The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center

The Rink is open every day for ice skating until March 16th (weather permitting!).

Monday – Friday 10am-10pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am-10pm

We have so much information available that we invite you to visit our website for details on rates, specials, reservations, and special events!  You can also check us out on Facebook at either The Providence Rink or Greater Kennedy Plaza.

Upcoming Events at The Providence Rink!

The 14th Annual Rotary Club Street Painting Festival 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI

For more information about this fun-filled event, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Providence.

The Food Truck Bash is coming to Providence on Sunday October 27th!!

Food Truck Bash-logoGet ready for this tri-state Food Truck extravaganza!!!

Sunday, October 27th
 from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
 at The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center
 located at 2 Kennedy Plaza
 in Providence, RI.

This event will feature a food truck competition, costume contest, beer garden, and on-site entertainment. LEARN MORE, MEET THE TRUCKS, and GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT! FIND IT ON Facebook TOO!

Food Truck Brunch this Sunday, 9/22 in Biltmore Park!

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Sunday, September 22nd at 11:00 am
 in Biltmore Park, downtown Kennedy Plaza on Dorrance Street across from the Providence Biltmore Hotel

Enjoy the fresh air as you sample food from ten of Rhode Island’s finest food trucks. Your Taste Trekkers ticket gives you access to exclusive off-the-menu items prepared especially for this event. It’s the perfect way to end a great culinary weekend. Brought to you by Food Trucks In.

You can buy tickets to the brunch separately from the rest of the conference.  Find out more about the entire conference at the Taste Trekker’s website!

This Week at the Imagination Center: Bookmobile + Playful Providence

Kidoinfo Play in the Park: Library Bookmobile!
Tuesday, September 17th, 3-6PM

This week Kidoinfo Play in the Park gets a special visit from the Providence Community Library Bookmobile – bringing the wonderful world of the library to the great outdoors! From 3-5PM check out this brand new little library on wheels where you can: pick up your omobile_bus_old_2wn library card, learn things you never knew about the libraries selection, check out new books and test fun new reading programs on the library’s ipads. All on Washington Street alongside Burnside Park!

And have fun in the sun at the Mobile Playground – every Tuesday during the Market, 3-6pm!

Hungry? The Downtown Farmer’s Market (3-6pm) has delicious dinner from Rocket Fine Street Food, Mijos + Joedega as well as fresh, healthful foods for the whole week.

PLAYFUL PROVIDENCE!

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Playful Providence at the Imagination Center
Saturday, September 21st, 12-2 pm

Join us for the second annual Playful Providence celebration at Burnside Park!  Get down with  special Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 4.14.07 PMperformances by the Extraordinary Rendition Band,  explore with our Imagination Playground, and sample food truck delights, make music with the Downcity Design Sound Sculpture and hop aboard Burnside Park’s own sunken ship, The Hannah!  Enjoy board and lawn games, and more!

 

PLUS! Take part in special art project – Co-Mingle: A Community Collage – with RI teaching artist Scott Lapham. Children and families can make murals of community life with photographic images taken from our vibrant Providence communities.

Put on by Greaterec_10 Kennedy Plaza, a project of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy with the Partnership for Providence Parks!

Thank you to our sponsors: RISCA, Southwest Airlines, Kidoinfo, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Art, Culture + Tourism, The Providence Foundation, Downtown Improvement District, Kaboom!

Grupo Sazon + Jesus Andujar at Burnside Park

Come dance to the rhythms bachata, merengue and salsa as the legendary Jesus Andujar and his band, Grupo Sazon, take over Burnside Park. Don’t miss the grand finale of the summer season!

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Grupo Sazon, is an amazing Latin band featuring master percussionist Jesus Andujar. This high energy band, with Latin and Cuban influences, have lit up the WaterFire stage twice this season to rave reviews! What a great way to end the park series and usher in Fall.

As always, relax before the show at the Trinity Brewhouse + Revival beer garden – serving locally brewed beer and wine starting at 4:30PM (music at 5:30PM)! Lawn games + food truck fare throughout – including Lotus Pepper, Panino Express + Like No Udder.

READ MORE HERE!

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The Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden takes place by the fountain in the park and will run every Thursday from July 11 to September 5 (now extended through Sept 19!). The Beer garden is open from 4:30 – 7:30pm with music from 5:30 -7pm. In addition to great local music, there are lawn games, local beer served by Trinity Brewhouse, and delicious offerings from local food trucks. This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages!

Bring a blanket or grab one of our tables and chairs! Our 2013 Season, curated by Jess Powers of WaterFire Providence, features a wide range of genres. New England abounds with talented musicians, and Providence in particular has a wealth of creativity right in our backyard.

Discount parking at the Biltmore Garage, 51 Washington Street, is available from 5pm to 8pm.

