For Immediate Release
April 23, 2013
Contact: Megan Fischer
Director of Communications
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Play & Risk: How Safe is Too Safe?

Providence Children’s Museum and Providence Athenaeum
Present Last of Three Conversations about Children’s Play


Providence Children’s Museum, the Providence Athenaeum and Kidoinfo present “Speaking of Play,” a series of panel discussions about the critical importance of self-directed play for children’s healthy growth and development.  The final conversation – Play & Risk: How Safe is Too Safe? – takes place Tuesday, May 7 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Athenaeum (251 Benefit Street in Providence) and is free and open to the public.

Acceptable risk is beneficial to kids’ physical and emotional development, so when did it become a 4-letter word?  Taking risks helps children learn about their own capabilities and limits while increasing their comfort with making mistakes and taking on challenges.  Discuss ways to foster healthy risk-taking in kids’ play in a conversation moderated by Janice O’Donnell, executive director of Providence Children’s Museum.  Panelists are Dr. William Hollinshead, pediatrician and president, American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter; Wendy Nilsson, director, Partnership for Providence Parks; and Sarah O'Brien, LICSW, play therapist.

RSVPs are welcome to Lindsay Shaw, lshaw@provath.org or (401) 421-6970 ext. 17. Click here to download a flyer for the series.



Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful!
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. Unless indicated, programs are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; admission is always free for Museum members. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.