Wednesday, February 19

Denotes a Children/Family Event

8:45am-9:45am: Ice Skate Camp
Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Includes professional instruction and practice time. $100/$85 w/button for the full week or $25/$20 w/button per day. For more information contact Meghan at Island Skating Academy at www.islandskatingacademy.com or 401.952.4336.

9:30am-2:30pm:  Make Your Own Marshmallow Snowman
Destination Chocolate, 15 Bowen’s Wharf. Let it Snow! From the warmth of our candy wonderland, create your own marshmallow snowman. Come satisfy your sweet tooth while expressing your imagination as you make your own marshmallow snowman. Fun for all ages! $6/$5 w/button. 401.847.1223.

 10am-9pm: Ice Skating, Newport Skating Center
4 Commercial Wharf. The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions menu, warming area and parking! Visit www.SkateNewport.com or call 401.846.3018 for information. All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change. $2 off skating admission w/button. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

❅ 9:30am-5pm: Family Fun at the International Tennis Hall of Fame International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave (Museum- 9:30am-5pm, Kids Activities- 10am-3pm, Tours- 11am & 2pm). Discover the history of tennis and its superstars through a diverse collection of memorabilia, art, fashion, video and more from the 12th century through present day. The Museum is housed within the stunning Victorian architecture of the historic Newport Casino and surrounded by legendary grass tennis courts. Daily activities and special events make Winter Festival a great time to visit! Kids can do Museum scavenger hunts, play Nintendo Wii tennis on the big screen, pose for photos in old fashion tennis costumes and with the US Open trophy, have fun with a drawing contest, and check out cool memorabilia from their favorite stars like Venus Williams and Roger Federer. Adults can join in the fun and also enjoy perusing the fascinating Museum galleries. Admission: Adults: $13/$11 w/button, Seniors: $11/$9 w/button, Children: 16 & Under Free w/button & plus 15% off all purchases at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Museum Store, and The Tennis Store w/button. 401.849.3990.

10am:  Revolutionary Newport Family Program
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Visit the 1739 Colony House and participate in a brief reader’s theater skit focused on the 1765 Stamp Act riot in Newport.  Meet a first person interpreter representing Polly Wanton, a young woman living in Newport during the revolution.  The program begins at Brick Market:  Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  Participation is limited. $5/$4 w/button.  401.841.8770.

10am:  Scrimshaw Class
Scrimshanders, 14 Bowen’s Wharf.  Resident scrimshaw artist Brian Kiracofe is offering a one-hour scrimshaw class.  Starts with a brief history of the art and a description of the ivories used today.  Students provided with the tools and materials to make their own piece of scrimshaw jewelry.  Ages 10 and up, limited space registration preferred.  $5/Free w/button.  401.849.5680.

 10am, 12pm, & 2pm: Horseback Riding Beach Trail Rides 
Newport Equestrian Academy, 281 Third Beach Road.  15% off regular prices with button.  1 1/2 hour ride to 3rd Beach & 2 hour ride to 2nd Beach.  Must call for reservations.  401.848.5440.

 10am-11am: FAB newport DressCode Micro Workshop
All Saints Academy, 915 West Main Road, Middletown. DressCode is a computer aided design and fabrication tool that combines programming with graphic drawing and manipulation, allowing novice programmers to create computationally-generated physical artifacts. In addition to an overview of DressCode, participants will have the opportunity to learn basic soldering skills. $6/$3 w/ button. For more information, contact Tom Kowalczyk. 401.849.7546.

10am-11am: Make Your Own Piñata 
Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf. Learn to make your own piñata! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.2640.

❅ 10am-1pm:  Decorate and Adopt Pet Rocks!  
Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane.  Create a pet of you very own and take him/her home in a personalized travel carrier.  $6/$5 w/button. 401.846.0592.

10am-4pm: Newport Mansion Tours
The Breakers, 44 Ochre Pt. Ave., The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave. Tour the historic summer homes of Newport’s Elite. Admission: $14.50-$28/$12.50-$26 w/button, Youth under 18 free when accompanies by an adult w/button. 401.847.1000.

10am-4pm: Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium 
Exploration Center & Aquarium, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Boulevard.  This is an interactive marine science learning center with over 14 exhibits and hundreds of creatures that call Narragansett Bay home.  These exhibits include touch tanks with a wide diversity of Bay life.  Our new exhibits include Smooth Dogfish, Little Skates, Winter Skates, and Chain Dogfish!  Whether you are a local or a tourist, The Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport is the perfect family destination.  Kids get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs, endangered turtles, and some funky looking fish!  With Newport’s only ocean beach just outside our front door, you can continue the beachcombing experience afterwards or just enjoy a walk along the edge of the surf.  Admission:  $6/$5 w/button, Seniors and Military ID $5, Save The Bay members and children under 3 are FREE!  401.324.6020.

