Celebrate PLAY





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Yesterday we hosted our 2nd Celebrate PLAY event at Children’s National Medical Center. We handed out over 300 free superhero SaMP capes and gave countless kids/parents in the hospital a chance to leave all the hurts and worries behind to PLAY and create memories together. This year were were fortunate enough to have Imagination Movers come out and the families loved every minute! Miss Libby (aka Mary Poppins) brought her bag of amazing crafts, and our friend Meredith sent books to give away from Books in the Barn!

I stood by the elevators to hand out capes as many families weren’t able to stop and enjoy the concert and crafts and I wanted them to be touched by my girls and their beautiful spirits as much as I could. For a Saturday the hospital was busy everyone from ER patients, to clinic kids and in patient families. I watched one little girl shyly slink off of the elevator and saw her face light up when she heard the music, she turned to her mom now bouncing and asked, “Mom, is this the doctor? This is fun!” After they got checked in her mom came over to tell me how worried her daughter had been and thanked me for changing their whole day from one of scary doctors to a place filled with joy. I cried with a grandmother who’s grandchild had been brought to the hospital not breathing but who the doctors were able to save from the brink, she shared how grateful she was to hear the music and see the happy kids and thanked us for the cape for her granchild who was an absolute superhero. I stood with a dad and listened about his son in hospice care and how he was just so glad we were there to help fill the long hard days.  I gave capes and stickers to charge nurses and social workers who thanked us for helping to make their jobs easier…because a small gift can go a long way to help them do their job with a scared kid.

It was such an amazing day filled with so many emotions and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all of our sponsors and donors for allowing us the opportunity to bring amazing programs like Celebrate PLAY to the kids at Children’s National Medical Center! Without your donations, without your dedication to our organization and our mission we could not hold amazing events like this one. Such an amazing feeling to watch these families make memories with their babies – to watch their kids play and not worry even if it’s just a few minutes out of their day. There’s absolutely nothing I would have rather been doing to do to honor my girls.

**Celebrate PLAY is a free PLAY event thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Sophie and Madigan’s Playground strives to keep the memory of the Sophie and Madigan Lillard alive by providing opportunities for families to PLAY LEARN and CREATE together in ways that reflect the girls personalities.**








Celebrate PLAY

celebratePLAY logoCelebrate PLAY is back at Children’s National Medical Center this May just in time for Sophie’s Birthday! Thanks to all of you we will have our friends Imagination Movers join us for this fun event. Last year Capes for Kids was a hit with the kids and their smiles told us we need to make this happen again! So if you want to help us bring a free cape for a kid who is facing a chronic illness, life threatening illness, or who is there for an appointment with the many specialists at Children’s, check out the website and consider donating a cape! We hope you’ll bring your kids and join us for this free PLAY event May 5th!


PINK Friday is off and running!

Are you as excited as I am for PINK Friday? We’ve got some amazing vendors this year, and some that are returning after multiple years. I’ll do my best to highlight a few that are starting their PINK Friday giving early!

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Great Paint Parties will be holding an event November 11th We’ll be painting the painting above – sign up here! https://www.greatpaintparties.com/copy-of-9-24-sophie-madigan-s-playg

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-Outer Banks Beach House remaining 2017 dates www.carolinavacationhomerentals.com/listing.61 seasidecottageobx@gmail.com 
THIS SPECIAL IS DIRECT BOOKING WITH THE OWNER ONLY “We own a renovated cottage in the scenic Currituck Golf resort community. Fall is the best time of year for fishing-sound or surf. Much is open and plenty of things for kids to do in the neighborhood-basketball, tennis, game room at the fitness center, playground etc.. Golf and mini golf are also close as is a lighthouse to climb.
Offering 2-3 night packages for open dates in Oct, Nov and Dec. Additional days can be added for an additional cost. $25 donation from each reservation goes to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground Fund.
Includes-4 bedroom house with a hot tub+ neighborhood amenities.
Linens and bath towels, beds made
Cleaning fee included. Bottle of wine is included. Family groups only, minimum age to rent is 25yrs. Pet fee is waived(owner needs to know about pet though). *Rates are purchases made by check * credit card adds 3% to rate posted *$100 security deposit is additional & by check to be voided right after stay if no damages.
2 night stay $490 plus tax
3 night stay $645 plus tax
Dates available to choose from:
Oct 24-31
Nov 1-7th
Nov 13-19
Nov 26-Dec 15th”
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-Spilt Polish (14 N. East St.) Mommy & Me Manicures before Nov. 17 https://www.vagaro.com/spiltpolish/about DISCOUNTED Mommy & Me Manicures PLUS 10% will be donated to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground! NOW through 11/17 so don’t wait until Pink Friday! https://www.vagaro.com/spiltpolish/about Must Mention Pink Friday for donation 
barbershack4-The Barber Shack (417 W. Patrick St.) Make your appointment for Nov. 17 in advance so you won’t have to wait! http://www.barbershackfrederick.com/
KEEP_OctoberPromo_HPhero_desktop-2.jpg-KEEP Collective by Aaren King is donating now through Dec. 1  www.keepcollective.com/soc/ed2ks
isbl_3360x840.19749290_4krpb9fk.jpg-Lotus Naturals: in addition to donating, they are also giving customers a 10% discount during all of November! www.etsy.com/shop/LotusNaturalsBend
life-changing-skincare-banner.jpg-Rodan + Fields by Amy Ghiglieri is donating from all sales in November https://amyghiglieri.myrandf.com/
31-logo.png-Thirty One by Meagan Cooper is donating from all sales between 11/13-11/19 https://www.mythirtyone.com/mcooper31/info/category/all
21751819_10157110120849616_1259803151361316097_nUsborne Books & More by Megan Wesley is donating from all sales in November https://e6474.myubam.com/742417
-We are collecting new Toy Donations for Children’s National Medical Center on November 17 as a part of Giving Tuesday, so make your purchase in advance to drop off at the Information Table outside of the Velvet Lounge (203 N. Market St.) or in Colonial Jewelers (1 S. Market St.)

