For Immediate Release
October 16, 2009
Contact: Megan Fischer
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
(401) 273-5437 ext. 126
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Film Asks ‘Where Do the Children Play?’

Children’s Museum Presents Documentary Screenings and Discussions

To advocate for the importance of children's self-directed play, Providence Children’s Museum is partnering with local schools to present two free public screenings of “Where Do the Children Play?”  This provocative documentary film examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, mental health experts, educators and environmentalists: more and more children are growing up with few opportunities for unstructured play, especially outdoors.  Audience discussions will follow.  The film will be shown:

Wednesday, October 21
6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Pennfield School
110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI

Presented by The Pennfield School and Providence Children’s Museum.  Panelists include Aquidneck Land Trust stewardship director Andy Arkway; Norman Bird Sanctuary executive director Robert Cardeiro; Pennfield athletic director Will Glennon; pediatrician & RI American Academy of Pediatrics chapter president Dr. Elizabeth Lange; and Children’s Museum executive director Janice O'Donnell.

Tuesday, November 10

6:30 - 8:30 PM
Friends Academy
1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, MA

Presented by Friends Academy, Providence Children’s Museum, Children's Circle Nursery School and Smith Mills Weekday Nursery.  Panelists include Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust executive director Dexter Mead; Children’s Museum executive director Janice O’Donnell; Friends Academy director of outdoor education Charley Pelissier; and child psychologist Dr. Richard Rende.

Both screenings are presented with assistance from Michigan Television.  For more information, contact Megan Fischer at or visit the film’s website:

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