Children’s Museum for Free: Kids love the Providence Children’s Museum and parents love free admission, so Friday, March 18, is a win-win. From 5 to 8 p.m., admission to the museum is free. Between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., in addition to all the regular activities, kids can construct hoop gliders.
Rainbow Cupcakes: You may not find a pot of gold under these cupcakes, but you will have a terrific activity to do with the kids and a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert. You’ll need a white cake mix, food colorings, baking cups and whipped cream or frosting. Prepare the cake mix and pour equal parts of batter into six bowls. Add 12 drops of blue into one bowl, 12 of green in another and 12 of yellow in a third. Add 18 drops of red into the fourth bowl, for the fifth, add 9 drops red and 6 drops blue (for purple), and in the last bowl, combine 12 drops yellow and 4 drops red (for orange). Line a cupcake pan with baking cups and starting with one bowl, place a small amount of each color in each cup, being careful to spread the color so it covers the surface. Bake as directed. When finished, peel off the paper and you’ll have rainbow cupcakes! Top with whipped cream or frosting.
Roller Derby Days: It’s the season opener for the Rhode Island Riveters, those skating gals who will face the Steel City Derby Demons of Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 20, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The doors open at 2 p.m. The action begins at 3 and goes until 5 p.m.
Good Plane Fun: If you have a high flyer or two under your roof, you may want to reserve part of a Saturday or Sunday to visit the in North Kingstown. You’ll find two dozen aircraft, including helicopters and a plane flown by the Blue Angels. The museum is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May. In summer, it’s open daily.
Waterfront Outing: If you haven’t taken your children to yet, now’s the time. It’s a beautiful local spot with lots of room for the kids to run around. Bring a Frisbee or soccer ball. Wander down by the water and say hello to the swans. Or spend your visit looking up – you may see a hawk!