Thursday, February 20

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 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.

❅ 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-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 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.

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 Pinata
Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf. Learn to make your own pinata! $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

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 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). Sunset special departing at 4:45pm daily from Saturday 2/15 through Saturday 2/22 except Wednesday 2/19; Adult $10, Children $6, First Class $24.95, includes light fare; $ 1 discount w/button.

11am: Golden to Gilded
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people.  Tour begins at The Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. $15/$12 w/button.  401.841.8770.

11am: Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
102 Connell Highway. Come enjoy a great buffet in our dining room, then enjoy our main stage show “Angel on my Shoulder” in our intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for our hilariously funny cabaret. “Angel on my Shoulder”- A beautiful young book illustrator has found her dream man, a ruggedly attractive owner of a demolition company. When he announces his intention to leave his family, Donna gets looped and awakes in the arms of an angelic looking man with “Wings” printed on his sweat shirt.  He seems to know everything about her, including her present predicament. Complications ensue when the lover shows up suitcase in hand to discover Donna is sharing her apartment with her “guardian angel.” Laughs and surprises come fast and furious as the men vie for Donna’s affections. $49.95/$39.95 w/button. 401.848.7529.

11am-12pm:  Tennis Hall of Fame Carnival!
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave.  Tennis takes practice, skill, and competition…just like the Tennis Carnival games at the Hall of Fame.  Ring Toss, Tennis Bowling, and Balloon Animals are just a few of the fun activities provided for all ages.  And like a real carnival there is a chance to win fun prizes!  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-2pm: DiscoverNewport Events and Activities at the Newport Visitor’s Center
Get your face painted and enjoy crafts for the kids.

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 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.

 1:00pm: Great Muppet Caper with Muppet Puppets
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street. $10/$6 w/button. 401.846.5474.

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-4pm: 15th Annual “Live Jazz for Kids”, GreenVale Vineyards
GreenVale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth.  Our musicians are vocalist Tish Adams, Dick Lupino on bass and guest musician Yvonne Monnett. The artists will entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old time standards.  Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults.  FREE/Open to the public.  401.847.3777.

1pm-5pm: Watch the Potter Make Pots
All Fired Up Pottery, 452 Thames Street.  Experience the art of making pottery.  Space is limited so if you can’t watch the first show come back for the next one.  Shows are every 20 minutes!  Free.  401.846.4042.

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.

 2:30pm-3:30pm: Kids Tennis Lessons at the Hall of Fame Indoor Tennis Club, Ages 5 – 15
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue. If you’ve been thinking of getting your kids involved with tennis, here’s a great chance to test it out and have some fun during winter break. Of course, there’s no better place to learn the game than at the Tennis Hall of Fame! Ages 5 – 10 will be introduced to the game through USTA 10 & Under Tennis, which uses special balls, equipment and rules to introduce kids to tennis in a fun and effective way! Ages 11 -15 up will be offered an introductory clinic tailored to their skill and experience. Regularly $10/child/$8/child w/button. Class size is limited. Advance registration required – please call 401-849-4777.

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge /button.               Hours 4 – 11pm. 401.851.1234.

5 – 6:30pm:  Windward Restaurant Specials
Hyatt Regency, Goat Island, Newport. 20% off Dinner w/button.  Then enjoy Magician Matias in the Hyatt Ballroom.

6:00pm: Figure Skating Show at the Newport Skating Center

Join The Island Skating Academy on Thursday, February 20, 6:00-6:30pm at the Newport Skating Center for a figure skating performance. The Olympic inspired show will include choreographed performances by high level individual and team skaters. Free

 6pm-9pm: 9th Annual Illuminated Garden, Ballard Park
Ballard Park.  Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow.  FREE.

 7pm: Magician Matias – Family Entertainment
Hyatt Regency, One Goat Island.  Magic Matias is currently the Top Family Magician in Massachusetts and was awarded “Best 2012 Magician” and “Top Elite Magician 2013″.  With more than 15 years of experience in Children’s Magic Shows, you will love the great connection he makes with his audience.  With his style, charming accent, stage presence and interactive magic, you will leave the show truly enjoying the performance.  $5/$2 w/button.  401.847.7666.

8pm: Annual Best Hot Drink Contest Sponsored by Kahlua
The Red Parrot Restaurant, 348 Thames Street.  The competitions heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport!  Local bars and restaurants are invited to compete for the Festival Plaque.  Guests will get to sample the delightful concoctions as well as enjoy drink specials.  To enter, contact the Red Parrot 401.847.3140.  Contestants must provide their own liquor, garnishes and glassware.  FREE Admission.

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