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27 July 2009

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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
New Hampshire Grand and Vermont
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

Easter Egg Hunts in Rhode Island

Hop on down to one of these family fun egg hunt events.
Check websites for specific dates and times.

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424 Bellevue Ave
Newport, Rhode Island

Comment:
Egg hunt and brunch at Rosecliff. Reservations a must. Hunt for 1000 eggs on the expansive lawn then have brunch in the mansion.

reviewed on: March 12 2012

"Magnificent Homes and History"
We recently visited the Elms an historic mansion in Newport RI. This is one of several mansions from Newport’s gilded age including The Breakers and the Marble House among others.
These magnificent summer cottages were built in the days of steel and railroad tycoons and in the days of no income taxes. Families such as the Vanderbilts and Berwinds spent their money on these fabulous homes that they used only in the summer months every year.
The Elms was fantastic. The mansion was built in the early 1900’s for Mr. Edward Berwind, a coal tycoon. It was a good lesson in history and economics for the kids to see how the wealthy people from another era lived. The rooms were marvelously decorated by French designers and then restored for the public in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the Newport Preservation Society which saved and now owns these historic homes and is constantly restoring them. Draperies, wall-covering s, magnificent works of art, household items and furniture are intact and visible while you walk through the home and learn about the function and history of the rooms on a self-guided audio tour. Other mansions offer docent guided tours and only the Breakers is open year round. The others are open during special times and on weekends before summer’s arrival.
Children are welcome to visit the mansions, but strollers and carriages are not. Obviously nothing can be touched so it is important that you consider the age and maturity of your child when you visit. Our youngest is 7 and she did not have a problem understanding and abiding by the rules as she was very interested in learning about another way of life. I imagine this would not apply to all kids. She was eager to hear about how the kids played and stayed in the house and the way of life during the gilded age. We were all interested in the maintaining of such a grand house and property. We also viewed the kitchen in the bellows of the home to learn about cooking for such a large staff and the many guests at the house.

We would have liked to have toured another mansion but ran out of time. I think the mansions are best appreciated in small doses for most kids (and adults) so a multi-mansion tour might be too much. We would like to head back and visit a different one so we could remember and compare to this one.  
Admission into the mansions is most economical when visiting more than one.  The 5 property package is $31.50 for adults and $10 for kids aged 6-17. One property tour cost $5.50 for kids and $14.50 for adults.

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary admission to the Elms for myself and family as part of a VIP tour of Newport. I was not asked to provide any specific review, nor did this influence my opinion.

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44 Broad St
Westerly, Rhode Island

Comment:
Egg hunt with EB and Lucky the Duck. Kids age 1 thru 8 are invited to participate in the free event. Bring your own basket.


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194 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island

Comment:
At the Hall Of fame hunt for eggs. EB will also be on hand for pix. Free for kids aged 16 and under. Non-member adults $12.

reviewed on: March 15 2012

"Learn about tennis greats"
Housed on Bellevue Avenue in a beautiful Victorian is the tennis hall of Fame. In this location new tennis greats like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Billie-Jean King are inducted every year.
This is a must see if you have a tennis player in your family. It would be most interesting for kids over 5 who like tennis a bit. Mine take lessons in the summer and have seen a few matches on TV, but are no means tennis –fiends. They did enjoy their visit here. We spent about 2 hours.
The tour is self-guided or for an additional $2/3 you can get an audio tour. The self-guided tour worked fine for us. You start the tour by climbing the stairs where trophies are encased in glass. You can then learn about all of the tennis greats in the hall with a big honor going to Arthur Ashe and his humanitarian efforts. On display are shoes belonging to the greats, memorabilia, a teeny-tiny dress worn by Tracey Austin when she was just a teenager and stories about many well-known tennis names. The kids were interested to know that Andre Agassi’s dad got Andre into tennis starting as a child by hanging balls over his crib to teach Andre to follow the ball with his eyes and then taping paddle ball rackets to his hands when he was a toddler to learn how to hit them!!!
During our visit there were some kids activities occurring in the hall. The kids could play Wii tennis, create a tennis craft and/or play a game of foam ball tennis. Mine liked the foam ball tennis that they usually take out for school groups. Luckily we were the only one there because the balls were a flyin’.
You may also tour the grass courts outside where matches are held in season.
Parking is metered on Bellevue across the street in season. Admissions are $12 adult and kids 16 and under are free-- a very family friendly perk.

My family and I were provied complimentary admission to the Tennis Hal of Fame on a recent trip to Newport in order to evaluate the attractions of Newport. I was not required to express any particular opinion and my review was not affected.



225 Boston Neck Rd
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Comment:
Hunt for plastic eggs and go home with the real thing! Check out other animals on the farm. Pre-registration required.


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1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island

Comment:
Free with zoo admission, the zoo has an egg scavenger hunt. Collect all 5 eggs and redeem for a prize. Other spring events also promised.

reviewed on: August 21 2009

"informative docents"
We have been several times to the RWPZ. The kids like the elephants, giraffes and the snow leopards. We are looking forward to the return of the polar bears. On our last visit there were several very informative docents that really caught the attention of our 7 years olds. There is also a great marsh walk where you can see turtles, fish adn frog in the "wild". The kids always enjoy this part. They also often have special exhibits.

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12 Sanderson Road (Rt. 5), Smithfield, RI (401) 949-5454
Smithfield, Rhode Island

Comment:
Learn how to search for real eggs in a camouflaged outdoor egg hunt. Turn your real eggs in for prizes. Several golden eggs will also be hidden for special prizes. Intended for ages 3-10. Preregistration and a $7 fee required.