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. 

http://sophieandmadigansplayground.org/celebrateplay.php

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 Spring Swing

Consider this your invitation for the perfect date day with your kids! 
We will have an amazing DJ, light fare, sweet treats, a photo booth, a raffle with unique family friendly items, crafts, kid friendly activities and more. It’s a beautiful day to bring the whole family, dress up in your most fantastical attire and be swept away on a whimsical adventure in an enchanted garden.

This is a great opportunity for parent child dates, a full family outing, or a day with the grandparents. 

Attire is whimsical semi formal but formal is welcome and we encourage comfortable shoes as the paths from the parking areas are not paved.

Children under the age of 24 months are free

The money raised at this event will help us build a memorial park and allows us to offer free programs in our community to encourage kids and families to PLAY, LEARN, and CREATE together.

There will be a photographer on site, so dress to impress. Individuals will receive one free digital image through social media with additional images may be available for purchase

Light refreshments will be provided and includingfruit, cheese and veggie platters, marshmallows, pretzel rods, rice crispy treats, cookies, cake, and punch and water to drink.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sophie-madigans-spring-swing-tickets-34562766164

Rose Hill Easter Egg Roll

We want to say a big thank you to Frederick County Parks and Rec for having us out to help kids and parents PLAY LEARN & CREATE at their Easter Egg Roll! It’s was a beautiful day and we loved helping everyone make their flowers. Make sure to keep your eye out for this event if you haven’t been it’s definitely worth the entry. There is so much to do, a small petting area,  crafts, historic tours of the out buildings, all the bounce houses to tons of amazing food vendors and crafters. 

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is excited to announce that we will be returning as a participating charity group at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2018!!

We are accepting registrations now to run with Team Running for Sophie and Madigan!
If you sign up now during our early registration period, we’ll reduce your fundraising commitment level by $50. Early registration period ends at noon February 14th.

We have registration spots available for the Dopey Challenge, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, and Walt Disney World 5K.

As a Running for Sophie and Madigan team member, not only will you be running in memory of Sophie and Madigan, but you will be helping fundraise to provide opportunities for children and their families to PLAY, LEARN, and CREATE lifelong memories together.

For more information and to sign up visit:
http://sophieandmadigansplayground.org/wdwmw.php

or email Jack info@sophieandmadigansplayground.org

SaMP Kids ~ Bake Sale for St Jude

The kids are super excited to set up the Bake Sale for St Jude this Friday, 2/3, from 3:30-6:30 in front of The Bicycle Escape!

At this months first meeting the SaMP Kids voted on different service based projects to show the community compassion and kindness. Their final vote for the January/February project was to hold a bake sale to benefit kids with cancer. The second week the kids met they worked on creating posters and flyers to help get the word out for the bake sale. The third week of the project the kids met at Clustered Spires Bakery where the kids split up into teams and all worked on a different type of cookie. Friday we will meet up again for the Bake Sale for St Jude. (Bicycle Escape is over near Wegmans… but on the Chipotle side)

Please share with friends and family and stop by to get some cookies made with lots of LOVE! The kids are excited to be able to collect donations for St Jude. Then on February 16th tune into 99.9 as the kids present their donation directly to St Jude at the WFRE Radiothon.

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.

We would love to see a few more older teens and tweens to help us keep the smaller kiddos excited and on track. All are welcome even if you didn’t start this months project we have a place for you! We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming number of kids who come out to help and look forward to our group continuing to grow.

For more information on the group or how to help please visit our Facebook Group

The Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown

The Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown is one of our areas only KCBS sanctioned BBQ competitions. It’s going to be a weekend of food, family, and fun! The organizers of this event have a super fun way for you and the kids to get involved by trying to break a record of the most train whistles blown at the same time. The current record is 1,569 whistlers and they are hoping to ‘BLOW’ that record away at March 4th at 2pm! You can find Sophie & Madigan’s Playground outreach team set up near Square Corner Park. The SaMP Kids Zone is a free PLAY event and will be set up with fun activities for the whole family

March 4th 10am-5pm 

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SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club 

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club 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.  

