What to do with the kids in Greater Moncton this weekend (Sept 30 – Oct 2)

Welcome to a wonderful fall weekend!

Pickle Planet acknowledges that the lands on which New Brunswick is situated are the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Wǝlastǝkewiyik/Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq/Mi’kmaw and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy). We humbly observe September 30 as Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Elder Gary Augustine will be leading a prayer and smudging ceremony outside Moncton’s City Hall on Friday at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You might also want to explore this list of kid-friendly books that highlight Indigenous culture, books specifically about residential schools, with choices appropriate for various age groups, & this list of retailers working with the Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day Society.

Weekend Events Sept 30 – Oct 2

Shediac’s Fall Festival is underway, September 28 – October 2. A few highlights include a free musical bonfire at Pascal Poirier Park Thursday evening with Roland Gauvin, free activities at the park on Saturday 10am-2pm, and the annual Witches’ Night (for the grown ups!).

East Coast Amusements is back at the Moncton Coliseum, September 29 – October 2.

The Green Pig plans to reopen on Friday, with fall décor, veggies, & more for sale, as well as the amazing corn maze. They’ll be open daily 10am-5pm for the season.

The Moncton Sports Dome is open Friday nights for laser tag, Just Dance, Xbox & Nintendo gaming. Tickets are $25/person for unlimited play; children 11 & under must have a guardian with them, but non-playing participants can watch for free.

The Greater Moncton Navratri Festival takes place Friday and Saturday at the Moncton Coliseum, hosted by the Gujarati Society of New Brunswick and the Indo Canada Association of Greater Moncton.

FAMILY FALL BUCKET LIST IDEAS

LocalFest takes over the Ian Fowler Oval outside the Avenir Centre on Saturday for a celebration of New Brunswick makers, artists, and more. There’s live music, a family fun zone from 1-4pm with inflatables, animals, and activities.

The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly bike/walk fundraiser for Youth Impact Jeunesse, taking place Saturday at 3pm.

The festival de slam/poésie francophone takes place October 1-15, with lots of interesting events planned.

Petitcodiac’s Harvest Festival was rescheduled to this weekend, with Saturday, October 1 filled with activities.

The Moncton Fire Department is holding an Open House Saturday, October 1 from 10am – 2pm at Hildegard Station.

Sunny Brae Baptist Church is hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic for kids ages four and under, with their adults, on Saturday morning at 11:30am.

The Moncton Wildcats’ home opener was rescheduled to this Sunday, October 2 and they have TONS of fun extras planned! The Greatest Show includes plans for a tailgate party beginning at noon with aerial artists, bouncy castles, live music, and much more – plus the hockey game at 4pm, of course!

The Kids Flow Exploration Lab is hosting a series of Sunday workshops at the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre, starting this weekend. You can book individually or for all four. The sessions go from 9am – 12pm, with a participants Halloween party on October 29 from 6-8pm. This is for ages six to 10, with themes of storytelling and mandala drawing, stamp making, kaleidoscope and costume making, all culminating with Halloween decorating and pumpkin carving for the Enchanted Forest party!

CORN MAZES, APPLE ORCHARDS, & MORE

You can find lots of links & info in the post below, but locally the maze options include Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse‘s staw bale maze, the Green Pig’s corn maze, Milton Mile Farms corn maze, & Trueman Blueberry Farm. For apples,Irishview EstatesLa Fleur du Pommier, and Uris Williams & Sons Apple Orchardare all great options. If you’re on the hunt for pumpkins AND apples, visit Les Petits Fruits de Pré-d’en-Haut, Le Verger Goguen, or Belliveau Orchard.

MORE OUTDOOR IDEAS

Magnetic Hill Zoo is open most of the year & is a fantastic option for families. The average time to enjoy the site is two hours; lots of shade, an awesome playground, and places to eat or picnic make this a great outing in any season. Watch for Boo at the Zoo to return this October!

Animal lovers might also want to try horseback riding at nearby Boyle Family Farm on Route 126.

Adventurous families might want to try TreeGo (located within Centennial Park in Moncton), Maghill PaintballEast Coast Karting, or Off Grid Adventure.

