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Documentary & Discussion — Where Do The Children Play

jumping rope 40'sA reminder that tonight the Providence Children’s Museum presents this documentary at Temple Beth-El, followed by a panel discussion.

The provocative documentary film examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, mental health experts, educators and environmentalists: more and more children are growing up today with few opportunities for unstructured play, especially outdoors.  An audience discussion about the ideas explored in the film will follow each screening. Panelists include Providence Children’s Museum director Janice O’Donnell; Jewish Community Day School assistant head of school Renee Rudnick; Tufts University child development professor Dr. W. George Scarlett; and Grow Smart Rhode Island director Scott Wolf.

This was discussed in a post last week where a commenter drew this recent NYT article to our attention regarding a company that now runs and manages school recess programs. And while I was a bit surprised to find that recess even exists anymore, this is hardly the ‘unstructured play’ that it once was. Go here for more info about the movie and the second screening scheduled for March 30th at URI.

7pm to 9pm, Tuesday, Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Avenue