It’s the last full weekend of August, everyone! Have you finished your back-to-school shopping? (Have you even started?!) Thanks to our teachers taking care of the school supplies, we’ve secured almost all the other items on our list now. If glasses are on your list, be sure to check out the sale happening with our good friend Steve over at Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium! Steve is graciously sponsoring this week’s round up for you all, so take a moment to check out the amazing products he’s bringing to our community. Bendable kids’ frames that don’t look like plastic. Wooden frames. Specialized sport glasses. He’s got it all, including great service and great deals! The back-to-school special is two pairs of kids’ glasses and lenses (second pair can be sunglasses) for $175. You need to bring in a valid prescription and most insurance companies can be direct billed. (I’m hoping to get myself a new pair of specs here soon; I just need to update my prescription!)
Thursday night you can catch Cars 3 in Victoria Park; next week’s film is Moana. This is a fundraiser for the United Way. Start time is around 8pm; the movie is free, but snacks are available for purchase.
Sistema is holding a free concert Friday at 1pm to celebrate the end of a week of summer camp. Stop by for some great music!
Friday is Riverview’s annual Party in the Park. Enjoy a free swim at the Lion Ken Gabbey Community Pool, bouncy castles (wear your socks!), live tunes, and free corn on the cob thanks to the Lions Club. The Riverview Pathfinders Group will also have a cash BBQ. The fun begins at 4pm! You can keep the fun going with a free showing of Black Panther at Caseley Park that night!
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is holding a free observing session at Moncton High School Friday night, starting at 8:30pm, weather permitting. You should be able to see the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars; folks will be on hand to help you out.
In Sackville, the Friday movie in the park is Despicable Me 3. The Sussex Drive In is showing Teen Titans Go to the Movies (which our family LOVED!) and The Meg. The options at Shediac’s Neptune Drive In are for an older crowd this weekend. The Family Favourites movies at Cineplex are expanding for the last week of summer; check out the options here!
The big event this weekend is of course the Pride Parade! The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm, going from Foundry Street to Main Street, down to Downing and onto Assumption. You can start things off early with a special drag performers’ storytime at the Moncton Library in the morning! No registration required.
City Impact Church is holding its annual Backyard BBQ with bouncy castles, slip and slide, water games, and more on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday is Kids Day at the Village Historique Acadien. If you’re heading toward Caraquet, consider including a visit to the Aquarium et Centre Marin du Nouveau-Brunswick in Shippigan, too!
Bass Pro is holding its Fall Hunting Classic Kids’ Weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday. There’s an archery challenge, crafts, photo ops, and more!
And while we’re thinking fall … the Green Pig has opened its corn maze for the season! The theme is the Moncton Wildcats. The maze is open 10am to 5pm daily through till October, and they also have fabulous toddler-friendly small mazes, too, as well as the rope maze, a sand box, pumpkin blaster, and more!
You might also want to take a drive to Trueman’s Blueberry Farm in Aulac. They have a corn maze and a sunflower maze, with lots of kid-friendly touches, including a great obstacle course. It’s part of our long weekend staycation plans!
Looking for some new ideas for indoor fun? Check out our round up of arcades in the Greater Moncton Area! Maybe plan a visit to Fairview Knoll Park, our latest playground profile. And as always, there are many more ideas on our MEGA list of What to Do with the Kids in Moncton!
Thanks again to this week’s Round Up Sponsor, Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium!