Happy Father’s Day Weekend! In case you need a few last minute gift ideas (like me!), check out our easy DIY No Dye Tie Dye Tie or this DIY BBQ Apron from our friends at Itsy Bitsy Haligonians. (The apron approach works well with a large canvas, too; a quick I Love Dad and you’re golden.)
The Moncton Highland Games are always a great family outing! There are massed pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions, archery and sheep dog demonstrations, and the heavy events. There are food vendors on site, a beer tent, and lots of entertainment and workshops throughout the day. Head to Hal Betts Field on June 17 for the big event, but watch for special activities all week!
This weekend is also BridgeFest150, billed as one of the main Canada150 events in the Maritimes. This is also a celebration of the Confederation Bridge, with most of the events taking place in PEI. The fun includes a kids zone, an interactive Hockey Hall of Fame tent, a car show, and live music. There is a major walk/run happening on the bridge on Sunday, but the biggest draw for local families is likely the major fireworks display planned for Friday night. The fireworks will be set off at 10pm at the Marine Rail Park in Borden-Carleton; that’s right be the PEI end of the bridge. Most folks chatting online expect to be able to see the fun from our side of the strait, from Murray Corner to Cape Tormentine.
A Canada150 celebration is also planned for Cape Tormentine on Saturday, with a pancake breakfast, guided tours of Cape Jourimain, a community BBQ, and more.
If you’re up for a road trip, Saturday is the second annual Touch-a-Plane event at the Bathurst Regional Airport! You can touch planes, enjoy bouncy castles, purchase food on site, and more. The event is from 10am until 2pm.
The Clayspace is holding an open house on Saturday, with demonstrations, pottery for sale, and details on summer programs.
There’s a Captain Underpants storytime and activity at Chapters at 11am on Saturday. (The movie is playing next door, with five showtimes that day. This weekend’s Family Favourites feature is Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.)
Michaels is making father’s day frames at Kids Club and hosting a paint splatter event in the afternoon.
Bass Pro is celebrating fishing again this weekend, with a free catch and release pond, photos, seminairs, giveaways, and more.
Toys R Us is holding a Cars 3 Pit Stop Play Day on Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Check out some new toys and collect a free poster.
Sunday is Father’s Day, and you can be sure that hundreds of local dads and their families will begin the day at Bore Park for the annual Three Fathers Memorial Run. This event honours RCMP Constables Douglas Larche, Dave Ross, and Fabrice Gevaudan who were killed on June 4th, 2014.
Sunday is opening day for Sackville’s Campbell Carriage Factory Museum. Enjoy live music, guided tours, blacksmithing demonstrations, and lots more.
Dad like baseball? Why not take in the Fisher Cats home game Sunday evening. Cheer them on at Kiwanis Park.
Just one week until the school year is over! For all your staycation summer planning, check out our list of 10 Top Family Festivals to enjoy in the Greater Moncton Area. You can also plan some day trips, playground adventures, and ice cream stops! And if you have a little one heading off to school in the fall, be sure to check out our practical skills to master this summer.