Friday, May 29, 2009

Bristol Audubon to show free film on getting kids outside

From 1997 to 2003, children's time spent outdoors fell 50 percent. Children now spend 6 hours a day with electronic media and have almost no unstructured time. The Audubon Society of RI and the Providence Children's Museum are partnering to show a film discussing these facts. The film is called Where Do The Children Play and will be shown in Bristol at the Audubon Center at 1401 Hope Street on Thursday June 4 from 7 - 9 pm.
The film is a one-hour documentary made for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development.
Using the adage that children represent 20 percent of the world's population but 100 percent of its future, the film opens by examining differences between growing up today, with all its inherent obstacles and temptations, and childhood as it was lived 50 years ago.
The film viewing at Audubon is free.
The film can be purchased for $20 in DVD format by calling 1 800 343 4499 x154

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