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Why, hello there! Nice to see you again! We’ve enjoyed a lovely three weeks vacation, exploring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (did you see our adventures on Instagram?), and now we’re ready to make the most out of the rest of the summer in New Brunswick.
There’s lots to do this weekend, so let’s get going!
Watch the skies and consider letting the kids stay up late – the Perseids meteor shower is peaking this weekend. One of my favourite memories of childhood summers is watching shooting stars fill the night sky.
We usually stick to events on Fridays through Sundays, but there’s a fantastic family event the next three Thursday nights – movies in Victoria Park! The shows are free and begin around 8:15pm, but there will be games and music starting at 6:30pm. Concessions will be sold on site, with proceeds going to the United Way Community Fun. This week, watch Sing! The next week it’s Secret Life of Pets and then Trolls on August 24.
Thursday is also a great day to head to Kouchibouguac; there’s a sand sculpture workshop in the afternoon at Kellys Beach. Also on the events menu at the park this weekend: an Amazing Trace on Friday and Family Fun activities on Saturday morning.
What family doesn’t love a free meal? MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor is holding a community BBQ on Friday from noon until 3pm at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
Friday night the Town of Riverview is showing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Caseley Park; be sure to check out the LadyBossCollective’s Vendor Market before the show starts! (They’re also planning a great Kids Bazzar at the end of the month; get the kids busy creating something to sell and earning some Back-to-School cash! Be sure to find us that day and stop by to say hi; we’d love to meet you in person! The movie that night is Smurfs: The Lost Village.)
A great place to stock up on cute accessories and school gear (we LOVE our reusable snack bags) is the annual Victoria Park Arts & Craft Fair, happening Friday through Sunday. There are usually lots of vendors with kid-friendly items, treats, and even face painting!
For more movie fun, the Family Favourites feature at Cineplex is the Lego Batman movie. Just $2.99 a ticket; show at 11am.
It’s the second Saturday of the month, so check out Home Depot for a KIDS DIY workshop in store.
A sure bet for family fun on Saturday is the Summer Spectacular presented by Moncton Wesleyan Kids' World. Stop by Centennial Park from noon until 3pm for interactive activity tents, games, music, prizes, and more.
Young author Émilie Jolie Montreuil will read her book "Grisette, la souris" at the Moncton Library on Saturday at 10:30am. This is presented in French and is intended for ages three to five.
While in Sackville, check out the sunflower maze at Trueman Blueberry Farms. They also have a blueberry and raspberry u-pick, washer toss games to play, and hard ice cream by the scoop!
If you have a horse lover in the family, you might want to check out the Springbrook Stables Western Extreme Show on Saturday and Sunday, taking place at 46934 Homestead Road. It’s a free event, with donations being accepted for the Cavalier Therapeutic Riding Club on Saturday and the Canadian Cancer Society on Sunday.
Does your family watch America’s Got Talent? You might already know that contest winners The Olate Dogs are on stage at the Celebration Centre on Saturday evening. It promises to be a great show for the whole family, with tickets starting at $34+tx.
Sunday is the annual Heritage Field Day, hosted by the Tantramar Heritage Trust. Spend an afternoon at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum enjoying blacksmith demonstrations, folk dancing, a BBQ lunch, kids’ games, and more. Admission is by donation.
You might also want to take a road trip to Bouchtouche, which is holding its annual Festival de Mollusques this weekend. Sunday’s activities include kids games during the day, a boat parade and fireworks at night.
There’s an African Storytime (in French) being held at the Moncton Library on Sunday morning at 11am. No registration required!
Sundays are also Family Movie Day at the Moncton Library. Catch a film at 1pm in English, and in French at 3pm (same movie). Popcorn is provided!
Moncton’s Jared Lutes is performing Sunday as part of the Sounds of Summer concert series in Fundy Park. Remember, admission to the park is free this year!
And of course Sunday nights mean a home game with the Moncton Fisher Cats at Kiwanis Park. This week is the last of the regular season home games; kids six and under are free!
A quick look ahead for the week, with Acadie Rock underway and 15 Aout on Tuesday … the Aberdeen Cultural Centre is holding a free session Monday at 10am to create masks and other items for the Tintamarre! Tuesday’s schedule includes children’s entertainment at the Aberdeen Centre from 10:30am until 3pm (all free), a street party on St. George by the centre in the afternoon, and then the Tintamarre at 6pm from the centre down Botsford, Main, and Westmorland Streets to finish at the Riverside Stage for the free concert with CY, Laura Sauvage, Joseph Edgar, 1755, Tiken Jah Fakoly, General Elektriks, L’Acadie suit son COURT, and DJ Bones.
In Dieppe, National Acadian Day will be celebrated at Place 1604 with a tintamarre at 5:45, followed by a free concert with Laurie LeBlanc, Les Gars du Sud, Trans Akadi, and Les Gars du Nord. There will be free events for kids (inflatables, crafts, etc.) starting at 1pm.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone, and a wonderful Quinze-Août!