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Summer Family Fun Cheat Sheet

Your one-stop spot for all of Pickle Planet’s insight on when and where to have a great time with the family this summer.


Free Ongoing Events

From June 27 to September 2, 2016 the YMCA’s Mobile Fun team will be visiting Moncton neighbourhood parks Monday through Friday to help children and families enjoy camp-like experiences – games, workshops, crafts, and more. Find a list of the playgrounds and the rotating schedule (three hour visits, rain or shine) online. These are free events; children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years of age or older.

Drop in to the Story Tent in Centennial Park on Thursdays (July 7 to September 1) from 1:30 to 3:30pm. This is a free event co-hosted by Talk With Me and the Moncton Public Library. Come with your child to read, sing, and have fun! There will also be a co-hosted Story Tent in Katherine Park on Wednesday afternoons (June 29 to August 31) from 1:30 to 3:30.

The Early Childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland-Albert holds summer programming Monday through Thursday for young children and parents. Here’s the schedule for July & August.

There are lots of ongoing activities at the Moncton Public Library, including the new Sunday board game session on the second floor. Drop in between 2pm and 5pm with the family!

The City of Moncton provides free gym playtime at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays the gym is open to parents and tots from 10am until noon (this is also available on Thursdays); school kids up to Grade 5 (with adult supervision) can drop in from 2:15pm to 3:30pm; Grades 5 through 8 are welcome from 3:30pm to 4:45pm (and also during this time on Wednesdays). The Crossman Centre also offers a great indoor walking option for strollers, welcome on the track from 10:30am to 12:30pm every day.

Some Handy Links

Places to grab a hard ice cream cone with the family

Information on all the splash pads, playgrounds with water features, and other places to cool off

Our guide to playgrounds in Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe

Some rainy day inspiration

10 Top Family Events for the Summer

Road trips brought to you by the letter S

More road trip ideas

S’mores Dip and Watermelon Treats


Neptune Drive In (Shediac)

Sussex Drive In

Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids.

Unplugged Riverview

The Clayspace

Crystal Mountain Party Palace

Moncton SportsDome

Room Escape Atlantic

Mystery Moncton Mystere

East Coast Karting

Magic Mountain

Magnetic Hill Zoo

Boardwalk & Butterfly World

Resurgo Place

Hopewell Rocks

Cape Enrage



Dieppe Aquatic Centre

YMCA Moncton

Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre, Riverview

Lion Ken Gabbey Community Pool (outdoor), Riverview

Lion’s Pool, Salisbury

Centennial Beach, Moncton

Farmer’s Markets

Moncton: The Moncton Market’s food court is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 4pm, but the real action is Saturday from 7am until 2pm.

Dieppe: Grab essentials at Dieppe’s Express Market on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 6pm, or enjoy the full experience on Saturdays from 7am to 1:30pm.

Shediac: Billed as the largest weekly outdoor market in Atlantic Canada, the Shediac Market is open every Sunday until September 25, from 9am to 2pm, at Pascal Poirier Park.

Petitcodiac: Every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, starting July 2, at the Gazebo on Main Street. A great lunch options, with fresh soups, salads, and local sausage BBQ all available.

Albert County Museum: Foods of the Fundy Valley hosts a market every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the museum. A $7 breakfast with locally sourced ingredients is also available each week.

Alma Market: Sundays from 9am until 2pm drop by Vista Ridge Barn for local waffles, sausages, treats, and crafts.


3 thoughts on “Summer Family Fun Cheat Sheet

  1. Laura Snow July 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    What an amazing list for families!!

  2. oldermommystill July 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wow, this is a great reference to have on hand. Certainly lots of fun activities for the whole family! My personal favourite…the hard ice cream…a must after every family outing!

    • Pickle Planet Moncton July 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thank you! Yes, good ol’ scoops of ice cream, piled on top of each other, define summer!

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