Five Can’t-Miss Events: April 13–19
Get your daffodil fix, hunt for Easter eggs, see magical fairy gardens and more.
1. Fairy Garden Days at the Botanical Center
Springtime for New Englanders is the time when you dare to poke your head outside for a chance at catching some sun — and the same goes for fairies. Don your finest fairy attire and see whimsical fairy gardens throughout the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center greenhouse. In addition to admiring the small, detailed gardens, there will be an array of fun activities including gnome games, crafts, story time and scavenger hunts. Food trucks will be on hand to provide fuel for your fun.
The Details: April 15–30. Tues.–Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. General admission $7, kids ages six to twelve, seniors and military personnel with ID $4, children younger than five free. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-9450, bccrwp.org.
2. Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Newport Daffodil Days is more than just some time spent basking in the glow of the bright yellow flowers; it’s a week-long celebration of fun activities for the whole family. Take a walk and see the gorgeous plants during the Daffodil Stroll, or don your pooch in daffodil-inspired garb for the Daffy Doggies Parade. If you want to get into the daffodil frame of mind and down a few drinks too, check out the Daffy Delights, Daquiris and Daffy-tins party at Bellevue House. And if you aren’t sick of daffodils after all that, make sure to take an Easter stroll along the Cliff Walk where you will see more than 50,000 daffodils.
The Details: April 15–23. See website for times and prices for some events. Various venues in Newport, newportdaffydays.com.
3. Castle Hill Easter
Castle Hill hosts an array of events to celebrate Easter and all that comes with it. On Saturday, bring your little ones to partake in the annual Easter egg hunt, with all sorts of goodies to find and, for one lucky winner, a grand prize of an overnight stay at the stunning resort. There will be refreshments and an appearance by the big bunny himself. On Sunday, enjoy an elegant Easter brunch with scrumptious dishes like brioche French toast with banana bourbon syrup. Who needs candy when you can wolf that down? Reservations are required for both events and can be made by calling the phone number below.
The Details: April 15–16. Sat. 10:30 a.m., Sun. noon. Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-849-3800, castlehillinn.com.
4. Party for the Planet
Commemorate Earth Day with a week-long series of events at the zoo. The theme of Party for the Planet this year is to celebrate conservation and our environment. Each day there will be special events and programming that highlight conservation efforts. On Monday there will be a day of learning about our local food system (and tasting its products), on Tuesday a day of discovering the value of our natural resources and conservation, on Wednesday a day of hiking, biking and camping, and on Thursday an arts and crafts-filled day. Finally, to cap off the week of celebrations, on Friday shake those hips and have a blast at a dance party complete with games and activities.
The Details: April 17–21. Party for the Planet activities run from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Normal zoo hours 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $14.95, children ages two to twelve $9.95, seniors $12.95 and children age one and younger and zoo members free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-3510, rwpzoo.org.
5. Trashion Fashion
Imagine a world where recycling means making fashion out of metal can tabs and plastic bags, newspaper and burlap. Well, imagine no more. Trashion Fashion, put on by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, is a display of what would happen if we reduced, reused and recycled refuse to make fancy frocks. See dazzling dresses and intricate designs that you would never guess could be made from trash or recycled materials. This is the true spirit of Earth Day, and something that you won’t want to miss.
The Details: April 19. 7–9 p.m. $15. United Theatre, 5 Canal St., Westerly, 401-596-7761, oceanchamber.org.