Friday, January 8, 2010

Where Do the Children Play?

The Museum is presenting another free public screening of "Where Do the Children Play?," this time in partnership with St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport. This provocative documentary 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.

Following the screening, a panel including Newport Director of Recreation Susan Cooper; Aquidneck Medical Associates pediatrician Keivan Ettefagh; Children’s Museum director Janice O’Donnell; and St. Michael's Country Day School faculty members Mimi Carrellas, Bernadette Griffin and David Forrest will lead an audience discussion about the issues – some disturbing, some inspiring – explored in the film.

The film will be shown
Thursday, January 14
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Michael's Country Day School

180 Rhode Island Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-5970
Snow date: Wednesday, January 20

Please join us! Click here to download a flyer. Click here to learn about the lively discussion at our previous screenings. For more information, contact Megan Fischer at

ALSO mark your calendars for the next screening, Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Temple Beth-El in Providence. Stay tuned for more details. Interested in hosting a screening in your community or at your organization? Please let us know by emailing the address above - we'd be happy to help you organize it!

The conversations about the importance of play continue on the Museum's listserv,
"PlayWatch: Connecting the Community to Promote Children's Play."
To read the PlayWatch archives or to join the list, visit

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