Kids, Play and Risk
a community conversation hosted by
Providence Children’s Museum
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join a discussion about the importance of children’s unstructured,
self-directed play and the benefits of risk-taking to their healthy
physical and emotional development. Having opportunities to take risks
helps children learn about their own capabilities and limits.
Risk-taking can decrease their fear of making mistakes and increase
their confidence in their ability to take on challenges. Issues
include how to foster healthy risk-taking in play and the barriers to
accessing acceptable and necessary forms of risk.
Hear from Amy Dickinson, training and education manager for KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children; Julia Steiny, columnist for Education News and director of the Youth Restoration Project; Angelica Almlid Barrows, whose children, now ages 7 to 19, attended outdoor preschool in Norway; and Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell – and share your own ideas.
The conversation will be held at Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence) and is free and open to the public.
Contact Megan Fischer at Fischer@ChildrenMuseum.org for more information and to RSVP.
This conversation was inspired by discussion on the Museum’s
listserv, “PlayWatch: Connecting the Community to Promote Children’s
Play.” To read the PlayWatch archives or to join the list, visit www.PlayWatch.org.