The Land

Lowell Lecture

Viewing of The Land

Date & Time

July 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210
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Moderator: Anna Housley Juster, Ph.D., Sr. Director for Child Development, Boston Children’s Museum Erin Davis, The Land Filmmaker Kerri Schmidt, Interim Deputy Director, ReadBoston, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Peter Gray, Ph.D., Research Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Boston College and author of Free to Learn

Presenting Organization

Boston Children's Museum


Youth Education


Christina Williams (, (617) 986-3663)

As part of our summer Power of Play series, the Museum will feature three screenings of the award–winning short film “The Land” created by Vermont filmmaker Erin Davis. The Land (2015), is a documentary film that shares its name with a playground in Wales, U.K. and explores the nature of play, risk and the possibilities of unstructured play. At The Land, with guidance from trained playworkers, children climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

The film is followed by a panel discussion,. The event is free but registration is required. Registration: