For Immediate Release: May 21, 2009
Contact: Megan Fischer
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
(401) 273-5437 ext. 126
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Film and Discussion Promote Children’s Play


BRISTOL, RI  - Providence Children’s Museum is partnering with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to present the next in a series of free public screenings of the thought-provoking film Where Do the Children Play?  The film will be shown on Thursday, June 4 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Audubon’s Environmental Education Center (1401 Hope Street/Rte 114 in Bristol).

A provocative new documentary, Where Do the Children Play? examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, mental health experts, educators and environmentalists: more and more children today have little or no opportunity for unstructured play, especially outdoors.

Following the screening, a panel including Janice O’Donnell, executive director of Providence Children’s Museum; Kristen Swanberg, Audubon’s senior director of education; and Scott Wolf, executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, will lead an audience discussion about the issues – some disturbing, some inspiring – explored in the film.

"As an advocate for the importance of children's self-directed play – both indoors and outdoors – Providence Children's Museum is partnering with schools and other organizations across the state to screen this powerful film,” said O’Donnell.  “We – as parents, as educators, as policy makers, as a community – must safeguard time and space for children's play."

The event is presented by Providence Children’s Museum and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, with assistance from the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, a nonprofit research and advocacy group that works for the restoration of play in children’s lives.

For more information, contact Megan Fischer at fischer@childrenmuseum.org or visit Providence Children’s Museum’s blog.





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