What to do with the kids in Moncton this weekend (Jan 13 – 15, 2023)

Welcome to mid-January everyone! Winter is shaping up to be full of fantastic family events in Greater Moncton & Pickle Planet is your one-stop spot on the ‘net to read all about it.

Each Thursday we post a round up featuring weekend events (if you’re organizing something, drop us the details) & ideas for indoor & outdoor activities to enjoy, plus we update our annual guides to ice skating, sliding hills, & more. On Mondays, we always have a fresh podcast/TV talk show episode for you to enjoy (did you know we’re closing in on 200 episodes?!) & Tuesdays are playground profile days (we’re hoping to update a few more of our fave winter options this year & have some new posts for spring already waiting for you). Did you know: since first hitting publish in 2015, we’ve shared more than 800 posts with local information for families – and we’re close to reaching 5 MILLION visits to this site?! Amazing!

WHAT’S HAPPENING JANUARY 13 – 15

Just realized it’s Friday the 13 – and a potential snow day! Check out our ‘how to make it a snow day’ list of superstitions for some fun ideas to try with the kids. (You might then also need our boredom buster ideas for toddlers and tips for enjoying winter with your family, too!)

RELATED: FUN IDEAS FOR PLAYING IN THE SNOW WITH TODDLERS

Friday night sees the Moncton Wildcats face off against the Acadie-Bathurst Titans at the Avenir Centre.

Poley Mountain is open for the season, offering skiing and snowboarding options.

Riverview Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast this Saturday, Jan 14 (and the second Saturday of every month), 8-11am. You can pay $10/person or ‘feed the family’ for $30 (children five & under are free).

We’re always big fans of checking out programming at the local libraries; this weekend, there’s chess, D&D, & more happening at the Moncton location!

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, who has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall, is performing Saturday at 6pm at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.

Baseball NB is holding a ‘Come Try Baseball’ session for girls (ages six to 16 years old, all abilities) this Sunday at the Moncton Sports Dome. (They also have sessions coming up in Miramichi, Saint John, & Fredericton, if you know someone who might be interested.)

SkyZone is offering an extra incentive to bring little ones to the trampoline park on Sunday mornings with a Little Leapers program. There will be two instructors offering interactive games and activities from 10am until noon for toddlers; this is included with the Toddler Play Pass or a SkyZone membership. (Other ages are also in the facility at this time.)

It’s Make Something Sunday at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville! This Sunday, 2-4pm, drop in to make your own printing plate & ink something using their pasta maker press. This is a free drop-in activity, geared to children 12 & under with their adults.

The Greater Moncton Scottish Association is hosting a Robert Burns Dinner on January 21, but tickets must be purchased by Sunday, January 15. There will be a social hour, toasts & poetry, music, haggis, and a roast beef dinner. Tickets are $30/adults, $15/children.

Speaking of yummy eats, Flip Burger Fest kicks off this Friday. More than 40 local restaurants have special creations for the event; challenge yourself to see how many you can try!

ONGOING EVENTS & IDEAS FOR FAMILY FUN

SLEIGH RIDES, DOG SLEDDING, & MORE

We see bookings are already filling up for Valentine’s Day & Family Day with Country Sleigh Rides (near the Irishtown Community Centre)! Their sled fits up to 16 adults; one-hour private bookings include time in the barn with the animals and a 40-minute ride and generally cost $125-$150. Call 506-874-4090 to book & find more info in their Facebook group.

Another fun winter adventure is NB Urban Mushing, also offering private group bookings to experience sled dogs in action in Greater Moncton!

Boyle Family Farm offers winter horseback riding, as does Broadleaf Ranch (who also have sleigh rides). You can also book winter walks with Llamas with Llamazing Adventures! You might also want to consider a visit to Beloved Miniature Horse stables, too.

SKATING

There are lots of indoor & outdoor skating options in the Greater Moncton Area. Here’s where to lace up inside this weekend!

