Pickle Planet’s Guide to the Albert County Museum’s Children’s Festival 2022

This post is part of a sponsored partnership between the Albert County Museum and Pickle Planet.

We couldn’t be more excited to share details of the first ever Living by the Sea Children’s Festival at the Albert County Museum! This two-day event has been planned with families and kids in mind and we know it’s going to be an incredible experience for everyone who attends!

The event takes place Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13, at the Museum in Hopewell Cape. Both Friday & Saturday will follow a similar schedule, with different guests each day.

SCHEDULE

  • Grounds open at 9am, with the Museum buildings opening at 9:30am.
  • The Sea Captain arrives at 10am to welcome guests, followed by some organized games and activities.
  • At 11:15am, enjoy storytime with local authors.
  • You can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds, or purchase items (hot dogs, sub sandwiches, cupcakes, fruit cups & drinks) on site for the festival.
  • At 12:45pm, it’s a musical interlude, followed by a science activity at 1:30pm.
  • The Sea Captain has a presentation at 2:15 & the fun wraps with a sing along at 3pm.
  • Your admission includes exploring the museum until it closes for the day at 5:30pm.

ADMISSION

The Children’s Festival is included with a regular admission to the museum grounds, giving you access to everything the museum has to offer. The pass is also good for BOTH days of the Festival, so you can enjoy everything that’s planned!

  • $25 for a family
  • $10/adult
  • $8/student or senior
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Group rates available – and day care group welcome!

Tickets will be available on site; advance options available online, too.

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Dog lovers, this day is for you! Local author Jennifer McGrath will be reading from her latest children’s book, Pugs Cause Traffic Jams — it looks as fun as you’d imagine! We’re also huge fans of her other books, including the Chocolate River Rescue (a great adventure tale for later elementary students) and Gadzooks: the Christmas Goose.

Budding musician in the family? A group of local performers will lead the kids in a jam session on Friday, as part of the Rising Tide Festival. You’re welcome to bring your own instruments, but there will be noisemakers and percussion instruments on hand for sharing!

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

If you’re keen to have a bilingual experience, today is filled with fantastic Acadian flavour — and we can vouch for the awesomeness of the Acadian history displays at the Museum, too!

The one & only Art Richard is performing Saturday, singing in both English and French. Our kids have seen him many times and always rave about how fun he is!

One of my favourite New Brunswick children’s authors will be reading Saturday morning. Diane Carmel-Leger‘s books are wonderful depictions of past life in our area. The Lookout Tree and Piau’s Potato Present are both front & centre on my bookshelf; they offer an engaging and informative look at the local history of both Acadian and German settlers, perfect for school-age children and their parents to read. She also has some lovely picture books for younger kids; My Two Grandmothers is a personal favourite.

 

The 1st annual Living by the Sea Children’s Festival is presented by the Albert County Historical Society & Museum, with support from New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Hopewell Rocks., Friends of Fundy, & Pickle Planet Moncton.

Need some extra inspiration to visit?

The Museum itself is always worth the trip; we’re particular fans of the Reid Brothers’ designed Court House and the County Jail, most famous for housing murder suspect Tom Collins, but there are also fantastic displays featuring the seafaring history of the area, its military contributions to Canada, and so much more. The site is made up of eight historical buildings on six acres; there are more than 8,000 artifacts in 23 themed exhibits, not to mention guns captured from German forces at Vimy Ridge during WWI. (Check the end of the post for links to some podcast episodes recorded on site!)

The Albert County Museum is open daily, May Long Weekend to End of September , 9:30am to 5:30pm in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick.

The Museum is also just two minutes from Hopewell Rocks, so you can plan a full day of exploration. It looks like Friday’s low tide times will be perfect for exploring the ocean floor after spending the day at the festival! Remember: Hopewell Rocks admissions are valid for two consecutive days, to ensure the chance to see both high and low tide.

We hope everyone gets out to support this BRAND NEW kids’ festival in our region!! Be sure to let us know if you do; drop a note in the comments or tag us on your social posts!

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