The Muddy Puddles Project is a celebration of children and childhood. It is a shift toward letting go of the everyday stress of being a grownup, and finding the fun in all things messy. We consider this celebration of childhood a therapeutic reprieve for parents, and an opportunity for our kids to have more fun while they still appreciate what that means.
The Muddy Puddles Project was inspired by five-year old Ty Campbell, a little boy who absolutely LOVED Peppa Pig and dreamed of jumping in muddy puddles just like her when his cancer was cured. The project embodies the act of kids being kids in honor of those who can’t.
At its core, The Muddy Puddles Project is a vehicle to remind parents to stop sweating the small stuff; but it is also a fundraising platform for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation in support of childhood cancer research. After Ty lost his battle with cancer, his parents committed to finding ways to fund innovative research geared toward safer, more effective treatment of various childhood cancers. It is the perfect vehicle to engage children in philanthropy because it encourages them to have fun while doing good.
Be inspired! Every month we feature some of our favorite photos that were posted to the Muddy Puddles Facebook Page!
Chris & His Momma
Who says muddy puddles are just for kids? Christopher and his mom proved them wrong by taking the plunge and participating in the DIRTY DUNK at Mess Fest 2015. Sign-up today to join them on July 30 at Kiwi Country Day Camp!
Madison and Olivia
These girls think getting dirty and jumping in mud is “A-OK.” After spending some time digging, jumping, and just plain sitting in the mud, they let their creativity soar by making muddy handprints and messy art!
Jason & Julia
Where else can you throw a pie in your sister’s face without getting in trouble? The Muddy Puddles Mess Fest of course! Jason’s sister, Julia, was a real sport, laughing all the way as she allowed her little brother to make a huge mess – on her face!
My girls love to paint, but they never seem to keep the paint on the paper so I’m often reluctant to let them get too messy with their arts and crafts. The Muddy Puddles Project reminded me to let their creativity soar. Forget finger paint, my daughter Mackenzie went straight for the toes!
Peppa Pig and Entertainment One are eager to help spread the word about the Muddy Puddles Project and its mission to help children with cancer. Peppa will be making regular appearances at Mess Fests across the US – so keep an eye out for our upcoming events!
The Muddy Puddles “Mess Fests” are a series of large-scale events hosted by the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation. The largest of which takes place annually at Kiwi Country Day Camp (Mahopac, NY). The format for a Mess Fest is similar to a carnival with a wide range of tented areas and a wide range of family-friendly activities – from splatter paint to pie tosses (and of course, muddy puddles). Mess Fests, however, can be replicated across the country on a smaller scale. A do-it-yourself Mess Fest can be as simple as a backyard birthday party that includes puddles, finger paints, tie-dye t-shirts and an egg-and-spoon race. Download the kit, here.
Welly Walks are a fun and exciting way to explore the outdoors while wearing wellies and rain slickers – rain or shine! We are looking for participants to join Peppa Pig and support the Muddy Puddles Project by hosting a Welly Walk fundraiser at their school or club. You can map your nature walk around the playground, across the school field, in the forest or go on a cross-country hike! It’s entirely up to you. Be sure to use the Welly Walk as an opportunity to explore nature with younger participants and incorporate learning opportunities along the way!
Click here for more information on how you can get involved with the Muddy Puddles Project, to meet our supporters and to read other news about the Muddy Puddles Project and the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation for childhood cancer research.