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Moms Can-Do’s: Meditation for Kids + More

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Get the new year off to a relaxing start with some meditation and yoga. Photo: jseattle/Flickr

Hey New England moms! Can you believe that today is the last day of 2013? We can’t either! Today marks the end of another fun-filled year with your little ones, and tomorrow marks the beginning of a new one.

Many people enjoy looking back on the previous year on New Year’s Eve. Hopefully, Mom Can-Do’s has inspired you to make the most of your year with the kiddos, and to get out and enjoy some great local events—from story-times to museums, from a day at the zoo to kid friendly crafts and more.

Here are 5 close-to-home activities to enjoy with your little ones as you welcome 2014—all within an hour’s drive of home.


Look back on your hectic, crazy, wonderful, beautiful year with some kid and family friendly meditation! Every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 am, Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center in Providence offers their special Meditation for Kids & Families class. The program is designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and teaches kids love, compassion, and happiness—things every parent wants for their little one.

339 Ives Street, Providence, RI. (401) 400-1657.

Rainbow Fun!

Head over to Providence Children’s Museum to take part in their Toddler Try-It program! Fridays from 10 am-noon, kiddos ages 18 months-3 years are invited to come to the museum for a hands-on experience. This Friday’s theme is Toddler Try-It: Rainbow Collage. Kids will discover their creativity as they experiment with different colored papers to create a one of a kind collage.

100 South Street, Providence, RI. (401) 273-5437.


Enjoy this New England classic with the kids this weekend!

Get the kids out of the house and moving this week—with some good old fashioned bowling! Kids love to bowl. Whether it’s the cheesy bowling shoes that they get to rent for the day, the thrill of keeping score, the attached arcade, or anything else that comes with the thrill of a bowling alley—it is an American classic and a staple of childhood! Have no fear—there are plenty of bowling lanes close to home. Many of them offer candle-pin bowling; a New England original!

Bayberry Bowling: 326 Main Street, Spencer, MA. (508) 885-3876. 

Harvard Lanes: 204 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA. (978) 456-9361. 

East Providence Lanes: 80 Newport Avenue, East Providence, RI. (401) 438-2300. 

Colonial Bowling Center: 248 Mill Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 754-7645.


Facilitate the creativity and desire to learn for your budding scientist this week at the EcoTarium! Science + You is the perfect program for kids that love to tinker and see how things work. Little ones are invited to step into a REAL (and by real we mean kid-sized) science lab to conduct experiments, use scientific machinery and learn how scientists impact the world.

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA. (508) 929-2700.


While you’re crafting your New Year’s fitness resolution, get your kids in on the action too. What better way to start the New Year than some yoga—an activity that is both good for body and mind. Om Kids Yoga Center in Pawtucket is the place to go; they are, after all a yoga studio that is dedicated completely to kids! Their creativity and imagination will run wild as they try out the poses, enjoy upside down time, sing, dance, stretch and more!

999 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 305-3667.

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Ice skating

Satisfy your inner child and pull out those ice skates this weekend. Take your significant other or the whole family to the Providence Rink for hours of winter fun! Afterwards, take a downtown stroll to view the holiday lights with a cup of hot cocoa.

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI.

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Take the trip to Bristol this weekend to enjoy the festivities. Take a Christmas tour of Linden Place Mansion to see the lavish decorations. On Saturday, Linden Place will also be hosting Christmastime stories with Robb Dim, reminiscent of Christmases past. Also in Bristol is Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. Be sure to visit and see Christmas at Blithewold, their annual Christmas celebration featuring caroling, music, lights, decorations and more.

Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-0390. 

Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-2707. 

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Holiday Pops

Go to see the world-renowned Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra this Friday, December 13 right here in Providence. The Orchestra will be performing their Holiday 2013 concert, also featuring the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline at the Providence Performing Art Center. Make sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone.

200 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI. (401) 421-ARTS. 

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Holiday Gardening

Take a much-needed breather from the craziness of the holidays to try something new. This Friday, December 13, take a fun holiday horticulture class: Demystifying Holiday Houseplant Care that will be sure to cure all of your winter gardening woes. Learn all about how to pot and maintain winter plants, from amaryllis to cyclamen. Registration is mandatory.

Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-2707. 

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Celtic Christmas

A Celtic Christmas at Linden Place Mansion in Bristol is a multi-faceted celebration that honors not only Christmas, but also the winter solstice. Listen to an array of Kilmore carols and authentic Irish music honoring both Christmas and Pagan traditions. The show will be performed fireside in the carriage house ballroom of Linden Place. Before the show, enjoy a special romantic seaside dinner exclusively for concertgoers at DeWolf Tavern including a three-course dinner and a glass of beer or wine for under $20!

Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-0390. 

DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 254-2005. 

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Newport has been enchanting visitors for centuries, and there is no better time to visit than during the magic of the holiday season. This year marks the 43rd annual Christmas in Newport celebration. Visitors are treated to an old fashioned seaside Christmas as they stroll the city streets. Highlights of this weekend of the festival include The Polar Express Train Ride, a holiday craft fair, holiday lantern tours of Historic Newport, foodie events and more. See the event website for a full listing of events.

Newport, RI. Click here for more.

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Take a trip to Stadium Theatre and the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College to experience the best in holiday theatre productions. Head to Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket for their showing of a holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” Friday, Saturday or Sunday. On Friday, see the Providence Ballet’s rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in Providence.

Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI. (401)762-4545.

Nazarian Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI. (401) 456-8000. 

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Winter Solstice Party

Celebrate the impending Winter Solstice tonight at The Marine Museum at Fall River. This great party will include music by the Spindle Rock River Rats, refreshments, a lighting of the 28’ Titanic model, refreshments and more. Get out and enjoy this family friendly holiday event.

70 Water Street, Fall River, MA. (508) 674-3533. 

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This Saturday, Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth is holding their 14th Annual Warm Up for the Holidays Open House. Take a break from the holiday planning to attend the event—it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Highlights of the event include local food samples, vineyard tours, live music, and, of course WINE tastings! 

582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI. (401) 847-3777. 

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Holiday Arts

Enjoy beautiful art crafted by local, regional, and national artisans this weekend at two great events at Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center. On Saturday, attend the opening of their holiday exhibit, “re-Tree.” This great exhibit showcases holiday trees created with recycled materials. After you browse the exhibit, stroll through the Winter Arts + Artisan Fair, also at Tiverton, and even pick up a handmade gift.

3852 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners, RI. (401) 624-2600. 

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