Saturday, June 21 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Roger Williams Park.
FREE and open to the public.
Providence’s second annual Pop-Up Play Day takes place at Roger Williams Park on Saturday, June 21, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence, East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Kidoinfo and other partners.
The event is a free public celebration of open-ended play that kicks off the summer season and Playful Providence 2014 — a creative citywide celebration of play. Attendees of all ages will build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more using an abundance of “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other interesting materials. The celebration also features other playful activity stations like bubble blowing and instrument making, plus lively music by Joe’s Backyard Band and Noodle and Moose.
Pop-Up Play Day and Playful Providence are planned to highlight the critical importance of children’s unstructured, self-directed play for their healthy development. Research shows that play is essential for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, yet kids’ time and opportunities for play are increasingly limited.
The third annualPlayful Providenceis a summer-long, citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City. This recognition from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority. Playful Providence events held throughout the summer will engage kids and families across the city in play and draw attention to the important role that parks and community organizations have in making great places to play.
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Pop-Up Play Day is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability), and East Side/Mt. Hope YCMA, with support from Kidoinfo, Johnson & Wales University, Seven Stars Bakery and Sunflower Fund.