Things To Do in January

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • Hit up Monster Jam, go skating by the sea and sip brews with your favorite falcons in your January Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Jan
25
Sat
Winter Rarities Ecotour @ Norman Bird Sanctuary
Jan 25 @ 6:30 am – 4:30 pm
Winter Rarities Ecotour @ Norman Bird Sanctuary | Middletown | Rhode Island | United States

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region. Coastal New England is known for large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months. The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so participants have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants.

This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes a small amount of low-impact walking. Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!

Rain Date: Saturday, February 1

Feb
17
Mon
Winter Woodland Hike @ Norman Bird Sanctuary
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Winter Woodland Hike @ Norman Bird Sanctuary | Middletown | Rhode Island | United States

Enjoy the crisp winter air and scenery on a guided winter woodland hike at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Animal signs, winter plant ID, and other seasonal signs will be highlights of this active outdoor time. Get out and enjoy nature on President’s Day.

Rain date: Tuesday, February 18

Recommended for families and adults.

Feb
23
Sun
Be a FrogWatcher! FrogWatch USA Training @ Roger Williams Park Zoo
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Be a FrogWatcher! FrogWatch USA Training @ Roger Williams Park Zoo | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to several factors such as habitat loss, pollution, and disease. Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA and help save our frogs!

FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local frog population helps protect them, factors to consider in choosing a site to monitor, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how to report findings to FrogWatch USA.

After passing a test on identifying frog calls at the end of the training, certified volunteers then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat (such as a pond or lake) approximately once a week for about fifteen minutes and collecting/submitting data on what they hear. Data collected will be added to a national FrogWatch USA database.

Important note: FrogWatch trainings will cover a large amount of information and protocols. While frog watching is a great after-dark family activity for all ages, the trainings are designed for interested older children and adults.

Training Dates and Times:
Sunday, February 23 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 noon – 2 p.m.

Cost: $10/household (up to two adults and two children age eight and older)

Mar
8
Sun
Be a FrogWatcher! FrogWatch USA Training @ Roger Williams Park Zoo
Mar 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Be a FrogWatcher! FrogWatch USA Training @ Roger Williams Park Zoo | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to several factors such as habitat loss, pollution, and disease. Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA and help save our frogs!

FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local frog population helps protect them, factors to consider in choosing a site to monitor, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how to report findings to FrogWatch USA.

After passing a test on identifying frog calls at the end of the training, certified volunteers then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat (such as a pond or lake) approximately once a week for about fifteen minutes and collecting/submitting data on what they hear. Data collected will be added to a national FrogWatch USA database.

Important note: FrogWatch trainings will cover a large amount of information and protocols. While frog watching is a great after-dark family activity for all ages, the trainings are designed for interested older children and adults.

Training Dates and Times:
Sunday, February 23 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 noon – 2 p.m.

Cost: $10/household (up to two adults and two children age eight and older)

Mar
29
Sun
Breakfast with the Moon Bears @ Roger Williams Park Zoo
Mar 29 @ 8:30 am
Breakfast with the Moon Bears @ Roger Williams Park Zoo | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face to face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours! After enjoying a hot breakfast, you’ll join the zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep it for their arrival, get up close with a camel, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes and takin get their first enrichment of the day. Capacity is limited to twenty-five participants, so register early!

Date: Sunday, March 29 (rain or shine)
Time: 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $55/members, $65/non-members

The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible. Some climbing over rocks required.

Apr
25
Sat
Back to the Future/RI Preservation Conference @ CCRI Knight Campus
Apr 25 all-day
Back to the Future/RI Preservation Conference @ CCRI Knight Campus | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

Day-long event featuring post-war architecture, historic Warwick, and other historic preservation topics. Twelve tours (bus/walking) of CCRI campus, Warwick neighborhoods, Garden City, Modern houses. Twelve workshops on climate change, mapping, preserving Modern buildings, and more. Keynote speech by George Smart of USModernist (national nonprofit for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist design). Registration opens in March.