March Break is a bit different this year, but we’re still here to help you find all the best family fun in Greater Moncton!
New Brunswick’s Zone 1 goes from Fundy National Park to Kouchibouguac National Park. There are amazing staycation ideas that include everything from sleigh rides to pool time; donut sundaes to maple taffy on the snow; escape rooms, axe throwing (kids over 9 can take part!), rock climbing, bowling, skateboarding & more; zoo, museum, & library excursions; & all the outdoor adventures you can imagine! Keep reading for inspiration & links!
Want to keep things even closer to home? Plan a board game bracket to decide your family’s favourite game, build your own hot chocolate dessert board & snuggle up for movie marathons, work on a family tree, or arrange some online gaming with friends.
A reminder to always check our source links for updates, and follow provincial & national health guidelines for safety during the pandemic. You can check on outdoor conditions and cancellations in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview on their websites; the pages should note the last time the information was updated.
OUTDOOR MARCH BREAK IDEAS
Broadleaf Ranch is taking bookings for sleigh rides & horseback trail rides, the restaurant is open on the weekends, and of course there is skating on the pond, snowshoeing, sliding, & more at the cabins & glamping units on site! Call 506-882-2349 or email email@example.com to book your stay! (PS: Their summer camps are now listed & available to book!)
Beloved Miniature Horses is offering March Break camps & often has great options for weekend visits & fun.
Llama-zing Adventures offers you a chance to walk an alpaca or a llama in nature!
Country Sleigh Rides books in advance for bubble groups; check their Facebook group for availability & rates.
Euston Park is opening Wednesday, March 3 – Sunday, March (noon to 6pm daily) for family maple fun! There will be food, maple taffy on the snow, local craft beer, and more. No entrance fee; social distancing rules in effect.
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Trites Family opens for the season on Saturday, March 6, offering limited services; no pancake house or taffy on the snow (because of COVID), but you can get a tub of taffy-in-a-tub-to-go!
For another yummy treat, we see Trueman Farms (outside Sackville) is making donut sundaes, among other mouthwatering treats!
The Magnetic Hill Zoo is again offering winter weekend openings. You’re encouraged to purchase your tickets online in advance; tickets go on sale the Friday before the Sunday opening. Dates available are March 7, 14, 21, & 28, from 11am-3pm.
Playgrounds are allowed to be used during Orange Phase, though you must maintain social distance & equipment is not sanitized. Check out our Playground Profiles for great visuals on local spaces, including the awesome WINTER WONDERLAND PARK in Riverview & HIGHLAND PARK in Salisbury – amazing winter parks to visit!
There are oodles & oodles of groomed trails for walking, snowshoeing, skiing, fat biking & more in our municipalities.
- Centennial Park in Moncton offers snowshoe & cross-country ski rentals, while Moncton’s Mapleton park has snowshoes & fat bikes rentals.
- There are groomed trails in Moncton’s Irishtown Nature Parkthat are available for snowshoeing, biking, and walking. You can find more on the City of Moncton’s trails & parks.
- Rotary St-Anselme Parkhas trails that are available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. Dover Park’s walking trail is accessible during the winter.
- In Salisbury, there’s a groomed wetlands trail at Highland Park and a new Woodland Trail, located behind the baseball fields behind JMA Armstrong High School.
- Speaking of trails, don’t forget the 3.5km of lovely trails around the Sackville Waterfowl Park. The Town also posted some great self-guided walking tour maps online.
- And have you checked out Riverview’s amazing waterfront,Dobson, & Mill Creek trails? Lots of options for walking, snowshoeing, fat biking, cross-country skiing, & exploring!
Plan a photography tour of the public art installations around our communities, thanks to Festival Inspire!
Fundy National Park is open from sunrise to sunset during the winter, with park activities including cross-country skiing, birding, snowshoeing, and winter camping.
