What to do with the kids Thanksgiving weekend in Moncton (2017)

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, everyone! Hard to believe we’re here already, but the leaves are changing and the mornings are getting chilly.

Looking for some quick and fun craft ideas to celebrate the weekend? Check out our wooden turkey and several other fantastic ideas from local East Coast Bloggers!

You’ll also want to review our list of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple orchards in the area. Be sure to double check with each before heading out!

And be sure to check out our list of ongoing activities for lots of inspiration, including things like family public skating, family movies, and swim time with inflatable obstacles!

Wondering if your child has an interest in music? Stop by Long & McQuade on Friday to celebrate Kids Music Day; they can try out instruments like guitars, keyboards, drums, and more.

New Brunswick is wrapping up Wellness Week with lots of fun activities this weekend. On Friday, the Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre is holding a free swim from 7pm to 8:30pm.  Riverview hosts Do the U on Saturday, inviting folks to travel a 6.25 km U on the Riverfront Trail, starting and ending at the Chocolate River Station. In Salisbury, families are invited to Do the Loop around the Highland Park Wetland Trail. The walk takes place from 1pm to 3pm, with gifts for the first 250 adults and first 60 kids!

There are lots of family fun activities at Fundy Park for Thanksgiving weekend, including Fundy Bike Fest and ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day,’ the park’s annual pumpkin carving contest, a Saturday campfire, and more. Saturday at Kouchibouguac Park it’s the Mawiomi of Nations, a celebration of First Nation artists and artisans. There are also family events planned for campers on Sunday!

Poley Mountain is holding its Fall Festival on Saturday. There’s an antique auto show, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, rides to the top of the mountain on the chair lift, and more! Adults $8, children 12 and under $5 (and free for 2017/2018 season pass holders).

Want to go for a horse ride? Snider Mountain Ranch (near Sussex) is offering trail rides; prices start at $30/hour per person. (PS – They do sleigh rides in the winter, too!)

The Neptune Drive In is closed for the season, but will open this Saturday only for a fundraiser. The Halloween of Horrors Drive In is in support of the Greater Moncton SPCA / SPA du Grand Moncton. The first feature is kid-friendly (ages 9+) Frankenweenie, followed by the scarier Pet Sematary. (We’ll work at getting a Halloween activity round up to you soon!)

Ready to carve your pumpkin? Wishing someone else would help your kid carve it? Superstore has you covered! Kids ages six to 11 can carve a pumpkin – and bring it home – for $10 on Saturday at 1pm. Call the Main Street location to book your spot!

You can also take the kids to Michaels, where there’s a free pumpkin slime project on Saturday at 1pm, and the weekly kids craft is a pumpkin ornament. Saturday afternoon you can also purchase a 9-inch craft pumpkin and have the decorating supplies provided.

There’s something for everyone at the Moncton Public Library this weekend. A few highlights: musical storytime and rock painting workshops (pre-register for ages 11+) on Saturday, and on Sunday African Storytime and a Scrabble tournament. (Please note, the library is closed on Monday.)

Why not spend some time this weekend bonding over board games? The Comic Hunter has a sale on just in time! Or you can pop by Unplugged Riverview to check out their selection – and their great menu!

A reminder that the annual Walk to Remember is coming up on October 15; watch for more details on the blog soon, and check out our past profiles of the event.

Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, whether it’s filled with large turkey dinners or quiet moments.

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