What to do with the kids this weekend in Greater Moncton (Feb 23-25)

Welcome to the last weekend in February, everyone! It’s a bit of a quieter weekend after the fun of Family Day (and before March Break kicks in), but there are still lots of events, activities, & ideas for family fun. Read on!

Our annual MEGA GUIDE TO MARCH BREAK is coming soon! If you have an event or activity happening that you want the community to know about, be sure to send us a note. Watch for the Guide to hit the site on Wednesday, February 28. (March Break means no school March 4-8, 2024.) We also have advertising options available, both within the Guide and on our site.

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Let’s get planning, shall we?!

FRIDAY

🏊 YMCA public swim, 7-8pm, $3/person
🏀 Drop-in basketball for ages 12-18 at the YMCA, 8:15-9:30pm, $5 for non-members (also on Mondays!)
🏸 Drop-in badminton for ages 14 & under 6-7pm & 15+ 7-9pm at CCNB Dieppe

⛸️ Shediac, 9:30-10:30am
⛸️ Moncton Superior Propane Centre, Parent & Tot, 10-11am
⛸️ Moncton Kay Arena, Parent & Tot, 10:15-11:15am, $2
⛸️ Sackville, 10:15-11:15am, Parent & Tot
⛸️ Sackville, Noon-1pm, Lunch skate
⛸️ Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
⛸️ Moncton Kay Arena, public, 3:30-4:30pm
⛸️ Riverview 12 & under, 4-5:15pm
⛸️ Hillsborough, 8:15-9:15pm, $2/person or $5/family

It’s the second-last Fun on Ice party tonight at Dieppe’s Place 1604, with DJ Empire spinning French & Latin Top 40 AND a laser show!

The Little Mermaid opens Friday night at the Capitol, with performances until March 3. These musicals are always amazing, but this one looks like it’s going to be the best yet!!

We can’t say it often enough – our community public libraries are awesome places to take the kids anytime! We love the large play space at the Moncton library & the chance to enjoy a stroll downtown. A perfect choice with the littles on Friday at 10:30am for storytime!

🎬 Friday is Movie Night at BGC Dieppe, with Sonic 2 showing. (English, with French subtitles.)

Danse DNA Dance is holding performance at the Riverview Arts Centre with their competitive teams. A great chance to cheer on young talent!

And don’t forget – Chocolat Moncton continues through this weekend, with some incredible creations on various menus around Greater Moncton!

SATURDAY

⛸️ Moncton Coliseum, Parent & Tot, 9:30-10:30am, $2
⛸️ Moncton Kay Arena, public, 2:30-4pm, $2
⛸️ Hillsborough, 2-3pm
⛸️ Moncton Coliseum, public, 3:45-5:15pm $2
⛸️ Riverview 3:45-5:15pm
⛸️ Dieppe AJL, 6:15-7:15pm
⛸️ Hillsborough, 8-9pm

🏊 Riverview Aquatic Centre offers open swim on Saturdays at 1:35 & 2:40.
🏊 CEPS (UdeM) public swim, 3-4:25, $3
🏊 The Dieppe Aquatic Centre has public swims on Saturday at 3:15pm & 6pm. $10/adults, $5-$8 for youth (under 2 free)
🏊 YMCA public swim, 6:30-7:45pm, $3

🥞 Start the morning off without making breakfast – head to the Coverdale Masonic Lodge in Riverivew (36 Bradford East Road), 9-11am, for pancakes, sausages, drinks, & more. Just $10/adult, $5/child – cash only.

🐦 Nature Moncton is hosting an bird feeder tour on Saturday. This is a full day event, including stops for potluck meals. Check out their Facebook event for a great description & details!

📚 This Saturday at Moncton library, there’s Chess Club at 10am, D&D (ages 13-18) at 2:30pm, & more!

🎨 BGC Dieppe is hosting a family paint day, 12-3pm!

🏒 The Moncton Wildcats are hosting the PEI Islanders on Saturday night. It’s PRIDE night in the Den, so wear your colours (and try the promo code PRIDE for a discount when buying tickets).

