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Fun family things to do in Moncton

Wondering what to do with the family in Moncton?

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Well, hello there! This is your one-stop list for events, activities, attractions, and more in Southeastern New Brunswick!

This is a list of all kinds of family-friendly events & activities & ideas for outings compiled from dozens & dozens of websites, social media accounts, etc in the Greater Moncton Area. If you have an event or idea to submit, drop us a message!

WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE

  • Family-friendly events & activities happening this month in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview & beyond
  • Indoor skating – free & paid ice skating times
  • Indoor attractions (swimming, museums, & more)
  • Outdoor adventures & ideas
  • Markets & yummy places to go for treats
  • & more!

Please remember to always check our source links for updates, and follow provincial & national health guidelines for safety during the pandemic.

MUST READ: Pickle Planet’s Guide to Fall Fun!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER

You can find all our HALLOWEEN events, haunted houses to visit, local ghost stories and more in our Spooky Guide!

Psst! Don’t forget to read all the way through for lists of indoor & outdoor attractions — including all the FREE public skating times! 

Boo at the Zoo,the annual fundraiser for the Magnetic Hill Zoo takes place October 23, 24, 30, & 31 from 10am to 4pm. Boo at the Zoo tickets are available online 10 days before the event. Those ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or exemption; masks (not the Halloween kind!) are required indoors.

Tanilou Farm in Shediac is welcoming everyone for Halloween on the Farm Saturday, October 23.

Cineplex in Dieppe is hosting The Great Big Boo on Sunday, October 24, Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31. This is a family-friendly musical experience.

Farmer Brown’s is holding a Boo Bash on Sunday, October 24.

Farmer Brown‘s is also offering several ghostly tour options on their grounds. Enjoy the ‘Too Cute to Spook‘ (recommended for ages six and younger) and ‘The Ghosts of Dawson’ trails (six and over) October 29 (1-4pm), October 30 (noon-6pm), & October 31 (noon – 6pm). Admission is $10/person. Find all the details on their event listing; you can purchase your tickets there, too!

Farmer Brown’s Forbidden Woods & Haunted Greenhouse Tour is open October 27 through 31, 6-10pm. Cost is $15/person.

Salisbury’s Recreation & Wellness Department is hosting a Halloween Pumpkin Walk at Highland Park on October 29. There will be carved pumpkins throughout the park, treats for those in costume, and lots of family-friendly outdoor fun. 6-7pm.

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Mark your calendars for Monster Trot on October 30. Be sure to snap a selfie at our candy station & tag us online; we’d love to see all your fabulous faces enjoying the day!!

Moncton Public Library is planning Halloween crafts in the kids’ section from 10am until 4:45pm on Saturday, October 30. Come in your costume & enjoy! (Proof of vaccination/masks are required to enter.)

The Village of Memramcook is planning a Halloween concert with Art Richard on October 30. Cost is $10 (adults) & $5 (students). Wear your costume to get a treat!

Trueman’s Farm in Aulac is hosting a pet costume contest on Saturday, October 30. This is an online, photo-based competition! They’re also holding a Trick-or-Treat Around the Farm event on Oct 31; register in advance, cost is $13, and you’ll have access to all the outdoor activities!

Sackville’s Church by the Lake is holding a Trunk or Treat event on Oct 31, 4-6pm.

Be sure to check out the Village of Memramcook’s Facebook page on Halloween (October 31) – they’ll be sharing photos that have been submitted of pumpkin creations!

The Green Pig Market in Salisbury is a perfect family outing! Mini corn mazes & play areas for toddlers, a large maze, pumpkin blaster, cafe, & more. Check out their Haunted Corn Trail on October 22, 23, 29, & 30.

Boyle Family Farm features a family-friendly petting zoo, corn maze, wagon rides, & more. Open on the weekends, 9am-6pm. They also have a Haunted Corn Maze October 22, 23, & 24. Friday the trial is open 6-10pm; on Saturday & Sunday, it’s 11am-4pm (kid-friendly) & 6-10pm (scary).

Trueman’s Farm in Sackville has some of the best ice cream in the province (we enjoyed amazing pumpkin spice, chocolate raspberry, and maple blueberry when we visited!) & a corn maze, sunflower maze, bouncy pad, & more. They’re holding a fun Halloween at the Farm event on October 31.

