It sounds mundane, but shopping for your kids in Providence provides a rare opportunity to splurge there's no sales tax on clothing. Fashion-focused girls will delight in the denim selection at Jasmine Sola at Providence Place (think Scoop NYC); the quiet and well-stocked kids' department at Nordstrom is a great place to get the little one his first suit or a new winter coat. While you're in the mall, Oop Gallery has gorgeous hand-painted bookshelves, desks, and trunks by Sticks Furniture that add clever charm to a nursery or playroom. Let the kids pick out their souvenirs here: The Alex Art on Wheels kit ($53.95) is a rolling suitcase of creative supplies, and the Schylling Toys Pinball Machine of solid wood ($18.95) is a portable, though non-digital, way for Junior to pass the time on the ride back to the city.
5. An Oddball Day
Published on Oct 11, 2006 as a web exclusive.