For Immediate Release
October 28, 2009
Contact: Megan Fischer
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
(401) 273-5437 ext. 126
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Children’s Museum Hosts Community Conversations About Play


PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Children’s Museum is hosting two community conversations this fall to unite individuals and organizations from across the state to discuss the issues affecting children’s opportunities for unstructured, self-directed play.  The conversations will be held at Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence) and are free and open to the public.

Making Places for Play

Thursday, November 5

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Join a discussion about how to build community, engage families and inspire child-directed play through placemaking.  Hear from local people who have strengthened their communities by creating playgrounds, parks and gardens – including representatives from Brown Street Park in Providence, the Children’s Garden Network, Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, and Ponaganset Middle School in North Scituate – and share your ideas.


Building Community

Wednesday, December 2

7:00 - 8:30 PM

By fostering strong communities, together we can give children more freedom to play.  Hear from individuals who have built and sustained community in their neighborhoods and beyond – by organizing a neighborhood block party in Barrington, community events and gardens through Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, and monthly hikes with Rhode Island Families in Nature – and share your thoughts and strategies.


The conversations were inspired by topics on the Museum’s new discussion listserv, “PlayWatch: Connecting the Community to Promote Children’s Play,” and will be moderated by Museum director Janice O’Donnell.

Contact Megan Fischer at fischer@childrenmuseum.org for more information and to RSVP.  To read the PlayWatch listserv archives or to join the list, visit www.playwatch.org.



Providence Children’s Museum – a joyful place for children and families.
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District.  September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM.  April through August, open 7 days. Museum admission is $7.50 per person; always free for Museum members.  
Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.childrenmuseum.org.