We were really looking forward to this field trip to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI. It was a relatively inexpensive trip at $3 per kid and $12 per adult. The theme we chose was Gods and Heroes. We had nearly 40 people going, including children from 4 years up to 15 years, so we divided the groups up by age for the tours.
The collection at the RISD museum is really impressive, with artifacts from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, amazing sculptures from Europe, and famous paintings from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The docents were all fantastic, and they took their time to explain all the pieces to the children and to answer their questions.
Now for the bad news: because we were a homeschool group, everyone came in their own cars. Unbeknownst to us, we happened to book this trip on the last day of classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the same time as a couple of other Providence events. We were advised to park in a nearby lot which was completely full and less than helpful about where else we could park. Everyone had to find street parking with meters which made us all late. That being said, the museum was very patient with waiting for us to find our parking places and let us drop the older kids off to wait in the lobby (it was VERY cold that day). So it eventually worked out, but as the organizer, this was extremely stressful.
All in all, it was a great day and we all had a wonderful time! I would recommend going again, but would plan for the parking situation a little better! If you are interested in planning a group field trip to this museum, check out this page for more information.
And if you go for a visit, I would highly recommend Cafe Choklad at 2 Thomas St in Providence, just a short walk from the museum, for a snack! DELICIOUS!
Happiest of New Years!
(xposted on Outside the Box Teens)