What to Do with the Kids in Moncton This Weekend (Sept 22 – 24)

Welcome to another weekend full of family fun in the Greater Moncton Area!

Before we get into this weekend’s fun, a little dose of reality – kindergarten registration for kids born in 2013 starts in a few weeks! Yes, if your kiddo will turn five in 2018, you should be digging out their birth certificates and immunization records (or calling your family doctor to make an appointment!) and getting ready to head to your school October 10 to 13. (October 2 to 13 for District scolaire francophone Sud) For more details, check out our registering for kindergarten post! (And along with school, even daycare, comes the dreaded L word: lice.)

A reminder: this round up is a list of highlights. We’ve got a great list of ongoing events and local attractions, as well as a list of local apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and more – all open for the season now! And please, follow the links to double-check details before heading out to things listed below; we can’t always catch when plans change.

On with the fun!

This is the first weekend for a new traveling exhibit at Resurgo Place. Disheveling: An ExtraordinHAIRY Exhibit promises to “make your hair curl!”

The Northrop Frye Home & School group is holding a pizza & a movie night on Friday. Come to the cafeteria at 6pm for pizza, then watch Despicable Me 3 at 6:30pm. Pizza is $10/pie or $2/slice, with drinks and popcorn for sale, too. Admission to the event is $3/person or $10/family. PJs are acceptable attire!

It’s a great weekend to catch a movie with the family, including at the Neptune Drive In! Gates open at 6:30pm; showtime is 8pm. This weekend’s movies are the new LEGO Ninjago and Wonder Woman (not recommended for young children). Looking to go the classic route? Check out The Princess Bride on the big screen at Cineplex for the family favourite feature on Saturday morning.

There’s lots on the go in Kouchibouguac this weekend, with the Fall Star Fest and a biking event on Saturday.

Up for a road trip? The Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick in Sussex is hosting Harvest Day on Saturday, with antique farm equipment demonstrations, old-style skills showcased (butter-churning, wood-cutting, cider-pressing, blacksmiths, rug-hooking, etc.), wagon rides, kids games, and more. Lunch and entertainment for $12.

Touch-a-Truck is the big event this weekend, happening in the Moncton Coliseum parking lot from 11am to 4pm. Pretty much every large vehicle you can image will be there, ready for eager kids (and kids at heart) to visit. Admission is $5 per person. Pro tip: if you have little ones, you might want to invest in a pair of ear defenders; we LOVE ours for everything from lawn mowing to concerts!

Mastermind Toys is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. Check them out in Mapleton Centre; you can’t miss the giant Chase on the roof! There are store specials Thursday through Sunday, including a Meet & Greet with Chase on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will also be cupcakes and a LEGO make & take (a lobster!) while supplies last.

Toys R Us is holding a LEGO Ninjago celebration on Saturday from 11am to 1pm. While supplies last, you can get a free headband, work on your ninja moves, and enjoy a LEGO make-and-take.

Saturday’s fun at Indigo is a chance to trade your Pokemon cards at the store, starting at 11am.

Michael’s has a few in-store events this weekend, including a fall door décor session on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm; you can make a wreath for the door while little ones create a handprint wreath to go with it. The cost is just that of the wreath base; other supplies provided.

Older kid with an interest in hands-on crafts? There’s a DIY weaving session at the Moncton Library on Sunday afternoon for ages 11+; register by calling the library at 869-6000.

Sunday is the annual APEGNB Soap Box Derby by Centennial Park! Head out for 10am to check out the action!

Train fan in the family? You might want to head to Cap-Pele on Sunday for Outdoors Day at Plein Air Park from 2pm to 6pm. There’s live music, corn on the cob, bouncy castles, group trail walks, and free train rides on the trails. Looks like such fun!

And don’t forget – there are still tickets available to see The Wiggles at the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 28 … and a contest coming up soon on Pickle Planet’s Facebook page!

PS: If you’re looking for me this weekend, I’ll be in Saint John, along with some of my favourite local handmade shops, for Grapevine Events’ Fall Kids Clothing & Equipment Consignment Sale. If you have friends & family in that part of the province, be sure to share this event with them, please! A one-morning shopping event not to be missed!

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