Celebrate Rendez-vous d’hiver de la Vallée de Memramcook with a fun community morning at Abbey-Landry School, 9am-12pm, with horse drawn wagon rides, JOJO’s small trains, inflatables, face painting, treats, and more!

If you’re looking for something for yourself, our friend Jeanne Balcom is hosting a workshop this weekend that provides you with the foundations of Healing Touch, a technique that she’s used for years with her children and grandchildren. Check out the article we wrote for Jeanne a few years ago & reach out to her at humming4health @ hotmail.com if you’re interested in learning more! #sponsored

SUNDAY

🐴 Sleigh rides, Dieppe Rotary Park, 1-4pm, $5/person

🏊 YMCA public swim, 1:30-3pm, $3/person
🏊 CEPS (UdeM) public swim, 3-4:25, $3
🏊 Dieppe Aquatic Centre public swim Sunday at 3:15pm. $10/adults, $5-$8 for youth (under 2 free)

⛸️ Moncton Superior Propane Centre, Parent & Tot, 9:45-10:45am, $2
⛸️ Moncton Superior Propane Centre, public, 11:45am-12:45pm, $2
⛸️ Dieppe AJL, 1-2pm
⛸️ Moncton Kay Arena, public, 2:30-4pm, $2
⛸️ Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under)
⛸️ Riverview public 2:30-4pm
⛸️ Sackville public 2:30-3:30pm
⛸️ Shediac, 5:30-6:30pm
⛸️ Hillsborough, 2:15-3:15pm

This Sunday at Place Resurgo Place it’s another Discovery Labs event, this time with MR21 visiting. Enjoy a virtual reality experience featuring Moncton’s architectural & cultural icon, the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral. Included with your general admission to the museum!

FYI: You can always check whether walking/skiing/ trails & outdoor rinks are open using the municipal websites for DieppeMoncton, & Riverview! Most of these activities are starting to wind down for the season, so get out soon!!

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS INDOOR & OUTDOOR

INDOOR FUN IDEAS

Here’s our trusty list of places you might want to check out with the family anytime! 

OUTDOOR IDEAS

OUTDOOR RINKS

SLIDING HILLS IN GREATER MONCTON

Tobogganing, sliding, sledding – whatever you call it, it’s one of the most fun things to do in winter! There may or may not be enough snow this weekend to hit the hills, but just in case … here are a few to-go spots:

  • There are a few municipally-approved toboggan runs at Centennial Park in Moncton.
  • Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe also has several great spots.
  • 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 Parkin 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 Hillis a great spot for sliding, though it is a long walk (2km) to reach the site.

LOOKING AHEAD

Our MEGA MARCH BREAK GUIDE will drop mid-week, but a shout out to our friends at the Friends of the Zoo who are again opening for Sunday winter visits in March! Make plans now to see the animals & enjoy the outdoors next month at Magnetic Hill Zoo! #sponsored

 

Looking for a fun way to mark the Leap Year?! Shediac is hosting a 3-6-6 party! Live music, cozy bonfires, chowders, drinks & more in Pascal Poirier Park, 6-8pm, on February 29.

Coming up later in March, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is presenting the music of Queen at the Wesleyan Centre. There will be a choir with 100 singers & soloists along with the amazing musicians. Mark March 23 on your calendar now & grab tickets quick!

Pssst! Maple Season is coming soon! We’re busy updating our GUIDE TO MAPLE SUGAR CAMPS IN GREATER MONCTON & we have a special podcast episode with author & sugar maker Kim Renton coming up on March 11. If you can’t wait for your maple fix, here are two things to watch for:

Salisbury’s Pizza Mill is offering two special pizzas on the menu from March 1 – 29: the Maple Chili Pizza & the Sugar Shack Pizza. Click the link to head to their Facebook page for descriptions of the pizzas!

Riverview’s annual Maple Fest is taking place April 5-7, 2204.

For more on maple season in New Brunswick, check out last year’s interview with the ever-educational & fun Heather Fraser!

Thanks for reading & have a great weekend, everyone!

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