Solar Eclipse Viewing & Events in Rhode Island!

By Joyce Campbell, Macaroni KID Southern RI Publisher March 29, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience the eclipse is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT.  The path of the eclipse will head through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.1
Rhode Island will see about 90% of the eclipse, making it a partial Solar Eclipse.  The viewing times should range between 2:00 and 3:45.   

Here is a link to the Rhode Island Department of Health which has some suggestions on how to maintain your family's safety during the eclipse.  

Want to make a kid-friendly craft to view the eclipse safely?  Check out the latest Macaroni KID article: Viewing The Solar Eclipse: How To Make A Pinhole Projector!

🌓Eclipse Activities
Jamestown Philomenian Library

This is a multi day event   April 1, 2024  9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Join the library for eclipse activities leading up to the day of the event.  

🌓Solar Eclipse Scavenger Hunt
Jamestown Philomenian Library

Tuesday  April 2, 2024  9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Curious kids and their families are invited to search for images related to the solar eclipse. Visit the youth area between 9 AM and 7 PM on Tuesday, April 2, to participate!

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Eclipse Storytime
George Hail Free Library

Wednesday  April 3, 2024 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Our little town of Warren will get to see the sun just over 90% covered by the moon! To get ready, we have a week of fun for all ages planned here at the library.  Join us on Wednesday morning for a very special eclipse themed storytime! We'll learn about what an eclipse is, read an interactive story, do a craft, and practice looking at the sun safely (weather permitting).

Exploring Eclipses with Dr. Marc Kuchner, NASA Astrophysicist 
George Hail Free Library

Thursday  April 4, 2024  4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Dr. Marc Kuchner, NASA astrophysicist, for a kid friendly presentation about solar eclipses and how to safely view them. You will also build your very own pinhole viewer! If you can, please bring a family sized cereal, shoe, or other big, long box for this activity.

🌓What is a Solar Eclipse? 
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
Saturday  April 6, 2024  10:00 am - 11:00 am

From the library:  Kids in grades K-5 are invited to learn about our upcoming solar eclipse! We will discuss The Great North American Solar Eclipse happening on April 8th, 2024. We will give out special glasses to watch the eclipse, learn about space, and do a craft! This event is provided free by volunteers called Solar System Ambassadors!

🌓Museum SUNsational Eclipse Family Fun Days and Watch Party
 Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park
Saturday & Sunday  April 6 & 7, 2024  2:00 pm
Prices vary

SUNsational Eclipse Family Fun Days
Join the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2024, for family-friendly fun and special NEW TOTALITY Fulldome planetarium show at 2pm each day as we gear up for the partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. Programming is free with Museum admission; Planetarium show tickets must be purchased online.

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South Kingstown
🌓📖Story Time at the Nature Center-Solar Eclipse! SKPR
Joyce's Jungle-Tri Pond Nature Center

Monday  April 8, 2024  10:00 am - 10:45 am
$5 and up

Come on over to the Nature Center and enjoy Story Time!  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for all classes. Dress to make a mess. An adult must accompany the child at all times
Celebrate the Solar Eclipse! Story, Craft and take home Solar Eclipse glasses!
This program is sponsored in part by Joyce's Jungle

South Kingstown
🌓Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Peace Dale Library

Monday  April 8, 2024  2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Eclipse themed crafts and activities will be available for kids and families. Drop in between 2:00-4:15 PM, no registration needed.

🌓Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Barrington Public Library

Monday  April 8, 2024  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us on Monday, April 8 from 2-4 pm for a solar eclipse viewing party sponsored by Barrington Public Library and Barrington Recreation Department.

🌓Children's Drop-In- Celebrate the total solar eclipse-Craft
Coventry Public Library

Monday  April 8, 2024  10:00 am - 7:00 pm

On April 8th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., children can visit Youth Services to make an eclipse chalk craft to celebrate the total solar eclipse!

🌓Eclipse Watch Party
Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park
Monday  April 8, 2024  10:00 am - 3:30 pm

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Museum is hosting a FREE watch party for the partial solar eclipse.  Each family visiting on April 8 will receive a FREE pair of eclipse viewing glasses, provided by the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium. This free community event includes FREE admission to the Museum on Monday, April 8.

🌓The Great Eclipse Get-Together
Tiverton Public Library

Monday  April 8, 2024  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Monday, April 8th, drop-in between 1:00 and 4:00pm to celebrate this “totality awesome” event at the library.
Please note: We do not have enough glasses for everyone who attends the event to have a pair, but we will have glasses and pinhole projectors that attendees may share amongst each other.

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