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.

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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

Yesterday we had the pleasure of presenting Laurie Berkner to the kids and families of Children’s National Medical Center, played bean bag toss, made crafts, and gave away over 400 SaMP Capes for Kids for our first ever Celebrate PLAY event! It was such a fun and emotion filled day! The kids loved Laurie’s high energy, and playfulness. I loved listening to all the songs that Morgan, Sophie, and Madigan loved when they were smaller and watching Sadie and Mason fall in love with her music.

We were told by several nurses that the event had a huge impact and we were so grateful for their kind words and excitement. We had several children who were in-patient and in treatment at Children’s make it down for the show. There were kids who were finishing appointments, kids who are, or who have been, patients that came to Children’s for the day just to see Laurie play.

Laurie and her team even made a quick stop in the cardiac care unit, along with recording a show at the Seacrest Studios to be broadcast to the rooms of those kids who were not lucky enough to make it down to the atrium. We’re grateful to Laurie and her team for giving us the opportunity to honor of Sophie and Madigan in such a fun way.

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Celebrate PLAY was presented by Sophie and Madigan’s Playground as a free PLAY program thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors. Thank you for your continued support of our mission to help kids and their families PLAY LEARN CREATE together.

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


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! 

http://sophieandmadigansplayground.org/playtrail.php

Spring Swing Auction and Raffle Items!

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.

 

Sat, June 3, 2017     2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Surrey Brooke Garden Center

8610 Baltimore National Pike

Middletown, MD 21769

Purchase your tickets here

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sophie-madigans-spring-swing-tickets-34562766164?aff=ehomesaved

 

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 including fruit, cheese and veggie platters, marshmallows, pretzel rods, rice crispy treats, cookies, cake, and punch and water to drink.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the auction and raffle items!

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