SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans

Yesterday the SaMP Kids had an opportunity to learn about Building Veterans.

Building Veterans is a peer to peer supportive recovery program with a holistic approach.  Program participants live in supportive housing, attend mandatory classes and either work, attend school or volunteer in the community. They support those who struggle with personal issues and addictions.  Each person sets his own pace within the parameters of the program. Participants are encouraged to work together to refocus and reintegrate into the larger community. They partner with other organizations to identify those who would be best served by our peer to peer immersion program. We focus on providing help for those struggling with addictions associated with PTSD, head and brain trauma, and depression.

Their motto is “Building Communities Builds People. Building People Builds Communities”

The kids all listened intently as Adam explained the program and the people they are helping. The topic was pretty heavy for the kids, learning that the men struggle with mental health and addiction issues, who have struggled with staying “out of trouble” but it was so good for the kids to see that even those men who have struggled in the past are worthy of our love and compassion. That they are human and when they need help there is someone there to help them. What a beautiful lesson for all of our kids to learn. The kids asked questions about the men in the program and they worked with Adam to form a plan to help. Over the next few weeks the SaMP Kids will work together to create a menu for the monthly family style meal for the men in the program, visit the men to play games to develop a sense of community, and will try to help the men establish a meditation space in their housing.

After the presentation the kids worked on a small side project to send cards to a little boy named KC who is facing his 17th hospital admission in his 17 month life. The kids worked on cards to send to his mom and hopefully KC will get lots of smiles from the love the kids sent.

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year.

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




SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club

Last week at SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club, we welcomed Hermine Bernstein to discuss Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick, MD! She read Maddi’s Fridge to the kids and led a discussion on how we can help families in need. We learned that BIAB provides TWO THOUSAND kids in Frederick County with meals on weekends, and holidays from school!

We also welcomed new and old friends back from the break after enjoying our summers! The first session of the month, the kids always choose various projects and we put them on the board for them to vote for the project they will work on for the month/session! There were many great ideas, but after learning that BIAB only fulfills 10% of their backpacks by food donations, the kids decided to hold an “EVERYTHING SALE” to raise money for BIAB to buy the food or supplies necessary to feed the kids in our school system!

This Monday is Labor Day and we will NOT meet! Our next meeting will be Monday September 11th at the The Common Market Co-op Community Room. We will begin to plan out our Everything Sale! 21077721_10155810973911042_8843666390049246055_n21231148_10155810973916042_152408306536794888_n

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer!

Thinking of becoming a volunteer with Sophie & Madigan’s Playground? See our top ten reasons to help you make up your mind.


#10: It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards! Volunteering with a group of people can help you feel supported, helps reduce stress, and ups happy moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over your own fate.


 #9: It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on continuing our mission. The estimated value of your volunteer time here in Maryland is $22.14 per hour! We are 100% volunteer run and can’t do it without our volunteers!

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience. If you are passionate about something volunteering is a great way to give you professional experience in that industry.


#7: It brings people together. As strangers come together to work toward a common goal they can’t help but learn more about each other and their background.

#6: It builds personal growth and self esteem. By understanding what your community needs are and how to fill them you develop empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community! Volunteering with us means you are working with families to strengthen bonds by encouraging them to PLAY LEARN and CREATE together.

#4: You learn a lot. Our volunteers have the opportunity learn about their own strengths and work to make positive changes to their self esteem. They gain valuable knowledge of local resources available to meet community needs, and how to effectively work with local agencies and other non profits to fulfill those needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back. What better way to spend your time than by giving your talents to benefit others.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Giving back to our own communities allows us to see first hand how we can make a difference to the people around us, as a volunteer you learn empathy, and compassion for others.

#1: You make a difference. Your time and efforts have a lasting impact on your community. By helping Sophie and Madigan’s Playground create and implement PLAY LEARN and CREATE programs you are allowing kids and their families participate in a bond building program that couldn’t happen without your help!

If we’ve helped make up your mind and you’re ready to make a difference in your life and in your community go check out all of our upcoming volunteer needs or find a local organization that best meets what you are trying to do for your community! We can not do what we do without amazing volunteers just like you!


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! 

Build a pinhole viewer for safe eclipse viewing!

Monday, August 21st 2017, people all over North America will be able to see a Solar Eclipse! We wanted to share this fun easy way to create your own viewer to keep every ones eyes safe while you take the kids out to LEARN!

You can find out more about the eclipse here thanks to NASA.

While this is a very exciting event it can also be pretty dangerous! Remember to never look directly at the sun!

We invite you to gather your supplies and join us for the PLAY Trail End of Summer Eclipse Viewing Party

Check out this video for step by step direction on building your own pinhole viewer.

Pirate & Princess 5k and fun run!

We’re getting closer to race day! Have you registered? Have you set up your team? Come run with us and support the power of PLAY!

Saturday September 30th at Monocacy Village Park

5k, 1k fun run, free trunk or treat, costume contest, lots of laughs and fun!

Register here

Can’t run but want to help? We can’t do it without our amazing voluneers?  Volunteer here!


Thanks to our amazing sponsors so far!  Learn more about becoming a sponsor here

Dublin Roasters, Allgood Therapeutic Massage, The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum, MOMs, Arise Chiropractic Wellness Center, Pink Zebra, Gina Villaflor, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Sarah Burns Photography, The Dapper Djs

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!