NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, all BLC activities have been suspended indefinitely.
We encourage you not to come to Town Hall.
Explore the opportunities available through the Barrington Learning Center by browsing through this website. We have provided multiple lists to help you locate programs that might be of interest.
How do I register?
Going forward, registrations for all events will only be available on-line. No registrations or trip reservations will be accepted by phone.
Select the course or trip.
Click on the blue REGISTER button on the event page.
You must provide an email address to start the registration process. For security purposes, you will be asked to enter a CAPTCHA code to ensure that you are not a robot.
Complete the registration form as indicated.
Once the form is completed, you will receive an invoice by email.
To pay by check, send a separate check for each invoice made payable to TOWN OF BARRINGTON along with the printed invoice to:
Barrington Learning Center
Barrington Recreation Department
283 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
To receive assistance with registering and payment by check, stop by the Recreation Department between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Thursday and between 9 am and noon on Friday.
Do you have a Senior Citizen discount?
Yes! Persons 60 and older may select the Senior Citizen rate for certain courses. Not all courses will have such a discount.
What is your refund policy?
Note: All Barrington Learning Center class and trip payments include a non-refundable processing fee as follows:
All refunds initiated by BLC due to cancelled classes/trips include a $5.00 non-refundable processing fee.
All refunds initiated by the purchaser will include a processing fee according to the chart below:
No refunds will be given for cancellations initiated by the purchaser within 4 business days of the start of the class/trip.
$20 - $150 payment $20.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$151 - $225 payment $30.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$226 - $335 payment $40.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$336 - payment 15% of payment
Courses: Full refunds are given minus the processing fee according to the chart above if the Barrington Learning Center cancels the course and and you paid online with a credit card. Your refund will show up on your credit card statement. If you paid by check, you will receive a full credit for the course , which can be applied to other courses/trips. This credit will show up on the website on your Profile Page. You may request a refund, if you prefer. In order for us to process a check request, you must provide a copy of the front and back of the cashed check. We will deduct the processing fee according to the chart above.
Trips: Full refunds are given minus the processing fee according to the chart above if the Barrington Learning Center cancels the trip and you paid online with a credit card. Your refund will show up on your credit card statement. If you paid by check, you will receive a full credit for the trip which can be applied to other courses/trips. This credit will show up on the website on your Profile Page. You may request a refund, if you prefer. In order for us to process a check request, you must provide a copy of the front and back of the cashed check. We will deduct the processing fee according to the chart above.
If you cancel a trip more than 30 days before the trip or prior to the purchase of tickets or room reservations (whichever is earliest), you will be refunded through paypal directly to your credit card if you paid with a credit card or receive a credit if you paid with a check, minus a $35 per registration non-refundable processing fee. If you cancel within 30 days or after tickets are purchased or rooms are booked, no refunds or credits are given.
What is your refund process?
Paid on line: your payment will be refunded according to our refund policy directly to the card you used via Paypal.
Paid by check: If you paid by check, you will receive a credit according to our refund policy for the amount. Should you prefer a check refund, please see the above refund policy information for details.
I am interested in a trip. What can you tell me?
Barrington Learning Center trips are open to all adults, regardless of residence, and children who are accompanied by a parent or designated caretaker. Deluxe lavatory equipped motor coaches are used for all trips unless otherwise noted. All trips depart from the parking lot behind Barrington Town Hall. Also available: Providence pickups for Boston, the Berkshires and other points north; Warwick pickups for all New York and some Connecticut trips – see specific trip destinations for details.
To register for trips, follow the steps above to register for courses/trips.
Driver tips are included in all trip fees. Trip fees also include the costs of planning, promotion and operation of the programs described.
Departure and pick-up information is shown on the trip description page.
Many day trips and overnight trips involve a fair degree of walking and/or standing during guided tours. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in a day trip or a tour, please call the Barrington Learning Center to discuss before registering. It is our goal that participants fully enjoy their trip experience, that they assess their capabilities honestly, and that any mobility issues do not affect the total experience, both for the individual and other group members.
Communicating about trips and courses
We will make every attempt to reach out to registrants regarding changes in programming, pickup, venue, etc.
Effective October 1, 2019, all communication will take place via email. We will no longer send paper notices or confirmation letters. If you do not provide us with an email address (could be a friend's who will keep you abreast of changes at BLC), it will become your responsibility to contact us regarding courses and trips.
Occasionally, we need to alter departure times to deal with unanticipated schedule changes. To avoid missing the motor coach, ALWAYS check your emails for Barrington Learning Center communications and follow those instructions, which may differ from those printed in the website description of the trip.
For ticketed events, such as shows and performances, seats will be assigned in the order registrations are received and deposit paid as long as the final payment is made on time. For those requesting "Seat-with", assignments will be be made in consideration of "last companion" received.
Providence and Warwick Pickups
All trips depart from the parking lot behind Barrington Town Hall.
Providence pickups for the Berkshires (Tanglewood, Stockbridge, Williamstown, et al), Worcester and other points up on Route 146: the Providence pickup is the Stop & Shop parking lot: Branch Avenue exit (#24) off I-95. Turn left at the end of the exit and proceed to the Stop & Shop parking lot where you will be picked up on the left side of the lot.
Providence pickups for destinations towards Boston, Salem, and northern New England, will be at the Shaw's Plaza (Chili's location) off North Main Street: Take the bus terminal exit, #25 on I-95; proceed to North Main, turn left at Ann Mary Street, the first traffic light at Cox Communications building, go down the hill to the next light and turn right onto Collyer. At the bottom of that hill, turn left into the large parking lot.
Warwick Pickups for destinations south and to Connecticut are at the Park & Ride lot on Airport Road.
What if I do not have email?
For those participants who do not have email, we recommend that you become a "buddy" with someone who does as, increasingly, much of our information is being communicated by email.