What to do with the kids the long weekend in May in Greater Moncton (May 19-22, 2023)

Welcome to the May long weekend, everyone! There are plenty of events, adventures, & attractions to keep you & yours making memories together – let’s get started!

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Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is schedule to attend a concert with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra on Friday night at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the 8th Canadian Hussars.

Riverview High School’s drama production, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, hits the stage at the Riverview Art Centre for four shows, May 19 – 21.

A big shout out of congratulations to our friends at Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium, celebrating the Grand Opening of their Saint John location this Friday! They’re part of Area 506 now – and if you haven’t visited the container village, add it to your staycation adventure list now! Hearing descriptions and even seeing pictures doesn’t do this place justice.

The Sussex Drive In is open for the season, with Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Dungeons & Dragons on the bill Friday & Saturday night, adding Scream VI for a triple feature on the 21st. Gates open at 7:30pm, movie begins at dusk. Adults $13, children ages 5 – 15 $9, 4 & under free. Cash only at the gate, so plan accordingly!

Saturday will be a busy day in downtown Moncton, as the Princess Louise’s 8th Canadian Hussars celebrate their 175th anniversary — with a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. There will be road closures along Main & Westmorland to accommodate a parade scheduled for 11am, as well as a Royal 21-gun salute along the Riverfront at approximately 11am.

Off Grid Adventure is always on our weekend adventure list, but this Saturday there’s an added bonus: they’re hosting an Off Grid Expo! There will be off grid RVs, Bunkie Life will on site, solar panel systems, tractors, outdoor apparel, and Mama K’s food truck. Admission is a canned good or monetary donation for local food banks.

Starving Artist Cafe is hosting a kids’ pottery class this Saturday, ideal for ages 6-14 (those under 12 must have an adult with them during the class).

If you have a car enthusiast in the family, consider a stop at D1 Autotech on Saturday. They’ll have a Porsche Carrera Cup Race car and more on site.

Football fans should head to Rocky Stone field on Saturday at 7pm to see the defending Maritime Football League Champs, the Moncton Mustangs, take on the Halifax Heat. $10 at the gate, children 12 & under free.

Sunday you can cheer on the Moncton FisherCats (baseball) as they host Fredericton at Kiwanis Field in Moncton at 2pm.

Monster Spectacular heads to the Avenir Centre on Sunday afternoon, with four monster trucks, lawnmower races, and more – including an early pit party to meet the drivers and see the rigs up close.

There’s also some auto action happening at the Moncton Coliseum on Sunday, with Moncton Motor Sport Club’s Autoslalom taking place.

Wondering what to do with the holiday Monday? Head out on a hike!

Wondering about our cover photo this week? That’s the trail by the old gypsum silos in Hillsborough! This would be a great weekend to explore (respectfully, of course – obey any no trespassing signs along the way) the trail & Albert County in general!

WATER FUN

It’s a little cool yet to jump in the backyard pool or sprinkler, but a weekend trip to the pool might be just what you need!

  • If you have toddlers, I can’t recommend the indoor splash pad at YMCA Moncton North enough! It’s generally open to the public Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30-10:45am, 12:15-2:15pm, & 3:45-4:45pm (and times during the week, too!). Low cost and SUPER fun!
  • The pirate ship & sloped entry at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre is also fantastic for littles, and the older kids & stronger swimmer love the blow-up obstacles in the bigger pool.
  • The warm kiddie pool at the YMCA Greater Moncton (public swims Saturdays 6-7:30pm & Sundays 1:30-3pm) is another great spot with options for younger & older kids alike.
  • Don’t forget the open swims at Riverview’s Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre on Saturdays from 1:30-3:30pm & 12:30-2pm on Sundays.
  • And as the weather gets warmer, watch for the local outdoor pools & splash pads to open – you can find details to plan ahead on our Splash Pad Profiles!

