It’s another wonderful family weekend in the Greater Moncton Area! We have a full roster of event suggestions for you to get out and make the most of time spent with family, so let’s get to it!
You can always find lots of ideas for family fun in our MEGA list – including links to bowling alleys, indoor play spaces (don’t forget glow nights at SkyZone!), skating and swimming times, and more. And our Winter Fun List has all the details you want on sleigh rides (Sunday afternoons at Dieppe’s Rotary Park is always a great option!), sledding, and more!
We’re still in the midst of Winter Carnival season, with our partners Riverview Winter Carnival wrapping up their 10-day festival. Friday you can catch Smallfoot on the big screen at the community centre, including free admission and popcorn! Saturday’s highlights include a pancake breakfast, a teen & tween paint workshop with That Art Thing (there were a few spots left Wednesday night; email email@example.com to register), and on Sunday enjoy the NAV Canada free skate with hot chocolate and music from C103 & New Country 96.9, with a performance by the Riverview Royalty Intermediate Synchronize Skating Team, a free swim workshop, and of course the Kiddie Karnival with bouncy castles, carnival games, face painting, and more! (We loved sponsoring last weekend’s sledge skating event; if you missed it and want a chance to try out the para equipment, it’s still in the area! Click here for the details on where to find it during February.)
Salisbury’s Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend, with a pond hockey tournament and lantern walk scheduled. The big celebrations are next weekend; mark your calendars!
Saturday is the annual Dorchester Winter Family Fun Day, with sledding, snow painting, bonfire, soup fundraiser, and family dance!
Did you check out Blue Man Group yet? We’ve been invited to the Thursday night performance and can’t wait! There are shows Friday and Saturday, too, including a matinee. (Our attendance at this event is sponsored.)
Friday nights are Fun on Ice in Dieppe. Skate at the Oval by Place 1604 while enjoying live music from kids’ entertainers Scotty and The Stars!
Saturday mornings are perfect for learning to skate! The City of Moncton is offering a free learn to skate workshop (limited spaces; first come, first serve) with Carol Cormier at the Ian Fowler Oval. These bilingual sessions can accommodate up to 15 participants; you must have a CSA-approved helmet.
Saturday nights are also awesome at the Oval; the city provides live music to enjoy!
Mastermind Toys is holding a free ‘make your own Valentine’s Day card’ event in-store on Saturday morning. I know our kids always love a visit to the store – and if they can make and take something while there, even better!
LEGO fans will want to register to attend the Master Builder Event at Chapters on Saturday morning; it’s a free event!
There’s also a LEGO make & take scheduled at Toys R Us; limited supplies!
The Saturday Family Favourites Feature at Cineplex is the classic The Land Before Time; just $2.99 to see it on the big screen!
The second Saturday of each month there’s a Kids’ DIY project on the go at Home Depot.
Michaels is hosting a free Valen-slime event Saturday afternoon, along with their regular Kids Club paid workshops in the morning.
Our family was invited to visit Resurgo Place this week (did you catch my IG story of me riding the hover board?!) and the latest travelling exhibit, Worlds of the Night, is fantastic! This Saturday would be a fantastic time to visit, because another Pickle Planet favourite, Mad Science, will be on site for a morning of slime making, chemical reactions, dry ice experiments, and more! (Both included with regular admission.)
Searching for a sweet way to spend an afternoon? How about the Valentine’s Day Tea at Thomas Williams House! Enjoy live music, tea, and treats from McBuns Bakery, Nick the Dutch Baker, Adorable Chocolat, and more in an elegant Victorian setting. Cost is $15/seat or $50 for a table of four, with reservations Saturday and Sunday. Call (506) 856-4327 to book your spot!
Looking for a fun workshop with an older child – or some solo time?! Check out the String Art Workshop at My Home Mercantile on Saturday afternoon.
The Moncton Library’s Family Movie Sunday celebrates Black History Month with a free showing of Akeelah and the Bee.
Sunday is Snow Motion Sundays, taking place this weekend at the Ian Fowler Oval! Enjoy lots of free winter fun from 2-5pm.
Cheer on the Moncton Magic this Sunday as they host the Saint John Riptide for an afternoon game – perfect for the whole family!
Don’t forget: next weekend is FAMILY DAY WEEKEND!! We’ll have a full round up ready for you by Thursday morning (we already have found some great options – more than last year!), but if you’re looking for a last-minute getaway, come join us at the Jack Frost Festival in Charlottetown! Hotel packages are still available, or just buy a day pass and make a quick trip of it! There will be ice slides, sculptures, and more in the Outdoor Snow Kingdom, an indoor Playland with bouncy castles, a petting zoo, face painting, and more, performances by the Imagination Movers, Silly Robbie, Kobble Jay, and Mike Pendergast, and a special Saturday night free even with snowboard demos, live DJ, snow play areas, and fireworks! We’ll be sharing lots from the event on our social media & you might even see us on the Jack Frost accounts, too, so be sure to follow along! (Our trip to PEI is being sponsored by the festival.)
PS: I know you’re starting to wonder about March Break events. We’re working on our annual MEGA MARCH BREAK roundup. Did you know that more than 20,000 people read our March Break posts? If you have an event to share or a camp to advertise, please reach out!
Happy weekend, everyone! Here are a few recent posts you might want to check out!