10am-5pm: Bite Me Live Bait DIY T-Shirt Artwork
Bite Me Live Bait Co., 337 Thames Street. Bring your creativity and we’ll supply the
t-shirts, magic markers, and paints. Sit down and create your artwork directly onto our specially prepared colorful t-shirts. Wear your masterpiece proudly. All youth and adult shirt sizing will be available. Free cup of hot chocolate to all artists while they work.   $19.95/20% off w/button. 401.662.9292.

10am-5pm: Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $137 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $217 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $297 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to http://www.riaerial.com/air_tours.php.

10am-5pm: Wine Tasting Newport Vineyards
909 East Main Road, Middletown. Winery Tours Daily, 1 & 3pm. Learn the art of wine making with a tour of our vineyard, winery and barrel room and then select from a list of over 25 Newport Vineyards Wines to evaluate and enjoy. $15 Tour & Tasting/$13 w/button. 401.848.5161.

❅ 10:30am, 12:30pm (2/15 – 2/23) * Scenic Train Rides * Daily
Additional Ride 2:30pm(2/15 – 2/17, 2/22 – 2/23)
Old Colony & Newport Railroad, 19 America’s Cup Avenue. Remember the days of riding in heated, vintage rail cars. Enjoy a 70-minute narrated trip through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Trains may sell out.  Advance tickets may be purchased prior to the day of travel at www.ocnrr.com with a credit card.  Same day ticket buyers should arrive at the depot at least an hour ahead of the desired train departure as tickets are sold on a first-come first served basis (cash or check only) for that day’s trains.Call 401-849-0546 for additional information.  One discount per ticketed passenger.  Note:  Winter Festival Button discount will be given only at depot; customers ordering advance tickets online will be given the cash discount equivalent upon showing a festival button at the depot prior to departure.  Regular train tickets: Parlor Car (ages 7 & up) $15.00/$14.00 w/button, Adult Coach $10/$9 w/button, Child Coach (ages 2-13) $6/$5 w/button. (No senior class during Winter Festival).

 10:30am-11:30am: Farm Animal Sugar Cookies!
The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf. Decorate your own farm animal sugar cookie! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.5672.

11am: Souls and Stones Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Explore the common burying ground, view the remarkable gravestones that make this cemetery a work of art and learn about select colonial-era and 19th century residents who helped shape Newport’s history.  Tour begins at the Brick Market:  Museum & Shop, 127 Thames. $15/$12 w/button. 401.841.8770.

11am-12pm: Magic by Presto Pete!
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave. Presto Pete entertains children of all ages with his escape artistry and marvelous magic skills! Included with Museum admission. Admission: Adults: $13/$11 w/button, Seniors: $11/$9 w/button, Children: 16 & Under Free w/button plus 15% off all purchases at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Museum Store, and The Tennis Store w/button. 401.849.3990.

11am-3pm: Daily Historic Site Tours
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House: 1697, Great Friends Meeting House: 1699, Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House: 1730, Colony House: 1739. $8/$6 w/button. Reservations Recommended. 401.841.8770.

11am-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours start at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases w/button. 401.847.3777.

❅ 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm:  Seal Watch Cruises – Daily Departures (Times Vary)  Fri. 2/14 – Sun.2/23
Save The Bay, boat departs from The Wyndham Inn Wharf at 142 Long Wharf Dock.  Join Save The Bay aboard the M/V Alletta Morris and the M/V Elizabeth Morris for a one hour cruise to observe Narragansett Bay’s Winter Harbor Seals. We provide binoculars and an expert guide. The boats are partially enclosed, but the bay can be chilly so dress warmly. All programs are weather dependent.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Adults: $22/$20 w/button, Children & Seniors: $17/$15 w/button, Children under 3 Free.   For more information or to buy tickets, visit us online at www.savebay.org or call Save The Bay at 401.203.SEAL.  For online tickets, enter promo code “Winterfest” to receive your  Winter Festival Button Discount!

Daily Departures:Fri. 2/14(12pm & 1pm), Sat. 2/15(11am & 12pm), Sun. 2/16(11am & 12pm), Mon. 2/17(12pm & 1pm), Tues. 2/18(1pm & 2pm), Wed. 2/19(1pm & 2pm), Thurs. 2/20(2pm & 3pm), Fri. 2/21(3pm & 4pm), Sat. 2/22(3pm & 4pm), Sun. 2/23(3pm & 4pm)

❅ 11am-5pm: Gioni Originals
452 Thames Street. See handcrafted jewelry being designed and created on premises by artist in Residence, Suzanne Gioni. 401.935.5922.

11:30am: Scenic Overview Tour & Grand Mansion Tour
Gateway Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue. Narrated scenic trolly tour which includes a visit to a mansion. Adult $39(Marble House) or $41 (Breakers)/$34(Marble House) or $36(Breakers) w/button, Child $19/$14 w/button.