Last night our club met to work on step 3 of their project to sell cookies to benefit the kids at St Jude. We were graciously invited to bake at Clustered Spires Bakery and our friends Cindy and Holly from our local radio station 99.9WFRE came out to share the organized chaos that is 35 kids baking! We had such a great time and the kids were able to bake soooo many cookies in preparation for our bake sale this Friday. 
We’ll be posting details for the bake sale as an event as soon as we firm up our location but you can plan on Friday from 3:30-7:30

 In the mean time we are accepting cookie donations to help fill out our available cookies for the event. You can contact me at Chrissi.lill @icloud.com if you’re able to bake – I can pick up or we can arrange for a drop off. 

It’s going to be a fun year!

Recently our Board of Directors met and approved the events for the upcoming year, and I have to say I’m super excited for what’s to come. Below you’ll find a list of the events with a small description and as they become available I’ll add more details in a separate blog post and link them back here. If you have any questions about the events, if you want to get involved as a volunteer, or as a sponsor just shoot me an email chrissi.lill @icloud.com I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible!

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club ~ 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. This is a free LEARN event thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.

The Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown ~ Sophie & Madigan’s Playground will have a fun interactive Kids Zone at this one of a kind BBQ competition, Come by and see us for free kids activities, story times, music, demonstrations, and more. March 4th 10am-5pm SaMP Kids Zone is a Free PLAY event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. Donations accepted.

Celebrate PLAY with Laurie Berkner ~ Join us as we present a FREE day of music and play at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Laurie will be singing all of your favorites and we have lots of fun activities planned. Superhero cape giveaways for the first 250 kids. Hope to see you there! May 23 10am-12pm Celebrate PLAY is a Free PLAY event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

SaM PLAY Trail ~ the PLAY Trail is coming back this spring, we had a lot of fun with this event last year and we loved seeing all of your pictures. PLAY Trail strengthens families by bringing kids and families together to explore all that Frederick County has to offer. Join us again in June for our kick  for the 2017 PLAY Trail. The PLAY Trail is a completely FREE PLAY event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Sophie & Madigan’s Painted Butterfly Gala and Silent Auction ~ Our 3rd year as the areas only family friendly Gala event. Join us for a whimsical and fun day to dress up, dance, play and bid on amazing auction items to support our mission to help kids and their families PLAY LEARN & CREATE! This special day will be perfect for parent/child date day, grandparents, and families of all sizes. Music, activities, and the dance floor will be open for the young and young at heart. Tickets will be available online. Space is limited.

Pirate & Princess 5k and Halloween Fun Run ~ Join us for our 3rd 5k and fun run event this fall. Prizes for top fundraising team, best dressed, and of course top finishers. Registration opens this spring don’t miss out on early registration rates this spring follow us on facebook for updates. This event supports our mission to help kids, and families PLAY LEARN & CREATE.

Winter Carnival for Grieving Families ~ Winter can be an especially hard time for kids, and families who have experienced a loss or who anticipate losing a loved one in the near future. Please join us for this day filled with fun, love, and understanding. Our goal is to provide a fun filled day where kids and families can let their masks down and be surrounded by people who understand the complexities of grief.  Special guests, and gifts for children. The Winter Carnival is a FREE CREATE event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Pink Friday ~ This unique shopping day lets you support your favorite local small businesses all while giving back to Sophie & Madigan’s Playground. Participating businesses in Frederick and surrounding cities offer a percentage of your sale to SaMP. So come out and kick off your holiday shopping season while giving back to your community! Plus bring your receipts for a chance to win a Gift Card! This event supports our mission to help kids, and families PLAY LEARN & CREATE Continue reading

Great Paint Parties

Last night we kicked off our Pink Friday with a super cute sign painting night with Great Paint Parties LLC. This is the third year that owner Christine Kinney has generously offered her time and talents to raise awareness and funds for SaMP. 
Great Paint Parties LLC offers step by step paint instruction to groups. Contact Christine to book your own party today or join one of her on going events! 

You can find more a full list of Pink Friday participants on our website. Be sure to join our event on Facebook to keep up with the latest deals and offers!