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What to Do with the Kids in Moncton (Oct 13-15)

Welcome to another wonderful weekend! There is A LOT going on this weekend, so be sure to read through & share with your friends. You wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on these great community events!

Riverview’s Harvest Festival is happening this weekend. Friday’s highlights include a free family movie (Despicable Me 3, starts at 6:30pm at 145A Lakeside Drive) and bonfire on the Dobson Trail. Saturday there’s a pancake breakfast at the Lions Club from 8am until 11am, and a BBQ at the fire station from noon until 2pm. Riverview’s fire station is holding an open house from 8am until 2pm on Saturday; from 11am to 2pm there will be kids’ activities, including bouncy castles, face painting, and rides in Little Albert Engine 11½. The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is holding a free all-ages skate from 11am until 10pm Saturday, and the Riverview Scouts will hold a family-friendly haunted walk in the Mill Creek Nature Park Saturday evening (admission by donation). And Sunday it’s Family Fun Day, with face painting, bouncy castles, live music, BBQ (paid), petting zoo, and free pony rides. Be sure to check out the LadyBossCollective’s Harvest Fest Bazaar at Caseley Park from 1pm to 4pm; lots of great local vendors! And don’t forget to check out the Pumpkin Personalities around town!

Looking to pick up some new-to-you books? The annual Bookstravaganza takes place Friday through Sunday at Edith Cavell School. This event is a fundraiser for Laubach Literacy New Brunswick. A great chance to stock up on holiday books for an advent book calendar!

Fire stations around the province are holding open houses this weekend – always a hit with the little ones and a great reminder to practice safety at home. In addition to Riverview, there are events advertised for Memramcook and Cap Pele, as well as Moncton, which will be holding at open house at the Hildegard station with a Jaws of Life demonstration at 11am and 12:30pm.

Cineplex is offering free movies on Saturday – that’s right, free! Doors open at 9am, with movies beginning at 9:30am; there are several titles to choose from: Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. There will be great deals on snacks, and donations will be accepted for WE, a charity and youth empowerment movement (previously known as Free the Children). This is at both the Trinity & Dieppe locations.

The annual Tech Trek is taking place Saturday from 9am until noon at the Dieppe Arts and Culture Center. This is a free, hands-on science and technology event open to everyone.

Nature NB is inviting families to live a Day in the Life of a Scientist on Saturday. Stop by the Sackville Commons from 1pm to 4pm to see research equipment, take part in activities, and learn about the work being done by local scientists.

Saturday is Make or Paint Your Own Monster Day at Clayspace. There are no reservations, it’s first come, first served. The project takes about an hour and a half and costs $35 per monster (family discounts are available). This is a great outing; my daughter and I made some of these little guys during March Break and it was a blast!

Sophie’s Place Children’s Activity Centre is holding a kids’ paint afternoon on Saturday. Spaces are limited, so be sure to call ahead.

Looking for more creative options? Michaels has its weekly Kids Craft in the morning, and a Halloween T-Shirt making session in the afternoon. Check their site for details and costs.

Toys R Us is hosting some neat LEGO sessions this month; kids can sign up to learn how LEGO’s new programmable robotics kit works. Recommended for ages seven to 12; pre-registration available.

Indigo is holding a PJ Masks storytime on Saturday morning – PJs encouraged!

The second Saturday of the month means its time for another Kids DIY session at Home Depot. Check with the store for details!

The South-East Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services is holding a Halloween fundraising walk at Centennial Park on Saturday morning. Prizes for best dressed and more!

Camping season isn’t over yet! There’s lots on the go in Fundy this weekend, with Salmon Days and the Alma Fleet Launch on Saturday.

Hillsborough’s Atlantica Outdoor Recreation Centre is experiencing a Zombie Apocalypse each weekend this month. You get 200 paintball rounds for $25, with extra rounds available.

Dorchester’s Keillor House Museum is holding its annual Haunted House Tours, starting on Saturday evening. They’ll be open the next two weekends, too! (This isn’t for the littles, but could be a great outing with the teens.)

Saturday is Maplehurst Farmslast open farm day of the season. Stop by to visit the animals and even get some family photos taken with Samantha Christensen. Cost for a carload is $10; photos are $10 (digital images will be emailed). Visitors are welcome from 1pm to 4pm, with guided tours at 1pm and 3pm. Bring some extra cash for the BBQ – and to bring some farm goodies home with you! (Please note: This WAS scheduled for Sunday & was changed on Thursday, due to weather forecast.)

Sunday is also Visit My Mosque Day in Canada, and Moncton’s mosque is participating. Stop by for guided tours, a chance to ask questions, and refreshments, starting at 1pm.

The Moncton Wildcats host the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Game time is 4pm.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Moncton’s Walk to Remember takes place Sunday afternoon at the Moncton Hospital. This event is open to everyone, those who have experienced loss and those who wish to show support.

It’s another Make Something Sunday at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville. Stop by between 2pm and 4pm to create felt flower creations! This is a free event aimed at children 12 and under.

Sunday evening is the weekly Chase the Ace draw, in support of the new Frank L Bowser Elementary School playground (also known as the All World Super Play Park and the Wooden Castle – shown in the cover photo this week). You can pick up tickets at Five Bridges on Wednesdays and Fridays, or at the Lions Club on Sunday – and you don’t have to be on site to win! This playground is a favourite for many families, so if you’ve enjoyed a day there, please consider supporting the cause.

And after all that, if you still need some ideas for weekend fun, check out our Halloween crafts and treats for at-home entertainment.

As always, you can find more details about ongoing events and attractions here – and if you have an event, be sure to let us know! 

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