Take the Downtown Providence Living Tour: September 21st

Get the inside view on downtown living! Buy advance tickets HERE to tour 9 apartment and condo buildings, all in one afternoon. On Saturday, September 21st between 11 AM and 5 PM, you’ll get a chance to visit a wide range of properties, from large luxury residences to tiny microlofts, and everything in between.DLT-Postcard-Front_Web

Visit the 903, Arcade Providence*, Avalon at Center Place, The Promenade, Providence G, Regency Plaza, The Residences, Waterplace, and Westminster Lofts! The tour programs will feature maps, guiding you to walk or bike the route at your own pace, checking out the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants along the way. Free shuttle service will also be provided.

Buy tickets in advance HERE for $6. (Children under the age of 12 do not need tickets). ($10 at AS220 on the day of the tour.)

And the best part? Proceeds benefit the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy helping us to run year-round arts and cultural programming including Kidoinfo Storytime and the Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden and the Downtown Farmers Market!

See more at: http://downtownprovidence.com/4548/#sthash.msk9Hwke.dpuf

Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden extended!

Due to popular demand and the generous support of our sponsors the Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden has been extended for two more weeks!

Come enjoy refreshing local brews and the crisp September air as we heat up the park with the region’s most dynamic musical groups.

Burnside Park Music Series + Beer Garden – September Dates!
Thursday, Sept. 12 & 19 -  4:30PM – 7:30pm
Burnside Park * Family friendly * free! 

This Thursday - Sept. 12 – the world-class musicians of the Justin Breault Jazz Trio are joined by the inimitable vocals of Miss Wensday.

Next up! (Sept.19):Join us as  Grupo Sazon fills Burnside with the pulsing beats of salsa, timba, merengue, bachata, Latin Jazz! A giant celebration that will have you dancing through the night.

Sponsored by: The Providence Foundation, the Providence City Council and the Biltmore Garage.

See updates on our events page -  more information below!
   

As always, relax before the show at the Trinity Brewhouse + Revival beer garden – serving local beer and wine starting at 4:30PM (music at 5:30PM)! Lawn games + food truck fare throughout – including Fancheezical, Lotus Pepper, Noble Knots + Like No Udder. Discounted parking available at Biltmore Garage with validated ticket.

Free BIG KIDS’ BOOGIE Dance Class this Tuesday 4PM & 5:15PM!

Calling all kids with the wiggles, the squiggles, and the itch to MOVE!

During Tuesday’s Play in the Park @ the Downtown Farmers Market, we are holding a special FREE dance class: BIG KIDS’ BOOGIE with Julie Raimondi of the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance!  Two sessions of the 30 minute class for kids will run at 4PM & 5:15PM in Burnside Park. Email jen@kennedyplaza.org to reserve a spot – there will be a few open spots on the day of!  Teacher and Rhody Center founder, Julie, was most recently voted Providence Monthly’s “Most Worldly” in their Superlatives issue. Check it out here! It’s also Bike to Farmers Market Week – so you can get  all kinds of exercise in, healthy food at the Market, and free bike tune-ups to boot!

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This is a fun creative movement class (30 minutes) for kids who like to express themselves through dance (and for their parents, who may be desperately looking for an outlet for all that energy). Dance moves practiced will provide a foundation for future instruction in most any kind of dance. Each class will also incorporate opportunities for improvisation and self-invented moves, to really encourage self-expression. At the same time, the children will be working on their listening skills, spatial skills, and self-control. Following a cool-down, the class will end in a circle. Each class is about 30 minutes of dancing. Parents will stay, and are encouraged to join in on the fun. Ballet shoes or other soft, clean, nonslip shoes are recommended. Suitable for boys and girls aged 4-7. Big Kids’ Boogie is a drop-in class; you do not need to pre-register your child (however, the classes are capped so it’s highly recommended you register ahead of time to ensure a spot – email jen@kennedyplaza.org). Taught by Julie Raimondi – Rhody Center founder!

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The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance offers group instruction and private lessons in music and dance, for adults and children, in a wide variety of traditions. They are located in the Pawtucket Armory, at 172 Exchange St. Check out the Rhody Center’s classes, courses, lessons, and events at therhodycenter.org, or by calling (401) 475-5955
 
 

Seen On the Plaza 8/20 – 8/26

As usual, with all the vibrant people and activities in Greater Kennedy Plaza Interesting sites are always seen. This week we observed:

Children making turtle shells and practicing their turtle walks.

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Free face painting in the park

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Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes rocking out on the plaza.

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A tie-dye man at the food trucks.

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Harvest Kitchen making an appearance with their own booth at the downtown farmers market.

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A local woman Hoop dancing to street music.

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Roller dancing in the plaza

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Amazing Yo-Yo skills from performer Eric Girardi in Burnside Park

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Looking for a new way to tip musicians on the plaza? Buy them fresh produce at the Farmers Market!9561803735_0ac6f5a198_c