Welcome to another weekend that isn’t quite as spring like at the dates would lead us to believe! How is it the weekend before Easter and the snow is still being covered in snow?! It’s putting a bit of a crimp in our Playground Profiles plan; we posted our first new playground of the season on Tuesday, but we might just wait another week for the next new profile. But watch our Facebook page – we’ll still be sure to share a great profile from last year to enjoy!
Speaking of some of the other content we create here at Pickle Planet, did you see that we now have a TV show, too? That’s right! The fine folks at Rogers here in Moncton are recording our podcast and putting it on television screens, as well as online!
Now, on to the weekend!
The 45th annual Radical Speedsport Carshow is on this weekend at the Moncton Coliseum. Among the highlights will be Mario & Luigi, Aaron Kaufman in his first Canadian appearance, and The Fast and the Furious’ Chad Lindberg.
Friday night is movie night at Hillcrest School! Enjoy Ralph Breaks the Internet on the big screen and a popcorn bar! This is a fundraiser; admission is $2/person, popcorn and treats extra.
Magnetic Hill Home and School is holding a Family Fun Night on Friday. Bouncy castle, cake walk, face painting, and more – including pizza and snacks!
A reminder that all the links to the attractions and regular events – swimming times, Sky Zone, bowling, movies, arcades, etc – can be found in our MEGA LIST. Good to know information: hop! skip! jump! has some different hours over the month of April, including not opening until noon this Saturday. Always a great reminder to double-check with the venue before heading out!
Broadleaf Ranch is hosting a pancake breakfast in support of the Riverside Albert Volunteer Fire Department this Saturday morning. You can make a day of it by booking a trail ride, going for a hike on the property, or even book at the glamping units for a fun adventure!
Saturday is the annual Walk for Autism, raising money for the Autism Resource Centre. The event begins at 10am at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre, with indoor activities provided by MyGym, Mad Science, Autism Intervention Centre, Musique NB Music, bouncy castles, sensory corner, and more. Outside there will be a mini firetruck, an ambulance, RCMP patrol car, and more.
La Spa is holding a Princess Day fundraiser for a charity that helps fund clean water projects around the world. Children ages three and up can enjoy a snack, mini mani and pedi, a ‘princess hairstyle’ and lip gloss application. You must register in advance; cost is $40.
The first of a six-session Baby Sign Language program starts this Saturday at Close to the Heart. You can sign up for the whole six weeks or pay on a drop-in basis. Cost for the whole series is $30 or $10/session, based on availability of space. Saturday is also pick up day at the store for those who’ve completed the Baby Box program!
Resurgo Place’s popular Constructive Destruction Lab is back on Saturday morning; included with admission! Bring your own items or take apart something on site.
Toys R Us has an LOL Surprise event on Saturday, with an in-store scavenger hunt.
Author Maryse Lanteigne will read from her book, «Alec découvre l’Acadie» at 1pm at the Moncton Library on Saturday.
The Hello Spring Kitty Cat Show is this Saturday and Sunday at the Lions Club on Mark Avenue. A must visit for any cat lover!
Teen Talks is a five-week program for girls ages 11 to 14, facilitated by France Bouchard-Michaud and Heather Jones, that focuses on building self-esteem and skills. Register by calling 852-6538 or emailing email@example.com; the program costs $195.
Sackville is the place to be on Saturday night, with a Flashback Roller Disco and Roller Derby! In the afternoon there’s a beginner and an advanced scrimmage, followed by an all-ages roller disco at 7pm.
The Queen Elizabeth Home & School Association’s Bunny Trail Market on Saturday morning will feature live rabbits from the SPCA and a visit from the Easter Bunny, along with great vendors.
The Easter Bunny arrives at Bass Pro on Saturday morning! He’ll be there from 11am until 6pm, from noon until 5pm on Sunday, and in the evenings next week. The shop is closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but the bunny will be there Saturday, April 20, from 11am until 6pm. You can grab a free photo, enjoy some crafts, and an easter egg hunt on the 20th.
We’re sorry we didn’t find time to create an Easter-only events round up this season; it’s just been a little too hectic over here at Pickle Planet HQ. We may seem like a well-oiled machine, but in reality, this is a solo project by a mama who is solo parenting this week and running up against a few too many deadlines. We’ll do a round up for next weekend, but know that there is an Easter Bunny Blast at the Moncton Wesleyan Centre and an Easter event at the Zoo, the Hippity Skippity Scattered Egg Scurry, and lots of craft workshops and more. Here are two quick ideas for you, though: Use plastic eggs to jazz up lunch – and two round cakes and some white icing make a fantastically easy bunny cake!
Continuing on with the weekend fun …
Sunday at St Andrews Presbyterian Church there will be a youth musical, Nailed It!, perfect for the Easter season.
The annual Princess Tea Party fundraiser for Children’s Wish Foundation takes place Sunday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza. There are two sessions; cost is $40. Live show, treats, music, and more!
Children ages 11 and older can register for a bath bomb making workshop at the Moncton Library on Sunday afternoon.
Also on Sunday afternoon at the Moncton Library, the Ukrainian Club of Moncton is hosting a Ukrainian Easter Egg painting workshop for those ages 13 and up.
It’s Make Something Sunday at Owens Art Gallery in Sackville! This great free, drop-in program for youth will focus on making postcards this time, playing with patterns and dots.
Sunday afternoon the Wildcats are in playoff mode at the Avenir Centre.
The maple sugar camps are still running; be sure to get your visiting in before the season ends! You can find our list of local camps here. There’s also a special event this weekend, the first Fundy Sugar Woods Festival! Wabanaki Tree Spirit Tours and the Friends of Fundy/Fundy Guild are teaming up with Fundy National Park for a weekend full of programming. Saturday there’s a one-hour tour that will show log kettle sap boiling, sap pouring on snow, and a short hike to learn about tapping. On Sunday, the fun is at White’s Maple, just outside Hillsborough on the Albert Mines Road. Round out the fun with a maple beer, on tap at Buddha Bear & Holy Whale, or a bottle of Northern Comfort maple rum from Sussex Craft Distillery!
And don’t forget – if you need a little ‘me’ time this weekend, Mamas, hit up the Grapevine Events pre-loved pop-up sale! Shop the closets of 75 local women, with everything organized by size and style and priced to sell. There’s even a maternity rack with everything $10 or less (except jackets). Tell your friends, please! This is a one-morning only event, happening at the Coverdale Centre in Riverview.
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