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What to Do With the Kids This Weekend (July 27-29)

Welcome to final weekend of July 2018! Hard to believe so much of the summer is already past – but there’s lots more fun to come!

This weekend Dieppe is filled with great family activities as part of the imaginAIR festival. Head to Dover Park for circus performers, kite fliers, and more!

Friday there are children’s performers (Razzmatazz at 11am, Scotty and the Stars at noon & 2, among others), a kite building workshop at 12:30, ‘raining candy’ at 1pm (lasts just 15 minutes), a giant interactive puppet at 6:30pm, a fire show at 8:30pm, and LOTS more! Entrance to the grounds is $2 before 5pm, $5 after.

Saturday’s lineup is similar, with kite building, candy shower, puppets, fire show, and more. The live performances include Mad Science at 11am, Art Richard at noon, and many more. Saturday includes a fireworks show at 10:15pm.

Sunday includes a workshop by Circus Stella at 11am, a great water balloon battle at 1:30pm, two candy showers, and more, including live music with Christine Melanson.

It’s also the annual Mud City Meltdown, with great concerts all weekend. A great family-friendly option is the free Downtown Block Party on Saturday from 11am until 5pm. There will be live music with Juno award winning blues artist Steve Hill, Nebullama, Josée Mills, and Jedi of Funk. There will also be vendors, games, and a beer garden for those 19+.

Friday is Life With a Baby’s Teddy Bear Picnic, planned for Mapleton Park. Bring your picnic and your favourite teddy!

The Town of Riverview is hosting a free movie night on Friday. Head to Caseley Park (rain location Riverview Community Hall, 145A Lakeside Drive, with a time switch to 6:30pm) to watch Descpicable Me 3 on the big screen with free popcorn and a cash canteen. Showtime is dusk (9pm).

The 17th annual Sandpiper Festival kicks off in Dorchester this weekend, with many events on Saturday including vendors, artisans, bouncy castles, face painting, live music, a Heritage Fair at Keillor House, and so much more!

Breathe Moncton Yoga Festival is this weekend as well, with lots of free events Saturday for all ages.

Cineplex’s Family Favourites are showing on Saturdays and Wednesdays through the summer: this week’s feature is The Princess Bride! Just $2.99 to see it on the big screen – and some of the ticket sales go to charity!

Chapters is hosting an ‘Ocean mets Sky’ storytime in the store on Saturday morning at 11am.

The Moncton Wesleyan Church is holding its annual Summer Spectacular on Saturday afternoon (noon till 3pm) in Victoria Park (rain location Edith Cavell). Enjoy live music, free BBQ, games, and more.

Riverglade is hosting Motocross Round 7 of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown on Saturday.

Saturday is the Grand Opening of the new Giant Tiger in Riverview. The store will have face painting, entertainment, a charity BBQ, and more, including a visit from Friendly, the Giant Tiger.

Play Connexion Café will be held at Rotary Park in Dieppe this Saturday morning, from 10am until noon (rain location 1620 Rue Champlain). This free event includes bouncy castles, games, face painting, and more.

Smart Saturday’s at Scholar’s Choice are a great chance to check out some of the store’s products hands-on. Noon until 2pm.

Michaels offers a weekly Kids Club craft session on Saturday mornings, plus other workshops throughout the week. Some are free, others require admission.

Saturdays are always fun in Fundy, with Sounds of Summer free (with park admission) concerts. This week’s performers are The Tortoise, the Hare, and the Millionaire. Showtime is 7:30pm.

The Sunday Family Free Movie at the Moncton Library this week is Boss Baby (in English at 1pm and in French at 3pm). The library even provides free popcorn! (Be sure to check out the library for events throughout the week!)

The Moncton Fisher Cats host Chatham at Kiwanis Park at 7pm on Sunday night.

It’s also a great weekend to take a trip to Shediac. Friday night there’s Artists Alley, with live jazz and vendors from 6pm to 10pm in the downtown. On Saturday, it’s Shediac Lobster Rock, an outdoor concert in the arena parking lot with April Wine, Big Wreck, Kim Mitchell, & The Vinyls. And Sundays from 9am until 2pm you can visit the Shediac Park Market. The RE/MAX hot air balloon will be in the air over Shediac on Sunday – and you could be in it! Head to John Lyon Park for a two- to three-minute ride (can accommodate two people). This is a first-come, first-served, weather-permitting event. (The balloon remains tethered to the ground; 9am until noon.) And there’s always the drive-in!

Did you check out our latest playground profile? It’s a great spot to head to on a hot day!

Moncton’s Maplehurst Playground

Need some more ideas?

Outdoor Pools can be found in Riverview, Salisbury, and Petitcodiac.

The City of Moncton is partnering with YMCA & CEPS to offer $2 public swims all summer. You can find the schedules and other information here.

You can also enjoy lots of swimming fun at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre – the kids love the pirate ship & the obstacle course!

Indoor play options include The Play Café, Hop Skip Jump!, PlayTime Kiddo, Get AirMoncton, Skyzone Moncton, FitRocks Climbing Gym, & Crystal Mountain Party Palace. Try your hand at bowling (with gutter blockers available!) at Fairlanes, Bowlarama, & Parklane Bowling. There’s The Clayspace, DIY Studio &Resurgo Place, as well as Room Escape Atlantic (with rooms recommended for ages 8 and up) and Mystery Moncton Mystere (ages 14 and up). For outdoor fun, remember there’s Butterfly World & The Boardwalk, Magic Mountain, TreeGo, & Magnetic Hill Zoo.

And don’t forget to take in some free music this summer! There are concerts Wednesdays nights in Riverview at Caseley Park, combined with the weekly Chocolate River Farmers’ Market. There are also free shows Wednesdays in Dieppe at Place 1604; find the lineup here. Moncton’s Midi Musique takes place Wednesdays from noon until 1pm at Oak Lane, off Main Street, and the City of Moncton hosts free performances on Tuesdays at 7pm in Victoria Park and on Saturdays at 11am at the Market. You can find the list of performers here.

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