Party in the Playground Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Courtney Kupersmith
267.405.2348 | 215.765.4325
Smith Memorial Playground to Honor Alex Gilliam
and The Building Heroes at Party in the Playground
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Philadelphia, PA (April 22, 2014) – Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse will host its seventh annual adults-only cocktail party, Party in the Playground on Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith’s historic 16,000 square foot Playhouse and 6 ½ acre Playground in East Fairmount Park. Party in the Playground is an important – and fun – way for Smith to raise the funds needed to keep admission to Smith free, and to support programs that use the power of play to help children be healthy, families be strong, and communities be safe.
This year’s event will feature hors d’oeuvres from popular food trucks; beer, a wine tasting, and margaritas; live music; games; and a silent auction, and the presentation of the Ida Newman Magic of Play Award to Alex Gilliam and The Building Heroes. Alex Gilliam is founder of Public Workshop, an organization that creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities. The Building Hero Project is Public Workshop’s young adult community design leadership program, comprised of a diverse group of 16-26 year old Building Heroes from across Philadelphia. Through leading improvements in their schools and public spaces they are becoming empowered change agents and helping make our City a better place to live through design.
Alex and the Building Heroes have been truly heroic at Smith over the past year. As part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2013 Legacy Project in Philadelphia, they led a project to transform an underutilized area on the Playground into a unique place for creative and imaginative play where visitors of all ages can Build Adventure. Meg Wise, Smith’s Executive Director, noted that “we are inspired by their imaginations, and grateful for the improvements they have helped make at Smith, and to public landscapes in Philadelphia and throughout the country.”
Tickets and more information are available at http://smithplayground.ticketleap.com/pip14/.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park. Founded in 1899, Smith welcomes over 218,000 visitors annually from more than 500 zip code areas. Smith’s mission is to be Philadelphia’s foremost resource for play by providing opportunities for unstructured creative play for children 10 and younger. Smith contributes to the development of healthy children, strong families, and safe communities by: 1) maintaining a proud tradition of free family admission; 2) partnering with community-based organizations to reach a diverse audience; and 3) advocating for the importance of play. For more information about Smith please visit www.smithplayground.org.
Party in the Playground 2014
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Sack Race ($5,000)
Judy & Bud Newman and Rachel & Eric Schwartz
Simon Says ($1,000)
Elizabeth Cohen & David Whellan
Elinor Haider & Matthew Lee
Peter F. Kelsen, Esq., Blank Rome LLP
Four Square ($500)
Danielle Banks, Esq.
Isabelle & Hanley Bodek
Anna Forrester & Mitchell Young
The Hankin Group
Jean Hemphill & Robert Warner
The Kearney Family
Bob & Gene Pratter
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Play-A-Palooza | March 29 | 12-3pm
Kids 10 and younger and caregivers are invited to Smith’s Seasonal Grand Playground Opening party, Play-A-Palooza. Join us for 6 1/2 acres of play, crafts from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, games from Playworks, hands-on science from The Franklin Institute, activities from Arden Theatre Company, a mobile farm from Greener Partners and the Junior League of Philadelphia, soccer activities from Soccer Shots, building challenges from Sticklets, drinks from Honest Tea, treats, and more fun on the 6 1/2 acre Playground. Free for Smith members, $10 per child for non-members. Become a member here or get tickets here.
*Rain date is 3/30/14, 12-3pm.
This Year at Smith
Healthy Halloween 2013
Dragon’s Eye Theatre presents: A Mystery?
September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22
Performances at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm
Dragon’s Eye Theatre, the creator of Seek and Hide, returns to Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse with A Mystery?, an all-new immersive, interactive theatrical adventure for kids ages 4 to 104.
A group of friends discover something unusual happening in Smith’s Playhouse, a mystery they must solve to save the house from a terrible fate. They form a secret society to tackle the case, then create a new language, dive into one imaginary world after another, argue, and work together to collect the clues they need, involving the audience in every step of their madcap mission.
Audience members described Seek and Hide, Dragon’s Eye’s first production at Smith, as “spectacular” and “hands-down the best performance for kids I’ve ever seen.” They raved about the captivating acting and the performers’ ability to respond to whatever the audience gave them. Educators and parents alike were thrilled the show invited everyone to get up, move around, and actively use their imaginations together. Kids enthusiastically told us, “It was awesome!” and “My favorite part was the whole thing!”
Expect more of Dragon’s Eye Theatre’s signature inventive, participatory theatrical style that engages audiences of all ages when you join us for A Mystery?
A Mystery? audience size is very limited, so purchase your tickets today!
Annual Report 2012
Saturday, July 20th | 10am – 12pm
We’re celebrating our 114th birthday this Saturday, July 20th, 10am-12pm! Kids 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to Smith for birthday cake, comedy by Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly children’s comedian The Great Holtzie, music by The Ticklebombs, a craft from Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ArtSplash, the Farm Explorer truck from The Junior League of Philadelphia +Greener Partners, drinks from Honest Tea, and fun on the Playground! This event is free for families.
Merion Concert Band Performs at Smith
Get tickets here, or become a member here.
*Rain date is Thursday, July 18th at 7:00pm. Please check Smith’s website in the event of inclement weather.
Merion Concert Band Performs at Smith
The Merion Concert Band will present a concert for children of all ages at Smith on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 PM (rain date July 18th at 7:00 PM). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family out for a relaxing summer evening of music and fun in front of the Playhouse.
The band will play tunes to delight the entire family, including Barnum and Bailey’s Favorites, Looney Tunes Overture, Seventy-Six Trombones and Take Me Out to the Ball Game and many other recognizable, kid-friendly pieces. Children will have a chance to conduct the band in a rousing march to end the program and may visit the musicians and see the instruments up close at the end of the concert. Through carefully selected excerpts, they will be introduced to instruments from different instrument families, and they will have a chance to move and groove to the beat!
Tickets are $10 per person, or free for Smith members. Family memberships are on sale for just $25 until the concert. Get your tickets or become a member today!
SEPTA Service to Smith Begins June 9th
Party in the Playground
Become a Sponsor | Purchase a Program Book Ad | Donate a Silent Auction Item
Questions about becoming a sponsor?
Contact Meg Wise, firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.765.4325 x102
Questions about program book ads or the silent auction?
Contact Courtney Kupersmith, email@example.com or 267.405.2348