Friends of Ballard Park


Thursday, August 18th
Name That Nest!
1 to 2:30 pm
Nests aren’t just for birds as children will learn as they hike the park examining trees to determine the birds and animals that live in them. After learning about the special techniques our animals, children will have the opportunity to build their own!
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The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.

Saturday, August 20th
Guided Summer Hike
10 to 11 am
Enjoy a summer hike at Ballard Park. FBP staff will discuss the history and habitats of Ballard Park as we hike the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: August 21.

Saturday, September 10th
Sky Gazing with Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill
8 to 9:30 pm
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to give a tour of the fall skies. Saturn and Mars will be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance.

Wednesday, September 14th
A Bug's Life
1 to 2:30 pm
Which creepy crawlies call Ballard Park Home? What makes an attractive insect habitat? How do insects play an important role in the environment? Students will learn the answers to these questions and more as they hunt for insects in the meadow and forest habitats. Special bug collecting tools will allow students to capture and observe these critters up close to learn about their special characteristics. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.

11th Annual
movies on the rocks
an outdoor movie series at ballard park

Ken & Tia Scigulinsky

August 3
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula (Adam Sandler) fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania where his daughter and some of the world’s most famous monsters can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem until one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Rated PG. Running time is 91 minutes. 2012

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2016

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August 10
August 11 (due to wet weather the screening has been moved)
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
An art collector appeals to Jones (Harrison Ford) to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery). The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. Rated PG13; 127 minutes; 1989.

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 11, 2016.

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August 17
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
In 1963, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a sweet daddy’s girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a man whose background is vastly different from her own. When Johnny’s dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby’s father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life. Rated PG13, 100 minutes. 1987.

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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August 24
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
NEWPORT MARTIAL ARTS will provide a demonstration prior to the screening. This year’s team of twelve is comprised of students of all ranks - white through black belt - ranging in age from 5 to 20 who are working to learn focus, self-discipline, as well as self-defense like “Daniel-san”.

Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) — the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa). 126 minutes; PG; 1984.

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 25, 2016.

A Short provided by The Rhode Island International Film Festival will be shown prior to each movie.

Movies begin at dusk (typically between 8:00 and 8:15 pm) in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow which will be open at 6:30 pm for blankets and picnicking. Seating is on the grass - bring a blanket or lawn chair. "Carry in, carry out" policy.

Like regular movie theaters, smoking is prohibited.

Parking is available along Hazard Road. Use 1 Ocean Heights Road for GPS - the entrance is directly across the street.

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS is supported by BR Arnold Construction, Cox, Howard Johnson Inn, Kiki Finn, National Grid, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rhode Island Office of Film & TV and St. Clare Newport.

Sturdy shoes are recommended as trails are rugged and uneven in places. Bring a flashlight to help your exit at the end of the night.


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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