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What to do with the kids this weekend in the Moncton area (Sept 18-20)

Alrighty folks, how are we doing? Whether you’re back to school, back to homeschool, or just enjoying the official end of summer, we hope it’s going well. It’s been a strange few months in our world but we here at Pickle Planet HQ are finally feeling a bit more settled into routine and we’re ready to bring back our famous weekend round ups! (We’re also launching Season Three of our podcast next week; watch for us on your favourite apps & on RogersTV!)

In case you’re new around here, or just need a reminder, each Thursday we share a listing of all sorts of family-friendly events and activities that are taking place in the Greater Moncton Area, from Salisbury to Sackville to Shediac and everywhere in between.

We search the internet (literally dozens of websites and social media accounts!) for community events, but always welcome you to reach out directly and let us know what’s happening. You can drop us an email anytime!

Generally we keep things focused on Friday through Sunday events, but we’ll pop in a few weekday events here & there, as well as a look ahead from time to time.

We (which, let’s be honest, is really just me, one mom with a mission) started this weekly round up more than five years ago, with a goal of helping families connect with each other and with their community. It’s about more than just having something to do on the weekend; taking the time to explore where you live creates a sense of belonging that ripples through everything in your life.

But enough about that for now. Let’s get right down to the details you want to know!

OPEN FARM DAY

This weekend’s big event for family fun in the Greater Moncton Area is Open Farm Day! As always, several local farms are opening their gates to the public for this annual event; there are also official virtual events happening. Here are a few you can check out!

Boyle Family Farm is open Sunday 9am-4pm, with its petting zoo, hay rides, a food truck and more. Visit with horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, pigs, ducks, peacocks, goats, turkeys, chickens, and more. You might even get to bottle feed a baby calf! (The farm is also open to the public (with entry fee) weekends in general.)

Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse is open Sunday 9am-4pm, with farm animals, greenhouse tours, crafts, scavenger hunt, wood-fired pizza, and more.

Hillsborough’s Fundy Farms is holding their annual pizza party on Sunday, with live music and a mini hike. Stop by for free; lunch (pizza, salad, dessert) is $15.

MORE FALL FUN

Have you picked some apples together yet? We headed out to Verger Belliveau Orchard this week with the kids – so fun! (Watch for a special episode of the podcast coming to you from the orchard soon!) The apples are amazing, they have pumpkins & gourds, hay to climb, and so many yummy treats – including SCOW cider for the adults. We highly recommend the weekday, afternoon visit if possible; skip the crowds and enjoy your time outside!

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Want to feel like you have the apple orchard all to yourself? Head to Verger Belliveau Orchard in the afternoon!

More apple picking fun can be had this weekend at Les Petits Fruits de Pré-d’en-Haut, (enjoy a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch), Le Verger Goguen & La Fleur du Pommier in Cocagne, & Uris Williams & Sons Apple Orchard in Saint Antoine.

The Green Pig Market in Salisbury is our go-to for corn maze fun; their small mazes are great for little ones and also open weekdays as well! Weekends are special though; the pumpkin blaster is open, there’s a bounce pad and wagon rides, and there are flashlight mazes, too. Follow them on Facebook for all the details & updates!

The pumpkin patch at Trueman’s Farm near Sackville opens this weekend, 11am-7:30pm. You can purchase a ‘Happy Place’ admission package that gives you access to the patch to pick your own pumpkin, as well as their mazes, wagon rides, and other attractions. You can also opt to buy ready-to-go pumpkins ($4-$8) and amazing homemade ice cream at their market.

If you’re up for a little drive, there’s a double corn maze by Freddy’s New Frenchy’s in Sussex, open daily (10am-6pm unless the weather is bad) until the end of October. Pop into the store to buy your pass during the week, or at the ice cream shack on the weekend (10am-6pm Sat, 1-5pm Sun). Cost is $5/person, children three and under free with an adult.

Hat Creek Farms (outside Sussex) is open Saturday & Sunday, this weekend & next, from 1-4pm with pumpkins ($3/each), a corn maze ($2 entry), wagon rides ($2 each – maximum of two families at a time), and great photo ops!

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Guide to Fall Fun, featuring apple orchards, pumpkin patches, &  corn mazes throughout New Brunswick here.

We also have a great Fall Family Fun Bucket List you should check out!

MORE WEEKEND HAPPENINGS

This is the last weekend to visit Butterfly World & The Boardwalk this year!

East Coast Amusements is also wrapping up its visit to the Moncton Coliseum; their Facebook page says they plan to open Friday at 3pm & noon on Saturday. Check for updates, based on weather, etc.

Saturday is I’m buying a NB book day! Whether you head to a bookstore or shop online, the day is meant to draw attention to all the amazing authors & publishers who claim New Brunswick as home. We couldn’t love this more!! Reading is an amazing way to connect with a place, to explore & to educate, to build empathy, and we have so many incredible made-in-New Brunswick stories already in print & more to come. Drop us a recommendation in the comments with your favourite NB story & we’ll join in the conversation!

