Here’s your one-stop list for ideas on what to do with the kids in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview and surrounding areas in New Brunswick.
(Please note: this list was created pre-COVID; please click through the links and research your options before heading out. Inclusion does NOT indicate the business is operating as usual.)
This is a bare-bones list: we’ve left out hours & prices as these change more often than we can keep up with – but click through and you should be able to find all the details!
We also work to keep this post updated with the latest changes to local businesses; please let us know if you see something that is no longer operating or have an addition. This is a free resource we’ve curated; if you find it useful, we’d appreciate if you’d share it with your friends and family. Thanks!
A quick note: This list focuses on attractions. We’ve also got a great list of playgrounds, splash parks, free, indoor play groups, and once a month we update our list of the best family-friendly events & activities taking place in the Greater Moncton Area.
We also have a post focused on Winter Fun, as well as other seasonal roundups updated each year. You’ll likely want to check out some of those, as well. Also, this list is pretty focused just on the Greater Moncton Area and doesn’t tap into all the cool things in Shediac, Fundy, Alma, and so on. This is the tip of the iceberg, folks!
Looking to burn off steam? Here are some indoor options for the family:
Hop Skip Jump! bills itself as New Brunswick’s largest indoor play space, with spaces and activities that appeal to a variety of ages, from a toddler-only area to virtual reality, wall climbing, and laser mazes.
Laser tag your thing? Check out the options at Marco’s Clinic!
Maghill Paintball is a fantastic option with teens. A two-hour rental (birthday party package) available!
Fairlanes in Moncton (closed at the moment due to pandemic) & Bowlarama in Dieppe both offer gutter blockers for kids, and Bowlarama has an awesome arcade section. There’s also a small bowling alley in Petitcodiac that’s great fun, too!
The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place for all ages. There are skate times for those under age 11 and designated teen times. Helmet rentals available!
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.
The City of Moncton also offers free drop-in gym times for families, including a toddler time on most weekdays, at the Crossman Centre. You can find more free, drop-in toddler programming in this post.
Stretch your creative side at these local spots:
The Clayspace often holds drop in sessions, kid-friendly classes, and a retail gallery.
DIY Studio is a great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on West Main Street in Moncton.
Plan a photography tour of the public art installations around our communities, thanks to Festival Inspire!
Love to play games?
Room Escape Atlantic is recommended ages 8 and up.
Mystery Moncton Mystere recommended ages 14 and up.
We’ve rounded up a list of arcades in the GMA; you can find that info here!
More Indoor Fun
Resurgo Place is a perfect space for hands on exploring, including Saturday and Sunday ‘crafternoon’ events included with admission.
Doiron House an architectural & cultural landmark celebrating Acadian community life, opened in 2020 in Dieppe. The home was built in 1841 and retains its original masonry hearth, the only known one of its kind in the area. Families are sure to love the opportunity to explore the site through the eyes of Marie, a young girl on a hunt for a valuable object.
USVA Nordic spa offers a family experience on the first Sunday of each month.
The Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview offers weekday Parent & Tot swims and open swim times.
The Moncton YMCA holds public swims sessions; you do NOT need a membership to swim at these times. There is a children’s pool at the YMCA.
The YMCA Moncton North (70 Twin Oaks Drive) welcomes non-members to use their indoor splash pad & playground! The cost is $3/person on Fridays from 5-8pm; $5/person other times. (Children under 12 need a parent/guardian with them, but you’re not required to pay the fee – just the kiddos! Bathing suits & swim caps aren’t required.) Check out the schedule here.
There are preschool swim sessions at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre, as well as public swim times. A section of the pool has a sloped entry and a pirate ship water feature, making it ideal for little ones.
The public is also welcome to swim at certain times in the pool at Universite de Moncton.
Find more details in our Guide to Swimming in the GMA here.
Markets & More
The Moncton Market is open Saturday from 8am until 1pm with vendors offering pre-packaged goods.
The Dieppe Market is offering a virtual market with on-site pick-up; you can find the details online – orders are accepted between Monday and Wednesday.
Magnetic Hill Wharf Village is open seasonally.
Shediac’s Neptune Drive In is a New Brunswick institution!
The Sussex Drive In is always a favourite; consider camping, as well.
Outdoor & Summer Attractions
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.
Magnetic Hill Zoo is open most of the year, with lots of seasonal specials.
TreeGo is a fantastic family outing, especially with older kids who love a challenge. This attraction is limited to children over the age of seven.
East Coast Karting is an outdoor 600-metre track with options for all skill levels.
Butterfly World & The Boardwalk includes batting cages, go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, and lots more
Thomas Williams House offers tours and activities during the summer.
Most rinks open after Thanksgiving and stay in operation until after March Break. You can find an updated list of rinks and skate times here.