Calling all big kids aka adults. Here’s your chance to enjoy a playground all to yourselves. Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse will host its 15th annual adults-only Party in the Playground benefit on Saturday, May 20 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Held at Smith’s historic 16,000-square-foot Playhouse and 6.5-acre Playground in East Fairmount Park, the event raises funds to support Smith’s work, which includes welcoming over 200,000 visitors annually from every zip code in Philadelphia, and providing educational and advocacy programs that harness the power of play to help children, families, and communities thrive.
The adult-only playground party will include food, games, music, and dancing. Guests will enjoy delicious food ,drinks ,and sweets provided by Jack’s Firehouse, Yards Brewing Company, Moore Brothers Wine Company, Philadelphia Distilling, and more.
Party in the Playground will also feature a live auction, led by emcee and auctioneer Jeff Hammond. Prize packages include an assorted basket of top local wines, a pizza-making master class, game tickets for professional Philadelphia sports teams,concert tickets to one of the best selling musical artists of all time, and gift cards to a slew of local businesses.
This year’s Party in the Playground will present the 2023 Ida Newman Magic of Play Award to former board member and longtime Smith advocate Anna Forrester, along with Ballard Spahr LLP for their outstanding volunteer service at Smith.
To date, Smith has raised almost half of its $50,000 fundraising goal for Party in the Playground thanks to contributions from Kathy Ochroch and Peter Hilton-Kingdon, Blank Rome LLP, The Forrester/ Young Family, and other generous sponsors.
Tickets, sponsorship details, and a full list of sponsors can be found here.