Party in the Playground 2017

By Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse (other events)

Thursday, May 18 2017 5:30 PM 8:00 PM

Please join us on Thursday, May 18th for an adults-only celebration to enjoy food from popular food trucks, cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, and the presentation of the 2017 Ida Newman Magic of Play Award, presented to two extraordinary honorees: Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, La Salle University Chapter.

Questions? Contact us at 215.765.4325 x101 or [email protected]

Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is the author of 14 books and over 200 professional articles on early
childhood and infant development, and an expert on language, literacy, and playful learning.
Her recent book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, was on the NY Times Best Seller List in Education and Parenting. This year, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek and
her team are piloting a new project, Urban Thinkscapes, which will create opportunities for
engaged learning in public spaces.

Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at La Salle University have been consistent Smith
volunteers over many years. Most recently, they led activities at Smith’s Healthy Halloween
family party for 480 kids and 326 adults.

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park.  Founded in 1899, Smith welcomes over 180,000 visitors annually from more than 500 zip code areas.  The mission of Smith is to provide and promote opportunities for unstructured free play for children. 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