CANCELLED — Family Camp Fire Nights at Powderhorn Park — CANCELLED

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NOTE:  This Activity has been cancelled for September due to construction.  The Parks department hopes construction will be finished on time for the October Camp Fire Night. 

Family Camp Fire Nights
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Friday from 8pm to 11pm on the 3rd week of each month (That’s this weekend!!)
Free; All Ages

Friday is Family Camp Fire Night at Powderhorn Park.  This free event includes smores and fun activities using the great outdoors.  This is great opportunity for the whole family to be outdoors and under the stars?  Can you see the stars at Powderhorn Park?  That alone would make it worth it.

I assume there will be plenty of activities to participate in, but if you want more or if you want to do this on your own, here are some links to help you get started with the basics:

Camp Fire Songs.

The thought of a family camp fire night renews my interest in nagging my guitarist husband to learn some campfire songs. Songdrops.Com offers the lyrics and guitar chords for over 80 kids songs.  I also love the idea of learning folk songs. has 200 folk songs with chords and lyrics.  If you prefer to learn from video, here is a campfire playlist on YouTube.

Spooky Stories.

What is a camp fire without some spooky stories?  I loved scary stories when I was a kid, but I suspect I never had the details quite right and I certainly don’t remember them now.  Bone up on your camp fire stories with the American Folklore website.  They also have other categories such as children’s stories and funny ghost stories, plus jokes and riddles and more campfire songs.  This is a great place to start.

These are all short versions of longer stories gathered and retold by author S. E. Schlosser.  If you find that this is a family activity you would like to spend more time with, you can buy her books with full-length tales on this site, too.  I can imagine lighting the a fire in the hearth (or in our case flipping the switch to the faux fireplace) and sitting by the fire reading stories all winter long.

Visit for campfire games.

Camp Fire Games.

Sitting still is not one of my kids top skills.  For the more active children, games might be the way to go.  Escape Adulthood offers 10 Campfire Games plus a list of books you can get for more if you like them.




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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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