Party in the Playground 2018

By Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse (other events)

Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:30 PM 8:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, May 23rd for an adults-only celebration to enjoy food from popular food trucks, cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, and the presentation of the 2018 Ida Newman Magic of Play Award to two extraordinary champions of play Betsy Caesar and Rob Einhorn.

Enjoy food from Poi Dog, Ka'Chi Truck, Brotherly Grub BBQ, Tela's Market, Pat's Cheesesteaks and FARE, sweet treats by Insomnia Cookies and Jack's Firehouse, drinks by Flying Fish Beer, Bluecoat Gin, Moore Brothers Wine Company, Crime + Punishment and Honest Teas, and live bluegrass music by Noggin Hill. The event will also feature a silent auction full of fantastic items and experiences, and unique floral designs by Vault + Vine. 

Questions? Contact us at 215.765.4325 x101 or

Betsy Caesar is a playground designer and safety expert. As founder and president of her company, Playcare, she has designed over 250 playgrounds. Betsy founded and chaired a committee that recognized safety standards for infant and toddler playgrounds. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Society of Testing and Materials and has received several awards from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Childhood Linkage System as well as the Grand Jury Award from the Historic Preservation Alliance for her work on safely restoring Smith’s Giant Wooden Slide.

Rob Einhorn visited Smith regularly as a child and was reintroduced by Jim Strazzella in 2004. Since then, he has generously contributed his time and expertise, spending countless hours on a wide range of tasks, such as building the welcome kiosk, designing and building a structure for composting, and replacing fences felled in a major storm. Rob is always ready to provide advice on the maintenance challenges that a 118-year old building can present, and rolls up his sleeves to get jobs done.

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