Leave No Child Inside
Tuesday, March 5 | 7:00 - 8:30 PMToday’s children play outside less than any previous generation, yet free outdoor play connects kids to the natural world and builds imagination, resiliency and confidence. Join a discussion about what’s keeping them inside and what we can do to get them out!
Panelists: Chris Hitchener, “Our Big Backyard” Program Manager, Roger Williams Park Zoo; Paul Pieri, Middle School Farm Program Director, The Wheeler School; and Jeanine Silversmith, Founder and Director, RI Families in Nature.
What Happened to Recess?
Tuesday, April 2 | 7:00 - 8:30 PMRecess is crucial for kids, resulting in better attention span, improved classroom behavior, and important opportunities for free play, creativity and interaction with other children – yet it is increasingly limited or withheld. Join the great recess debate!
Panelists: Alicia Bell, Elementary art teacher and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School parent; Dr. Lauren Greve, Psychologist and Vartan Gregorian Elementary School parent; and Phyllis Penhallow, URI Lecturer and Chariho Elementary School parent.
Play & Risk: How Safe is Too Safe?
Tuesday, May 7 | 7:00 - 8:30 PMAcceptable 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.
Panelists include: Wendy Nilsson, Director, Partnership for Providence Parks, and Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum.
Series is sponsored by online parent resource Kidoinfo. RSVPs are welcome to Lindsay Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 421-6970 ext. 17. Click here to download a flyer for the series.
Also join the Museum and researchers from Brown University on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM to hear about a new collaborative project investigating children's scientific thinking and recent research on children's play and learning. Learn more.