Film and Discussion Promote
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Providence
Children’s Museum’s blog.