Pirate & Princess 5k and fun run!

September 30th 2017 Sophie & Madigan’s Playground held our third Pirate and Princess 5k and fun run! Adults, kids and pets dressed in their best pirate and princess attire to run the course at Monocacy Village Park. We had a lot of fun, while we raised some money for the organization!


Pictures thanks to the amazing Sarah Burns Photography if you wish to purchase any photos from the event just get in touch with Sarah through her website.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for helping to make this a great event! shirt

SaMP Kids are back! 

SaMP Kids will begin again this coming Monday August 28th, 4:30PM at the Common Market community room! We will be choosing our Back to School project and hearing a presentation from our friends at Blessings in a Back Pack. 

We are looking forward to all the amazing projects the kids come up and can not wait to see the impact these kids can have on our community. If you are interested in joining us you can catch us most Mondays at 4:30pm throughout the school year. We are still looking for the perfect location for our weekly meetings and we are open to hear your suggestions. 

You can stay up to date with the latest news in the SaMP Kids Facebook group

SaMP Kids is a weekly service based group with the goal of teaching kids that their acts of compassion both big and small can make a big difference in their community. The kids choose the project for the month and work together on each step to figure out how to make the project successful.

 SaMP Kids is a completely free LEARN program thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors and donors. 

Eclipse Viewing Party – PLAY Trail end of year party!

Yesterday we hosted our second PLAY Trail End of Year Party with the excitement of the eclipse! We built pinhole viewers, shared some certified eclipse glasses, painted some rocks and just enjoyed each other’s company for this special day. It was so much fun listening to the kids gasps of excitement the first time they glanced at the disappearing sun. The kids and parents had a great time making new connections having some free play time while enjoying some special out of this world treats. 

This year our PLAY Trail served 45 registered families, and countless others who showed up without officially registering. That means we helped at least 45 families PLAY LEARN and CREATE memories together which is up 10-15 families from last year! There’s still pleanty of time for your family to hop on the PLAY Trail before school starts so be sure to check out the map and get some ideas for fun. 

We can’t wait to see everyone next year! 

PLAY Trail is a free PLAY program presented by Sophie & Madigan’s Playground thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors and donors! 

Celebrate PLAY with Laurie Berkner! 

We have just 5 days left until we bring Laurie Berkner and over 250 free Capes for Kids to Children’s National Medical Center for our first Celebrate PLAY event. We are super excited to be able to offer this free PLAY event because of your generosity and support of our mission to help kids and their families PLAY LEARN & CREATE together! Everyone is invited to join us Tuesday June 27th from 10am-1pm at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington DC as we bring smiles and fun to kids and their families. We hope we see you there! 

If you want more information or you want to purchase or donate a cape please visit the website. Capes will only be available to purchase until the day of the event. 


SaMP Kids – Bird House Project

Today, we completed our birdhouse project for the month of June by visiting the Catoctin Creek Nature Center in Middletown. We delivered our birdhouses made from recyclable materials that the kids painted last week! They will display our bird houses as well as a note on why our kids chose the project and how they completed it and how other kids can get involved! 

We took a walk on the trails to look at all of the various bird houses that the nature center has and what kinds of birds inhabit them! We also walked the sensory trail and tried to guess what birds use the biggest box and what birds use the smaller boxes! Then we saw two turtles and the kids were enthralled! 

If you haven’t been there, come check out our birdhouses Catoctin Creek Nature center, walk the trails, play the instruments in the music garden, play on the playground, or play in the creek down the hill and through the trees! There’s really so much to do for all ages! SaMP Kids Club appreciates them teaming up with us for this months project. I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with in July.

Our next meeting is July 3rd 4:30pm at Common Market. SaMP Kids is a weekly service based group with the goal of teaching kids that their acts of compassion both big and small can make a big difference in their community. The kids work together to choose the project for the month and work on each step over 3-4 weeks to figure out how to make the project successful. All are welcome to come for some or all of the project. For more information you can check in on our Facebook group page

Sophie & Madigan’s PLAY Trail! 

Today we had the kick off party for this years PLAY Trail! Have I mentioned how much I love PLAY Trail! We had so much fun today meeting new families – playing cornhole – giant Jenga – and painting rocks to check off #frederickrocks! stop on our PLAY Trail map!

Nice to meet all of these teams today! 

#Autterlicious #teamieng #teamcheese #thunderwin #wanderwoods #goofygirls #MillersMunchkins #LaughingLillards
Hope to see more check ins – if you took any pictures please go drop them in the Facebook group with your team hashtag! Can’t wait for the next meet up! 

 If you didn’t make it out today you can still join us – register below and check out our Facebook group linked above for the most up to date information!