The annual Greater Moncton SPCA fundraiser has a twist this year – it’s a Paws OFF walk! All weekend long folks will be taking their pets for walks while raising money for the shelter. Join in & follow along online with the #PawsOffWalk2020 photos.

TreeGo is a fantastic family outing, with courses for ages seven and up. Book online – spaces are limited!

Magnetic Hill Zoo is open daily, 10am-5pm.

There’s really no season that isn’t fun on our playgrounds! We’re on a mission to visit them all and share our thoughts; follow the link for our Playground Profiles.

MOVIE TIME

Cineplex is open for business; both Trinity & Dieppe are showing The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run this weekend if you’re looking for a family option.

Ready to get your Halloween vibe going? The Sussex Drive In is showing the original Nightmare on Elm Street as the second feature, following Tenet, on Saturday & Sunday.

Shediac’s Neptune Drive In is showing The Broken Hearts Gallery, followed by Fast & Furious 6.

The Hub City Drive In is still going strong at Solomon Gardens, with Friday night being a great family option with Monster’s University. Saturday is Dead Man on Campus.

INDOOR FUN

The new YMCA Moncton North (70 Twin Oaks Drive) is welcoming non-members to use their indoor splash pad & playground! The cost is $3/person on Fridays from 5-8pm; $5/person other times. (Children under 12 need a parent/guardian with them, but you’re not required to pay the fee – just the kiddos! Bathing suits & swim caps aren’t required.) Check out the schedule here.

Resurgo Place is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

DIY Studio lets you paint-your-own pottery – and they have some fun Halloween pieces in stock!

Hop Skip Jump! is open; reduced capacity, but no reservation required. FitRocks Climbing Gym has great courses for all ages. The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place to learn & practice your skills; book a time and check them out!

Bowling is always fun! Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids, and Bowlarama has an awesome arcade section.

Escape rooms are great fun with older kids; check out the options at Room Escape AtlanticMystery Moncton Mystere, & at Shediac’s Le Moque-Tortue

(And for those of you wondering, Skyzone Moncton is expected to reveal its new location soon. We’ll keep an eye out for you!)

The Dieppe Aquatic Centre is offering public swimming on Tuesday & Thursday nights (6:15-7:15pm), Saturdays (5:30-6:30pm), & Sundays (4-5pm). You must register in advance, online or by phone (506-877-7881).

UPCOMING EVENTS

Grapevine Events’ kids’ consignment sale is coming up next weekend in Saint John; tell your friends – or make your way there yourself! Thousands of gently-loved items, for babies to tweens, with lots of space between aisles and all the clothes hanging, sorted by size. Book your appointment to shop now!

If you follow me on stories, you’ll know I’m helping promote the Run for Women virtual event, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program, with all local funds going to the Centre de ressources et de crises familiales Beauséjour. Registration closes on Thursday; then you run or walk your 5km before Sept 27. https://www.runforwomen.ca/Cities/Moncton.aspx

Moncton is celebrating its buildings and architectural heritage from September 21 – 25 with a Heritage Week; it includes virtual Open Doors tours hosted by Resurgo Place!

The annual Ronald McDonald House PJ Walk for Kids is going virtual with a fun bingo card style challenge your family can complete between September 25 & October 2. There is an in-person opportunity to pick up a kit & stuffie toy on September 25 & 26 in Moncton.

Shediac’s annual Fall Fair takes place throughout the community September 30 – October 4.

The annual Ride for Refuge – in support of Youth QUEST Central, a resource centre for at-risk and homeless youth – is happening October 3, but with a virtual twist to make things pandemic safe. There are 15 freestyle fundraising activities or the classic distance walk/bike routes; check it all out here.

Boo at the Zoo is back, baby! The Friends of the Zoo will hold an event October 17, 18, 24, 25, & 31. Watch for more details soon – and please be sure to head to their Facebook page for updates. A fake event has previously been created; tickets are not yet on sale!

Atlantic Wellness’ annual fundraiser, Monster Trot, will take place on Halloween this year, October 31, with six drive-thru stations around the Greater Moncton Area where your kiddos can get a pre-ordered treat bag. There will be online registration; watch their Facebook page for updates!

Moncton Multiples Consignment Sale is happening at the Coliseum, just a little bit later because of all the 2020 craziness. Mark November 7 on your calendar to stock up the kids’ wardrobes!

Did you hear? The Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade is happening November 21, 2020 at the Moncton Coliseum! To meet provincial guidelines, the floats will be parked and vehicles will travel through to enjoy the display. Lots more details will be coming, but the committee wanted to make sure people had the heads up on the date and that something IS being planned! Follow the parade’s Facebook page for info.

That’s all for now everyone. Have an amazing weekend and check back with us next week for more ideas for family fun in & around Greater Moncton!

 

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