Frederick County Public Libraries Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer! I love summer and the adventures I get to have with my kids, but honestly, summer is exhausting for me! My son thrives on structure that I am not good at providing. My kids LOVE to be on the go and always doing “fun things”, I have trained them well for running around, so it’s all my “fault” but I guess it will benefit us when we go to Disney! I’m really lucky that generally (besides the usual complaining, and a little anxiety) my kids love going
OK, so it’s not a playground, but isn’t nature the world’s playground? When a friend asked if we wanted to go to a show at Wolf Trap I immediately jumped on the chance to see Saul Paul! Initially, I thought it was an adult show and afterward ended in a rap tutorial. I was super excited and was going to bring my kids anyway because I’m basically a full time mom with no camp option, so they go where I go! However, my friend crushed my rap dreams and told me it was a kid program at the Children’s Theater in the Woods.
Westminister City Park and Fields We don’t mind driving to do fun things! We already live in the middle of nowhere, so what’s an extra 10-60+ minutes when it already takes us half an hour to get anywhere decent anyway? One playground we like to visit is Westminster City Park and Fields! There is easy street parking as well as accessible spots right by the park behind 11 Longwell Dr. Westminster, MD and ramp entrance into the playground! This park has some really fun and different features! In 2016, the park got a much needed reboot with a $275,000 grant from Community
Sum Sum Summer Time! WE’RE BACK! Does anyone else get insanely busy in the summer and not know the day of the week? Today is Friday, right!? Can’t be just me!? I’m usually more organized (which is a joke in itself) and I have our schedule planned out to do “fun things” everyday! My kids love being on the go! School got out on June 19th for us, and this summer has been super busy! We’ve done a lot of cool things (I swear! I have pictures!), but it feels like we have done absolutely nothing! We have been to many fun
Today we took a very big step in the building of Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground! We were invited to help at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Butterfly Ln Realignment project, this road will serve all of West Side Regional Park which is home to the playground. We left today filled with gratitude that The City of Frederick choose to include our organization in this amazing milestone it meant a lot of our family, and I’m sure it means a lot to all of our followers. We are so CLOSE! It may be the first time that this crazy idea Jack
There are five elements of inclusive play: Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Sensory, and Communication. Woodsboro Park does incorporate cognitive play features, like the alphabet board, drums at a lower level, and animal learning board. Kids love spinning! It is a great sensory relief! This park has a good mix of some vintage equipment and newer builds! One of the favorites is that dangerous old merry go round where some kid always gets thrown off! Spinning and hanging upside down are great for overstimulated kids (and grownups), and is a great calm down tool!
Pinecliff was one of our favorite parks when my kids were younger. The playground area is accessible covering, so my kids didn’t eat the mulch or rubber tire pieces like at most playgrounds…Is that just my kids? It was large for their ages, so there was a lot of freedom to run up the ramps and down the ramps and up the ramps…yeah, you get the picture.
The Lillard family of Myersville MD founded Sophie & Madigan’s Playground after their beloved girls, Sophie & Madigan, were killed in a horrific house fire in January of 2013. They are continually working to honor the girls by creating opportunities, and an inclusive play space to for the community to come together to play learn and create life long memories in ways that reflect the girls loving spirits.
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