Kids try out new facility on Bounce Day

Photo by KATHY CLEVELAND Andrew Scott photographs his daughter, Natalia, as she climbs the plastic “rock wall” during the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley’s Bounce Day on Feb. 26.

MILFORD – The older kids were excited about the big plastic climbing structure and a “Sesame Street” bounce house, but Elowyn Chaput, who is almost 2, found her challenge in a small, soft wedge she climbed over and over again.

Elowyn and her Mom, Crystal, were at a Bounce Day for families at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Nearby, David Mills was all smiles as he watched his three granddaughters, ages 3, 4 and 9, jump around and climb in and out of the “Sesame Street” structure.

Andrew Scott was here with his three kids, including 2-year-old Natalia, who found fun with a stack of hula hoops.

Last fall, the club, at 56 Mont Vernon St., opened its high-school-size gymnasium and an adjoining Teen Center.

It was a nice way for families to start their February school vacation, said Rachel Robichaud, the club’s athletic director.

“We are trying to get people out and let them know we have the gym,” she said.

Along with bouncing and climbing structures, there were opportunities for family kickball, basketball and dodgeball, as well as bingo and board games in the multipurpose room.

The gym offers a regulation high school basketball court, volleyball, six adjustable hoops for recreation and clinics, floor hockey and indoor soccer. Gym rentals are available during the week and weekends.

For more information, email Robichaud at

Photo by KATHY CLEVELAND Jessamine Mills, 9, of Milford, enjoys the “Sesame Street” bounce house in the new gym of the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley. The club held Bounce Day on Feb. 26 as a way to let people know about the gym.

The club primarily serves families from Milford, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Ipswich, Peterborough and Wilton. Its goal is to enhance children’s development by offering a safe place to learn and grow and by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness and belonging. The 7,500-square-foot gym was built last year after a capital fundraising campaign.

Photo by KATHY CLEVELAND Andrew Scott tries to take a picture of his daughter, Natalia, as they slide down from the plastic “rock wall” during the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley’s Bounce Day on Feb. 26.