MUST READ: Pickle Planet’s Remembrance Day crafts & books recommendations


INDOOR ICE SKATING 

 

  • Monday:
    • Dieppe’s UNIplex preschoolers 9:30-10:30am (FREE)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena parent & tot 10:15-11:15am ($2)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Superior Propane Centre public 3:30-4:30pm ($2)
  • Tuesday
    • Dieppe UNIplex preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am (FREE)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena parent & tot 10:15-11:15am ($2)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Riverview 12 & under 3-4pm (FREE)
    • Superior Propane Centre public 3:30-4:30pm ($2)
  • Wednesday
    • Crossman/Kay Arena parent & tot 10:15-11:15am ($2)
    • Memramcook adults & kids 12:50-1:50pm & 2-3pm (FREE)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Dieppe’s AJL 3-4pm
    • Superior Propane Centre public 3:30-4:30pm ($2)
    • Riverview 18 & under 3:30-4:45pm (FREE)
  • Thursday
    • Dieppe’s UNIplex preschoolers 9:30-10:30am (FREE)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena parent & tot 10:15-11:15am ($2)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
  • Friday:
    • Dieppe UNIplex preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am (FREE)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena 10:15am-11:15am *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule (FREE)
    • Memramcook public 1-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena 3:30-4:30pm *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule (FREE)
    • Riverview 12 & under, 4-5:15pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 8:15-9:15pm ($2/person or $5/family)
  • Saturday
    • Moncton Coliseum parent & tot 9:30-10:30am ($2)
    • Hillsborough 2-3pm ($2/person or $5/family)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena 2:30-4pm ($2)
    • Moncton Coliseum 3:45-5:15pm ($2)
    • Riverview 3:45-5:15pm (FREE)
    • Dieppe’s AJL 6:15-7:15pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 8-9pm ($2/person or $5/family)
  • Sunday:
    • Superior Propane Centre Parent & Tot skating 9:45am-10:45am ($2)
    • Memramcook 11:30am-12:25pm (FREE)
    • Superior Propane Centre 11:45am-12:45pm ($2)
    • Dieppe’s AJL 2-3pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 2:15-3:15pm ($2/person or $5/family)
    • Crossman/Kay Arena 2:30-4pm ($2)
    • Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under)
    • Riverview 2:30-4pm (FREE)
    • Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:45-4:45pm (FREE)

MORE INDOOR FUN IDEAS

  • There are several spots that generally often indoor walking, with many tracks being stroller-friendly (at least at certain times). Check with the Moncton Coliseum, Crossman Centre/Kay Arena, & the UNIplex in Dieppe for current information.
  • Check your local public library for storytimes, teen groups, and more!
  • Marco’s Clinic is a great spot for basketball & laser tag! (It’s just across the parking lot from our next spot.)
  • FitRocks Climbing Gym has great courses for all ages. Perfect for any combination of climbers.
  • DIY Studio is a great spot for a paint-your-own pottery outing. We’re thrilled to see they’re getting a bigger space soon!
  • Also on the move, SkyZone has its signage up again on St. George Blvd, near Hillcrest School. Woo hoo!
  • Hop Skip Jump! is open with reduced capacity, but no reservation required.
  • Bowling is always fun! Bowlarama in Dieppe offers gutter blockers for kids & an awesome arcade section.
  • The new YMCA Moncton North has an indoor splash pad & playground!!
  • Resurgo Place is closed Sundays & Mondays.
  • Doiron House, celebrating Acadian community life in Dieppe, opens for the season June 3.
  • Musée acadien at the University is open June through August, with guided tours, travelling exhibits, and more.
  • HomarusEcoCentre opens for the season on July 7; be sure to plan to adopt your own lobster this season! (Don’t worry; the lobster doesn’t come home with you – but you learn all about its lifecycle!)
  • The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place to learn & practice your skills; book a time and check them out!
  • Escape rooms are great fun with older kids; check out the options at Room Escape AtlanticMystery Moncton Mystere, & at Shediac’s Le Moque-Tortue
  • Timber Lounge offers family bookings, too. Another great option for tweens & teens (or a night out).
  • Maghill Paintball is a fantastic option with teens. A two-hour rental (birthday party package) is available.
  • The YMCA, Dieppe Aquatic Centre, & Riverview Aquatic Centre all offer public swim times. And don’t forget the YMCA North End’s indoor splash pad!
  • Cineplex has theatres in both Dieppe & Moncton, with new releases back on the big screen!

