Registration is open! Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2018

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is excited to announce that we will be returning for our 5th year as a participating charity group at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February 2018!! 
We are accepting registrations now to run with Team Running for Sophie and Madigan! And if you sign up now during our early registration period we’ll reduce your fundraising commitment level by $50. Early registration period ends May 1st.
We have registration spots available for the Fairy Tale Challenge, Princess Half Marathon, Enchanted 10K, and Princess 5K.
For more information and to sign up visit:

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 


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.

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!


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

Volunteer Opportunity

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is looking for a few volunteers to help with the SaMP Kids Zone at The Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown. Saturday March 4th – Shifts are 1-3, 2:30-4:30, 4-clean up (shouldn’t be past 5:30)
We’ve got opportunities for adults, kids 13+ and adults with kids. You’ll work the booth interacting with kids and their families, collect donations, answer questions about Sophie and Madigan’s Playground. If you can come by to help please post here with your shift. If you can’t volunteer please consider sharing with friends and family who have older kids or a job that requires volunteer hours 😉

Princess Half Marathon Weekend

We had so much fun getting to meet many of our Team Running for Sophie and Madigan team members at this year’s Run Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend!!!

Thank you all so, so much and we hope you had a wonderful time this weekend!  

And thank you to all the supporters that helped support our team members in their fundraising efforts. Together our amazing team fundraised almost $42,000 to help kids and their families to PLAY, LEARN, and CREATE memories!

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Our family is on the way to the 4th Disney’s Princess Half Marathon we have run in honor of Sophie and Madigan. Disney World was our vacation spot, the place we spent countless nights and celebrated many birthdays. As hard as it is for us to return each time without our girls, we know that we were given the greatest opportunity when Disney allowed us to become an official Run Disney team. The opportunity to share the girls and our story with people all over the country. To meet countless amazing new friends, to be able to share our mission to keep their memory alive by helping kids and families PLAY LEARN & CREATE together. That opportunity has been amazing and we don’t take it for granted. We also know that the countless runners, and ChEar squad members have helped shape us, their dedication to sharing our mission with their friends and family helps us keep moving forward. We’re so grateful for every hour you spent training, the hard runs and the amazing ones, the time you spent setting up a fundraiser, or asking a friend for just $5, all the times you took time away from your family to help ours. Thank you! We can’t wait to see you in Disney!! 💗💙

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.

SaMP Kids Zone

Our outreach coordinator extraordinaire Libby has planned an amazing day of FREE activities for you and your kids at the Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown! Come by Square park – we’ll be set up with a train table, tattoo booth, nature center, crafts, story times, a dance party, hooping fun, and so much more! 

Thanks to the following businesses and individuals for helping us to make this event a full day of free* PLAY! 

Catoctin Creek Nature Center – free activity and information table 

Soolah Hoops – free hoop demonstrations

Snapology – free lego fun

Brunswick Library – free story time

The Temple: Paul Mitchell School – hair braids

DJ Mike – kids dance party 

Facepaint by Vicki charge per design