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What to Do with the Kids this Weekend in Moncton (July 26-28)

Whoa, Summer! It’s the last weekend in July already – how did that happen?! How are you doing on completing our Summer Bucket List Bingo Cards?

We’re on the road again here at Pickle Planet, so we’re keeping this weekend’s round up short & sweet so we can head to the beach with the kiddos. Here’s what you need to know!

At the movies this weekend …

The fields and skies around Dieppe will be filled with fun this weekend for ImaginAIR. Kites, bouncy castles, food trucks, culinary workshops, candy showers, live music, fireworks Saturday night, and so much more! Entrance to Dover Park is $2.

Breathe is Moncton’s annual yoga festival, with some great family-friendly events planned, including a free (donations to Youth Impact graciously accepted) kids’ yoga session Saturday morning at Riverfront Park!

It’s Sandpiper Festival time in Dorchester! Enjoy a community breakfast Saturday at Keillor House, walking tours of the village, a heritage fair, a session with Chalkmaster Dave, rock wall and bouncy castle, and more.

Our friends at Hubcity Theatre are again presenting Shakespeare in the Park this weekend, with pay-by-donation performances at Victoria Park.

Summer Spectacular is back! Head to Victoria Park on Saturday from noon until 3pm for a wonderful free event, presented by the Moncton Wesleyan community. Live music, free BBQ, games, and so much more. (In case of rain, head to Edith Cavell school.)

New Brunswick author & illustrator Vanessa Klohn is hosting a free Fairy Tea Party at Chapters Moncton on Saturday afternoon. Costumes encouraged!

Youth ages 11 and older can sign up for a Harry Potter Escape Room event at the Moncton Public Library on Saturday.

Chapters, Toys R Us, and Michaels all have kids’ events planned; some free, some requiring registration and admission.

If you’re up for a drive, the annual New River Beach Park Sand Sculpture Contest is this Saturday!

Kouchibouguac National Park is also holding a sand sculpture contest this weekend, along with other Christmas in July celebrations.

Petty International Raceway is holding a Kids’ Day on Saturday evening. Kids can come to the track, meet drivers, and even get a ride! Check the event for pricing and other details.

Sundays from 10am until noon in July the City of Moncton is offering free canoe and kayak rentals in Irishtown Nature Park.

The Moncton FisherCats play a home game Sunday night at Kiwanis Park. What’s better than baseball on a summer night?!

There are a ton of ongoing events all summer, including Moncton’s Mobile Fun Van (visiting certain playgrounds around the city each week day), Riverview’s Playbourhood program, and Dieppe’s ConneXion Zone at Place 1604 (giant-size games, picnic tables, and occasional special programming.) There are also free events happening at Downtown Place, the space beside the Avenir Centre.

Local libraries are a great spot to enjoy amazing free fun all year round, but generally there is extra programming in the summer. Check your local library for their events or visit another!

Free Concerts

Moncton’s Acoustica summer concert series includes four free concerts each week: Tuesday evenings in Victoria Park, Thursdays at noon and 7pm at Downtown Plaza, and Saturday mornings at the Moncton Market. There are also free noon-time concerts at Oak Lane during July and August, thanks to a collaboration between Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc and the Capitol Theatre called Midis Musique. The Town of Riverview holds weekly outdoor, free concerts Wednesday nights in Caseley Park (inside the Community Hall on Lakeside Drive if it rains). The music begins at 7pm, but come early to shop the Chocolate River Farmers Market! Dieppe’s weekly summer concert series takes place Wednesday nights at Place 1604.

A few more ideas …

Outdoor Pools can be found in Riverview (closing as of August 6 in order to be rebuilt for June 2020), Salisbury, and Petitcodiac, Hillsborough, and the new East End pool in Moncton (43 Fergus Street). You can find more details on the pools and other ways to cool off outside on our updated our splash pads and parks post!

You can stay cool inside but still burn off energy at Hop Skip Jump!, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, Skyzone Moncton, and FitRocks Climbing Gym. And don’t forget bowling! Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids.

Timber Lounge Moncton welcomes kids ages 10 and up (during certain hours) to experience the art of axe throwing, and ages eight and up can take part in the fun at Room Escape Atlantic. You might also want to check out Riverview Indoor Skatepark, The Clayspace, and DIY Studio.

We’ve rounded up a list of arcades in the GMA; you can find that info here!

Magnetic Hill Zoo, Magic Mountain, Butterfly World & The Boardwalk, and TreeGo are all great summer spots to visit.

Don’t forget to check out our MEGA LIST of things to do with the kids for inspiration at any time. You can also check out our playground profiles for tips on the best local places to play.

And remember, if you have a weekend family-friendly events, please let us know to be included. We also offer various advertising options, from blog profiles to Facebook live interviews and much more. Please send us an email if you’re looking to easily connect with thousands of parents and grandparents in southeastern New Brunswick!

Happy weekending, everyone, and we’ll be back with a look at the long weekend before you know it!

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