INDOOR SKATING IS BACK!

You can find details on all paid & free indoor & outdoor skating time in our full Guide to Ice Skating in Greater Moncton, but here is a quick


OUTDOOR IDEAS

Most kids love animals – and there are some fun options locally to consider. Boyle Family Farm offers a petting zoo on Saturdays (9am – 3pm) & horseback rides. Llamazing Adventures is full of funky options to spend time with their crew. Broadleaf Ranch is a lovely place for a trail ride; we highly suggest an overnight stay in one of their themed glamping cabins if you can! And of course, the Magnetic Hill Zoo is a traditional favourite!

Farmer Brown’s is always hopping with workshops & of other fun options for families. (Plan to grab some of their delicious pizza while you’re there, if you can!)

Love ninja warrior courses? Parkour? Check out Off Grid Adventure in Anagance for an awesome adventure course!

Head to Hiking NB for amazing details on trails throughout the province – including lots of fall & winter options.

There’s a Culture & Heritage Scavenger Hunt for the City of Moncton – check it out & you could even win a prize.

The Town of Riverview’s Mill Creek Challenge is another great way to get out & explore – and you might even win ice cream!

Maghill Paintball is a fantastic option with teens. A two-hour rental (birthday party package) available!

TreeGo is a fantastic family outing, especially with older kids (ages 7+) who love a challenge. Find them within Moncton’s Centennial Park. Also at the park you can sometimes book to climb the wall at Camp Centennial.

East Coast Karting is an outdoor 600-metre track with options for all skill levels. You might also want to check out the action at Riverglade Motorcross and the Petty International Raceway for events & programs, too!

The City of Moncton offers three awesome areas for riders to bike, skate, or scooterCN Sportplexe Bike Park (55 Russ Howard Boulevard), the Downtown Skate Park (by Riverfront Park), and the Renton All-Wheels Park (280 Noel Street). (And of course all the amazing trails!) Dieppe’s Rotary St-Anselme Park & Splash Pad offers awesome biking trails and options, too, & now Riverview has a pump track & parkour-inspired playground you’ll want to visit for sure!

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Don’t forget to take time to enjoy local parks & playgrounds. Here are a few of the large spaces to explore, with trails & occasional activities planned. You can also check out our Playground section for dozens of profiles of local spaces to play!

 


MARKETS & YUMMY TREATS TO EXPLORE

The Moncton Market & the Dieppe Market are both open on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, with fantastic options for local goodies. For the summer, you can also visit the Moncton Riverfront Evening Market on Thursday nights. Many smaller communities also have markets & great hidden eating gems, like Salisbury’s growing market/antique scene and the Little Red Rooster Cafe at the Green Pig Country Market, as well as the Old Church Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough. For a little shopping & treats with a great view, plan a visit to Magnetic Hill Wharf Village.

Treat your tastebuds with a walk along St. George Street for Halo Donuts, Lost and Found Ice Cream, and maybe even a Taco in a Bag from Notre Dame de Parkton or something from Dolma. You’re also super close to Co Pain Artisan Bread Company & oodles of great restaurants! The Arches of St. George hold regular pop-ups with some of the neatest makers around. Treats, vintage finds, jewelry, and so much more! Pop up to Apple Art Gallery & their new shop, deux pépins.

Grab a meal from a food truck & pull up a picnic table. We loved enjoying some poutine from the Freaky Fryer while waiting for the Tidal Bore! You might be able to track down your favourite truck – or discover a new fave with this handy map! BeaverTails Mobile keeps popping up in fun places around the community; check out their page to see if you can make plans to visit them soon for a treat.


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Need more ideas for fun with the family? Check out additional details for arcades, bowling alleys, and other attractions on Pickle Planet’s Guide to Family Fun in Greater Moncton.