Children's Museum and Partners
Present 'Playful Providence'
A Citywide Celebration of Play | September 7 - 9, 2012
PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Providence was recently honored as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The recognition, which honors cities and towns that make play a priority, was due in part to Providence Children’s Museum’s growing advocacy for children’s free play over the past four years. To commemorate the designation, the Museum collaborated with Providence parks and recreation venues to plan the first Playful Providence weekend – a citywide celebration of the power of play being held September 7 - 9.
The weekend begins with a Playful Providence Kickoff Celebration – Friday, September 7, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, downtown in Burnside Park. The celebration will feature a host of playful activities and collaborative art projects by community organizations, lively music from SuperChief Trio and the Brown University Band, and a short presentation featuring Mayor Angel Taveras, Superintendent of Parks Robert F. McMahon, Providence Children’s Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell and other speakers.
Playful Providence activities will continue throughout the weekend and will help families discover great places to play across the city. Events will be held at 21 neighborhood parks and 6 other play and recreation venues and include collaborative art, crafts and games, bubble blowing, music, dance classes and other playful fun. Visitors to Providence Children’s Museum can also explore Imagination Playground throughout the weekend. For a full listing of events, including activity details and locations, visit www.providenceparks.org.
Playful Providence is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks, a new group committed to providing kids and families with opportunities for structured and unstructured play in safe, healthy neighborhood spaces, in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum; Providence Department of Parks and Recreation; Providence Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism; Providence parks groups; and other partners.