  • Friday, January 13:
    • Dieppe AJL preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am (FREE)
    • Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm (FREE)
    • Riverview 12 & under, 4-5:15pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 8:15-9:15pm ($2/person or $5/family)
  • Saturday, January 14:
    • Hillsborough 2-3pm ($2/person or $5/family)
    • Moncton’s Crossman/Kay Arena 2:30-4pm ($2)
    • Riverview 3:45-5:00pm (FREE)
    • Dieppe’s AJL 6:15-7:15pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 8-9pm ($2/person or $5/family)
  • Sunday:
    • Memramcook 11:45am-12:45pm (FREE)
    • Dieppe’s AJL 2:15-3:15pm (FREE)
    • Hillsborough 2:15-3:15pm ($2/person or $5/family)
    • Moncton’s Crossman/Kay Arena 2:30-4pm ($2)
    • Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under)
    • Riverview 2:30-4pm (FREE)
    • Sackville 2:30-3:30
    • Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:30-4:30pm (FREE)

To check on skating schedules: Moncton Public SkatingDieppe Public SkatingMemramcook Public SkatingSackville Public Skating, & Hillsborough Public Skating. (Public skating at the Superior Propane Centre is cancelled January 13-15, public skating the Kay Arena is cancelled on January 13, and public skating at the Moncton Coliseum is cancelled for January 14.)

Both the Ian Fowler Oval in Moncton (in front of the Avenir Centre) & the Dieppe Skating Oval (at Place 1604) are refrigerated & open for outdoor skating now – with Friday nights always featuring extra fun in Dieppe with their Fun on Ice! This weekend, DJ Chris is spinning tunes from 6:30-8pm. (Check on schedule changes due to weather here.)

Dieppe also has two outdoor rinks in Rotary St-Anselme Park that are listed as open for the season (weather depending).

Irishtown/Maple Hills community has a lovely looking outdoor rink this season at the community centre; check their Facebook group for updates on when it’s open for skating and/or games.

Petitcodiac’s outdoor rink is at 42 Maple Street, with a new warming shelter for getting your skates on/off & a lovely sign showing the snowshoeing trail. You can generally find a daily update (green flag or red flag photo) in the Facebook group Petitcodiac Happenings.

We’ll keep updating on other outdoor rinks as we can!

SLIDING HILLS IN GREATER MONCTON

Tobogganing, sliding, sledding – whatever you call it, it’s one of the most fun things to do in winter! Every neighbourhood has its favourite hills, but here are a few to-go spots to seek out this winter.

  • There are a few municipally-approved toboggan runs at Centennial Park in Moncton.
  • Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe also has several great spots (check if they’re open here).
  • In Riverview, head to Winter Wonderland Park, on Quinn Court (off Gunningsville Boulevard) for some awesome tracks (and some snowboarding ones, too!) or behind Claude D. Taylor School.
  • Our kids love sliding at Highland Park in Salisbury; the hill is fantastic!
  • Shediac’s Pascal Poirier Park is often home to many sliding tracks in the winter.
  • In Fundy Park, check out the Headquarters Tobogganing Hill, and if you’re at Kouchibouquac Park, Patterson Hill is a great spot for sliding, though it is a long walk (2km) to reach the site.

LOOKING AHEAD

If you have or are expecting twins, triplets, or higher order multiples, Moncton Multiples’ Parent Group has started up their monthly MoM’s Night Out sessions again! The next one is happening January 26. (Psst! And their awesome consignment sale will be happening April 1st – which means registration to sell will likely open soon. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for the details!)

Mommy Connections Moncton’s winter programs are in full swing; check out their site to see which programs might be a great fit for you. (And if you’re in either of the Mom & Baby sessions, I’ll see you in March for one of the program days!)

riverview winter carnival dates for 2023 february 3 - 12

WINTER CARNIVALS & FESTIVALS

We’ll have a full round up of festival news & more coming soon, but here are some dates to book in your calendar now!

  • Riverview’s annual Winter Carnival is happening February 3 – 12, 2023.
  • Sackville’s 16th annual Winterfest will be February 9-12, 2023.
  • Moncton is launching PolarFest this year, happening in Centennial Park on the Family Day longweekend (February 18 – 20).
  • Fredericton’s Frostival is underway now, but their WinterFrolic family fun celebration has been moved to February 16 – 20, with an incredible line up of activities at the provincial Exhibition Grounds.
  • Charlottetown’s Ice City Festival sees outdoor fun downtown from January 27 to March 5 (consider it an extended, expanded distant cousin of the former Jack Frost Festival).

Happy mid-January, everyone!

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