We are THRILLED to be partnering again with Riverview Winter Carnival! Keep reading for our picks for the best family fun during the 2020 celebrations!
While this is a combination of paid and in-kind services, any opinions we share on Pickle Planet are ours alone. This post is meant to highlight the events Pickle Planet thinks will resonate most with our readers; be sure to check the Town’s website and Facebook page for full schedules and updates during the carnival. (Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram, too!)
The best way to make it through the winter is to embrace it!
The Town of Riverview makes it easy to do just that, with a 10-day, nearly 50-event Winter Carnival that is one of the most thoughtful, inclusive municipal events I’ve ever seen!
We’ve read and re-read the event list and are here to share our Top 10 Must Do Events with you!
We always found it tricky to keep our little ones up late enough to enjoy summer fireworks, but these Winter Carnival fireworks are perfectly timed for families! Head to Winter Wonderland Park after supper on Saturday, February 8, 2020 (adjusted from their original date on Friday because of the impending weather) and grab some free hot chocolate in the inflatable igloo (helps keep the cold at bay, and it’s just super fun looking!), bring some change to buy Briggs maple candy on the snow, and even enjoy a skate on the oval (helmets recommended) before the fireworks begin at 7pm. (The hill will be closed to sleds and toboggans this night only.)
2.SLEIGH RIDES, SLEDGES, & SKATING
You can do it all at Winter Wonderland Park on Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9! (Watch the Facebook event for any updates because of weather, etc – you’ll notice Saturday’s time has shifted to start after 2pm and the sliding hill will be closed, as the fireworks originally planned for Friday are now planned for Saturday.)
During the Winter Wonderland celebration you can enjoy a family sleigh ride with soup and cider, thanks to the Lions Club.
Follow that with a game of Crokicurl (so fun!), take a run down the sliding hill, check out the snowboarding pipes, and be sure to bring your skates (and helmets!) for the oval.
You can also try out some fabulous equipment on loan from Para NB; sledge skating is a fantastic way to get mobility-challenged adults and children on to the ice. The equipment is available to everyone, but please be sure to let any families you know dealing with mobility challenges to check this out!
While all of these events are planned for Winter Carnival, you can enjoy sliding and skating at Winter Wonderland Park any time that conditions are good!
You guys, did you know that one the East Coast’s largest indoor skateboarding competitions happens right here in our backyard. How cool is that?! In fast, Riverview’s Indoor Skate Park & Youth Centre hosts one of the only winter skateboard competitions in the country, Surface Skateshop’s Frozen Open Contest – and they’ve been doing it for years!
Everyone is welcome to watch the competition for free, or to pay the registration fee to enter. There are serious cash prizes to be won and an amazing chance to check out the fantastic work being done at this community centre. Head to the Riverview Skate Park for 11am on Saturday, February 8 to check it out!
Yes, you read that correctly. There will be TWO inflatable igloos on site at Winter Wonderland Park for the first weekend of the festival. Stop in to warm up, enjoy hot chocolate, and live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. These are honestly so fun to walk inside & make for some cool photos! (If you’re sharing on Instagram, don’t forget to tag & follow @riverviewwintercarnival!)
You can learn to make a mala bracelet with the awesome Christa of All the Pretties, create some plant magic with Creatively Rooted, learn eco-friendly and zero-waste tips for your home from Avery of Lily Pads, join That Art Thing for a paint night, or sign up for either an adult or a child cookie decorating workshop with Buttercup Cakes & Cookies!
6.TEACHING KIDS TO GIVE BACK
Do you know about 100 Kids Who Care? It’s a great way for youth to learn more about groups in our community and to know the impact even small donations can have on operations. On Wednesday evening, February 12, children ages five to 18 are invited to gather at the Riverview Community Hall and hear from three local non-profit groups. The children then vote to donate their $10 entry fee to one of the groups.
7. FREE FAMILY FUN
There are so many free, family events happening during Winter Carnival!
Thursday, February 13 the family can enjoy Frozen 2 on the big screen at the Community Hall! Doors open at 6pm, movie begins at 6:30pm. Entry is free; treats will be on sale.
On Saturday, February 15 there’s a Story Walk happening in Caseley Park. This is a lovely way to enjoy a story, going page by page through the park together. Please register in advance with the library; there will be treats after!
Sunday is the annual free public skating session at the Byron Dobson rink. Lots of fun to be had with treats, prizes, and more.
(As always, a reminder to click through to the source links we provide – the bold, green words – to double check for any schedule changes, etc.)
8. DATE NIGHT
Book a sitter and enjoy the Sweetheart Snowshoe, a Hubcap Comedy show at Five Bridges, Laurie LeBlanc’s Alan Jackson tribute or any other awesome event. Whoever you want to spend time with, there’s an event you can make a date to enjoy!
9. KIDDIE KARNIVAL
Always a highlight, the annual Kiddie Karnival has to be in our Top 10! Children ages three to 12 are $5 to attend; younger kids and adults are free. Spend three hours at Riverview Community Hall enjoying bouncy castles, carnival games, face painting, and more! The Kiddie Karnival runs 10:30am until 1:30pm on Sunday, February 9.
10. SKIP MEAL PREP
There are SIX fantastic community meals to enjoy over the 10 days of Riverview Winter Carnival 2020!
You can have pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for supper, soup, chowder, and more! And don’t forget the marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate drinking, and maple candy on hand, too. It’s a good thing there are lots of active events to help balance the awesome eats! Check the Town’s full schedule for details on all sorts of fun meals you can enjoy!
There you have it folks – our Top 10 Guide to Riverview’s 2020 Winter Carnival!
Don’t forget to tune into our Pickle Planet Podcast highlighting some of the snowshoe adventures and the Frozen Open for 2020!
And did you catch our Facebook live from the Dobson Trail?
We also thought you might enjoy a look back at sledge skating in 2019!