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THE LAND: A Film and Conversation About Risk and Adventure Play

By Megan Fischer, Interim Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum and Providence Children’s Film Festival proudly partner to present the Providence premiere of “The Land” – a powerful 2015 documentary short film about the nature of play and risk – on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street in Providence).

The Land title

The film is set in The Land, a Welsh adventure playground where children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails. It’s a playspace rooted in the belief that kids are empowered and understand their own capabilities and limits when they learn to manage risks on their own. The film has attracted national attention after being featured in a number of recent articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” a provocative piece in The Atlantic by Hanna Rosin that provides a look at adventure playgrounds and how “a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery – without making it safer.”


Following the screening, join a lively conversation about the film, adventure play and the benefits of risk to kids’ physical and emotional development. Discuss ways to foster healthy risk-taking in kids’ play, and how to provide kids with opportunities for adventure play with panelists Erin Davis, “The Land” filmmaker; Michele Meek, filmmaker and educator; and Janice O’Donnell, Providence PlayCorps director.

The Land flyerThe screening and conversation are part of Providence Children’s Museum’s commitment to advocate for and raise awareness about the critical importance of self-directed play for children’s healthy growth and development.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited – click here to RSVP.

Click here to learn more about the film.

Also check out these recent articles about adventure play and the importance of risk to children’s development:

  • Where The Wild Things Play  Adventure playgrounds may look like junk piles but offer kids tremendous opportunities for free, unstructured play. (NPR)
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