Bonfire events have been roaring success for MMRG

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Kids and adults gather around a MMRG bonfire event for family fun. (Amy Gardner photo)

As part of its 'MOOSE-ies for Families' series, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways will offer a Family Bonfire Evening of nature-related children's games and other fun activities next to a roaring bonfire next Friday.

It was jwo years ago that a similar Bonfire Evening became the kickoff for 'MOOSE-ies for Families' and it has become a favorite tradition in that program. The series of six family activities per year was developed for children and their families to have fun together outdoors while learning about the natural world.

Each of the past two years has featured two separate bonfires: one roaring blaze, exciting for families to watch, and a second quieter campfire where children could roast marshmallows. Activities have included participatory music-making and games based on wildlife or nature themes.

This year's Family Bonfire Evening will once again offer games and other types of fun led MMRG staff and volunteers. In addition, there will be unstructured time, emphasizes MMRG Educational Outreach Coordinator Kari Lygren. "Kids are so imaginative; we'll see what they come up with as well." She adds, "Last year, families were having so much fun, they didn't want to leave!"

The Bonfire Evening will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a private venue in Milton. Children of all ages are welcome with their families but preregistration is required. The event is free for MMRG member households; non-members will need to join (see below) to be eligible for the full 'MOOSE-ies for Families' program of events. For more information, directions, and to preregister, call Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email

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