Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

PROVIDENCE, RI – For a fourth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across Providence, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community.  

The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August.  Families will build forts and creative contraptions, blow bubbles, and much more.

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on these dates:

Tuesday, July 7  •  Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)
Music by Sidy Maiga + band (West African drumming)

Wednesday, July 15  •  Brown Street Park (Brown and Creighton Streets)
Music by Roz and the Rice Cakes

Thursday, July 23  •  Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)
Music by Sally Rogers and the Last Time String Band

Thursday, August 6  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Thursday, August 13  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Tuesday, August 18 • Roger Williams Park (Broad Street entrance)
Performance by ECAS Theater

Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development.  In a 2007 clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “…play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”  Through spontaneous, freely chosen play, children develop confidence and learn problem solving, self-regulation, conflict resolution and other significant skills.  With increased emphasis on academics at school, more time in structured after-school and summer programs, parental concerns about safety, and more time in front of television and computer screens, many kids today lack time and space for free play – especially outdoors.  
The Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families.  “The Museum is a strong advocate for the critical importance of open-ended, child-directed play,” said Interim Executive Director Megan Fischer.  “We are delighted to partner with Providence parks to bring creative play opportunities to kids and families in communities throughout the city.”
Children’s Museum activities at the parks are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s fourth consecutive recognition as a “Playful City,” and presented in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks and the city’s Departments of Parks + Recreation and Art, Culture + Tourism.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit http://www.ChildrenMuseum.org

(release from Providence Children's Museum)