12pm & 2pm: Fort Adams, Guided Tours
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Make History Come Alive for Every Member of the Family. Fun for Kids of All Ages. Tours are largely outdoors and include approximately one mile of walking. Proper footwear is highly recommended. Tours are weather permitting. Adults $12/$10 w/button, Children (6-17) $6/$4 w/button, Children 5 and Under Free. 401.841.0707.

12pm-4pm: Make Your Own Perfume
Newport Aromatherapy, 109 Bellevue Avenue. This activity is great for all ages. Guests create and design their own scent while learning the art of perfume making. $10/$8 w/button. 401.846.1101.

❅ 12pm-5pm: Make Your Own Snowflake Soap
Newport Sea Foam Trading Co, 415 Thames Street. This activity is great for all ages.  Guests create and design their own soap while learning the art of soap making.   $10/$8 w/button. 401.743.7685.

12pm-5pm * Newport Storm Brewery Tours * Daily (Closed Tuesday)
Newport Storm Brewery, 293 JT Connell Road.  Located in the north end of Newport, Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Rum Distillery is open daily(closed to public  Tuesdays) from 12 – 5pm for tastings and production floor tours!  In our 15 years of operation we have made over 40 unique beers and brought back Newport’s famous colonial rum tradition.  Come sample fresh beer and aged rum at Rhode Island’s Microbrewery and Distillery! Beer Tour: $7/$5 w/button. Rum Tour: $9/$7 w/button. 401.849.5232.

1pm: Newport Seal Safari & Rose Island Lighthouse Tour
Old Port Marine, Sayer’s Wharf. A 1-1/2 hour narrated and guided seal safari of Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor and Rose Island Light House aboard the Patriot. Leaving from Old Port marine’s dock next to the Mooring Restaurant. Boards 15 min. prior to departure time, bundle up! Adults $18/$16 w/button, Children (10 and under) $14/$12 w/button. 401.847.9109.

❅ 1pm-3pm: Children’s Beach Party & Luau at Steppin’ Out! (Ages 4 & Up)
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. 35 Dyer Street, Portsmouth.  Join us in our tropical paradise for an afternoon filled with music, games, dancing and more!  We’ll do crafts, learn the hula, and have a limbo contest, too!  Parents can drop off the kids or stay and join in the fun.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.  Our large, open space has plenty of room and free WIFI!  Adults and children under 4 are FREE $5 per child/$3 per child w/button.

 1pm-3:30pm: Princess Party at 41°North
351 Thames Street. Join Princess Elsa from Simply Enchanted Fairytale Entertainment at the Winter Festival Princess Party.  Enjoy treats fit for a princess.  Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with surprises! $5/$1 w/button. Space is limited to the first 100 guests at the door.  Location: 41° North, Contact us at, 401.847.7666.

1pm-4pm: The Third & Elm Press
29 Elm Street. Printing demonstration on a 19th century platen press. Free. 401.846.0228.

2pm: Redwood Library Tours
50 Bellevue Avenue. Explore the oldest lending library in America and learn about its fascinating 265 year history!  Parking lot across from entrance on Redwood Street.
$5/$4 w/button. 401.847.0292.  

2pm-4pm: 26th Annual Nacho Tasting
Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free w/button and purchase of a beverage. 401.849.6334.

6:30pm-8:30pm:  Kids Dance Party with Dance Force, Mambo Room at the Rhino Bar & Grille
The Rhino Bar & Grille, 337 Thames Street.  Kids 7-13 get on the dance floor and learn the latest, coolest moves with Dance Force, a high energy dance team!  Parents enjoy dinner at The Rhino Bar & Grille featuring Winter Festival specials.  A great night for the whole family!  Dance Party Admission:  $4/Free w/button.  Call 401.846.0707.

7pm:  Newport Grand Karaoke Championship
Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road.  Official launch of the Karaoke Contest Third Season at Newport Grand Slots.  1st Place: $250, 2nd Place: $100.  Wear your button and enjoy a 25% discount in the Grand Grille before attending the contest.  Free contest.  No entry Fee(must be 18 years or older) 401.849.5000.

 7pm:  Comedy with The Bit Players – Family Friendly Comedy Show
Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place. Award-winning Comedy Troupe, The Bit Players perform high-energy, fast paced improvisation. With various bits, hilarious performers and participation from the audience there is not telling what might happen when The Players hit the stage. One thing is for certain, you will laugh! Much like the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, everything is made up on the spot- all live, including the music. $15/$10 w/button includes hot cocoa & teas or cold drinks. Always BYOB. Reservations required. 401.849.3473.

8:00pm: Martini Contest hosted by Barking Crab Restaurant
Barking Crab, 151  Swinburne Row.  Come one, come all!!!  Bring your specialty martini glasses, unique garnishes, winning recipes and ingredients to the Barking Crab in Newport as we host our First Newport Winter Festival Martini Contest.  Bring your friends, staff members, co-workers and patrons to cheer you on and enjoy the martinis!  401.846.2722.

 

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