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Where do the Children Play? Panel and Movie Screening

September 18th, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Where Do the Children Play?
Wednesday, October 3
6:30 – 8:30 PM
The Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children’s Museum and the Partnership for
Providence Parks present a free public screening of “Where Do the Children Play?” This
thought-provoking documentary examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians,
mental health experts, educators and environmentalists: more and more children are growing
up with limited time and opportunities for unstructured play, especially outdoors.
Following the screening, a panel including Linda Atamian, co-founder of The Mariposa Center
and director of Remedial Services & Training at Middlebridge School; Dr. Jane Dennison,
pediatrican; Janice O’Donnell, Providence Children’s Museum executive director; and Julia
Steiny, education columnist and director of the Youth Restoration Project, will lead an
audience discussion about the issues explored in the film.
The film will be shown at
The Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street • Providence, RI 02903
Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lindsay Shaw at or (401) generic cialis cheap 421-6970 ext. 17.

Partnership on Facebook

September 12th, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (Comments Off on Partnership on Facebook)

Check out past and future events as well as pic on our facebook page

Providence Children’s Museum Toolkit for Play

September 5th, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in City News - (0 Comments)

We are so pleased to be able to provide this Toolkit for play, developed by our friends at the Providence Children’s Museum, to all our partners Click here to download a copy PCMPlayToolkit.

Mashapaug Pond Party

September 4th, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Saturday, September 15, 12-4PM

Mashapaug Pond Party

J. T. Owens Park, 350 Niantic Avenue, Providence

Reservoir Triangle Residents invite you to join them at this Fall kick-off event, featuring food, fun and–drumroll, please–Duck Truck tours of Mashapaug Pond!  Plus, come early and take part in a mini-procession to J.T. Owens Park, starting at the Boating Center behind the Reservoir Avenue Ocean State Job Lot. We will meet at 11:15AM and start marching at 11:30AM.

See attached flyer for more information.

(If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event, please contact Holly Ewald at

FREE and open to the public

This event is made possible by the EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program.  With support from the Urban Pond Procession and Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island.  


YMCA’s Playful Providence Scavenger Hunt

August 30th, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Playful Providence Hunt Final 2

Celebrate Playful Providence and track where you’ve been! As you visit the participating

parks over the weekend of September 7th-9th, collect stickers from each location and

place them on the appropriate spot on the map. The Parks are numbered on the map for

you so place each sticker on the number it goes with. Attend AT LEAST THREE of the

21 scheduled events, collect the stickers and bring your map to the East Side Y to be

entered into a raffle for a chance to win some valuable prizes! Deadline extended until Monday the 10th

The Peter and the Wolf Concert begins at 4:00. We encourage you to park at the recreation center and walk up to the Hill. Alternately, you can try your luck at parking Legion Memorial Drive. Allow 30 minutes to park and walk to the meadow. Don’t forget your picnic and blanket or chair.

To: Neutaconkanut Recreation Center

675 Plainfield Street Phone: 946-5134. Director: Ray Tessaglia

From North:  Route 95 S – To Recreation Center parking lot at base of Neutaconkanut Hill

95 S – follow signs to US 6- (Providence/Hartford, CT).

Follow signs for exit 5 (Route 6).  Take exit 5, Providence-US Route 6.  Approximately 2.1 miles take exit for RI Route 128/Killingly St**. Take left off exit. Go straight trough traffic light (Hartford Ave & Killingly St). At stop sign (Little League Field is straight in front of you*) bear left.  Approximately 1/10th of a mile take a right onto Duxbury Street. Approximately 2/10ths of a mile at the light, Duxbury merges with Plainfield St. Go straight on Plainfield ; about100 yards on the right is Neutaconkanut Recreation Center parking lot. The main walking trail to the top of the Hill begins at the stone stairway at the Kiosk behind the Center.

Easier walking path to the top of the Hill. Once in the parking lot, look to the right, to the ‘bleacher stands.’ Next to the seating area is a cement walking path, with a few stairs, that is an easy walk to the top of the Hill. Follow the road to the meadow.