There’s really no season that isn’t fun on our playgrounds! We’re on a mission to visit them all and share our thoughts; follow the link for our Playground Profiles! You can also go straight to the ones with splash pads and water features by clicking here.

Grab your camera and plan a photography tour of the public art installations around our communities, thanks to Festival Inspire.

The City of Moncton offers three outdoor areas where riders can bike, skate, or scooter for free: CN Sportplexe Bike Park (55 Russ Howard Boulevard), the Downtown Skate Park (by Riverfront Park), and the Renton All-Wheels Park (280 Noel Street).

Dieppe’s Rotary St-Anselme Park & Splash Pad offers awesome biking trails and options, too – and don’t forget the awesome pump track now in Riverview at the Irving Road Playground!

INDOOR FUN IDEAS

You can find all kinds of links to family fun on our MEGA GUIDE TO FAMILY FUN IN GREATER MONCTON, but here are some highlights:

Great spaces to appeal to a variety of ages & interests are Hop Skip Jump!SkyZone, & DIY Studio.

The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place for all ages, and bowling is always a great time! Fairlanes in Moncton & Bowlarama in Dieppe both offer gutter blockers for kids, and Bowlarama has an awesome arcade section. Don’t forget Riverview is now home to The Marvelous Holy Bowly, too.

Older kids might want to try laser tag at  Marco’s Clinic, or neighbouring FitRocks Climbing Gym, or maybe test their wits at Room Escape Atlantic or Mystery Moncton Mystere.

Add a dose of learning with a trip to Resurgo PlaceDoiron House or the Moncton Public Library.

Cineplex has theatres in both Dieppe & Moncton

The YMCA Moncton North has an indoor splash pad & playground; non-members are welcome.

Cabela’s has a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium; stop by to see striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, trout, perch, and more!

The City of Moncton offers free drop in gym time for kids in Gr 5 – 8 at the Crossman Centre  (99 Wynwood Drive) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-4:45pm. The gym is open for Parents & Tots Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am until noon. You can also walk the indoor track WITH a stroller between 11am and 1pm. There’s also indoor walking at the Moncton Coliseum between 9am and 4pm; call 857-4100 for more info.

SWIMMING

Check out the Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview, the Moncton YMCA at Vaughan Harvey, and the Dieppe Aquatic Centre. Both the Moncton & Dieppe pools are great with littles; Dieppe has a sloped entry with a pirate ship, while the Vaughan Harvey YMCA has a separate kiddie pool.

SKATING

FYI: Indoor ice skating generally starts around Thanksgiving and runs until after March Break. Watch for updates next month! (Oh, and if you live in the City of Moncton & hope to have a community rink this year, check out the City’s program. They’re open for applications until Oct. 10.)

YUMMY MARKETS, TREATS, & MORE

The Moncton Market & the Dieppe Market are both open on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, with fantastic options for local goodies.

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.

Magnetic Hill Wharf Village café & ice cream is still open Saturdays & Sundays for September.

A fun spot to shop & enjoy a riverside stroll is the Starving Artist Cafe; in 2022, they revamped the outside with a new Festival Inspire mural & added a patio bar & ice cream stand!

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 deux pépins.

LOOKING AHEAD

Crabbe Mountain’s Fall Festival of Colours takes place Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9; 11am-4pm each day. Take the chair lift to the top, then enjoy a self-guided walk or shuttle back to the bottom. Guided mountain bike rides are also an option. There will be beer gardens, photo booths, hay wagon rides, BBQ, food trucks, and more!

BOOKSTRAVAGANZA is returning this year, with a new venue – the Moncton Coliseum! This is a massive used book sale that supports Laubach Literacy NB’s adult literacy programs. The sale isn’t until Oct 14-16, but you can drop off used books for donation to the sale now until October 6 at Sobeys locations in Moncton, Riverview, & Dieppe.

Fredericton will have a comic convention November 26 & 27 with panels, workshops, and more, featuring Archie comics’ Dan Parent, Marvel’s Sam De La Rosa (best known for his work on Venom), and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

 

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