Friends of Ballard Park


Thursday, August 21st
1 to 2:30 pm

The quarry meadow is the perfect habitat for lots of birds. Children will learn more about our winged friends and their influence on the food chain.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Cost is $7 per child. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail to register or for more information.

Saturday, August 23rd
10 to 11 am
A guided hike through Ballard Park's thirteen acres. FBP staff will point out unique park features in the myriad of ecosystems the park has - a meadow, forest and vernal pond. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Wear sturdy shoes as trails are steep and uneven in places. Suggested donation: $5 /person; $15/group.

Saturday, September 20
10 to 11 am
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University's Astrological Laboratories will give event goers an up close look at the moon and guide them around the constellations. Bring a comfy chair, blankets and a flashlight. There will be telescopes for up-close viewing. Suggested donation $5 per person
or $15 per group.
Rain date: September 27th .

movies on the rocks
an outdoor movie series at ballard park

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 * dusk
Directed by Steven Spielberg and acclaimed by critics worldwide, JAWS continues to shock moviegoers with its riveting tale of three men who become allied in a life-and-death hunt to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of instant white death.

Rated PG-13; 124 minutes; 1975.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone
Thursday, August 14, 2014 * dusk
Upon his 11th birthday, Harry Potter learns from a giant named Hagrid that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Harry is offered a place at prestigious Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards that exists in a realm of magic and fantasy outside the dreary existence of normal humans At Hogwarts, Harry quickly makes new friends and begins piecing together the mystery of his parents' deaths, which appear not to have been accidental after all.

Rated PG; 148 minutes; 2001.

Happy Feet
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 * dusk
In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves.

Rated PG-13; 109 minutes; 2006.
The Jungle Book
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 * dusk
Set in a tropical jungle where people are conspicuously absent. But one day Bagheera the Panther discovers a baby in the wreck of a boat. Feeling pity on the child, Bagheera takes him to be raised with the wolves. Ten years later, the child has grown into Mowgli. Mowgli discovers that his life is in danger because of the return to the area of Shere Khan the Tiger, whose hatred of humans is such that Mowgli faces certain death if discovered. Bagheera agrees to transport Mowgli to the human village where he will be safe from Shere Khan.

Rated G; 78 minutes; 1967.

Movies will be shown in the Quarry Meadow. Seating is on the grass. Films will begin at dusk (approximately 8:15 to 8:30 pm). Picnic dinners welcome. Parking available in the Rogers High School parking lot. Rain date is the next evening for all movies.

Please allow 15 minutes to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Ballard Park is a nature preserve. Trails are steep and uneven in places.

Smoking is prohibited by law in Ballard Park.

Sign up to receive


For more information e-mail us at

friends of ballard park, 320 Thames Street #274, Newport RI 02840 * phone: 401.619.3377
BALLARD PARK is located at the corner of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI