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PROVIDENCE PROVIDES A HOST OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS THIS SPRING

PROVIDENCE, RI – April 21, 2014 – Travelers heading to Providence (www.goprovidence.com) this spring can create memories by taking part in the city’s fun attractions geared for all ages and by utilizing family centric hotel packages that ensure a spring getaway to Providence will not break the bank. Known locally as “The Creative Capital” for its innovative culture, the city is also home to a diverse culinary palate, arts scene and deep history that help contribute to Providence’s all welcoming spirit and classic New England charm. More information on Providence’s family-friendly offerings this spring is listed below:

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New England Family Fun Festival – Providence Convention Center

April 26, 2014 (11:00 a.m. –8:00 p.m.), April 27, 2014 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

This year’s edition of the New England Family Fun Festival is a truly distinct experience for families visiting Providence. The event will feature a Biomes Marine Biology Center exhibit, complete with an aquarium, as well as arts & crafts by local institutions, including the RISD Museum, CityArts!, Peace Love Studios, Xavier Art and more. Live entertainment at the New England Family Fun Festival includes storytelling events with Len Cabral, Tammy Titus, Valerie Tutson and Carolyn Martino Rides & Games as well as live performances by notable children’s performers such as the Toe Jam Puppet Band & Vanessa Trien. There will also be face painting, rock climbing and bounce houses. For information about this fun packed weekend, please visit www.newenglandfamilyfunfestival.com

Tours for Tots: The Painted Tale – Rhode Island School of Design Museum

May 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Special themed, interactive tours of the RISD Museum are complete with read-aloud story time and gallery activities designed to introduce small children to big ideas in art. Children will learn alongside their parents or caregivers during these distinct excursions through the museum that houses more than 85,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection, ranging from Ancient History through the present. Tours are with museum admission but pre-registration is required. For more information, please visit risdmuseum.org.

Providence Children’s Museum

The Providence Children's Museum presents hands-on exhibit areas and lively programs designed for children ages 1 to 11 that explore the arts, culture, history and science. The museum offers exhibits and programs that are based on the developmental needs of children and embrace a wide range of learning styles and forms of expression. The Children’s Museum has a full slate of hands-on events throughout May (full calendar here) aimed at helping children learn and grow on their next visit. Some recurring events include:



  • Toddler Try-It: Young children, ages 18 months to 3 years, delve into different hands-on art and science activities each Friday morning.
  • Splash Science: A series exploring the playful properties of water in many different forms.
  • Play and Learn: An open-ended story-based program especially for two-to-four year olds and their parents, designed to help preschoolers build their skills in a variety of areas and to help parents continue the learning at home.

For more information, including a full calendar of events, please visit www.childrenmuseum.org.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

New for 2014 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo is the Outback Trail (Australasia), a walk-through exhibit where guests enter a rustic cabin and cross a moat and hop along a trail to get an up-close and personal look at kangaroos and wallabies. The Roger Williams Park Zoo also offers Harbor Seal and Giraffe feeding programs for kids ages five and over, starting at $20 per participant. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (ages 3-12), $12.95 for seniors (ages 62+) and children under 3 as well as zoo members get in free. For more information, please log on to www.rwpzoo.org.

HOTEL PACKAGES:

Monkeying Around at the Zoo Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown

This year-round package starts at $284.00 per room (up to four guests per room) per night, and includes:



  • Two adult and two children's tickets to Roger Williams Zoo
  • $75 gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory
  • Complimentary in-room movie* and popcorn bucket with snacks and soda
  • Valet parking for one car
  • Free hot breakfast buffet in the morning
  • Overnight accommodations in a traditionally decorated guest room

Note, rate does not include taxes, gratuities or other incidental charges; certain length of stay restrictions may apply. Early departure fee may apply. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.

Reservations, 401-608-3500; hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/rhode-island/hampton-inn-and-suites-providence-downtown-PVDWYHX/index.html

Splash Family Fun Night - Providence Marriott Downtown

This year-round package starts at $164.00 per room (up to four guests per room) per night, and includes:



  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast for two adults and up to three children sharing your room each day of stay
  • One 12-inch pizza with one topping delivered to your room
  • One in-room movie per night
  • Complimentary parking

Note, enter promotional code: ZE2; Package does not include tax; limited number of rooms are available for this promotion, some blackout dates may apply.

Reservations, 401-272-2400; http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/pvdri-providence-marriott-downtown/

Spring Forward: Family Getaway Package Omni Providence

Available now through May 31, 2014

This package starts at $207.50 per room (up to four guests per room) per night, and includes:



  • Luxurious accommodations
  • Welcome fruit plate amenity upon arrival
  • Omni Sensational Kids backpack filled with fun items
  • Milk & cookies delivered on the first night
  • Statement credit to be used during stay

o  Receive a $50 credit on a one-to-three night stay

o  Receive a $100 credit on a four-or-more night stay

Note, subject to availability. Amenities will be received on the first night only.  Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or special discounts. *This one-time statement credit is for additional spend made on property; not applicable on room rates, room taxes and resort fees. Any unused credit will be lost.

Reservations, 401-598-8000; www.omnihotels.com/providence

Explore Providence! Shuttle Bus PackageHotel Providence

This year-round package starts at $349.00 per night based on double occupancy and includes:



  • Accommodations in  a suite with king bed and separate sitting room with pull-out sofabed
  • Rhode Island-themed amenity upon arrival
  • Pre-tour breakfast for two in Aspire Seasonal Kitchen (free for children under 18 staying in same room)
  • Two tickets for the Experience Rhode Island shuttle bus tour of Providence
  • Overnight parking
  • Wireless internet

Reservations, 800-861-8990; www.hotelprovidence.com 

~ The Creative Capital ~

Providence s finest s history of innovation, dating back to its founding father Roger Williams, drives a strong sense of place and encourages residents and visitors alike to view Providence as a leading arts and cultural destination. Providence seamlessly blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the graceful charm of a small town replete with internationally-acclaimed restaurants and a thriving arts scene.  For more information, log onto www.goprovidence.com

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