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For a third summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across the city, 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.
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.
To combat children’s growing play deficit, Providence Children’s Museum educators will bring playful open-ended activities to Providence neighborhood parks during evening concerts in July and August. Families will build forts and other three-dimensional structures from wooden dowels and fabric, invent their own musical instruments, and construct creative contraptions with Rigamajig, an imaginative new large-scale building kit – designed by Cas Holman, RISD professor of industrial design – that features wooden planks, wheels and pulleys plus rope, nuts and bolts.
The Museum’s goal in bringing play to these public spaces is to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families. “We firmly believe in the value of open-ended loose parts play,” said Children’s Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell. “We are delighted to partner with Providence parks to bring these play opportunities to kids and families throughout the city.”
Children’s Museum activities at the parks are supported by the Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative, a partnership among Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Department of Public Parks and the Partnership for Providence Parks and are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2014 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s third consecutive recognition as a "Playful City."
Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum
Wednesday, July 16 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Harriet and Sayles Park | Harriet and Sayles Streets
Performance by hip-hop dance group Project 401
Tuesday, July 22 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Fargnoli Park | Jastram and Smith Streets
Music by Keith Munslow
Thursday, July 24 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Dexter Training Ground | Dexter and Parade Streets
Music by The American Band
Wednesday, July 30 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Harriet and Sayles Park | Harriet and Sayles Streets
Music by Extraordinary Rendition Band
Thursday, August 7 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Bucklin Park | Bucklin and Daboll Streets
Performance by Rhode Island Black Storytellers
Wednesday, August 13 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Brown Street Park | Brown and Creighton Streets
Music by Ravi Shavi
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.
August 4, 2014 - Presented by Admirals Bank
Providence Children’s Museum will hold its 31st annual Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, August 4 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. Participants can take a turn on a course ranked one of the top 50 in the nation by Golf Magazine, GolfWeek and Golf Digest or simply enjoy cocktails and dinner at the clubhouse.
Sponsorships and foursomes are available and going quickly. Golf packages begin at $1,500 for foursomes and include 18 holes of golf, greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner and on-course beverages. Dinner-only tickets are available for $75 per person. All proceeds benefit Providence Children’s Museum.
Golf registration begins at 11:30 AM with a shotgun start at 1:15 PM and prizes will be awarded for skill contests such as longest drive as well as for a betting hole – including the chance to win a luxury car for a hole-in-one. Cocktails and dinner begin at 5:30 PM, and the evening includes a live auction featuring rounds of golf at exclusive courses.
The Museum’s first-class annual golf tournament was instituted in 1983 by the late Allen Chatterton Jr., an early supporter and Board member of the Children’s Museum, and is chaired by his son, Rumford resident Allen H. Chatterton III of Chatterton Insurance in Pawtucket. Proceeds support Rhode Island’s only museum especially for children and their families – a hands-on environment that inspires and celebrates learning through active play and exploration – and enable the Museum to serve a growing number of children and caregivers of all economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
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When: Mondays from 12:15 - 1:30 with a long established speaker series. (Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday)
Where: Providence Marriott
One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).
Cost: $20 meal fee.
For further information visit: http://www.providencerotary.org/