Sunday, September 2, 2012


Providence has been honored as a "Playful City USA" by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit with a mission to create "great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities." To celebrate, the city's park and recreation, and other venues, will participate in a citywide weekend of play, starting with a Playful Providence kick-off Sept. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., in Burnside Park. The celebration will have playful activities by Providence Children's Museum, R.I. Parkour, R.I. Museum of Science and Art and more, along with music from the Brown University Band, collaborative art projects and a short speaking program.

The activities run throughout the weekend at 21 neighborhood parks and six other play and recreation venues around the city. Playful Providence is planning by the Partnership for Providence, a new group that provides chances for kids to have structured and unstructured play in safe places. To learn more about it all, visit www.providenceparks.org