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


Purchase your tickets for Sophie & Madigan’s Spring Swing! 

Join us for an afternoon of music, dancing, and fun. 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 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.

The dress is semi-formal, but formal wear is welcomed.

There will be a photographer on site, so dress to impress. Couples will receive one Free digital image through social media with additional images 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.

Space is limited. Purchase your tickets today. 

SaMP Kids

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club was very busy this weekend. They completed completed their project this past month by helping to mulch, pick up litter and weed as a part of Bring a Broom Saturday 2017 in Downtown Frederick! Everyone did an amazing job helping for three hours and E 2nd Street looks beautiful thanks to all their hard work! 

Monday, we met and held our weekly meeting at The Common Market Co-op at 4:30 (this is a recurring event location and time unless otherwise noted) We wrapped up our gratitude and spring cleaning session with an activity to have the kids share what they are grateful for and filling a jar with their works. The kids also picked chose their project for the new month. They had a ton of great ideas from building homes for the homeless and sending letter to soldiers. The finally voted to spread random acts of kindness this month. When we meet next week we can finalize what we can do as a group to spread acts of kindness and the kids will work on a group poster so we can create a shareable printout for those who want to join us. 

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 a success! 

SaMP Kids group is open to everyone, 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. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499117946771748/

SaMP Kids – weekly meeting 

Last week the kids met to pick this months project and write thank you’d from the previous month. The kids are working on gratitude along side their compassion project. The kids project for this month is to help clean the streets in Frederick! To prepare for this activity, we will participate in a discussion on the importance to do our part in helping the environment! We will also have a craft to celebrate Earth Day and tie into our environment discussion! Please share with your friends! All ages are welcome to any meeting! 
If you would like to participate in the cleanup Saturday April 29th from 8:30-11:30 downtown Frederick, please send me a message with your name, email and how many people will be coming with you! Thank you!
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 a success! 
SaMP Kids group is open to everyone, 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. 
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For more information on the group or how to help please contact one of the hosts.

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. 

Capes for Kids!! 

Sophie & Madigan’s Playground has teamed up with the talented Laurie Berkner to bring a day of music and PLAY to the kids who need it most! Join us at Children’s National Medical Center to celebrate all of the superhero kids who are a part of the Children’s Network!
SaMP Volunteers will have fun free activities for the kids and with your help will be giving superhero capes to the kids who are at Children’s National Medical Center for a life threating illness disability, life struggle, or just another appointment. Laurie will be bringing all your favorites live from the Seacrest Sound Stage in the main lobby.

Celebrate Play with Laurie Berkner 

DATE CHANGE!! 

June 27 from 10am-1pm. 
Children’s National Medical Center

Seacrest Sound Stage – Main Lobby

111 Michigan Ave NW

Washington, DC 20010

This is a FREE PLAY event presented by Sophie & Madigan’s Playground! Please consider supporting our goal to provide FREE capes for kids visiting Children’s National Medical Center during the Celebrate PLAY event! Our goal is to give out 250 capes to kids who are at Children’s National Medical Center for a life threatening illness, disability, life struggle or just another appointment.For every cape you purchase (either for yourself or for one of the kids at Children’s National Medical Center) Sophie and Madigan’s playground will also gift an additional cape to one of the kids at Children’s during the Celebrate PLAY event!
By purchasing a cape or making a donation, you will empower kids to PLAY LEARN CREATE through all of life’s moments!
All capes are magenta on one side and royal blue on the other with our logo in white ~ some capes will have the logo on the pink side and some on the blue side. 

You can purchase capes by visiting our website. 

http://www.sophieandmadigansplayground.org/celebrateplay.php

The SaMP Kids help pets in need!

Today, the SaMP Kids finished their THIRD Compassion Project!!! The kids chose to collect donations and donate to the animal shelter in Frederick County! They raised money to buy supplies and placed boxes around town to collect donations for the shelter!

Today, they brought their donations to the Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland and Ms. Bethany spoke with the kids and gave them a tour of the shelter and we got to meet two dogs and a cat!

If you are interested in adopting cats, dogs, bunnies, birds or a guinea pig, then go see the Frederick County Animal Shelter on Rosemont Avenue! Thanks to our kids and many in the community, they have many great items to help all of the animals! We are so proud of all that SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club has accomplished! Keep an eye on the group page for details to our next meeting!

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

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The 10th Annual PEEP Show

Come see our friend Kendra’s entry for Sophie and Madigan’s Playground at the 10th annual PEEP Show at the Carrol County Arts Council April 7-19th 10am-7p daily! Admission is free and there are over 150 works of sugary art on display! We think this is a super sweet way to spend the day with your family.


From the Carrol County Arts Council website 


All this marshmallow madness is a fundraiser for the Carroll County Arts Council so your votes count towards selecting the Grand Prize Winner and Audience Favorites. Vote chips in the following denominations are sold at the entrance – make sure everyone in your group has a handful!
$1 – 1 Vote Chip
$5 – 10 Vote Chips $10 – 25 Vote Chips $25 – 75 Vote Chips $50 – 200 Vote Chips
Cash and all major credit cards accepted!

NEW THIS YEAR! ON-LINE VOTING!

Go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org to cast your vote. The top 5 entries that receive the most on-line votes will also get a prize! $1 per vote

SaMP Kids ~ February Project

Today I had the pleasure of taking one of our SaMP Kids, Harry, to visit the local Radio Station WFRE. Holly, Cindy and all the amazing folks at WFRE are holding their annual radiothon for St Jude and they invited us to come talk about SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club and the bake sale that we held earlier this month. Harry is the kiddo who helped pick this months project to bake cookies for kids with cancer in honor of his friend Baylin, who is currently battling Ewings Sarcoma. If you missed his interview you can catch it below, it’s totally worth a listen. Harry did an amazing job sharing SaMP Kids, and his friend Baylin.

SaMP Kids is a weekly service group with the goal of teaching kids that their acts of kindness can have a big impact on their community, The kids pick a project and execute each step needed to make the project a success. This past project included visiting local bakery, Clustered Spires, to bake, and ended with a table set up on a very chilly day outside of The Bicycle Escape. The kids were able to sell $463 in cookies to donate to St Jude.

Our next project will get started on Monday March 6th 4:30-5:30 at C Burr Artz in the community room.

For more information on the SaMP Kids you can join our group page here.

For more information on the WFRE St Jude Radiothon you can visit here.

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program presented by Sophie & Madigan’s Playground thanks to your generous support.