Kouchibouquac Park is also open all winter, with activities including Geocaching, Sliding / Tobogganing on Patterson Hill, two winter walking trails, snowshoeing, camping, and new this winter, three trails for fat biking. The park also has 15km of cross-country trails, groomed for both classic and ski skating styles.
MARCH BREAK SKATING IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW BRUNSWICK
Lace up your skates, grab a helmet, and enjoy all the outdoor rinks you can find! (For indoor options, check out our Guide to Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating.)
In Moncton, enjoy outdoor skating on the Ian Fowler Oval at Avenir Centre (time it right, and the Beavertails truck might be there!) or in Centennial Park. The City of Moncton also partners with neighbourhood volunteers to create skating rinks in some community parks. You can find a list of possible community rinks on our Guide to Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating. (The City requires helmets be worn while skating.)
Riverview’s Winter Wonderland outdoor park also includes a fantastic skating oval, not to mention several awesome sliding runs & a snowboard section. (Helmets are recommended.)
Dieppe’s skating oval behind City Hall is also a favourite; maybe your family will book a night at the Wingate by Wyndham Dieppe Moncton that overlooks the oval, combine it with a trip to the Dieppe Market, and enjoy a simple staycation!
INDOOR MARCH BREAK FUN IN GREATER MONCTON
Did you know kids ages 9 & over can throw axes at Timber Lounge? There’s even a Family Fun promo where two adults & two kids can enjoy an hour of axe throwing for $50. Great eats & crafts beers to enjoy, too!
Resurgo Place is always a fun spot to explore local history.
le Musée acadien will have take away crafts March 2 – 5, as well as a Facebook Live on March 2.
And don’t forget your local library! While they aren’t able to be their traditional hub of community fun during the pandemic, they’re still open & a great option for borrowing books (including ones filled with craft ideas, science projects, how-to-draw lessons, & more that can keep everyone occupied even if they’re not keen to read solo), movies, & our go-to – audiobooks! Pro tip: You can also take out books & audiobooks online using your library card; we love using the app Libby!
Hop Skip Jump! is open in Orange Phase; reduced capacity, but no reservation required.
FitRocks Climbing Gym has great courses for all ages.
How about a trip to the Candy Depot to stock up on goodies?
IDEAS to keep little hands busy at home
The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place to learn & practice your skills; book a time and check them out!
DIY Studio is a great spot for a paint-your-own pottery outing!
Looking to walk indoors? There are tracks open to the public at the Crossman Community Centre/Kay Area, the Moncton Coliseum, the North End YMCA, and the UNIplex in Dieppe.
Both Cineplex Trinity & Dieppe are open, if movie theatre fun is on your mind!
The Moncton YMCA (which has a children’s pool) offers recreational swimming Saturday & Sunday afternoons to day-pass holders & members. The YMCA Moncton North (70 Twin Oaks Drive) features an indoor splash pad & playground with daily availability. You can read more about their Orange Phase limits here.
The Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview offers open swim times with limited spaces available to pre-book during Orange phase.
Many local hotels are allowing you to book solo pool time for your family when you stay. We recently enjoyed a staycation at Fairfield Inn & Suites – a great choice if you enjoy a slide that doesn’t exit right into the pool!
The Town of Shediac has a great selection of events planned for March Break –– online LEGO contests, virtual dance classes, drawing workshops, a Friday afternoon showing of SOUL (max 45 people), & more.
And whether you live in Memramcook or not, you should check out their Winter Bingo Card for some great inspiration with the family!
Still looking for more ideas? Why not create some theme days – you can even invite some friends to join in & share photos or hop on a video chat to show off your creations. You could hold a ‘wear your rainbow‘ challenge & take some fun family photos. Maybe you’re up for joining a fun, family food challenge — check out this one a local family is sharing over on Ella’s Blended Family!
You can find some ideas on theme days & more in this post from last spring!
That’s all we have for now, folks! There are lots of great local spots for a local getaway & many more ideas for family fun at home. Feel free to share your inspiration & plans below for others!
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