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What to Do with the Kids this Weekend (June 7-9)

It’s another fabulous almost-summer weekend, folks!

Want to take part in something super cool? There is still a great need for volunteers to help build the new playground in honour of Becca Schofield! Work is underway, the old ‘wooden castle’ structure is no more, and the team has been working non-stop all week to build its replacement. If you’ve never taken part in a playground build, it really is an incredible feeling. Knowing you’re helping create a space that will be the backdrop of so many children’s lives, a cornerstone of a community, is incredibly humbling. Everyone is invited to stop by and pitch in; there’s childcare on site if you have children who are too young to take part in the work, and jobs for all skill levels. Find out more here:

If you’re up for a road trip, it’s opening weekend at Kings Landing! I actually haven’t been to the site in years; it’s on my to-do list with the kids this summer. What about you?

Truck lover in the house? Check out the Atlantic Truck Show at the Coliseum this weekend. There will be lots of great big rigs inside & out, open on Friday and Saturday.

At the movies this weekend, Sussex Drive In is showing The Secret Life of Pets 2 & Hustle, Neptune Drive In in Shediac is playing The Secret Life of Pets 2 & A Dog’s Journey, and the $2.99 Saturday morning special at Cineplex is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water.

The Moncton East community is hosting a bike rodeo on Saturday. Kids will learn basic handling skills, then everyone can enjoy a picnic.

The Princesses are back! Greater Moncton once again has a local business that offers singing princesses to book for parties and events – and this Saturday the folks from Feel the Magic will be at the Dieppe Market to spread some smiles! They’re on site from 10am until 1pm.

Speaking of princesses, The Little Mermaid is being presented at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre on Friday and Saturday by The School of Atlantic Ballet.

There’s a great event happening at the Magnetic Hill Zoo on Saturday. FunZOOla runs from 11am until 3pm and offers a scavenger hunt, games, bouncy castles, and lots more! Regular admission fees apply and there will be pony rides and food vendors available at extra cost. (PS: If you think you’re seeing double at the Zoo on Saturday, don’t rush to get your eyes checked – Moncton Multiples is also holding an event there that day for its members!)

Teenagers or parents might want to check out a workshop being held by Dodo Leather at their new spot at Center Weldon on Saturday. Participants will create a leather credit card wallet, for just $40; there are age restrictions on this event.

Irishtown Nature Park is turning 25 and the City of Moncton is throwing it a party! Pop by Saturday to enjoy free canoe and kayak rentals; weather permitting, first come, first served, starting at 10am.

There are soapbox races happening in Petitcodiac on Saturday morning.

Hillsborough Library is holding a string art for kids workshop (ideal for elementary students) on Saturday; spaces are limited, so you must be pre-registered.

The Moncton Mustangs have a home game Saturday afternoon at Rocky Stone field; children 14 and under are free to attend, admission is $5.

Memramcook is holding a Community Day on Saturday at the Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc arena, with an Artisan Farmer’s Market, bouncy games, face painting, a free BBQ, and much more, including a community yard sale.

The Metro Moncton Book Festival is holding its third annual event this Saturday at the Lions Club on St. George Street.

Need a car seat check before those summer road trips? Close to the Heart is hosting some this Saturday! You’re asked to contact Angele Boucher at 506-874-7886 or email to register in advance. Be sure to check out ALL the fabulous programs happening at CTTH for families, like the Mothering Resilience: Nourishing Strength Through Self Care workshop also happening this weekend!

Monster Trucks are heading to the Avenir Centre on Saturday! The show includes freestyle competitions, wheelie contests, and more, featuring some of the most popular monster trucks on the world circuit today.

The Westmorland County Agricultural Fair is holding an ATV pull at the fair grounds on Saturday night, with several classes and a BBQ on site.

Sunday is one of our favourite fundraisers of the year: the PJ Walk for Kids, supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities. This is the third year for the event in Moncton and it’s a fantastic family outing! There’s a pancake breakfast, a teddy bear clinic, entertainment, and short talks by families who have used the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Moncton Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Registration for the event is $20 for a family, though please note that the cost of helping a family for one night is $140. To check out some highlights from the 2017 walk and read about local families who’ve relied on the charity’s help (including ours!), click here.

Moncton’s Youth Orchestra’s season finale performance is this Sunday afternoon at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.

The FisherCats play at Kiwanis Park on Sunday evening.

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And don’t forget: The Moncton Highland Games are just around the corner! This is an incredible event for families, whether you know you have Scottish roots or not. You can take a wagon ride around the site, pet a Highland cow, try using a bow & arrow, enjoy bouncy castles and face painting, watch sheep dogs at work, see costumed historical re-enactors stage a battle, plus all the music and dance and heavy events! The main event is next Saturday, June 15 at the Hal Betts Sportsplex, but there are free, outdoor concerts Tuesday night outside the Avenir Centre and Wednesday night in the Riverview Gazebo, and a Scottish breakfast and Kirkin of the Tartan service at Riverview’s Trinity United Church this Sunday morning. Get out and enjoy, folks – and enter our family pass giveaway on Pickle Planet!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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