SaMP Kids ~ September Project ~ BIAB

The SaMP Kids worked so hard this month to pull together an “EVERYTHING Sale” for Blessings in a Backpack. They collected items from the community, made posters, and called local business owners to set up the location for the sale. This week they met at Dublin Roasters Coffee to set up. The kids took turns getting traffic from North Market St to come see what we had, and while it was a bit of a challenge to have a yard sale on a Monday right after school/work let out, we were blessed with some generous customers and the kids were able to raise $130 in just an hour and a half! A lot of the items donated for the sale came back with me so stay tuned as we intend to list them online to see if we can drum up any additional business.

On Monday the kids will be “shopping” with the money they raised so they can deliver the food for BIAB at a future meeting. We will also be joined by a new organization to kick off the new month. Building Veterans is a peer to peer supportive recovery program with a holistic approach. “Building Communities Builds People. Building People Builds Communities” We can’t wait to hear ways the kids can get involved!

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.

SaMP Kids is a free weekly LEARN Program thanks to the generosity of our supporters, sponsors and donors.


Park Concepts

Our team has been hard at work creating the concepts that will become Sophie & Madigan Lillard Memorial Park. We are very proud of what we will be bringing to our area in honor of Sophie and Madigan. While we continue to wait for the land to become available for use we would like to share some concepts with you.

Fantasyland Concept BoardNeverland Concept BoardWonderland Concept Board

SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club ~ BIAB wk 2

Today at SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club we continued making a plan for our September project to support Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick, MD with our EVERYTHING SALE!

Echo read “How to Build Community” and led a discussion with the kids on various forms of “community” and how we can support them. The kids also did a craft of the communities at the home, local, state, national and global levels and then we related the different communities to the projects that SaMP Kids have done throughout the past year!

The kids worked out details for the EVERYTHING SALE and made a call to local business owner, Serina Roy, of Dublin Roasters Coffee, on Market St, to request space to hold the sale. Serina happily obliged, so mark your calendars now! We will be holding the sale at Dublin Roasters Coffee on September 25th from 4:30pm-6PM! We encourage everyone to bring all items they have collected on 9/25 to Dublins. Please consider bringing a table or a blanket to lay out your merchandise!

The kids chose sell “EVERYTHING” so please feel free to bring clothes, toys, dishes, holiday items, baked goods (for bake sale guidelines, please visit the Health Department website), games, etc! All of the money raised at the sale will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack so they can purchase the supplies that are most needed to feed kids in Frederick County Schools! Please start sharing the details, and asking friends to participate either by donating items or coming out to shop!

We will meet again next Monday September 18th at 4:30pm at the The Common Market Co-op. We will be making fliers and posters to be posted around town to help advertise the sale!

Big thank you again to the Common Market for allowing us to use their space each week and to Dublin Roasters for accommodating the kids request to hold an everything sale!

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is free LEARN program thanks to the support of the Sophie & Madigan’s Playground sponsors and donors. This weekly group is focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages 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. If your organization is interested in presenting at a SaMP Kids meeting please contact Chrissi Lillard 325 8290 (301) to get on the schedule for the year.



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