It’s that fabulous time of year again – Riverview Winter Carnival! Pickle Planet is thrilled to partner with the Town to help promote this community event & highlight seven of our must-do family-friendly activities happening between February 3 – 12, 2023!
If you live in Riverview, we highly recommend entering the Snow Sculpture Contest — the prizes are awesome & even better, it’s a ton of fun to create!! You find all the details on registering your creation on the Town’s website (and tips on sintering the perfect snow pile on our post from a few winters ago). If you don’t live in town, be sure to make plans during your Winter Carnival visit to explore the neighbourhoods & watch for the snow sculptures to be shared online starting February 6.
Now, on to our list!
Click on the activity name for all the details; some events require registration & may have limited spaces. For the latest updates & full info, follow the Town’s Parks, Recreation and Community Relations Department on their social channels — www.facebook.com/activeriverview & www.instagram.com/activeriverview — or check the Riverview Winter Carnival website.
🎇 EARLY EVENING FIREWORKS!
Friday, Feb 3 Sunday, Feb 5⏰ 6:30-7:30pm📍Winter Wonderland Park 🔥 Ignite
Embrace winter’s early nightfall with 7pm fireworks!! This is ideal for families with little ones who can’t stay up late for summer or NYE celebrations. The display is part of IGNITE, the official kick off for the Carnival, WHICH MOVED TO SUNDAY, FEB 5 due to the extreme cold. Head to Winter Wonderland Park for skating & sledge skating on the oval (helmets recommended), free hot chocolate (bring your own mug, please!), maple candy on the snow ($1/stick) & lots of fun!
🧭 MILL CREEK ADVENTURES
📅 Saturday, Feb 4 ⏰ 10-11am📍Mill Creek Nature Park 🧘 SnowGa
📅 Sunday, Feb 5 ⏰ 11am-2pm📍Mill Creek Nature Park 🧺 Campfire Cookout
📅 Sunday, Feb 5 ⏰ 2-3:30pm📍Mill Creek Nature Park 🧭 Amazing Race
📅 Monday, Feb 6 ⏰ 7-8am📍Mill Creek Nature Park 🥾 Snow Moon Sunrise Snowshoe
Mill Creek Nature Park will be full of winter fun all carnival long. If you need to pick one day to visit with the family, consider Sunday, February 5. You can join the 1st Moncton BPSA Traditional Scouting troupe for a campfire cookout at the lookout. Enjoy mini beaver tails, hot chocolate & more; feel free to bring your own picnic along, then stay to take part in the Amazing Race! Starting at 2pm, this event is free for all to join, so gather your team of family or friends, challenge some more folks to join, and get out to explore together.
Speaking of Mill Creek, don’t miss your chance to claim a GEOCACHE COIN showcasing the amazing artwork created last year at the Lookout! To earn one of these beauties, you’ll need to complete the annual Winter Geocaching Challenge, a fantastic way to get out & explore!
📅 Saturday, Feb 4 ⏰ 1-6pm📍Riverview Skatepark/Surface Skateshop
DYK the top winter skateboarding competition on Canada’s East Coast happens right here in our backyard? The annual Frozen Open hosted by Surface Skateshop is a must-attend event for local riders, with serious cash prizes & amazing vibes. Free to watch, this is a great chance to check out the amazing community work happening at this facility!
⛸️🏊♂️ INDOOR ACTIVE FUN
📅 Saturday, Feb 11 ⏰ 1:30-3:30pm📍Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre 🏊♂️
📅 Sunday, Feb 12 ⏰ 2:30-4pm📍Byron Dobson Upper ice surface ⛸️
Riverview’s Winter Carnival is filled with both outdoor AND indoor ways to get active with the family! You can head to the pool for the free Polar Dip on Saturday, February 11; don’t forget your bathing caps & towels! Then on Sunday, lace up for the free Snowflake Skate and enjoy an afternoon with free hot chocolate and tunes, as well as a chance to test out sledges (like the ones used in the Paralympics) thanks to ParaNB. (Pssst! Looking for something a little quieter? Head to the free Warm Hearts Yoga session Sunday morning!)
🎈 FAMILY FUN DAY
📅 Sunday, Feb 12 ⏰ 10am-4pm📍Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse
The friendly folks at Farmer Brown‘s are hosting Family Fun Day this year. They have awesome sliding hills (bring your own sled, please), the heated greenhouses will be filled with activities (build-a-bear, cookie decorating, face painting, etc.), bonfires & s’mores, snowshoe trails, & so much more! (Please note: this event is free to attend, but there are costs associated with several of the activities & meals.)
🍴 SKIP COOKING!
📅 Saturday, Feb 4 ⏰ 8:30-11am📍Bethel Presbyterian Church 🥞 Pancake Breakfast (kids under 5 eat free!)
📅 Tuesday, Feb 7 ⏰ 6-7pm📍Dobson Trail (First Firepit) 🔥Winter Campfire & Tunes
📅 Thursday, Feb 9 ⏰ 4:30-6:30pm📍Dan Bohan Centre 🥣Hot Chowder & Soup Night
📅 Saturday, Feb 11 ⏰ 11am-1pm📍Dan Bohan Centre🍗 Chicken Luncheon
You can kick off the fun with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, trade Tuesday supper for a bonfire roast on the Dobson Trail, enjoy a hot bowl of soup or chowder mid-week, and do chicken for lunch to wrap up the carnival! And on days where there isn’t a community meal, check out the local eateries offering Warm Winter Specials, including daily deals at The Homestead, 5 Bridges, and the Mayor’s Special at Spicy Grillz.
😼 TWEENS & TEENS
📅 Wednesday, Feb 8 ⏰ 3-4:45pm📍Byron Dobson Lower Arena 🥌 Rocks & Rings: Try Curling! (ages 12-17, groups of up to 5)
📅 Wednesday, Feb 8 ⏰ 7-8:30pm📍YOUth Drop in program 🙋♂️ Brain Freeze Trivia Night (ages 12-17, groups of up to 4)
📅 Thursday, Feb 9 ⏰ 7-8:30pm📍Coverdale Centre 💃🕺BGC Pre Teen Dance (ages 9-12, $2)
📅 Friday, Feb 10 ⏰ 6:30-9pm📍Coverdale Centre 💃🕺BGC Teen Dance (ages 13-15, $2)
There are tons of youth-friendly events, but let’s face it – older kids need things that are just for them. And Riverview Winter Carnival delivers! 🙌 Click on the activity name for all the details; some events require registration & may have limited spaces.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, everyone! There are lots more events & activities planned for Riverview Winter Carnival 2023 – find the whole list at www.townofriverview.ca/events/winter-carnival & get out & have SNOW ❄️ MUCH ❄️ FUN!!