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Enjoy some family fun on the East Side

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Just because the kids are back in school, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any more family-friendly festivals, galleries and historical tours to enjoy in the East Side. Here are some ways to spice up your weekends this fall:

A Mile of History: Benefit Street Historical Walk

If you’ve always wanted to learn about the myriad stories behind some of the oldest colonial houses in the country, listen to members of the Rhode Island Historical Society to learn more about the street that had been “built for the benefit of all.” No reservations are necessary: tickets may be purchased at the John Brown House Museum on the day of the tour. Adults $14. Seniors and RIHS Members $10. Children 12 and under $7. Tue-Sat, Sept 1-Oct 31. 11-12:30pm. Tour begins at John Brown House Museum. 52 Power Street, Providence. 273-7507 x362. 

Family Movie Night in Pawtucket

What better way to unwind after a busy day than to sit back and enjoy a family feel-good movie. Bring your little ones to the Pawtucket Public Library for the surprise feature film on September 4. If your son or daughter wants to go out with friends instead, no worries: children ages 9 and up may go unaccompanied. Free. Sept 4. 6-8pm. Campbell Auditorium. 13 Summer St, Pawtucket. 725-3714

RiverWalk: Before Waterfire

Take a relaxing evening walk to learn about the historical significance of the several rivers that made Providence the city we know today. Many of the waterways have been revived from under the 1950s highways, their beauty waiting to be rediscovered. Best of all, the tour will disclose the secrets and meaning behind WaterFire, the archetypal nighttime event of downtown Providence. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Historical Society. $10/person. Sept 1-Oct 31. 5:30-6:30pm. Tour begins at John Brown House Museum. 52 Power Street, Providence. 273-7507.

36th Annual RI Heritage Day Festival

Celebrate Rhode Island’s rich cultural Mayor Angel Taveras participating in Cyclovia, a car-free event open and free for all diversity by discovering the music, food and dance traditions of over 20 countries, including France, India and Ecuador. Children will have the opportunity to create their own peace flags, make arts and crafts and attend face painting booths. Free. Sept 14. Noon-dusk. 282 North Main St, Providence. 222-4133.

Providence Cyclovia 2013: Get Active and Forget the Car

Originally launched in Bogotá, Colombia, this international movement will close off Providence streets to traffic, leaving lots of room for bikers, runners and walkers. The event also features zumba, yoga sessions, farmers’ markets and street vendors. Free. Sept 15. Hope St. (between Lippitt Park and Rochambeau Ave). 

Block-Building Blast at the Providence Children’s Museum

Attention all parents of terrible tots: this is your child’s chance to build the tower, boat or fort of his or her dreams without leaving a huge mess in your living room! At the Children Museum’s Block Party, your little tornado will get to mix and match large colorful blocks to create room-sized cities and wild landscapes. Sept 14-15. 10-3pm. 100 outh Street, Providence. 273-5437. 

Slater Park Fall Festival Weekend – Any Child’s Paradise

Whether your child loves carousels, dogs, hot fudge sundaes, dynamic storytelling, engaging music, antique car shows or arts and crafts, the 15th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival at Slater Park has got you covered. To maximize your experience, check out their detailed online schedule of countless performances, which range from juggling to Greek folk dancing. Sept 21-22. 11-5pm. 175 Main St. Pawtucket. 724-5200. 

Embrace the Changing Season with the Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival

The Artists’ Exchange festival is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience– along with watching live theater and music performances, children and adults alike can participate in contests that range from artsy to quirky. Become a breathing work of art in the human art contest or enter Fido in the Tail Wagging contest to prove he’s the happiest dog in Rhode Island. (Human) contest winners receive free art classes at Artists’ Exchange. Sept 22. 11-5pm. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 490-9475. 

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