crafts, the Providence Children’s Museum is the perfect cure for rainy day boredom. http://www.childrenmuseum.org/

Providence Children’s Museum: 100 South Street, Providence, RI, 02903

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The New England Aquarium

Now better than ever, The New England Aquarium just completed a renovation that transformed its iconic giant ocean tank. There are plenty of new species at the aquarium and old favorites including lionfish, the giant pacific octopus, California sea lions and penguins. http://www.neaq.org/index.php

The New England Aquarium: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA, 02110

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Newport Mansions

The Preservation Society of Newport County is a private non-profit institution dedicated to historic preservation. Their eleven properties represent more than 250 years of social, architectural and landscape history. Explore the mansions of Newport and plan a personal or self-guided tour. Instead of staying inside your house enjoy all the history and beauty the Newport Mansions have to offer. http://www.newportmansions.org/

Newport Mansions: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, 02840

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The Barker Museum

Looking for a new twist on history and art museums? The Barker Museum, located in Connecticut, houses one of the country’s largest collections of character toys and artifacts. This unique museum allows you to travel through 15 years of American history by exploring popular memorabilia from your childhood. Make memories and stand beside a life-size hulk, the Simpsons family or Alvin and the Chipmunks. http://www.barkermuseum.com/page.asp?PGNM=151

The Barker Museum: 1188 Highland Avenue (RTE. 10) Cheshire, CT, 06410

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Cable Car Cinema & Café

If you don’t want to go to a traditional movie theater on a rainy day, head down to the Cable Car Cinema & Café for a unique theater experience. This theater allows you to have dinner while watching films you cannot see anywhere else.  Check out their website to see what is playing. http://www.cablecarcinema.com/

Cable Car Cinema & Café: 204 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903

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Murder On Us Dinner Theater

Another unique way to pass the time on a rainy day is to check out Providence’s Murder On Us Dinner Theater. Be a part of an exciting dinner experience as you eat and watch a play unfold around you. You are placed right in the middle of the action as the actors around you break into song and mingle with the audience. Best of all, the audience member who does the best job of solving the murder gets a prize at the end of the dinner. Book your tickets online. http://www.murderonus.com/home.html

Murder On Us Dinner Theater: Bravo Brasserie, 123 Empire Street, Providence, RI, 02903 

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Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and home to the state’s only public planetarium. The museum houses collections containing over a quarter of a million objects from sites around the world. The collections include fossils, minerals, rocks, archeological specimen and more. Don’t forget to see the shows at the museum’s planetarium at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. http://www.providenceri.com/museum

Museum of Natural History & Planetarium: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907

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Boston Museum of Science

The Boston Museum of Science will occupy you for hours on those rainy days. There are plenty of exhibits to explore and things to learn at the Museum of Science. Explore bird exhibits, operate a robot and learn about computers, walk through a butterfly garden, learn about x-rays and so much more. You can also watch a show in their IMAX Theater. http://www.mos.org/

Museum of Science: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA, 02114


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