Destination PLAY!

a whole new way to play is coming to Frederick MD

Destination PLAY!

a whole new way to play is coming to Frederick MD

For all the latest playground build updates please visit our facebook page or check out the blog

For all the latest playground build updates please visit our facebook page or check out the blog

For all the latest playground build updates please visit our facebook page or check out the blog

The Whimsy of Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground

It’s all about the details, from the creative castle of Fantasy Land, the magical tea party of Wonder Land, and the adventurous Lost Boys Tree House in Never Land. Each detail handpicked by the Lillard family, reminiscent of family memories with Sophie and Madigan, in order to maximize the wonder each child will feel when they come to the playground.

Kindess Matters!

The real “magic” of a Sophie & Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground is inspired by the incredible kindness that Sophie and Madigan shared with those they met in their short lives. The girls never left anyone out and always went our of their way to make sure everyone felt included, so we are focused on creating a fun and welcoming place for visitors of all ages, all sizes and all abilities.

We strive to meet the unique play needs of everyone in the community. While an estimated 20% of our nation’s individuals are living with a disability, only 10% of them use a mobility device. That means that the other 90% are living with autism, sensory challenges, cognitive and developmental issues, and complications that arise from aging. They play differently! We strive to have a safe place for everybody to play together!

Phase One Features

Creative Castle

The Creative Castle is the center piece of Fantasy Land the realistic castle front stands 3 stories tall in front of a hidden play structure full slides, climbers, bridges, and many more unique ways to play together, not the least of which is imagination-driven play! The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas, including social and emotional skills. When children engage in pretend play, they actively experiment with the social and emotional roles of life.

Peaceful Pumpkin Patch

 The Peaceful Pumpkin Patch features a beautiful custom Pumpkin Carriage and Cozy Pumpkin Pods. The one of a kind Pumpkin Carriage will carry playground guests into their imaginations. Pretend play allows children to experience the full range of their senses and feelings. The carriage will also serve as a gathering space. The cozy pumpkin pods in this area provide a retreat for children who become overstimulated and may need a quiet space to retreat. The interior textures and molded features allow for textile exploration. The pods also allow for gentle spin play which stimulates the vestibular system which can help with self regulation.

Sunny Kingdom Spinner

The Sunny Kingdom Spinner will be a popular group activity for all! Situated at easy transfer height with room for 20 kids, and several ways to play from climbing the net to standing, sitting or laying while enjoying the spin. The spinner provides a bit of adventure for every guest, plus rotary vestibular input. Spinning is the most powerful form of sensory input the brain can process! That helps with self regulation, posture, and more!

King of the Mountain

Ok ok so maybe not a mountain but this climbing hill has a ton of fun ways to play climb up slide down crawl through this unique play feature where everyone can play together.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The rainbow swing area will be filled with unique swing opportunities like fully accessible swing seats, swing with me seats, nest swings and traditional belt swings. The swing with me multigenerational swing allows face to face swinging to allow everyone the chance to enjoy the swinging motion together ~ this promotes social, emotional, visual, and language development.  The Cozy Cloud swing is situated at an easy transfer height allowing access to those using a mobility device with space for multiple swingers allowing for individuals with low tone to lay down or swing with a caregiver.