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Playful Providence Weekend: A Citywide Celebration of Play, September 20-22, 2013

FREE Playful Providence events are happening at parks and recreation venues across the city. Kidoinfo is proud to help sponsor this amazing playful celebration again this year.

Click here to download schedule.

972For the second consecutive year, The City of Providence has been named a “Playful City.” This designation from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing and healthy.

To celebrate this recognition, Providence parks and other recreation venues will participate in a citywide weekend of play, beginning Friday, September 20 at 5:30 PM with a kickoff at Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence) featuring playful activities, a short speaking program, and information about weekend activities. Museum admission is free from 5:00-8:00 PM for MetLife Family Friday, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Playful Providence activities will continue throughout the weekend, to encourage families to visit new parks and explore new ways of playing.  Events will be held at over 25 neighborhood parks and other play and recreation venues throughout the city and include nature crafts and exploration, pop-up play, movement activities, and other playful fun. Event locations include Brown Street Park (College Hill), Fargnoli Park (Elmhurst), Peace & Plenty Park (South Elmwood), Corliss Park (Wanskuck), Viscolosi Park (Chalkstone), and East Side/Mount Hope YMCA.

The second annual Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play 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. Playful Providence events engage kids and families across the city in play, plus draw attention to the important role that volunteer parks groups and community partners have in making great places to play.

Playful Providence 2013 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), Providence parks groups, Kidoinfo and other partners.

To learn more about the Partnership for Providence Parks and for a schedule of Playful Providence events, visit www.providenceparks.org.

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