To Legion Memorial Drive: Follow directions above to Stop Sign at Killingly St. W/ Little League Field in front of you*.  At Stop Sign take a sharp right up the hill onto Central Ave. Take first right onto Legion Memorial Dr. to the yellow gate at the end. Parking attendents will guide you into the park.

From South:  Rt 95 N to US Rt 6. Follow directions above to Rt. 128, Killingly St.**

New Group Forming at Gladys Potter (Humbolt) Park

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

New group forming at Gladys Potter Park (Humbolt) Parks led by Laurie Littlefield. To get involved, contact Laurie at

Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Fall Events

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Download the NHC Fall Calendar 2012 Flyer

September 9th @ 4 p m in the Meadow

Prokofiev’s Beloved Concert Fairy Tale – Performed by the RI Philharmonic, this is a perfect event for the family and a great time to inspire children’s love of orchestral music. Join Peter, Grandpa and their woodland friends as they pursue Mr. Wolf in the Forest.

Bring your folding chair or blanket and enjoy this special afternoon of music.

This performance is the Grand Finale of the Playful Providence weekend, brought to you by the Partnership for Providence Parks and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, and Arts, Culture + Tourism. Visit for details and sponsors.

October 13th @ 1-5 p m in the Meadow

Join us for our 4th Annual Family Event in the meadow on the Hill.

  • Walk the forest trails – guided by NHC members
  • Meadow Festivities• Story Tellers with Tales of the Season • Pumpkin Painting, Games & ‘Kid’s Fun’ • Providence Firemen will provide Tours of the Truck • Providence Mounted Command show off their Horses • Roast Marshmallows on the Open Fire • Enjoy Hot Cider or Hot Chocolate, & Snacks

Art in the Park in Providence: Kids get Creative in Capitol City

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (Comments Off on Art in the Park in Providence: Kids get Creative in Capitol City)


Art in the Park


Art in the park in Providence

Kids get creative in the capital city

Updated: Thursday, 23 Aug 2012, 10:33 AM EDT Published : Thursday, 23 Aug 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

  • Michaela Johnson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As the summer starts to wind down, many want to take advantage of the weather and spend as much time outside as possible. There’s a way to enjoy the great outdoors in the capital city while learning at the same time.

KiDOinfo story time is a program held order cialis online at Burnside Park in providence.

“It was created about three years ago in collaboration with Greater Kennedy Plaza as a way to bring families down to the city and enjoy fun, creative activities around storytelling and it’s free and accessible to everybody,” said founder and publisher, Anisa Raoof.

The programming is part of a larger revitalization effort to transform downtown Providence and the parks into a vital city center.

“It’s open to anybody. We have a lot of people from the city but we have a lot of people coming from all over the state now coming down enjoying the park, enjoying the toys in the park. There are food trucks here. They might come and stop at the library after or just stay and have a picnic,” added Raoof.

Entertaining the kids were none other than the Big Nazo characters.

“People are generally surprised by just how much we have going on. And it’s really important that we provide free access to these kinds of opportunities to the general public. People who might not otherwise know about these organizations,” said Jennifer Smith, program manager for Greater Kennedy Plaza.

Local authors also take part by reading to the kids, like author/illustrator Alison Paul.

“Art in the Park came about because story time had been so successful for the past couple summers and we figured if we could keep the kids here and have another project for them to work on it would be a really great way to bring people into the park,” said Paul.

The project of the summer is inspired by a popular book.

“We took a little page out of Crockett Johnson’s book ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ and we’re doing Providence and the purple crayon this year” Paul said.

Cooperating, sharing, and learning take place all while being creative at the same time. Kids and families can experience all in the capital city.

“It’s so important that it’s a fun family event. I remember when I first had my child I went to  KiDOinfo. I was wondering ‘what was I going to do with my kid all day?’ It was great to have fun, really unique educational events where I could see other moms and dads and other families and really experience something that’s of high quality and high value,” said Smith.

Story time will be held one last time this summer on Thursday, August 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by Art in the Park. However, the events don’t stop there. On September 7 there will be a special reading of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” which kicks off ‘Playful Providence’.

Visit and for a list of all the events from  KiDOinfo and Greater Kennedy Plaza.

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