MORE IDEAS FOR INDOOR FUN

MORE IDEA FOR OUTDOOR FUN

  • Magnetic Hill Zoo is currently open five days a week (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays).
  • Magic Mountain‘s mini golf is open for the season; a sure sign the rest will soon follow!
  • Butterfly World & The Boardwalk includes batting cages, go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, and lots more – a great spot for the whole family to enjoy! (Not all aspects are open yet, but check their socials for updates.)
  • Adventurous families might want to try TreeGo (located within Centennial Park in Moncton)
  • or maybe book a session at Maghill Paintball
  • or hit the track at East Coast Karting
  • Boyle Family Farm offers farm visits and horseback rides; check their site for what’s happening.
  • Llamazing Adventures books walks with animals in fun locations!
  • Beloved Miniature Horses often has farm visits available to book; check their site for special events coming up, too.
  • Off Grid Adventure in Anagance for an awesome adventure course & their new indoor climbing walls

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 watch for a market & ice cream returning to the Green Pig Country Market site soon), as well as the Old Church Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough reopening for the season this weekend.

Magnetic Hill Wharf Village café & ice cream is open again for the season, too!

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 & shop deux pépins.

And don’t forget all the awesome outdoor ice cream spots! Check out our post for links to dozens of yummy options to indulge in this weekend & all summer long!

LOOKING AHEAD

Phyllis Webstad, the inspiration behind Orange Shirt Day and the Every Child Matters movement, is going to be in Sussex on May 24 for special unveiling of a public art installation. Head to the Sussex High School Theatre for 6:30pm.

Maritime Collectibles Convention is coming up May 28 at the Wingate Hotel Convention Center in Dieppe. Check it out if you have Pokemon fans & other gamer types at home!

The Mid-Week Farmers Market is returning to Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum, starting May 31 with an awesome kick off party! There will be 15 amazing vendors, face painting, outdoor games, live music, balloon animals, and a petting zoo! Open 4:30-7:30pm.

East Coast Amusements return to the Moncton Coliseum June 1 – 4; they’re back again at the end of September.

Be sure to check out the East Coast Comic Expo, happening June 9 & 10 at the Moncton Coliseum. Kids 12 & under enter for free with a paying adult!

We’re starting work on an ongoing list of family-friendly summer festivals & special events for 2023. Here are a few of the highlights so far; watch for more to be added & shared – and be sure to give your fave a shout out in the comments so we don’t miss it!

  • The 17th annual Greater Moncton Highland Games & Scottish Festival is always a fantastic family outing, with bouncy castles, face painting, sword fighting contests, heavy event competitions, pipebands, highland dancers, and so much more! Mark June 17 on your calendar now!mosai
  • The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are scheduled to be in Moncton June 17 & 18. Watch for flyovers & more!
  • On June 18, the Three Fathers Memorial Run returns to downtown Moncton.
  • Also that weekend, the Shediac Centre for Speed is hosting Monster Mania, billed as the biggest Monster Truck festival in the Maritimes.
  • Riverview Sunfest is always a great way to kick start your summer, with events June 24 to July 1.
  • Whoa Canada is Moncton’s big Canada Day concert on the waterfront. Just announced as headliners: Sloan & Les Hay Babies! The city’s press release nots there will be food vendors, family activities, and the tri-community fireworks show, too!
  • Moncton will host an International Buskers Festival July 14 – 16, with a fantastic line up of fun downtown performances.
  • Dieppe’s ImaginAIR returns to Dover Park, July 28 – 30. The skies will be full of amazing sights!
  • We can’t wait to see the streets of downtown Moncton transformed by the International Street Painting Festival happening August 5-7. There are 2D & 3D chalk artists coming to create!
  • The Napa Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks is coming to the Petty International Raceway on August 11-13.
  • We know there’ll be oodles of awesome parties planned for Quinzou (August 15, National Acadian Day), but we noticed Memramcook is already promoting their family events, market, tintamarre, fireworks, & music with Beauxmont, La Trappe and Louisiana band The Revelers!
  • Wrap up the summer with the River of Pride, with events August 25 to September 2.
  • FYI: Mosaiq, Moncton’s multicultural festival, is moving to September

Watch for a full post on summer festivals & fun coming soon!

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